Deadmonton's History in Horror
Deadmonton.net, and Deadmonton.com, have had a history of bringing horror to the Edmonton, Alberta area since 2008. First, as the home for the Deadmonton Horror Film Festival, and now, as the place for interactive horror fiction.
2007 was the last year for the Return to Odd film festival in Edmonton. Matt Acosta, Derek Clayton, Kevin Martin, and Janine Karasick put together a re-branded festival for 2008. It ran a full weekend (Oct 24 - Oct 26) under the name: Deadmonton Horror Film Festival.
The horror festival needed a new name, since rights to the Return to Odd name couldn't be secured at the time (it was later learned that using the name wouldn't have been a problem). It was felt that Deadmonton would be a great way to "turn (Edmonton's) most notorious nickname into a mark of pride. Though it normally alludes to city streets so sparse that a zombie infestation would count as a major improvement in terms of foot traffic, it just happens to be an ideal moniker..."
about it in the Edmonton Journal here.
Promo Image for 2008 Deadmonton Horror Film Festival.
See how the original 2008 Deadmonton Film Festival was promoted at the Metro Cinema site.
In 2009, Deadmonton became DEDfest. Which has an annual festival and a monthly screening series at the Metro Cinema.
See a 2008 Deadmonton.net via the Wayback Machine:
Keep in mind that in using the Wayback Machine, any older images, that are no longer hosted on the domain, may not be visible. However, while the layout is not an accurate representation, the text is exactly as it would have been back at that time.
Deadmonton.net 2008 - Movie talk and a Zombie Walk to promote the festival
Deadmonton.net 2009 - What? Deadmonton no longer? Find the headline in the link that is simply titled "Deadmonton"
Deadmonton.net 2010 - Deadmonton now Dedfest