Zombies are all over the place these days and they don't seem to be going anywhere.
From Walking Dead to zombie runs to the face-eating bath salts guy a couple years back, the undead are popping up all over the place -- some studies say the obsession is a cultural indicator of societal dissatisfaction and economic turmoil and that makes sense. When you're broke, you're hungry, and you'd eat just about anything.
If you're looking for an excuse to morph into a soulless corpse for an evening -- or you just want to see yourself in an indie flick -- Third Eye Adventures is hosting the LDUB Zombie Crawl next weekend and they'll be filming their own low budget film of the living dead.
Taking place Saturday, April 26 from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m., the second annual LDUB Zombie Crawl is making its way around Lake Worth. And besides this being your chance to slap an arm on your head and say "ahhhh" like the undead, you can also appear in a local film that's shooting at the event. The evening serves as the final filming for Beach Zombie Rampage: Kick'n it in the LDUB, a community-based low budget zombie thriller set in Lake Worth -- hey, it could be your big zombie break.
"We started the film last August in response to seeing a ton of really horrible zombie movies and figuring we could make one just as bad, but better," says event organizer Keiran O'Shay. "They spend 40 minutes character building Billy, Joe, Jim, Bob, whatever having long dialogue about how thoughtful and caring he is. When you could cut the chase and put him in a scene with an old man. The old man falls and Jim Bob has a choice -- stop and help gramps or let him be zombie chum. You find out in a nanosecond what ole Jimmy is made of. Or like you watch a zombie movie for 40 movies before you see one zombie or you have people getting eaten (like your cousin Myrtle in the front yard) and somehow necking is your answer to crisis? Anyway, you watch how bad or nonsensical the stuff that is put out and you wonder how they even got funding. So, that started our venture."
For $15 per person (it benefits Big Dog Ranch Rescue and the RedTrunks water safety program), the walking dead will be making their way around local bars and eateries for food and drink specials.
The Ground Zero Processing Center (i.e. registration) will be set up at South Shores Tavern & Patio Bar, with early check-in from 4 to 5:30 p.m. and continuing on until 8 p.m. At registration, each participant will get a Zombie Shelter Map with a layout of all the establishments and clues for special "undead incidents" throughout the area.
For those looking for a little help, several Zombie Guides will be shepherding you monsters into the prearranged incidents -- one of which might be strangely reminiscent to MJ's "Thriller."
If you need some Zombie help, fromt 4 to 7 p.m., Enigma Haunt will be onsite primping for those looking to get that perfect walker look. It's five bucks on a first come, first serve basis. A costume contest with prizes will be held for the Best Zombie, Most Spirited, Worst Zombie Ever, and Sexiest Zombie Alive.
"It's basically a spoof but better (at least we think so)," continues O'Shea on the film. "It's set in Lake Worth and from the beginning it's 90% action, short/witty lines. Since there are no professional actors in the first movie, everyone is a volunteer. It's fun, campy, there are some pretty cool zombie attack scenes and it's in 3D. How cool is that? We will wrap up principal filming in the next month and hope to have it out by August."