Organizers predict it will be the largest gathering of the "Night of the Living Dead" cast and crew since its premiere 45 years ago.
Director-screenwriter George A. Romero won't be there, but fans can walk in the footsteps of many others at the Evans City (Pa.) Cemetery, see where the fabled farmhouse once stood, take photos or gather autographs and, of course, rewatch the 1968 classic.
The 2013 Living Dead Fest will mark the first time that Russ Streiner, Judith O'Dea, Judith Ridley and Bill Cardille, all of whom appeared in key roles, will appear together since filming. Participants are coming from as far away as England.
EDCO Park in Evans City, less than a mile from the cemetery, will be the staging area for the event.
New this year will be a series of celebrity meet-and-greets, each an hour long, limited to 15 to 20 people and documented by a professional photographer who will provide a color or black-and-white photo for autographs. Cost is $50, and organizers say the spots are going quickly.
On Friday, O'Dea and Streiner, who played the siblings in the opening scenes, will be at the cemetery while co-writer Jack Russo and Ridley, who was one of the survivors holed up in the farmhouse cellar, will be at the original farmhouse location.
On Saturday, celebrity guest signings will resume, and meet-and-greet opportunities will feature Cardille and George Kosana (who played the sheriff) near the onetime farmhouse, along with O'Dea and Streiner at the cemetery.
For more information, visit www.livingdeadfest.com.
(Reach movie editor Barbara Vancheri at email@example.com. Read her blog: www.post-gazette.com/madaboutmovies.)