In Pictures: The 2012 Cape Town Zombie Walk, Part 1

By: Mandy J Watson
Photographs: Mandy J Watson and Doane Smuts
Posted: 1 November 2012
Category: Features
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The sun beat down on the horde. Thirsting for braaaaiiiinnnsss, the zombies lurched across the grass as waves crashed ominously against nearby rocks. No passersby were safe. Here, in pictures, is part 1 of this annual Horrorfest event.

The third annual Cape Town Zombie Walk was once again a highlight of this year's Horrorfest. A new route was planned, starting on the lawn at the grassy knoll at the spot where the Sea Point Promenade meets Three Anchor Bay and then following the promenade south east to just before the Sea Point swimming pools before turning back and returning to the start point.

If you were a zombie who was particularly interested in being totally immersed in the experience it was a great spot to start the walk as the stench of rotting seaweed drifted, from the inlet next to the promenade, over the grass and the air was filled with, well, the smell of dogs (we'll leave it at that). Thankfully the rest of the walk's route was more pleasing on the nose but we were stuck at the start point for some time as the walk started late, at about 16:30, because the organiser was waiting for a loud hailer that never arrived and he eventually resorted to shouting his instructions to the crowd.

The rules were simple: stick to the grass, don't step on the pathway next to the road, don't step in the road, and don't walk in the parking lots. We were also given a zombie-walking demonstration though most people learnt nothing from it as the majority of the zombies really did walk the route, rather than shuffle in character, which was the biggest disappointment of the day.

In contrast, the effort put into the costumes and makeup was impressive. Some people put a lot of thought into their gruesome appearances and it was fun catching sight of all the little details.


In Pictures: The 2012 Cape Town Zombie Walk, Part 1
Ready For Brains Right before this photo was taken these two zombies and their friends had been putting the finishing touches to their costumes. They used a mixture of maizena, water, and food colouring to make the blood spatters, which they splashed liberally over themselves from a bottle.


In Pictures: The 2012 Cape Town Zombie Walk, Part 1
Terrifying To Behold Many of this year's participants put an immense amount of effort into very creative makeup applications and costume designs.


In Pictures: The 2012 Cape Town Zombie Walk, Part 1


In Pictures: The 2012 Cape Town Zombie Walk, Part 1
Armed And Ready Four brave souls came prepared to face the zombie horde.

I never saw them again.


In Pictures: The 2012 Cape Town Zombie Walk, Part 1
Basted In Blooooood Yuck.


In Pictures: The 2012 Cape Town Zombie Walk, Part 1


In Pictures: The 2012 Cape Town Zombie Walk, Part 1


In Pictures: The 2012 Cape Town Zombie Walk, Part 1


In Pictures: The 2012 Cape Town Zombie Walk, Part 1


In Pictures: The 2012 Cape Town Zombie Walk, Part 1


In Pictures: The 2012 Cape Town Zombie Walk, Part 1
Tasty Treats Now you know what happens to the bits KFC doesn't use.


In Pictures: The 2012 Cape Town Zombie Walk, Part 1
Vital Signs How do you tell the difference between a blood-spattered healthcare worker and a blood-spattered zombie healthcare worker?

That was a serious question.


In Pictures: The 2012 Cape Town Zombie Walk, Part 1
Do Your Little Turn On The Catwalk As part of the pre-walk briefing session model-zombie Ryan was called upon to demonstrate zombie shuffling as he is particularly skilled at it. He juddered and he stumbled in an Oscar-worthy performance but the horde obviously hasn't eaten enough brains as most of them couldn't match his performance and will require more tutelage next year.


In Pictures: The 2012 Cape Town Zombie Walk, Part 1
Forward Stumble The horde made its way across the first grassy field but it looked more like a leisurely blood-spattered stroll than a menacing group of flesh-eating monsters.


In Pictures: The 2012 Cape Town Zombie Walk, Part 1


In Pictures: The 2012 Cape Town Zombie Walk, Part 1


In Pictures: The 2012 Cape Town Zombie Walk, Part 1
When There's Only One You Can Run (Away) This zombie separated from the herd in a zealous (slow-paced) quest for brains.


In Pictures: The 2012 Cape Town Zombie Walk, Part 1


In Pictures: The 2012 Cape Town Zombie Walk, Part 1
Tethering Trouble In a new trend in fashionable zombie walking there were several groups of tethered zombies stumbling across the field... and we're not just talking about the dogs.


In Pictures: The 2012 Cape Town Zombie Walk, Part 1


In Pictures: The 2012 Cape Town Zombie Walk, Part 1
Will Bark For Cat Brains Seriously, that's what the dachshund's sign says. The cat brains are obviously working because who knew that dachshunds could write? They have such tiny paws.

In case you thought I was joking about the tethered zombie dogs, here's proof that they exist. Of this selection, one was missing a leg, another had a bolt in its side, and a third seemed unperturbed by the knife that had been plunged into its body. What a trooper!


In Pictures: The 2012 Cape Town Zombie Walk, Part 1


In Pictures: The 2012 Cape Town Zombie Walk, Part 1
Sign Of The Times Possibly stating the obvious but who says the obvious doesn't require stating?


In Pictures: The 2012 Cape Town Zombie Walk, Part 1
An Axe To Grind This zombie dragged his axe behind him as he stumbled all the way along the Sea Point promenade. The sound of the metal scraping and jingling across the paving stones was particularly creepy, especially paired with his lurching gait.

At this point much of the horde had moved off the grass, which begins to narrow and eventually ends, to the promenade, which offers beautiful views over the rocky shoreline and the Atlantic Ocean. The promenade continues for a bit, around this bend, and then there's another grass field that families like to use for lazy Saturday afternoon picnics and games.

Little did they know what was coming.


In Pictures: The 2012 Cape Town Zombie Walk, Part 1


In Pictures: The 2012 Cape Town Zombie Walk, Part 1


In Pictures: The 2012 Cape Town Zombie Walk, Part 1
Vacant (Slightly Menacing) Stare Love it! (As long as it's on a zombie and not a homeless man wandering through The Company's Garden.)

At this point the horde had reached the start of the second grassy area. Some stayed on the promenade path, which made for great group photos, while others began to spread out across the field.


In Pictures: The 2012 Cape Town Zombie Walk, Part 1


In Pictures: The 2012 Cape Town Zombie Walk, Part 1


In Pictures: The 2012 Cape Town Zombie Walk, Part 1
All Smiles Oops.

There's no such thing as a happy zombie. These must be crazed axe murderers out for a stroll (or hiding from the law in a zombie horde that was conveniently passing by).


In Pictures: The 2012 Cape Town Zombie Walk, Part 1


In Pictures: The 2012 Cape Town Zombie Walk, Part 1
Nightmare Fables Who's afraid of the big bad guy with a Scream mask and furry skull adornment?

Probably everyone he ate.


In Pictures: The 2012 Cape Town Zombie Walk, Part 1
Dead People Are People Too They're just dead.


In Pictures: The 2012 Cape Town Zombie Walk, Part 1
Bran For Older Zombies Gran likes graaaaaaainssss.


In Pictures: The 2012 Cape Town Zombie Walk, Part 1
Pause For No Thoughts Because the grass areas in Sea Point are so wide and long crowd psychology came into play and the horde tended to spread out when it could, which really lessened the effect of a massive wave of the undead heading towards you. Last year the route weaved through the city centre to the waterfront and there were numerous choke points through narrow thoroughfares and at intersections, which made for some fantastic scenes.

Occasionally, though, this year's route, besides being incredibly scenic, allowed for moments such as this: an aimlessly wandering zombie.


Continue on to part 2 of the 2012 Cape Town Zombie Walk, in which children are traumatised so, you know, good times.


The 2012 Cape Town Zombie Walk was an official event of the 2012 Horrorfest.


Tags: #arts_and_culture, #horror, #zombies






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