Today, I am going to do something a little different. My best friend, and fellow blogger over at www.moviemaiden.com, has been kind enough to do a write up of our amazing adventure at the recent Shaun of the Dead “quote-along” at Alamo Drafthouse. I have created a zombie loving outfit to go along with it! I also included some of our personal pics at the bottom. I hope you enjoy it!
Courtesy of Ashley at Moviemaiden.com:
Going to watch a movie in theaters is a unique experience to say the least — a group of strangers sit together in the dark, quietly enjoying whatever film has brought them together. Most people would then agree that it is common courtesy to not talk or use a cellphone during the movie, but during Alamo Drafthouse’s famous “quote-along” events, all rules are thrown out the window and the movie-going experience becomes interactive.
This past week, I had the opportunity to participate in my first quote-along at the Houston Alamo Drafthouse in Vintage Park. The film? None other than the best rom-com-zom, “Shaun of the Dead.”
Now, I have seen this movie at least a hundred times in the comfort of my own home. It has become one of my go-to films when I’m doing mundane tasks, or need some noise in the house. Since I had practically memorized the movie already, I knew this would be the perfect film as my first quote-along experience.
Coming along on this unique adventure was two of the most movie-minded people I know, so I knew this was going to be an epic experience.
As we made our way into the theater, tickets in hand, we were handed a deflated, white plastic “cricket bat,” and a bag of peanuts, the mandatory bar food, as the majority of the film takes place in Ed’s and Shaun’s neighborhood bar, The Winchester. My two friends and I found our seats, blew up our bats and waited for the fun to begin. Unlike other movies, the crowd was pretty rambunctious and loud, the exact ambiance our movie hosts strived to achieve.
Food and drinks were ordered and when time approached, the lights dimmed and a spotlight hit a man standing in front of the screen. He explained what to do for the noobs like me and pumped us up for the festivities ahead.
For those who have never participated in a quote-along, the way they work is during certain parts of a movie, most likely during times when the dialogue is pretty well-known, the words appear at the bottom of the screen, like subtitles, and as the actor says the line, the audience follows along.
Along with yelling out the lines of the movie, we also are given tasks and props to complete said tasks. For “Shaun of the Dead,” every time a zombie was hit, we in turn hit our neighbors.
With our mission explained, next was a quick game to get us more into the spirit of the film. Drinking game over, we were ready to begin.
Throughout the movie, we laughed as we hit each other with our bats, drank every time someone said “exacerbate” and yelled out famous lines, “how’s that for a slice of fried gold,” “who died and made you fucking king of the zombies,” and “he’s not my dad.”
As I’ve mentioned before, this is a film I have seen countless times, but experiencing it like this, with like-minded people made it feel like the first time all over again. The credits rolled, people cheered and I was able to fall in love once more with the brilliance that is “Shaun of the Dead.”