ZOMBIEPALOOZA!

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When there is no more room in hell, the dead will walk the earth. This was an incredible weekend full of fun, mayhem, carnage, and gore thanks in no small part to the efforts of Murfreesboro’s YEAH! (Youth Empowerment through Arts and Humanities) organization. The group, which fosters, encourages, and teaches area youths how to be upstanding citizens by providing them an outlet for their creativity, the 4th annual walk sponsored and organized by the group was a amazing event. Meeting under the steepled roof of the municipal courthouse there were games, costume contests, a bake sale, and live music by talented YEAH! alums O, Summer! and The Vamptones, both of which were extremely talented and a lot of fun to see perform. As a lover of music it was thrilling to see O, Summer! do some great covers of The Time Warp and other Rocky Horror Picture Show tunes, but to perform their own songs as well. While I haven’t had a chance to look for it today as I’ve lurched through the internet, their album was supposed to release and, if you can find it, I promise you some awesome music you can dance to.

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I haven’t been able to attend a zombie walk in two years thanks to medical problems and a conflicting work schedule. You know, I love writing but I also like to eat. I was so excited to be able to attend the walk, especially since the Nashville walk was a complete bust this year. As prefaced Friday or Saturday, I had intended to bash the Geek Media Expo (GMX) who, to my understanding bought out the organization that used to host the Nashville Z Walk every year but, after thinking about it, it was really the inevitable end that the event was fated to the day they sold out to a large corporation. No sense in being angry over human nature. Especially when you still got to go to an incredible walk for an awesome cause.

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As you can see, from gorey to goofy, the zombies lurched through the historic square in spite of a cool, rainy Tennessee autumn, pursued by some of the most intense looking zombie hunters I’ve seen at an event like this in years. Even their car (which I regrettably don’t have a pic at the moment to post), was a souped up Bug ready to bash skulls and speed out of quarantine zones. Some of the more notable zombies were the bride, our arrow victim zombies, a zombified Superman and The Flash, and a couple of girls with zippers in their faces. The Paul Mitchell school did a lot of excellent  makeup for the walkers who might not have otherwise had time to get themselves in costume and the rainy weather held out long enough for everyone to have a good time.

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This is what a zombie walk is about. The first walk I took my son to was in 2007 in Nashville. It was a bit bigger than the gathering in Murfreesboro Saturday, but not by much. It’s about people with a common interest getting together to celebrate. Families, friends, artists, and weirdos all coming out to be strange and have some fun.

So, in addition to the Z walk, I also took in a zombie double feature Saturday night. Dead Rising: Watchtower and The Nerdist presents The Hive. I’m not going to get into a full on review but I will say that both were excellent and entertaining. Neither was particularly frightening but they were still well written, well shot, and the acting was on a par with a good B movie. Not the schlock you usually find me complaining about on here.

Undertaker is still going through its revisions and End Game comes out Sunday in Devolution Z so keep checking in for updates and links.

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A pair of 'killer' zombie hunters. Photo courtesy of Matt Matulin.

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About Danno

Dan Lee is a horror fiction fiend, freelance writer and photographer living in the outer edge of a large, southern metropolis. His stories, articles, and photos have been featured in several ‘zines and websites and his fiction and other prose continues to be developed through this blog.
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  1. Pingback: Zombie Walks and Why I’ll Never (Knowingly) Attend a GMX Function: A Refresher | Danno of the Dead Blog

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