Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Zombie Walks- A New Phenomenon (Guest Post by Matt Fordham)

A wacky new phenomenon is taking over the world- Zombie Walks!

This strange new hobby involves large (or small) groups of zombie fanatics dressing up as their favourite un-dead creatures and walking pre-determined routes through city centres. This un-dead ‘mob’ attempt to make this recreation all the more realistic by making authentic zombie moaning noises and also the trademark ‘zombie walk’. As you can imagine, the sight of this motley crew coming towards you would scare anyone to high heaven. What makes it even scarier is the fact that zombie walk devotees spend a great deal of time and effort on make-up as well as their zombiecostumes. The results they achieve are nothing short of amazing, and you would be hard-pressed to notice any difference between zombie walkers and the zombie monsters you would find on a Hollywood horror flick!

But what exactly compels the zombie walkers to, well, walk?? It’s very difficult to pinpoint an answer to this question as motivations can vary. Some of the walkers are just out and out zombie fanatics. Others organise walks for political reasons, as a form of protest, and still others hold walks as anti-capitalist protests. The zombie has long been used as a symbol of consumerism, and it’s no accident that so many zombie films are set in shopping malls!

The earliest zombie walk on record was held on in Sacramento, California back in 2001. Since then the phenomenon really caught on, spurred by the advances in social networking. Facebook and Twitter have both been critical in both increasing the profile of walks and also in their organisation.

The world’s biggest zombie walk took place in October 2010 in New Jersey, with a massive 4,093 zombie participants. Despite numerous attempts to break the record since, this particular record still stands! It’s really amazing to see how this small scales phenomenon has ‘gone global’ and I wouldn’t be surprised to see them spread out to the regions and smaller towns right around the globe. This is one phenomenon that is here to stay!

About Matt
Matt runs a blog dedicated to offering the very best (and scariest) selection of zombie costumes which you can find at:
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