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Roads blocked off for zombies? It could happen

By JODIE TILLMAN
Published February 14, 2007


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NEW PORT RICHEY - Before the zombies can emerge, before the band of unlikely heroes can defeat them, a higher power must rule.

That power is called the Development Review Committee.

The New Port Richey committee will hear Thursday from a Clearwater-based independent filmmaker who wants to block off a section of downtown for the final scene of his proposed $500,000 movie called Oh, the Horror.

"For the last scene of our movie, we need use of a small urban area that can appear to be populated with appropriate living conditions as if it were to survive a post-apocalyptic America," wrote Donnie Allen of 14K Productions in documents filed with the committee. "The last scene will contain a zombie outbreak and the protagonists will defeat the zombie threat and re-establish safety in the town."

The protagonists are a ragtag group that includes martial artists, a survivalist, a former soldier and his "adrenaline junkie" sister and a "young guy who gets caught up with them."

Along the way to saving humanity, the crew "will encounter everything from internal struggles in their own group to fighting fellow humans, facing hordes of zombies and dealing with Mother Nature."

No word on how long that would take, or why New Port Richey seems so appealing for a post-apocalyptic zombie-fest. Allen did not return a call Tuesday for comment.

The filmmakers would like to block off stretches of Grand Boulevard and Adams Street as well as Missouri and Nebraska avenues.

They say they will also need to "temporarily place holes in the ground to put up fencing to give the appearance that the town is blocked off."

Oh, the details.

Jodie Tillman can be reached at 727 869-6247 or jtillman@sptimes.com.

[Last modified February 13, 2007, 23:16:28]


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