Paranormal Travels, Evans City, Pennsylvania

Sherri Granato By Sherri Granato, 4th Aug 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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Diehard horror fans, thrill seekers, zombie hunters and lovers of all things paranormal will undoubtedly come to life and thrive at the Evans City Cemetery where George A. Romero shot most of his iconic movie "The Night of the Living Dead, catapulting the Steel City into the classic status of zombie capital of the world in 1968.

Beware, the Zombies are Hungry: Visit the Film Location of the Night of the Living Dead

You see rebirth everywhere as spring is breathing new life into the plants, trees and everything else receptive of the dead to living transition existing within the environment. However the bone chilling and creepy things that thrive on living things may find it virtually impossible to sample on and bask in spring's new offerings, especially when in isolation and surrounded by sunken gravestones and heavily wooded boundaries; that is unless you personally attempt to seek them out.

Pittsburghers and the residents from the surrounding areas are still alive and kicking despite the belief that the mindless animated corpses of thousands of zombies attacked and ate their brains for a midnight snack. Zombies by their very nature crave warm human flesh, and they prefer brain matter not only because it is a succulent mass of gooey gel and tissue, but because it quite possibly hurts to be running around in the shell of a dead rotting body, but a partially missing brain aids in negotiating some loss of feeling. However in the case of a vegan or vegetarian zombie they are safe when you take into consideration that they are dead anyway, and cannot die from starvation, but "fleshy" fruits and veggies just might stomp their cravings for something more filling.

Diehard horror fans, thrill seekers, zombie hunters and lovers of all things paranormal will undoubtedly come to life and thrive at the Evans City Cemetery where George A. Romero shot most of his iconic movie "The Night of the Living Dead, catapulting the steel city into the classic status of zombie capital of the world in 1968. The Pittsburgh area would never be the same after droves of people nationwide viewed the contents of the chiller-thriller movie with the eerie cemetery found as the backdrop in the film set, and since then millions of people have flocked to the area just to get a peek at the famous cemetery known to be littered with zombies, ghosts and everything else supernatural that their brain could dream up.

To this day the haunted cemetery gives you the distinct feeling of being cut-off from the rest of the world, and after walking through the grounds you instinctively begin to watch over your shoulder because you just know that at any second something is going to jump out and grab you. After all the soulless bodies of the living dead are anxious for fresh new things after being pent up with dead things for so long.

The historic Evans City Cemetery can be located at dusk by listening for the groans of the undead leading you straight to their anguished souls and it can be felt by those that dare to see what all of the hoopla is about. Located just 30 miles north of Pittsburgh, it is reportedly one of the most haunted graveyards in Butler County, Pennsylvania. Evans City is a quaint village complete with Amish farmlands and a small population of roughly 2,000 citizens. However in the fall visitors flock to the area to catch a glimpse of the walking dead just south of the borough at the Evans City Cemetery raising the population to tens of thousands of people. Zombies and the legends surrounding their existence have become a popular source of entertainment for the area, especially during the fall season and into Halloween.

Film reviewers and critics describe the cult film as being somewhat cheesy, but despite that fact the film had grossed over $12 million dollars by 1979 and set the tone for many other horror flicks that soon followed it. The Night of the Living Dead was filmed in a small Pennsylvania town where a sudden and unexpected radiation results in the dead rising with horrifying results. A small posse led by the local sheriff are under the belief that if you kill the brain you will kill the ghoul, so they set out to destroy, kill and reclaim their town, but after several random attacks on the local people the odds are stacked against them and the zombies feast on body parts with scenes of extreme gore that puts fear in everyone battling for their life against these flesh craving soulless creatures.

Location & Directions to the Cemetery: Evans City Cemetery, 100 Franklin Road, Evans City, Pennsylvania. After you make that fateful sharp right turn into the cemetery just off of the main road it will be almost impossible not to travel back to the mind blowing scenes shot during the movie while the overpowering feeling of déjà vu courses through your veins. After parking, fans of the Night of the Living Dead movie will want to start their tour of the haunted graveyard at the chapel next to the entrance where the road forks by proceeding approximately 50 yards down the main path of the cemetery to the left. Headstones used in the opening shots can be seen to the right of the path where Barbara once walked en route to her father's grave. This section of the cemetery is still very much recognizable even though the film was shot more than 40 years ago, and despite the fact that a tornado in May of 1985 destroyed and misplaced 361 of the cemeteries historic tombstones.

Natural disasters and other events may have lended a hand into the unorganized chaos involving the disrupted ghosts witnessed walking aimlessly throughout the cemetery grounds. Some of these misguided spirits have been spotted over the years while other spirits have been spotted just over the last few decades. A strange mist often accompanies the sighting of ghosts and rancid smells have been detected as well as the light aroma of roses and honeysuckle. Fortunately the chance of meeting up with a hungry zombie is zero to none, however fans of the Night of the Living Dead still hold onto the hope of seeing some sort of discombobulated undead soul in search of a fresh human roaming through their sacred grounds where horror and fantasy play a distinctive part in bringing together the living and the dead.

Fans of the cemetery are hoping to breathe new life into the dilapidated historical chapel that sits at the entrance to the grounds, land-marking a piece of cult history. Efforts to raise money for the necessary repairs are well into the thousands, but through joint efforts and awareness great results can be obtained.

ZombieFest in Pittsburgh

October 2014 will mark the 8th annual ZombieFest where downtown Pittsburgh and surrounding areas will come alive and burst with flesh eating mindless souls out looking for good eats. The event draws in thousands of fans, visitors and of course, zombies. Pittsburgh takes their status serious ever since they were labeled the zombie capital of the world and the city has held the record in the Guinness Book of Record three times for having the most zombies, sadly, that record was broke on July 2nd, 2011 by the city of Seattle with 4,522 zombies. Events include upscale recreations of the original zombie film, the Walk of the Dead, musical performances, a parade, a variety of food, including fresh brain for those that desire it and a brain-eating contest. For more information on the ZombieFest, go to:


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author avatar Sherri Granato
Sherri has lived in several haunted properties, including a morgue turned basement apartment. Instead of fearing the paranormal, she has opted to embrace, investigate and understand it.

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author avatar Retired
5th Aug 2014 (#)

As usual, well researched and interesting. :)

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author avatar Margaret Michel
5th Aug 2014 (#)

Sounds like an interesting place!

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