Italy, always the innovator. Apparently the country that brought us fine clothes, fast cars, the Renaissance, and gelato also knows a thing or two about the flesh-eating undead. The Zombo Italiano film series celebrates the underground and under-appreciated Italian Zombie Film Movement (1972–1985), an overlooked era of the country’s cinema less concerned with glamour than gore. Tonight kicks off with a resurrection of George A. Romero’s original Dawn of the Dead, which set the standard for the modern horror film while taking a subtle jab or two at capitalist consumerism along the way. Other selections range from camp canons such as Lucio Fulci’s Zombie, with its infamous zombie vs. shark underwater throwdown, to more experimental and even existentialist ventures such as Michele Soavi’s occasionally poetic Cemetery Man or Pier Paolo Pasolini’s satirical Pigsty. Arrive early for survival tips from the Zombie Combat Club before select screenings—that is, if you want to keep your brain.

Mondays-Sundays, 7 p.m. Starts: July 8. Continues through July 29, 2010