EVANS CITY (KDKA) — The groundbreaking horror film “Night of the Living Dead” opens in Evans City Cemetery where actor Russ Streiner is the first to meet his demise at the hands of mutant zombies.

Forty-three years after the film was produced, Streiner’s brother, Gary, hopes to save a boarded-up graveyard chapel which appears in several scenes.

Gary Streiner says it suffers from, “Water damage, you know, because the gutters were down. Water came down alongside the building as opposed to being distributed away from the building, so that’s created some foundation problems.”

For several decades now, cemetery workers have used it for storage.

In September, the Evans City Cemetery Association delayed plans to tear it down if Streiner and website friends can raise the estimated $50,000 to fix it within a year.

“It’s to continue the legacy of Night of the Living Dead,” Streiner says, “and save a historic landmark and a cinematic landmark.”

He says that zombies around the world have answered the call.

For more information, log on to www.fixthechapel.com.

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