Now you can kill zombies in an abandoned UK shopping mall.
An adventure company called Wish.co.uk is offering an adrenalin-fuelled experience called Zombie Shopping Mall. Usually the company sells once-in-a-lifetime experiences like skydiving, adopting a dolphin, riding a hovercraft, or driving a Ferrari.
Those sound fun, but I predict their zombie mall massacre will top them all.
According to the company’s website, Zombie Shopping Mall battle is taking place in an abandoned Reading shopping mall every weekend starting March 2012. Reading is located in Berkshire, a 25-minute train ride from London’s Paddington station. You can also reach “the experience” by car.
The mall location, by the way, is a tip of the hat to George A. Romero’s classic horror film, Dawn of the Dead, which featured an epic human vs. zombie showdown inside an abandoned shopping mall.
Here’s how the English zombie mall battle will go down:
A real-life shopping centre is about to be demolished. But as bad luck would have it, the mall’s being taken over by hordes of moaning, brain-thirsty zombies. So for a limited time only, you can hunt down the living dead and experience “movie-quality special effects & video game-style missions” for over three hours of zombie slaying action.
You can sign up to slaughter zombies by yourself, or gather up to 14 of your bravest friends (group size is limited to 15). You must be at least 16 years old and in decent physical shape. You don’t have to hate zombies … but you will.
As Wish.co.uk’s website says “using state of the art special effects and large, blood-inducing props” you’ll battle the undead in a full-on ‘run and gun’ gore fest” that’s a “full immersion zombie battering experience.”
Sessions run each weekend day from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, and 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Bring old clothes…you don’t want to battle brain-eating zombies in, say, your wedding dress. Actually, come to think of it, if your marriage didn’t work out, why not? Brides can (and should) save the world, too.
Before the gore starts, police firearm specialists who hand you airsoft weapons and give you basic training on how to deploy them to stay alive. Then you become part of a “movie-like story that unfolds in real time” as zombies attack you in a “run and gun” battle. Ammunition is limited and you won’t have many chances to refuel. “As a survivor you will [need] speed, steady nerves and smart thinking if you’re to make it out alive!” says the website.
Better register fast though: the zombie mall will be torn down soon and the exact demolition date could happen any week.
And yes, they’re English, so they will be serving tea.
— Ken Hegan
IF YOU GO:
Flight from Toronto to London: $893
Hotel: $144 per night
Fee to play Zombie Shopping Mall: £119.00 ($187 CDN)
Chance to stop zombies from devouring your loved ones: PRICELESS
P.S. If you want to practice your skills before joining the Zombie Shopping Mall massacre, the same company offers two zombie boot camps: Zombie Manor House in a remote Cheshire house and Zombie Experience located in Milton Keynes in the southeast of England.
Images courtesy Wish.co.uk: http://wish.co.uk/