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Zombies: Things just got real

Friday, December 04, 2015 - 01:58

A new immersive theater experience takes fans of ''The Walking Dead'' inside the show. Alicia Powell reports.

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If you ever wanted to go toe-to-toe with zombies, "The Walking Dead Experience" is making it happen. The new attraction is traveling with the Stalker Walker Con, which is dedicated to fans of the popular U.S. television drama, "The Walking Dead" centered on a zombie apocalypse in a Georgia town. SOUNDBITE: Jackie Prutsman, vice president of operations for Stalker Walker, saying (English): "The really neat thing is that it seems as though every single convention we do more people who do neat things that we don't even have yet want to be involved. So over the last two years we've gone from having actors and neat vendors to having actor neat vendors. We have something called zombie apocalypse experience that comes and it's a laser shooting game with zombies jumping out at you. And obviously the most significant, we now have The Walking Dead Experience which is just unlike anything else that you can see in the world." Creator and director Michael Counts says the experience is an immersive, interactive attraction and show that drops seven audience members at time into the world of "The Walking Dead." SOUNDBITE: Michael Counts, creator, director and co-producer of "The Walking Dead Experience," saying: "The story we're telling is in fact the night of the outbreak when Walkers first showed up and started reeking havoc on the edge of a small town. And we kind of localize it to whatever area we're in." The experience lasts roughly 30 minutes and visitors can either be anything from an audience member, dress up as a zombie to having the ultimate experience as the soul survivor. SOUNDBITE: Michael Counts, creator, director and co-producer of "The Walking Dead Experience," saying: "For me it was a bit like fan fiction. The opportunity to extend the world and to create an experience that kind of touches on things that you would see in the comics or the show, but takes it a step further. And also allows audiences to experience it firsthand but not see things that they've already seen before." The attraction will be open from December 4-6 in Meadowlands, New Jersey with ticket prices ranging from $50-250 (USD).

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Zombies: Things just got real

Friday, December 04, 2015 - 01:58