Zack Carlson Leaving Drafthouse

Booker behind Terror Tuesday headed for creative career

Zack Carlson (left) and his creative partner Bryan Connolly
Zack Carlson (left) and his creative partner Bryan Connolly
Photo by Sandy Carson

It's with a bloody tear that we read the big news from the Alamo Drafthouse: Longtime booker, nay institution, Zack Carlson, is leaving the team to work on his blossoming film and writing career.

The man behind the long-running Terror Tuesday horror series and a Drafthouse original, after eight years Carlson is leaving to concentrate on his writing and film-making career. Along with his writing and creative partner Bryan Connolly, he already has his history of punk cinema Destroy All Movies!!!: The Complete Guide to Punks on Film on shelves. Nearby you'll probably find The American Scream, the documentary he co-produced about Halloween home haunts. He now has four films and two books underway (including, hopefully, the long-awaited vampire killer DESTROY). He wrote today,"I ended up making a career of celebrating other people's creative endeavors. I should maybe take a crack at a few myself."

(Quick update for all you Terror Tuesday regulars: Trash-horror expert Joseph Ziemba of will take over booking duties. Let a new era of 35mm bloodletting commence!)

Much as we're excited by what he's planning on a bigger screen, locally he'll always be the guy that would rave about oddities like Carnival Magic and Miami Connection. This is a man that made Mausoleum a date movie, and that is a legacy that will not go away. Fortunately, neither will he: Well, not completely. The Drafthouse confirms he will still be working with Fantastic Fest and Drafthouse Pictures.

In a press release, Alamo jefe Tim League wrote, "Zack has left an indelible mark on the Alamo Drafthouse with his incredible enthusiasm. Part of me is sad when a friend moves on from the Alamo, but I'm really happy when they do so to truly pursue their passion."

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