You've only got one weekend left to hit up the Halloween seasons most exciting horror attraction - Zombie Manor! As you can see in the pictures above, these guys were the official Zombies for the Texas-area advanced screenings of Zombieland, so you know they have to have a top-notch establishment. Check out the background story of the Manor.
In the late 1800s a wealthy landowner, Dean Delacroix, moved his entire family, estate and holdings from the murky lowlands of Louisiana to Texas. Delacroix built a large manor house her referred to as Landrun Manor since the eye could see as far as the land runs. Landrun Manor was erected on an open prairie beside an old, withered cemetery and a lush, flowing creek (it is believed this property was constructed in the area now considered the Arlington-Mansfield region along what is now US Highway 287).The Manor will be open Thursday, October 29th from 7PM to 10:00PM; Friday, October 30th from 7PM to 12AM; and Saturday, October 31st from 7PM to 12:00AM.
Many Delacroix laborers had never been to Texas before but oddly warmed up to having the manor house built next to a cemetery. One Delacroix house servant was a young and beautiful Creole woman named Badula.
Bedulas Creole ancestors were steeped in the practice of voodoo and the spiritual rituals that come with it. Her mother and her grandmother were highly regarded priestesses from islands in the Caribbean. Bedulas great grandmother secretly taught young Badula voodoo spells before she cold even walk and many of Delacroixs servants and field hands were well aware Bedulas amazing powers of perception and healing even at such a young age.
When Badula turned 17 she became Delacroixs household manager responsible for supervising the staff for the entire estate. This was a position of great honor and responsibility. This also meant Badula had a room of her own in the manor house; she was no longer living amongst those in the cramped and decrepit shacks at the edge of the estate beside the cemetery. Badula settled into her new position of standing and several prosperous years passed by. Badula and Delacroix worked in harmony for many years. Then Badula fell in love with the Manors Stableman. She married and had a child.
The years passed by and Badulas young daughter grew to become a beautiful woman just like her mother. One day, after a long night of drinking with other wealthy landowners, Delacroixs long hidden passion for Badulas beautiful young daughter took control of Delacroix. His ill thought out advancement on the young house girl enraged Badula. She could not believe the man she had grown to trust and respect, treating her as almost family, could do such a terrible thing to her daughter. Badula became so infuriated that her powers, all but buried away for nearly two decades, reared up in fury. Erupting in a rage of anger Badula cursed Delacroix, his family and land. Reaching back to days gone by of her voodoo practices she called upon her ancestors to strengthen her forgone powers and summon up pure evil to infest Delacroix and all of his holdings.
Very shortly after, a foreboding sense of dread seems to have filled the Manor. Crops spoiled, livestock mysteriously died and an infectious plague came over the Delacroix family along with anyone who stepped foot on Delacroix soil. Strangely though, even these “dead ” appeared cursed – as it seems death may have only been the beginning! Shortly after the last breadth escaped their gaping mouths the body came back to walk the earth.
And, these living dead were really not quite either, living or dead. It was not long before Delacroixs land was besieged by the walking dead, zombies.
As the years and decades rolled by, Landrun Manor slowly rotted away to a dilapidated state of rot and decay. The land slowly grew up around this creepy, old property. Then one day a stranger arrived…or DID he? They called him the Caretaker. Town lore states there are believers that swear they hear mysterious wails and groans surrounding Landrun Manor late at night.
Some even claim the Caretaker can be seen shuffling through the cemetery when the night is bright by the glow of the moon but he was never REALLY seen by the local townspeople.
TODAY, the area has become thick with mesquite and sagebrush. Only recently was the property leased by Eerie Industries, Inc. searching for a vacant site in which to build their new chemicals processing factory.
While Eerie Industries management had been told all about the strange history of the property and the mysterious past of the Delacroix estate management nonetheless decided this was the perfect site for their new research. Over the next several months, a series of green metal warehouses were constructed on the site. Under the cover of darkness, large panel trucks could be seen removing large metal barrels down a dirt road through a groove of heavy mesquite.
As the months passed by, there became no more room to bury the large metal barrels so Eerie Industries decided to merely dump the barrel contents over the barren, once hallowed ground neighboring a stream. The phosphorescent liquids slowly seeped into the ground where legend believes the Delacroixs and several of their servants have been entombed for several hundred years.
Be it from the curse of Badulas revenge or the chemicals poured into the soil by Eerie Industries, bodies buried deep beneath began to rise once again. Strangely, Eerie Industries employees disposing of this chemical waste suddenly were no longer seen at work again. A mysterious plague once again fell upon this land and the towns water supply became contaminated.
Townspeople started becoming ill with fever, then chills, slight dementia, vomiting and pain in the joints. Within hours, victims would suffer a loss of muscular coordination, followed by paralysis of the lower body, a slowed heart rate and finally then slip into a coma until the heart stopped beating and the body registered zero brain activity. By stopping the heart, the infected subject is rendered dead. The brain, however, surprisingly remained alive, and then the real horror began when after approximately 23 hours reanimation occurred. A Class 1, low-level outbreak has occurred on this historic site as infected townspeople began to feed on any living human being they came across.
Is it Badula coming back to claim lost souls or the dumping of unknown chemicals that cause the dead to walk amongst us? You will find your answer beside the old cemetery, near the dry creek bed – inside ZOMBIE MANOR!
It's located at 7501 Hwy 287 in Arlington, TX.
Friday night they are having a special promotional event that is being hosted by the people behind the upcoming horror / comedy Transylmania. Be sure not to miss this!
Check out their website here.
Check out the video commercial that was shot for MTV below to see what you've got in store for you when you take a tour of Zombie Manor!
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