On Friday, November 13th, Zombie Manor opened its doors for the last time in 2009. It was a special event for Friday the 13th entitled The Best Little Gore-House in Texas. Let me tell you, that's exactly what it was. Imagine a walk-through haunted house where the characters could touch you, wipe things on you, spray things at you, and you never knew what that squishy thick stuff was that you were stepping in by the outhouse. In a nutshell, that is exactly the experience you had on this night going through Zombie Manor. It felt gross, it smelled gross, and it looked gross. When they told me that you NEEDED a poncho to cover your clothes and keep them clean, they truly meant it. I had pieces of something mixed in blood on my arms that I still can't quite figure out what it was. So, to make a long story short, it was a blast. I would suggest anyone who is a fan of haunted houses or horror flicks to check out this event if they do it again sometime.
On the outside of the establishment, they had a sort of mini-carnival atmosphere going, starting with a band of zombies playing Dick Dale-type surf rock behind a makeshift cemetery gate. The band was a three-piece and definitely had talent. This wasn't a teenage garage band looking for a gig. I wish I could tell you their name, but I failed to get it from the promoters.
There was also a promotional table for the upcoming horror / comedy Transylmania, which is hitting theaters on December 4th. They were giving away posters and other stuff. You could also get your picture taken with a dollhead on a box and a vampire dude.
Bloody Mary was there, as well. The artist who's rightly gained her nickname of Bloody Mary, Bobbie Weiner, had a promotional booth that featured her comic books, make-up, and even hot sauce. This lady has worked in the movie industry for years, doing make-up for everything from the frozen dead bodies in Titanic to the gore-filled Pumpkinhead II. Her company is the #1 supplier of Camo Face Paint for The USA Department of Defense. She also does tons of work and helps contribute to benefits for children's charities. The lady even has her own comic book series. I got to meet the artist of the comic at the event, as well and they signed a set of the comics for me to check out. You can check out more about Bloody Mary at her website.
There were also plenty of gruesome and ghastly characters walking around the grounds, including a Quaker-looking girl holding a head (which I have a good feeling was supposed to be Lizzie Borden), a scarecrow on stilts, and some others.
Overall, it was a great time. Zombie Manor proved itself to once more give you what you want and then some. Literally. No one walked out of that place without getting blood and who knows what else splattered on them. The Manor delivered a satisfyingly gory time again! Thanks to Dean for putting this on and keeping the Manor open for people to enjoy. (Article by Eric Shirey)