Zombies were around long before George Romero's Night Of The Living Dead
, but that film popularized the zombie as a lumbering, slow moving menace that allowed potential victims plenty of time to fall, twist an ankle and still shamble out of the zombie's reach. That all changed with films like 2004's Dawn Of The Dead
remake, 28 Days Later
and the Resident Evil
series, which amped up the walking dead's pace from a shuffle to a sprint, raising the ire of purists who argued those decaying ankles would never be able to support a zombie at such mach speeds. One thing everyone can support is the St. Louis Zombie Walk
, a fundraiser for the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America that invites you and your pals to dress up like zombies and traverse the Loop at the speed you deem appropriate. Zombie up and meet in the parking lot behind Starbucks at Leland Avenue and Delmar Boulevard at 6 p.m. You'll need to sign a code of conduct agreement before you can participate. The walk begins at 7 p.m., and several businesses are offering special deals for zombies afterward. Creep on over to www.facebook.com/StLZombieWalk
for a look at the map and a downloadable code of conduct agreement, as well as a direct link to the CCFA's donation page.
Sat., Oct. 22, 2011