Moans from the undead rose from the streets of Nelson today as zombies spilled out from the Civic Theatre in search of fresh fleshy bits and brains to gnaw.
For the second year, the Civic Theatre hosted the zombie walk, offering the help of makeup artists hours prior to the zombie apocalypse.
Civic manger Jason Asbell said after last year’s zombie take-over there was much anticipation for the gathering this year.
Asbell said zombies are a pandemic idea and this allows for re-imaging the zombies of today into whatever character you want, rather than a traditional role like Dracula.
“Zombies can be whatever they were when they were bitten,” said Asbell, who was dressed as a blood splatted painter holding a paint roller soaked in blood.
“The idea of zombies is they’re not smart, they’re slow. Their strength is in their mass of numbers.”
Down the street in front of city hall, screams were heard as a young woman failed in her attempt to get away from a mob of once youthful zombies, which were led by the Crawford Bay school drama students. Their mob grew as student zombies bit bystanders, and soon they broke out into a flash mob dancing to Michel Jackson’s classic Thriller.
The once youthful Crawford Bay drama students and their freshly bitten zombie horde took over Nelson’s city hall with a flash mob performance to Michael Jackson’s iconic song Thriller. Tamara Hynd photo
The zombie flash mob was an outtake from the student’s award winning performance of their play that hit the Capitol Theatre stage on Friday night. The students wrote the play as part of a regional drama festival held in Nelson this past week.
The two groups of zombies came together to shuffle down Baker St. in search of more victims, before returning to the Civic for a free film screening.
A spider crept its way down Baker St. looking to cast a web to catch prey. Not everyone is afraid of spiders; however, as two young ladies accompanying the impressive arachnid claimed the spider was their pet. Tamara Hynd photos