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Five for Frightening: 5 Reasons To Celebrate The 10th Annual NYC Zombie Crawl

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“When there’s no more booze in Hell, the dead will walk the earth…” So warns the tagline of deliciously unhinged, gleefully transgressive NYC Zombie Crawl, which celebrates its tenth madcap apocalypse this Sunday, June 26th—and this edition is pretty clearly shaping up to be the nuttiest, bloodiest one yet. The full dizzying schedule of visual, aural and social depravities can be found at the event’s official website, but FANGO asked producer/director/zombie ringleader Doug Sakmann to fill us in on the five biggest lowlights of this insane institution. The wrangler of the undead did not disappoint…  

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1. A SMORGASBORD OF BLOOD

“The NYC Zombie Crawl has become known for the copious amounts of blood splattered all over the neighborhood, and everyone is invited to join in!” Sakmann enthuses. “Using supersoakers, water guns, blood cannons, blood balloons, buckets—pretty much anything that can spray bodily fluids—the zombies will gather outside Bar Matchless at 6:30 p.m. to get hosed down en route to the annual crawl through McCarren Park for a zombie photo op before the trek down Bedford Avenue for a free zombie pizza party! BYOB—Bring your own blood!”

 

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2. THERE SHE IS, MISS (UNDEAD) (TATTOOED) AMERICA!

“This year INKED MAGAZINE and Steadfast Brand will be searching for the best tattooed zombies throughout the crawl,” Sakmann says. “And at the Black Bear Bar afterparty I’ll be hosting the notorious Hot Zombie Contest alongside INKED girls Fallon Vendetta and Kali Feline—and Troma Entertainment’s Dolphinman will make a special appearance! Prizes will be awarded to the zombies with the Best Ink as well as Bloodiest Zombie, Hottest Zombie, Best SPFX, Best Costume and more!” 

 

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3. HUMAN FLESH HOOK FUN

Skindicate Suspension will be returning to work with the Squidling Brothers Circus Sideshow to present some human flesh hook tug-o-wars at the afterparty,” Sakmann reveals. “It’s pretty much like a real-life HELLRAISER scenario where actual shark hooks are put into human beings and the limits are tested on how much strain the flesh can take!”

 

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4. FX FOR THE MASSES

“Every year zombies plan their costumes for months leading up to the NYC Zombie Crawl and this year is no exception!” Sakmann says. “There will be some amazing makeup artists at the first stop of the event from 4:00 until 6:30 p.m. making humans who don’t have their own costumes into zombies, including the crew from the haunted attractions The Haunt at Rocky Ledge and Pennhurst Haunted Asylum! Also on hand will be the makeup team from the new horror movie CALL SHEET which will have its world premiere of clips at the afterparty!” 

 

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5. SCARY CHEAP DRINKS

“Pabst Blue Ribbon and Not Your Father’s Root Beer will be presenting drink specials at all the venues,” Sakmann says. “It will be the lowest priced drinks you will find anywhere in New York City that day starting with dollar Pabsts and Root Beers from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. at Bar Matchless—it’s pretty insane!” 

About the author
Shawn Macomber http://www.stopshawnmacomber.com
The ravings of noted South Florida pug wrangler Shawn Macomber have appeared in Decibel, Magnet, Reason, Maxim, Radar, Shroud, and the Wall Street Journal, amongst other fine and middling publications. He also hosts the podcast Into the Depths and pens the metal-lit column Tales From the Metalnomicon for Decibel magazine.
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