|My signed poster.|
When I got the passes for this screening, I noticed that there was a note about the cast (Lily James, Matt Smith, Douglas Booth, and Bella Heathcote) doing a signing prior to the screening at the nearby Hot Topic store. The pass also said to dress in zombie attire and that there would be stations to get zombie makeup applied.
To get the wristband guaranteeing getting into the signing, you had to purchase a Pride and Prejudice and Zombies merchandise item at the Hollywood and Highland Center Hot Topic store. I bought a t-shirt after taking pictures of the Kung Fu Panda 3 premiere a few days earlier. I started searching YouTube to find easy zombie makeup tutorials, and I bought some cheap makeup and makeup brushes as the 99 Cent Only Store and KMart so I wouldn’t ruin my normal makeup and brushes.
|1st attempt at zombie makeup|
I\’m not good with regular makeup, but I think I did pretty well for a first try. I usually take the Metro rail to the Hollywood & Highland Center, but I had to go to Gardena after the screening, and I didn’t want to take the metro with the makeup, so I drove. I made sure to bring my regular makeup as well as some facial cleanser to get the zombie makeup off before leaving the shopping center.
I got to the line for the signing about 1 1/2 hours early and there was still a huge line. These were people who already had their wristbands (the wristbands were still obtainable at the store when I arrived), but the line moved quite quickly. The store gave each of us a small poster for the signing and was allowing us to get other items signed. I really wanted to get the book signed, but I couldn’t. The store was livestreaming the signing on their Periscope, and I saw a lot of people getting other items signed and, sometimes, more than 1 item per person.
|My picture of the cast from the back of the theater.|
I raced over to the theater after the signing, and happened to get in line with some friends. People were getting makeup done, and it was taking forever. They were allowing anyone into the theater without being zombified, and I was able to get right in since I had already had zombie makeup on. They handed us a copy of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen as we walked in. Before the screening began, the cast members from the signing came in for press photos with the zombie audience, and to judge a zombie look/costume contest. The picture I included below is from the Hot Topic Facebook page, and I’m in the blue circle.
|Settting a world record for most zombies reading Jane Austen|
In this case, the movie was 100x better than the book, not good, but soooo much better than the book. As bad as the movie is, this was still a really fun event, and now I know that I can do some decent zombie makeup.