Nearly 2,000 zombie enthusiasts donned their best “dead” attire for an annual walk at the Monroeville Mall. The zombies limp past stores like Abercrombie & Fitch and Victoria’s Secret. Dozens of cities around the world stage zombie walks, but this area boasts a special connection to the reanimated corpses because it is where Mr. Romero, maker of six films with “dead” in the title, got his start.
Monroeville, Pennsylvania, is located 14 miles east of Pittsburgh. The Monroeville Mall served as the setting for George Romero’s 1978 horror classic Dawn of the Dead.
The “Low-Tech Egalitarianism” Appeal of Zombies
Many say the monster’s low-tech egalitarianism appeals to them. (Unlike vampires, sometimes portrayed as aloof aristocrats, anyone can be a zombie.) Sometimes called blue-collar monsters, zombies who seek the flesh and brains of the living require few special effects, compared with aliens and other monsters. Some say their relative ordinariness makes them scarier.
Ken Foree and Cult of the Psychic Fetus
Outside the mall, a band called Cult of the Psychic Fetus performed loudly and zombies competed in an Ugly Pageant won by a zombie with intestines sticking out of her back.
This year’s Monroeville walk coincided with the opening of a zombie museum called “Monroeville Zombies,” housed in the Time and Space Toys store. Actor Ken Foree, whose character battled zombies in the Monroeville Mall in “Dawn of the Dead” christened the wall prior to the zombie walk, placing his red handprints on it. “You were part of the launching of the Maul of Fame,” Mr. Foree said, as zombie fans applauded. “When it’s full you can say, ‘I was there for the first one.’ “