“The Zombie Club” has been filmed in Bridgeport, primarily at Bridgeport Middle School. Featuring actor Dean Cain and several local teens, the movie is a project of JC Films and has been endorsed by Harrison County Schools Superintendent Dr. Mark Manchin. It is a passion project of JC Films President Jason Campbell and bears an anti-bullying theme.
More than 400 teens and adults showed up for auditions that were held in mid-May at BMS. Most of those individuals will appear in the film. Based on audition callbacks, the following young people were selected for lead roles: Franco Maicas, Levi Wolfe, Lexi Bradley, Alec Miller, Erica Cottrill and Jordan Kennedy-Rea.
In addition to Cain, several JC Films veteran actors hold supporting lead roles: Michael Sigler, Gary Lee Vincent, Richie Acevedo, Katherine Shaw, Jeff Moore, Becky Rosser, Kathy Sanders and JoAnn F. Peterson.
Cain portrays Principal Campbell, who rules over the diverse group of teens. After a chemistry experiment goes bad, many of the students turn into zombies. As the script plays out, students must work together to remedy the situation. Both the movie and the filming process were designed by Campbell to bring students together, despite vast differences and fields of interest.
After a week of filming, a Zombie Fun Run was held last Saturday, July 13, at Bridgeport City Park. Participants’ registration fee also included a race T-shirt, race bib and event entertainment provided live by “The Change”, a West Virginia-based funk band which plays music to connect people with a message of hope. Also featured at the event were inflatables by Cartoon Headquarters and games for all ages. Participants also had the opportunity to meet celebrities from the TV series “The Walking Dead”.
All race finishers received a certificate signed by actor Dean Cain.