Local Events: Austin Theatre Hosts Special Screening of Cult Classic ZAAT

Premiering at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema July 11th

Special Appearance by Co-Writer Ron Kivett & Video Introduction by Producer/Director Don Barton

Austin’s Alamo Drafthouse Cinema will welcome co-writer Ron Kivett  for a special screening of his 1971 classic ZAAT as part of its “Weird Wednesday” midnight film series.


WHAT:   Theatrical screening of 1971 classic film ZAAT where co-writer Ron Kivett and DVD curator Ed Tucker will appear and feature a video introduction by producer/director Don Barton. (Restaurant seating and dinner theater).

WHEN:    Wed., July 11 @ 11:59 p.m., part of “Weird Wednesday” series.

WHERE:  Alamo Drafthouse Cinema – The Ritz,320 E. Sixth St., Austin


Is the monster man, fish or devil?  Everyone’s dying to know (literally) in ZAAT!

Find out why the film is an underground cult favorite, amassing an ever-growing legion of loyal followers over the past 40 years. See why scores of fans have refused to let this funky classic from the ’70s die in obscurity! 

Says Ed Tucker, author, film historian and producer of the recent DVD release, “I first became aware of ZAAT when I saw it in the theater in 1972 when I was six and I never forgot it.  I wanted to return it to the fans that remembered it and introduce it to a new generation.  I proudly accept the title of ZAAT’s #1 fan, bestowed upon me by Don Barton himself!”

Writer Ron Kivett, who has been active inJacksonville,Fla.’s film and television industry for years, not only wrote the story and co-wrote the screenplay, he also designed and built the monster costume, acted as technical director and shot most of the underwater footage for the film.

In ZAAT (also known as The Blood Waters of Dr. Z), an obsessed scientist, Dr. Kurt Leopold (Marshall Grauer) – who has been scorned by his peers – is convinced he can transform humans into fish. In his isolated backwoods laboratory, he proves his hypothesis by turning himself into a horrible, vengeful creature (played by Wade Popwell) that is part man, part walking catfish!

Armed with his mutagenic chemical compound, ZAAT, the monster is bent on revenge, determined to turn the tables on humanity by making his fishy friends the dominant species on Earth.  All that stands in his way are a small town sheriff (Paul Galloway), a dedicated young biologist (Gerald Cruse) and a couple of swinging agents (Sanna Ringhaver, Dave Dickerson) from the Inter-Nations Phenomenon Investigations Team (INPIT).  Also starring Archie Valliere and Nancy Lien

It’s a southern fried fight to the finish (Floridastyle!) with the ecological state of the entire planet at stake! For more, visit www.zaatmovie.com

ZAAT is now available – restored and in HD for the first time ever – in a special DVD/Blu-ray combo pack (SRP:  $19.99). 

About Alamo Drafthouse

Cold beer, hot movies and delicious snacks and meals. The Alamo Drafthouse is dinner, drinks, movies and events, all under one roof. Our attention to detail in film presentation and programming has made us a second home to movie fans all over the planet and earned accolades from the likes of Entertainment Weekly (#1 theater in America), Wired.com (Coolest Movie Theater in the World) and Fandango.com (One of the Best Theaters in the Country). Innovation is at the heart of everything we strive for, so in addition to maintaining the latest and greatest in projection technology so that every show features crisp, bright digital or 35mm presentations with booming surround sound, we also program repertory titles and special events you won’t find anywhere else.

About Film Chest:

Founded in 2001, Film Chest offers high-quality content for a wide variety of production and distribution needs, boasting one of the world’s largest libraries (10,000+ hours) of classic feature films, television, foreign imports, documentaries, special interest and audio—much of it restored and digitized in HD. Headquartered in Bridgeport, Conn., with offices in New York City, the company also produces collector’s DVD sets for the American Pop Classics, CULTRA and HD Cinema Classics. Visit  online: www.filmchestmediagroup.com

For Cinema Latte’s DVD Review for ZAAT on TVR: 


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