This weekend, I had the pleasure of attending a day of the undead in Redmond, WA. The Redmond Town Center (a mall so big it probably has its own voting district) was the local site of an annual event known as Thrill the World, in which zombie enthusiasts with excellent rhythm gather in cities around the globe to reenact the classic choreography from the music video for Michael Jackson’s Thriller.
As a representative of PopCap, I was honored to be one of the judges for the zombie costume contest. I don’t know that I have ever had more bizarre debates in my life than the conflicts among my fellow judges. For instance:
Judge #1: I like the girl with drumsticks through her head.
Me: Well, it looks cool, but it violates the fundamental law of zombieism.
Judge #2: What do you mean?
Me: That’s a brain injury! She wouldn’t still be shambling.
Judge #1: Well, I don’t know where you’re getting that!
Me: From every zombie story or film ever…. I liked the My Little Zombie. She’s so unique!
Judge #1: Unicorn zombies? That’s ridiculous.
Me: (sotto voce) Sure, but zombies impaled through the head make total sense.
Strangest argument about adult costumes:
Judge #2: I thought #11 was really scary!
Me: Oh, me too! Those eyes were so creepy!
Judge #1: (snorts derisively) They’re just contact lenses.
It was an invigorating day, and I was proud to have been a small part of it. After the dance show ended, another event began:
All in all, I haven’t had this much fun at the mall since before I had my own money to spend there. It was wonderful to see so many fans of sci-fi/fantasy and horror coming together to share their love of the creepy, weird and cool. While there was a contest, there were truly only winners on that stage.
And I leave you with another action shot from the awe-inspiring dance party.