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Meet the 20-Year-Old Friends With Down Syndrome Who Made a Zombie Movie

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Two best friends made a campy zombie movie that’s scoring some festival buzz. Sam Suchmann and Mattie Zufelt, both 20, share a massive zombie obsession.

The Providence, R.I., amateur filmmakers, who both have Down syndrome, will appear on Conan Thursday, but they’re not nervous. Their upbeat film, Spring Break Zombie Massacre, is full of parties with fist pumps and fist bumps, about 70 gallons of fake blood and a bunch of zombies out to ruin prom.

“Me and Mattie are different, but our bro-ship is bigger than anything. We’re not ordinary. We’re rebellious. Back in the day we’d be locked in an asylum or a group home, but it’s not like that anymore,” Suchmann told TIME.

Suchmann and Zufelt star as the superheroes in the rescue story. The duo uses bionic technology that makes their brains and muscles work faster so they can save the day. “People with disabilities have a voice to be heard. Some people have dreams like us, to make a zombie movie. We want other people with disabilities to scream at the top of their lungs to let other people know who they are,” Zufelt said.

Watch the trailer below. The film will be available online after the festival run in New York City, Los Angeles and Kansas City.

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