Night of the Naked Dead
a paranormal thriller



The film is an independent production made on a micro-budget (about the price of a medium priced new car). It was shot over a twelve day period in 2011 with some nondialogue B-roll shot in 2012 and released December 3, 2013.  The Distribution page on this site has a list of cable companies and other media sources which the film was initially released to. The list is also available at

It was the first film made by me (Junius Podrug, the writer-producer-director). Over 95 percent of the film was shot in and around the Cape Cod 1772 historical house owned by me, my wife Hilde, and writing partner Carol McCleary.

The three of us had never even been on a movie set before we shot this film. Generally speaking no one in the cast or crew that I know of had prior experience actually making a full length movie that got distributed although some of them had acting experience.

Carol, Hilde, and I financed the film, put the production together and ultimately even performed some crew tasks under assumed names to create the appearance of a bigger production.

We were aided by an amazing group of people who put out tremendous energy and talent to make the film happen (see below). Despite all my well-laid plans, if the actors and crew, most of whom had zero experience in any sort of filmmaking, hadn’t come through with professional grade acting, camera, sound and all the other skills it took to make a full length movie, the entire film would have ended up on the cutting room floor.

The film received mostly decent reviews, much of it praising the acting, though there are always trolls who want to criticize what others have done because they can’t do it themselves. There has been criticism for the fact that while there are “living dead” in the film, they are not traditional zombies. There are “living dead” in the movie, they just weren’t traditional zombies staggering around, eating human flesh. We didn’t want to make a typical zombie film and managed not to. I don’t think the world will miss a few less flesh-ripping zombies staggering around. 

Tom Gleba of called it a “very cool, very atmospheric movie with good performances.” He gave it a “firm 7 out of 10.

Reviewer Mike Habefelner stated “it's actually a pretty weird and inventive supernatural mystery, on a narrative level at least, and it features a bunch of pretty good performances. The movie just lets itself down a bit on the directorial level, it just seems too ... conventional.”

A Horror Society review by Blacktooth stated “The acting in this one is surprisingly well done.  The entire cast does a great job and that brings their characters to life . . .  The story actually had potential to be one spooky and atmospheric ghost story but fell short when it tried to be a moody drama. 

Michael Allen, 28 Days Later Analysis, said the film “is influenced by the phenom director Alfred Hitchcock and the supernatural sci-fi television series ‘X-Files.’”

During the first six months of 2016 the film was viewed by over 3 million people as a Kings of Horror YouTube presentation between January and July. The film was free to watch but was supported by ads from major companies (Starbucks, Disney, Wendy’s, Staples, Charmin, etc.). When I checked the YouTube page for the Kings of Horror presentation on July 4, 2016 there were 3277 “Likes” and 1369 “Don’t Like” giving the movie slightly over a 70% rating as a “Like.” (There were 3,166,893 total views.)

The mere fact a bunch of people who had never made a movie before got together and did one that got three offers of distribution (I accepted the one from Maxim who brought in others), and ended up making the rounds of DVD, cable, streaming and VOD was nothing short of a miracle.  





A SAG ULB (Ultra Low Budget) production, Night of the Naked Dead was shot in 12 days in 2011 with some minor no-dialogue scenes shot in 2012.  It beat 100 to 1 odds and got several distribution offers. We accepted an offer and the film was released on December 3, 2013 in DVD and thereafter in other digital formats.

The movie is a different kind of living dead film, paranormal with more suspense than action; it's unrated, but has no sexual nudity or extreme gore, no sexual F-Bombs, and is probably in the PG-13 realm. 

The description of the hard work the cast and crew did in shooting principal photography for the film is set out below.  While the film has a living dead-alien theme, it is not a slasher movie, but a suspense tale in the vein of the X-Files.  The storyline revolves around people encountering mysterious strangers.

          EMMA is a struggling romance writer who wishes she wasn’t living in an age where romance is given the same quick in-and-out treatment as fast food.  Hurt by love, she dresses Ugly Betty to conceal her attractiveness.  (Emma was played by Emma Jayne Gruttadauria)

 DAVID is a caustic, wounded Afghan veteran who has dropped out of society and works as an itinerant handyman.  He dresses Salvation Army couture, and needs a shave, a haircut, and an attitude adjustment (the type given by cops with a baton).  (David was played by Joshua Koopman.)

VERONICA is a star-struck hitchhiker making her way to Hollywood.  She’s naïve, sexually mature and emotionally immature.    (Alexandra Creteau played Veronica; a Body Double plays the Veronica character's first appearance.)
         COBY is a cold-blooded serial killer who passes for a police officer. Beneath a chill-stiff façade is a violent storm of emotions and convulsions.  (Nick Apostolides played Coby.)

         JACK, a rat bastard real estate agent, was played by Carl Back.

        Body Doubles are used for some scenes.

         Emma Jane Itri played Katie.
        Diana Back played Mother.
        Norman Sylvia played a sheriff's deputy.
        Lou Cataldo played a stranded motorist.
        Zoe Kelly played a news reporter.
        John Kelly played a news cameraman.
        Sallie Tighe played a news anchor.
        David Breski played Monty.
        Sail Earle Beithe played the Living Dead man.
        Sarah Michelle played the Living Dead woman.
Crew included Director of Photography John Kelly, cameraman Duncan Raymond, and production sound mixing by Jay Sheehan of Garrett Audio.  Ricky Crump did makeup and hair styling, Foxey McCleary provided art and set work, Carol McCleary did set designs, assisted with makeup, and other chores, Hilde Krische-Podrug was the line producer and editing, and Junius Podrug, writer-director, (who, along with Hilde, Carol, and Foxey) took out the trash and performed many other grubby chores vital to Indie filmmaking. 

This is only a partial listing of screen credits for the people above.  Hilde, Carol, and I did so many functions I used other names to fill the credits so it looked like a bigger crew. 
Every member of the cast and crew performed as highly qualified professionals, but special thanks goes to John Kelly, who was a driving force of nature on the set, and Emma Gruttadauria who appeared in over eighty percent of the scenes and often had to go from tears to laughter to fright in minutes.  Jay Sheehan’s sound recording was so expertise that little sound editing was required in production

Getting a movie made has been described as being as hard as catching lightning in a bottle.  We are blinded by stars in our eyes or we wouldn’t have tried it.  We looked for people who were also blinded by stars and found them.