Easter Sunday is approaching — and that means it’s time to celebrate the famous undead prophet’s re-birthday at the Easter Philadelphia Zombie Crawl. You don’t even have to do your own make-up — you can attend a pre-game painting for just $10 (which we know from experience will save you time cleaning the gore stains off the bathroom sink.)
In other zombie walk news, we haven’t heard anything about another Easter zombie walk in Boston this year, after there was some controversy about last year’s Easter zombie event there. But you really never know when the hordes will strike, do you?
Any zombie can dance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” right? Some of us non-corpses, though, never quite got through the first three steps without wishing we were dead. But thanks to this fantastic t-shirt, which Threadless reprinted in MJ’s memory, we might just have a chance after all.
Illustrated zombies depict the dance broken down in 12 “frames” in this stylish and user-friendly t-shirt. What more could you want in casual zombie apparel?
A couple of months ago we told you about a lecture given by Dr. Steven C. Schlozman, a Harvard psychiatrist and zombie enthusiast, covering zombie neuroscience and psychology. Unfortunately no one here at Zombie Slash could attend, but thankfully someone did and took extensive notes. We suggest that you take a look. Maybe this zombie thing isn’t so far fetched.
An interesting side note is that Schlozman drafted a faux medical journal article about a zombie outbreak, called “Ataxic Neurodegenerative Satiety Deficiency Syndrome.” Let it be known that we want a copy!
Zombie Hooker Nightmare is a silly, free Flash game on the Adult Swim website, where you’re a hooker who needs to find a john and make some cash in a world overrun by slow, mindless zombies. It’s an easy time waster, and the gameplay is … well, pretty familiar. There are tons of mini games just like it … minus the hookers of course.
The Zombie Slash team—we’re currently lounging across a couch talking about zombies and video games, living the glamorous life of the horror fan blogger—suspects that the reason behind all these zombie mini games is not simply because zombies are awesome (even though they are). It’s also because zombies are easy enemies for game developers to create. The game reviewers at NextGenWalkthroughs agreed with us in their recent walkthrough of Resident Evil 5:
I think that’s one of the reasons why there have been so many zombie games lately: because zombie AI is extremely easy to do, because they’re dumb, they go in a line for you, they b-line for you, they’re not ducking behind cover. (YouTube link)
But then again, we love zombies. So if you want to kill a few minutes of your otherwise dreary day blasting a few dumb zombies, who are we to stop you?
If you’re into zombies for more then the guts and gore and are going to be in the Boston area next week, we recommend that you attend Science on Screen: Night of the Living Dead with psychiatrist Steven C. Schlozman. Prior to watching Romero’s cinematographic opus, Night of the Living Dead, Schlozman will “discuss the theoretical neuroscience of zombies and the psychological effects they have on others.” Fascinating stuff.
Here at Zombie Slash, we’ve already explored the psychological underpinnings of our fascination with the undead, and wonder what a Harvard professor of psychiatry has to say about it. Going one step further, Schlozman will explore people’s hypothetical state of mind when confronted with a zombie attack. What causes them to increasingly regress to a zombie-like state without being infected? The end result maybe resembling what Max Brooks calls “Quizlings”?
We hope you can attend this intriguing lecture and enjoy the movie with a new mind, no pun intended.
I think Contact Improv is a silly new age thing. It seriously looks like zombies dancing. I really think you could incorporate this into a zombie film, where a bunch of crunchy granola self help yoga people become bloodthirsty zombies. Maybe no one would notice the difference at first. It would be brilliant.
Comments left on the event’s Facebook page include harsh (and sometimes trolling) criticism such as “Having this on easter will be perceived as being anti christian and mocking jesus,” and “the timing on Easter is clearly offensive.” Are these comments coming from actual zombie walk participants, or from roving bands of Christian e-soldiers? Easter zombie walks aren’t unprecedented. And considering that the Easter Bunny is more iconic of Easter to many Americans than Jesus’ resurrection, the zombie walk’s timing is unlikely to offend the mainstream.
What’s the point of a zombie walk? They’re intended to be provocative. This Easter, Boston is taking the bait.
Genest was inspired by horror movies, especially George A Romero’s films. In an interview with Bizarre magazine, he explains his motivation. “I thought long and hard about what I really wanted, what my passion was. And I decided I wanted to be a fucking zombie.”
He’s really lucid about his ongoing tattoo project — which may eventually include tattooing the whites of his eyes and removing an ear — and overall, sounds like a pretty cool guy. Check out the article in Bizarre for the full interview and lots more photos.
Oddly enough, I found Zombie Boy online while researching train trips to St. Augustine. Zombies are everywhere. (But if you know a good way to get to St. Augustine by train, let me know.)
Note: This post was edited on 4/26/2011 to correct Genest’s name, which we erroneously had as Murray.
Twitter was awash with zombies yesterday due to Agent_M‘s Zombietalk Thursday. The question of the day: Could you kill your zombie significant other? (If you’re asking, “Why would you?” you should consider that some people started dating before their partner was a zombie.)