Their movie, « Spring Break Zombie Massacre », premiered in Providence last week

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Best friends with Down syndrome make epic zombie movie

by Jennifer McDermott

Spring Break Zombie Massacre

In this July 12, 2016 photo, Mattie Zufelt, left, and Sam Suchmann pose with ghoulish figures at Sam’s home in Providence, R.I. Suchmann and Zufelt, best friends with Down syndrome, are living their dreams of making a full-length, epic zombie movie and becoming celebrities. The duo premiered their movie, “Spring Break Zombie Massacre,” in Providence last week, have been invited to several film festivals in North America, and are scheduled to appear on “Conan” Thursday. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) Two best friends from Rhode Island are living their dream of making an epic zombie movie and becoming celebrities.

Sam Suchmann and Mattie Zufelt, both 20, have Down syndrome.

« Down syndrome causes us to think slower than others, but we don’t let that get in the way, » Suchmann says. « Because we’re naturally amazing. »

Their movie, « Spring Break Zombie Massacre , » premiered in Providence last week, and they’ve been invited to several film festivals in North America. They also are scheduled to appear Thursday on Conan O’Brien’s show.

The friends like movies and zombies and thought they could make a better zombie movie than some already out there. Zufelt hopes their movie proves why a book shouldn’t be judged by its cover. He asks people to « look at the contents. »

The two friends play brothers in the movie, two cool guys with bionic powers capable of saving humanity forever. The devil chases them through high school, college and spring break, trying to steal their powers and turning bullies into zombies and demons to help him in his quest.

They’re often chugging soda, which they absolutely love.

One of their favorite scenes comes at the end of the movie when Paul « DJ Pauly D » DelVecchio, a hero to Zufelt, makes a cameo appearance at a boat party that’s attacked by zombies. Zufelt, who dreams of being a DJ, jumps on the turntable in a final battle with the devil.

« My character, he’s a straight badass, » says Zufelt, whose DJ nickname is « Mattie Mixer. »

DelVecchio, a Rhode Island native, says he was intrigued and taken back by how much they wanted him in the movie. He says it was such a « dope » project and he loved their story, so he signed on.

« You could tell they had a passion for this. This was something they really wanted to do, » he says. « And it just goes to show you that anybody that can put their mind to it, can get something this big done. … They worked so hard and it came out great. »

Suchmann, of Providence, and Zufelt, of Bristol, grew close after they met while swimming in the Special Olympics during elementary school. They started working on the movie about five years ago. A Kickstarter campaign for the movie raised about $70,000 in late 2014.


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