Dead Meat Walking: A Zombie Walk Documentary
From Los Angeles to Pittsburgh to Toronto and around the globe, they stagger through the streets in bloody, tattered clothing; gory, rotting spectacles on an endless search to quell their insatiable hunger for human brains and flesh. Zombies walk among us in Dead Meat Walking, dog walker turned documentarian Omar J. Pineda’s spellbinding, visually horrific, and decadently delightful documentary that follows the growing international phenomenon known as the “zombie walk.” Pineda uncovers its origins — from the first “official” zombie walk (with a mere six participants), to walks attracting more than 15,000 undead zealots, made up to look their worst. Pineda’s film delves into the psyches of ordinary people who've decided that dressing, acting and making themselves up like zombies is not only an avocation, but is the ultimate tribute to the literature, films and the legends of the walking dead throughout history.
Dead Meat Walking is an intriguing documentary that captures the evolution of the zombie walking trend. Pineda’s on-the-street interviews offer insight into why people are attracted to these festive congregations of zombie aficionados. Some participants like to dress up and take Halloween to the next level, others crave the opportunity for self-expression and creative freedom, others want to enjoy the company of like-minded individuals and parade in their self-made, decaying costumes and prostheses. Whatever the reason, these revelers can be seen shuffling through the streets as zombie brides, zombie clowns, zombie babies, and even zombie Jesuses.
The film is highlighted by interviews with actors Norman Reedus (AMC’s The Walking Dead) and Eugene Clark (Land of the Dead), as well as Academy Award-winning makeup artist and director Tom Savini (Grindhouse, Django) and screenwriter John A. Russo (House of Frankenstein), who worked with screenwriter and director George A. Romero on the iconic series of zombie apocalypse movies that include Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, and Day of the Dead. Pineda also speaks with actress Judith O’Dea, whose character, Barbra, valiantly fought a pack of radioactively reanimated zombies in the original Night of the Living Dead (1968).
Ultimately, Dead Meat Walking is a fun and riveting documentary that offers a unique focus into the extraordinary and ghoulish pastime that has devoured the imaginations of zombie fans of all ages.