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.
Before I go into that further, I want to mention that I initially obtained Deadmonton.net to run the Deadmonton - A Zombie Apocalypse Horror site, however, I soon realized the .com version best suited the site plans. Having negotiated the rights to Deadmonton.com, I moved the project to the domain.
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.
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
Please note that Deadmonton is no longer home for the Deadmonton Horror Film Festival, it is now the home for Deadmonton: A Zombie Apocalypse Horror - Interactive fiction from ... uh... Justin Lore.
You can find the new home for the Horror Film Festival at Dedfest
Help Dedfest continue for the coming years: Dedfest GoFundMe
Deadmonton.com, and Deadmonton.net, is in no way associated with the DEDfest film festival. I am just a fan of both horror and DEDfest, and have taken part in the festival for several years now. Having said that, I will do my best to promote the festival when new dates are known.
Should you have any questions regarding the festival or show times, please see the sites listed above for the latest contact information.