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A video has popped up documenting the recent Monroeville Zombie Walk, an annual event celebrating the Pittsburgh town’s ties to George Romero‘s Dawn of the Dead, the director’s classic cinematic ode equating mall culture to the undead. This year also saw a Monroeville citizen, one with a very personal connection to Romero’s original Night of the Living Dead, opening a zombie museum inside that very mall. Rather awesomely, it includes “a coffin, rigged with speakers and hydraulics, to experience a ride to a cemetery and burial” that can be experienced for a decaying three bucks U.S. Progress. The video contains a chat with the museum’s curator, as well as lots of decaying mall goers, and is posted below…

As seen above, the museum’s “Maul of Fame” was christened with the bloodied hands of actor Ken Foree, who starred in Dawn and memorably got iced by Michael Myers in Rob Zombie’s Halloween as Big Joe Grizzly. The museum’s founder is a toy store owned named Kevin Kriess, and his aforementioned spooky connection is that his grandparents are buried in the cemetery featured in Night. Kriess is also the guy behind the Monroeville Zombies t-shirt, which entered the geek radar thanks to Kevin Smith

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Though Monroeville still holds the world record for a zombie gathering in 2007 totaling 1,000+ enthusiasts, Chicago is said to have unofficially surpassed it. I guess this is where I add that I am not a big fan of zombies, nor do I totally grasp their prolonged fascination and profitability in pop culture. My problem is that I find human beings to be possible of greater horrors while alive; in addition, I prefer the fast-moving zombies of 28 Weeks Later (probably my favorite within the broad niche and much more so than Days).

It seems that not a day goes by where I do not find myself counting zombie-themed bumperstickers within my apartment complex or while purchasing chocolate milk and a veggie burrito from a local farmer’s market. The day I see a Volvo station-wagon that boasts, “My other car is a zombie,” is the day I grab an axe and go Tallahassee. This college student and geek-spawned ubiquity ironically irks me not unlike the way in which zombies casually surround and do in a victim. I’ll admit that the particularly lively ’09 Halloween season finds my annoyance on mild but seriously: why not Critters or Killer Klowns from Outer Space instead, zombie card holders? This concludes my kill joy rant.

Random: Recent confessors of Zombie love include RZA and Vice‘s Jesse Pearson, who discussed Romero’s Dawn in /Film’s interview.

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