For those that have been sticking with the blog, you may remember my post detailing a zombie walk. They are massive events that span hundreds – and sometimes thousands – of people, who all dress to resemble one of the undead. From zombie makeup and torn clothing to severed limps and loads of fake blood, everyone does their best to look their worst.
In 2010, Paris held one of the best zombie walks ever recorded. (And by best, I mean best.) The attendants looked absolutely disgusting and the quality of detail that went into everyone’s costumes was astonishing. People walked around in post apocalyptic armor, with blood dripping from every orifice. Others shuffled in mobs, moaning and looking like they walked right out of a George Romero movie.
Live Rasoloarison, an artist living in Paris, was there to capture the whole thing. Even if you find the current over-saturation of zombie culture to be unbearable, you cannot deny the morbid beauty of these photos. Paris has definitely found a way to outperform every other zombie walk that has ever taken place. If America wishes to step up their zombie quality, we had better start planning now.
Whether you have ever wished to own a zombie costume, or simply love zombie lore, let’s be honest for a moment, zombies are one of the largest fads currently lurching its way through mainstream media. From books (WWZ, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies) and movies (Shaun of the Dead, Fido, Zombie Strippers, 28 Weeks Later) to comics (Marvel Zombies, Black Gas) and television shows (The Walking Dead), zombies are here to stay. With that said, have you ever felt envious at the sight of a massive zombie horde shuffling its way through the downtown cluster of cities? Have you ever wanted to cover yourself in the gore of human flesh and walk amongst your undead brethren? Fear not, my fellow cadaver, you are in luck, because you can live out this experience during a Zombie Walk, a massive gathering of blood-thirsty zombies.
As you can see, a Zombie Walk is a huge deal. People put on zombie makeup, they shred up their clothes, they get a bunch of zombie props, and they spend hours practicing their zombie shuffle. The best part? Besides the individuals participating in the Zombie Walk, no one even knows it is going to happen. Imagine walking down the street, or driving your car, and you suddenly find yourself swarmed by hundreds of lifelike zombies! Once the immediate panic has gone away, the sheer entertainment of it all is simply astonishing.
Becoming an actual zombie would be a terrible, terrible thing. The bite, the pain, the fever, the headaches, and then the death, it’s all a little too much to romanticize about. Instead, you can live out your fantasies with your friends, or even your family – (I actually have a friend whose parents dressed him up in a zombie child costume when he was younger). It is an event so massive, so horrifically insane that you simply have to experience it. And getting dressed up in a zombie costume is always a recipe for fun. Take, for example, this photo:
If you feel that Halloween is still too far away, a Zombie Walk may be just the thing to cure your undead anxieties. I mean, why should you only be allowed to look horrific one night of the year? Life is too short for that kind of logic. So, gather up your friends, tell them all about the oncoming zombie apocalypse, and then find a Zombie Walk in your area of the world. You may be surprised to learn that one is happening pretty soon. Or, maybe you will take the initiative and start planning one out. Whatever you decide, have fun out there and be safe.