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Vancouver Zombie Walk 2013

Posted in movies with tags , , , , on August 18, 2013 by goregirl

Another year of The Vancouver Zombie Walk has come and gone. All that remains are my pictures, my bloody dress and my hangover. Below is a slideshow I put together for this years walk; Images from The Vancouver Zombie Walk 2013 with music by Pierre Raph; Batterie Fields from Jean Rollin’s Requiem for a Vampire.

I included a shot of everything I used to do my zombie makeup. When it comes to things I am going to put on my skin I am sort of fussy. This Ben Nye stuff is theatre/movie grade makeup and I have never had a reaction to it. It also stays on better and applies nicer. It is well worth the price in my opinion. Ben Nye is not paying me to say that. The Ben Nye Death Wheel is an indispensable tool in any makeup kit. I started my makeup at 11 am and was ready to leave the house at 2:15. A lot of preparation is required when you are using latex. I headed over to my friend’s house for a drink and then off we went. We turned every head we passed as we walked the 8 or so blocks to The Vancouver Art Gallery. We had intended to get there earlier to take pictures but ended up getting there a couple of minutes before the walk started. People usually stand on the sidewalk and watch but this year for some reason people were on the road and it made a narrow path for us walking undead. I have no idea how many people showed up who were actually dressed like zombies but I think this year’s walk might have had the largest spectator turnout. Afterwards we went back to my friend’s for another drink before heading out again for a bite. Than we were off to The Waldorf for the After Party. I actually didn’t feel all that bad Sunday morning; all in all a good time was had by all.

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Vancouver Zombie Walk 2013

Posted in movies with tags , , , on August 15, 2013 by goregirl


This year’s zombie walk snuck up on me! I was thinking about zombie walk months back and got it in my head to do an Ilsa: She Zombie of the SS costume. Trying to find a military ensemble of any kind in my size was a challenge. Even if I found the perfect uniform could I really pull this costume off?? I think not.

Ilsa She-Wolf of the SS

So the idea was abandoned and never replaced and I had to dig into the old tickle trunk to come up with something else. I usually give the latex a dry run which I did not get a chance to do this year. It was so much easier when I didn’t use latex. For my first zombie walk I bloodied up my wedding dress and bought material to make a long veil and managed to pull off a decent costume without latex. I did not include a picture from year two because I look like a damn vampire not a zombie. That year definitely could have used some latex! Year three was my first year experimenting with latex. I was pretty conservative with it as you will see. My imagination is far grander than my abilities. Year four I was going for a Living Dead Doll look initially but decided to be a clown instead. I bought this awesome red sponge nose that looked fantastic with the ensemble and then I forgot to wear it. Last year’s nun costume was certainly my ugliest. I went berserk with the latex with the aim to make an old hag type nun; of all my costumes it came the closest to what I envisioned. It took almost three hours to do that makeup. I don’t think I will be topping that this year but I will still try. I watched several makeup tutorials this week for inspiration and I have a good idea of what I want to do. What I want to do and what actually happens can be very different things! I hope I can come up with something freaky! The walk is this Saturday August 17 so expect pictures on Monday. There is only one thing that will prevent this from happening and that is rain. I am not going to spend 2 or 3 hours applying latex and makeup to get rained on; that is for damn sure! I can not recall a nicer drier Vancouver summer than what we have had this year! It seems particularly cruel that they should be calling for rain on walk day. I am keeping my fingers crossed! Until then here are pictures from zombie walks past…


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I clearly have some sort of ponytail fixation. Have a great weekend! Eat some brains and drink zombies in my honor.

Zombie recipe courtesy of Drinks Mixer.

1/2 oz Bacardi® 151 rum
1 oz pineapple juice
1 oz orange juice
1/2 oz apricot brandy
1 tsp sugar
2 oz light rum
1 oz dark rum
1 oz lime juice

Blend all ingredients with ice except Bacardi 151 proof rum. Pour into a collins glass. Float Bacardi 151 proof rum on top. Garnish with a fruit slice,
sprig of mint and a cherry.

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August Forecast: Sunny with a Chance of Nymphos, Cowboys & Zombies

Posted in movies with tags , , , , on July 23, 2013 by goregirl


It is all about William Castle up here (down here?) in the Dungeon right now as I work diligently to get my Castle posts completed prior to the event. There is so much I want to cover in August I am not entirely sure where to begin! I have several films sitting on my bookshelf waiting to be watched including Avant Garde: Volume 2 – Experimental Cinema 1928-1954, Herschell Gordon Lewis’ Something Weird (1967), Peter Fonda’s The Hired Hand (1971), Andrei Tarkovsky’s Stalker (1979), Stephen Sayadian’s Cafe Flesh (1982), Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s Querelle (1982) & Whity (1971), Jesús Franco’s Sinner: Diary of a Nymphomaniac (1971) & Attack of the Robots (1966), Don Jones & Mikel Angel’s The Love Butcher (1975), Jan Nemec’s A Report on the Party and the Guests (1966), Alain Robbe-Grillet’s Playing with Fire (1975), Curtis Harrington’s TV Movie How Awful About Allan (1970), Joel Denning & Frank Lama’s Swarm of the Snakehead (2006) and last but certainly not least John Paizs’ Canadian curio Crime Wave (1985). Whether the aforementioned films get reviews will depend on how much I enjoy them. The past few years August has been zombie month in anticipation of The Vancouver Zombie Walk but I am going to bail on that idea this year. I will still be participating in the walk and it goes without saying there will be photographic proof of my attendance. There will definitely be a review for Walerian Borowczyk’s naughty and entertaining Dr. Jekyll and His Women (1981) and more entries in the Favourite Five Series. But for now, back to William Castle…


The Grunge Cinema Criterion Contest! – THIS CONTEST IS OVER!!!

Posted in horror, movies with tags , , , , , , on December 27, 2012 by goregirl

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Grunge Cinema starts next week! Grunge Cinema: Horror of the 90s runs from January 1 to February 28, 2013. For better or for worse I will be reviewing only horror films from the 1990s for two months! I will also be posting a top ten list for each year of the decade. To celebrate the feature I am having a contest! I will be giving away a $50 gift certificate for Criterion! All you have to do is leave your name (or username) on this post with “ENTER ME” beside it and you will get one entry! You can also earn 10 more entries! You will earn one entry each time you leave a comment on a 90s top ten list. Ten years in the decade…10 more chances to enter your name! But please make sure you leave your name HERE! If your name is not here I will not automatically assume you want in! If you are unfamiliar with Criterion’s outstanding catalog check it out here.

There are a few important things to note before entering this contest. No one will earn more than 11 entries regardless of the amount of comments they leave. Criterion does not appear to ship internationally, so if you live anywhere outside of CANADA or the USA you are certainly welcome to enter, but you will have to find your own way of getting the goods. I will need your email address if you are the winner. In order to leave a comment here you must include an email address; this is how I will contact you. I will contact you through this email address and ask you to confirm the email address you would like the gift certificate sent to. You can even gift it to someone else if you like! It goes without saying that I will not publish any email address; but if you are a winner your name or username will be announced right here, on twitter and on YouTube. I will be putting the entries in a hat and drawing a name on video so you can rest assured there are no shenanigans! The contest closes at noon (Pacific Time) on February 28 and will be drawn on Friday, March 1.