By JENNIFER K. BAUERLEWISTON – Matt Robinson’s garage is filled with torsos and other body parts. He’s prepared 8 gallons of blood for hordes of wannabe zombies.
“Zombies are a subgenre everybody gets,” says the 35-year-old Lewiston filmmaker. “They’re dead. They want to eat you. Shoot them in the head.”
Robinson is organizing Lewiston’s first Zombie Walk taking place downtown Saturday. The blood, his favorite blend of corn syrup and food coloring, is for the Zombie-fication Station where people will be transformed into the living dead.
This isn’t Robinson’s first Zombie Walk; he’s organized similar events in Moscow for other charities. Saturday’s proceeds will go to the Lewiston Civic Theatre. A supervisor at Clearwater Composting, Robinson makes movies as a hobby and found the events to be a good way to get public feedback about his work. Saturday night he’ll show his latest short, “Good Doggie,” which he recently entered in the inaugural Idaho Horror Film Festival, Oct. 16-18 in Boise.
Zombie Walk Highlights
Tickets for the Zombie Walk are $7 at the event or $5 in advance.
A Family Zombie Carnival is from noon to 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Brackenbury Square. The Hells Canyon Honeys roller derby team will apply makeup at the Zombie-fication Station. Games include Brain Toss, Intestine Ring Toss, the Wheel of Fate and Brain Pop.
A costume contest is at 5:30 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for Funniest Zombie, Scariest Zombie and Best Horde (family or group). The Zombie Walk begins at 6 p.m. with the undead following a route through downtown ending at the Masonic Temple for a 6:30 p.m. showing of Normalhill.com shorts and the featured film, George A. Romero’s 1968 cult classic, “Night of the Living Dead.”
Admission price includes makeup, five carnival game tickets, a raffle ticket and evening movie ticket. Advance tickets are available at Game Play in Clarkston.