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In pictures: Zombies take over Southend Pier
6:00am Tuesday 5th November 2013 in News
WALKING up the mile-long Southend Pier on Saturday was daunting enough as rain and gale force winds lashed at anyone foolish enough not to take the train.
But those braving the elements after 3pm also had to contend with hundreds of marauding zombies who took over the attraction!
The terrifying crew of bloodsoaked ghouls swamped anyone who got in their way.
However, the undead creatures were not marching into Southend in search of human flesh. This pack of fiends had a more relaxing afternoon in mind on the Golden Mile.
The zombies were on their way to the Park Inn Palace Hotel to enjoy a screening of the 1966 film Munsters Go Home.
One group who couldn’t wait to take part were the Morris family, including mum Karen, 40, and sons Ben, 17, and Damien, nine, who love all things horrific.
Karen said: “We like zombies, that is why we are taking part.
The eerie weather just adds to the atmosphere. We are looking forward to the film.”
Part of the Horror-on-Sea Film Festival, the annual zombie walk was free to anyone who took the trouble to dress up.
Judging for the best dressed zombies took place at the end of the pier before the gruesome march into town began.
The event is organised by Southend-based the White Bus film company and Silent Studios from Thorpe Bay.
Jason Wright is chief executive of Silent Studios, which takes care of all aspects of extreme gore film production, including the realistic make-up sported by many of the zombies on the pier.
He said: “This has been a great turnout despite the weather.
Southend has never seen so many visitors."
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