Was Denver's Zombie Crawl a "Smorgasbord of Depravity Soaked in Blood Drenched Evil?"

Categories: Paranormal

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Aaron Thackeray
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There's always a lot of fake blood -- and spare body parts -- at the Denver Zombie Crawl, which runs down the 16th Street Mall every year. But the ninth annual incarnation of the event, which took place on October 18, ended with some real blood and plenty of pepper spray, according to news reports about a couple of fights that took place near Cleveland Place late in the evening.

In fact, the Denver Police Department arrested at least seven people, including one man who was angry at officers because the spray made his child cry. But while most of the fisticuffs and arrests happened well after the main portion of the Zombie Crawl was over (the events began at 9 a.m. and the crawl ran from 4 to 6 p.m.), one civic-minded witness feels that the combination of zombies (or at least people dressed in grotesque makeup and costumes) and police presence could portend more evil for Denver.

See also: Photos: The Zombie Crawl Invades Downtown Denver


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Long Island Medium Taught Me It Isn't About Being Psychic; It's About Healing by Listening

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Last night, as I sat inside a packed 1STBANK Center with a bunch of ladies who looked like my mom, I waited for Theresa Caputo to appear and wondered what exactly I was going to see. How does someone like Caputo, known to the world as the Long Island Medium, channel what she calls "spirit" in an arena full of people who are all crossing their fingers and hoping she would pick (or be picked by) one of our dead relatives?

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Photos: A Zombie Apocalypse Descends on Exdo for the Roll Skate Party

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Zombies -- and other random costumed skaters -- took to the rink Friday at the Exdo Event Center for a Halloween edition of the monthly Roll skate-dancing party. Photographer Scott Lenz dared to shoot these Zombie Apocalypse photos; keep reading for a sneak peek at the slide show.

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Playbill: Three Front Range Plays and Performances for October 22-28

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Badaboom! brings a big dance mashup to the Dairy Center this weekend.
To get in the mood for Halloween, you can head up to Colorado Springs for a campy combination of '60s slasher and beach movies, or hear spooky stories come alive onstage in Denver; meanwhile, dance aficionados can get their fix at an intergenerational mashup in Boulder. Keep reading for details.

See also: Catch a Buzz: Lord of the Butterflies


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On Trend: Zombie Style Slays the Streets

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All photos by Mauricio O. Rocha
Scares and style collided on October 18, when the annual Zombie Crawl filled the 16th Street Mall with zombies, blood and surprisingly good fashion. During the event, we spotted two local make-up artists who went all out with their looks for the day; keep reading to find out more on how they came up with their costumes.

See also: On Trend: Flannel Is a Hit in LoDo and on Campus

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Photos: The Best of the Undead at Zombie Crawl 2014

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It was that time of year again on Saturday, when thousands of zombies crawled out of their tombs for Denver's annual Zombie Crawl on the 16th Street Mall. Photographer Aaron Thackeray braved a downtown stroll among the walking dead to bring back these images. Keep reading for a peek at the creepshow -- if you dare.

See also: Zombie Crawl 2013



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Zombie Films to Inspire Your Denver Zombie Crawl Look

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Aaron Thackeray
A scene from the 2013 Denver Zombie Crawl.
During the ninth annual Denver Zombie Crawl on Saturday, more than 20,000 undead are expected to descend on the 16th Street Mall to strut their decaying stuff. In a crowd like that, it can be hard to stand out; fortunately, there's a near-infinite number of zombie movies from which you can draw inspiration. And I'm here to share the best ones to study, so that when you you walk like a zombie, you do so with style.

See also: Five Great Zombie Events in Denver in October


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Five Great Zombie Events in Denver in October

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It's October in Denver and that means zombies -- lots and lots of zombies. From zombie crawls filling the mall to sexy zombies strutting their stuff, there's no shortage of weird, wild and fun ways to celebrate your love of the walking dead. To help make sure you don't miss any of them, or maybe to help you choose that one perfect undead-themed destination, we've compiled this list of Denver's five best zombie events for the month, presented in chronological order for easy planning purposes.

See also: A Guide to Nazi-Zombie Cinema, and Why Nazi Zombies Are Not a Good Idea

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The 20 Best Vampire Movies, 1979 to the Present

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Our review of this week's Dracula Untold doesn't inspire much hope: "This Dracula Begins-style sword-and-fangs curio plays like someone said, 'What if we took a vampire flick but did a find-and-replace swapping out all that bare-neck sensuality for some video-game ass-kicking?'"

But for every genre-entry failure, there are numerous other modern vampire movies that manage to plumb and toy with the creature's mythology in imaginative ways. The breadth of the directors featured in our slideshow -- from French auteur Claire Denis to Germany's Werner Herzog to American mavericks Jim Jarmusch and Francis Ford Coppola -- speaks to the wide variety of voices that have tackled the genre with such ingenuity in recent decades. -- Danny King

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Death of Brian Offers a Zombie's-Eye View at Boulder Fringe Fest

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Kasandra Kincaid
Stories about a ragtag group of survivors braving a zombie apocalypse are everywhere, but such scenes are not the only way to spot a great zombie saga. After all, that's only half the story. Haven't you ever wondered how the other half lives (or unlives, as it were)?

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