MULTIMEDIA: Zombies march on city 

ZOMBIES took over the Newcastle CBD yesterday evening as more than 200 of the undead lurched their way from the Museum to Greater Union cinemas in King Street. 

This was the fourth year of the event, which is hosted by the Newcastle Undead Society and also features events at Newcastle Museum.

Zombie walks have become relatively common in large cities around the world, especially in America.

Promoted primarily through word of mouth and online, zombie walks have a cult following.

Participants are encouraged to remain in zombie character throughout the walks by dragging limbs,  grunting, groaning and making slurred moaning calls for ’brains’.

‘‘It’s quite theatrical,’’  president of the Newcastle Undead Society Ella Reed said.

‘‘Some people join the group to come along for a laugh, others are photographers and film makers.’’

The Newcastle Undead Society has about 700 members.

A short film competition was held last night at Greater Union cinemas in King Street as part of Newcastle Zombiefest.

Nine ‘‘scary’’ flicks were screened from filmmakers as far away as Sydney and the Blue Mountains.

‘‘Like many of our members I love scary films and especially like zombie horror films,’’ Ms Reed said.

The museum, which also took part in the event last year, offered zombie enthusiasts the chance to dress up and touch creepy stuff like animal brains in boxes.

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