A time of renewal. That time of year when we shake off the icy cold hand of winter and step into the sun’s warm embrace. The days get longer, the grass starts to green, and the flowers start to bloom, we step outside and watch as the world around us comes back from the dead. Now, thanks to Two Matts productions, even the dead themselves are coming back around. The two Mikes at the helm of the low budget independent film company are bringing the deceased back for another shot at the apocalypse in the sequel to the 2012 feature Earth Day, Earth Day 2: Holidays of the Dead.
The setting for the oncoming horde of zombies? Galesburg and the surrounding area. Parts of the sequel have already been shot outside of Knoxville, and a few key plot scenes are scheduled to be shot at Sandburg Mall over the next few months. The majority of the cast is made up of actors from the area, pulling quite a few from Carl Sandburg college, where the first short was filmed. The filming at Sandburg Mall will primarily coordinate with a zombie walk already scheduled by the mall personnel right before Halloween. The two Mikes plan to film during the walk itself, and keep volunteers around to film for a few hours after the event has concluded. Once the film is completed, the two have plans to debut it in Galesburg, possibly in the cinema inside Sandburg mall.
The first Earth Day is the story of a viral outbreak that takes over a college campus where 3 students and a janitor fight to stop the zombie threat from escaping. SPOILER ALERT: They failed. The sequel, which picks up almost immediately where the first movie ends, takes the virus beyond the school’s walls and out into the world. Told in a series of 5 to 10 minute vignettes, each one happening on a different holiday, Holidays of the Dead covers the first year of the outbreak, introducing a number of new characters and how they get along together.
Earth Day was shot over a weekend at Carl Sandburg college in April of 2012 and debuted in October at the Drunken Zombie Film Festival in Peoria, as well as played in the Living Dead Film Festival in Chicago and the the Peculiar Film Fest in Peculiar, MO. The movie is available to view on youtube and DVDs are for sale at Twomatts.com.