‘Night of the Living Dead’ to air on G4 Channel

Ryan Haidet

Zombies will be walking along the street as Mark Borchardt and Mike Schank host “Night of the Living Dead – Live From Wisconsin,” a special three hour program on the G4 Channel.

“This will be very, very unique because it’s a live broadcast,” Borchardt said. “I’ve never done anything like this before.”

Borchardt and Schank, known for the documentary American Movie, which documented the making of the Borchardt’s 1997 film, Coven, will be doing a variety of things to keep horror fans glued to their sets and hungry for more.

The two of them will be giving commentary during the breaks from the horror classic Night of the Living Dead.

“We will talk about the film and whatever comes to our mind at that time,” Borchardt said.

The movie won’t be ridiculed though like some local television programs do with other horror films.

“I would never make fun of Night of the Living Dead,” Borchardt said. “It’s a very important film in American history. Life is dead serious as a heart attack, and so is that film.”

Along with the commentary, there will be skits intertwined throughout the program as well as the shooting of a live zombie movie.

“There’s a live call-out for zombies to come out and appear in a live film that I’m doing that night,” Borchardt said. “It will be a short film we’re working on, and we’ll shoot it live during the broadcast, and Mike and I will be appearing in it.”

Along with the zombie film, they are going to be checking in with local trick-or-treaters, doing on-site interviews and treating all the hungry folks with a special food.

“We’ll be cooking brats for all the trick-or-treaters and zombies,” he said. “A Wisconsin treat.”

Borchardt, 40, said he is the perfect person to co-host this because he grew up watching horror films.

“I was into horror since my early teens,” he said. “That period was the heyday of the birth of the modern horror/slasher film, such as Halloween and Friday the 13th. That wave was ridden to the mid ’80s and resurfaced some time later in the mid ’90s.”

Borchardt said that there isn’t a single defining moment in his career that makes him proud.

“My proudest moments are my moments of writing where I go into my own world, and I’m working on something,” he said. “I don’t have a singular proud moment – that’s B.S. I have moments of elation when I’m working.”

With his success, Borchardt is grateful for the chances he’s been given.

“Life is very short, and there is so much opportunity that it’s almost a crime to dismiss it,” he said. “It’s like winning the lottery and blowing the money, and you’re left with no skills, nothing. It’s based on emotion and not the reality of what’s really inside.”

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What: “Night of the Living Dead – Live from Wisconsin.”

Where: On the G4 Channel.

Date and time: Halloween Night at 8 p.m.