“The Walking Dead” isn’t the kind of TV series that makes people hungry. Chances are the grotesque AMC zombie drama has the opposite effect, not counting the delicious-looking applesauce cookies Carol made for the Alexandria dinner party. This is the same show where poor Noah had his face chewed apart by zombies and Bob watched cannibals dine on his detached leg.
And yet, it appears “The Walking Dead,” as morbid and unappetizing as it is, has inspired more than a few restaurants since it debuted in 2010.
Zombies became popular again thanks, in large part, to one of the highest rated shows on television. And because the restaurant industry loves a good trend, that popularity carried over into zombie-themed eateries.
Here’s a look at the restaurants where fans of “The Walking Dead” can get their zombie fix, from an Iowa burger chain with post-apocalyptic decor and a Southern California doughnut shop with morbid pastries to a Georgia cafe co-owned by the creator of the comic that the TV series is based on.
You have to hand it the animatronic Frankenstein monster at Frankenstein Pub in Edinburgh, Scotland — the guy knows how to make an entrance.
The monster emerges from a smokey balcony on a gurney every day at 6 p.m. and midnight, shortly after the lights have been dimmed and the speakers have been taken over by the sounds of thunder and groaning. He is slowly lowered to the main floor, where he sits up to scan the room before being raised back up.
The Frankenstein show takes place at least three times a day, with the staff sometimes firing up the show upon request.
The Zombie Pub Crawl has been reppin’ the living dead since before it was even cool.
Members of the pH Comedy Theater started the tradition in 2007 – that’s three years before AMC’s “The Walking Dead” premiered, for the record – as a fundraiser for their show season and educational programs. The Zombie Pub Crawl caught on because people like day drinking and dressing up in costumes and now the annual bar-hop is set to celebrate its 10th anniversary April 29 in the Andersonville neighborhood.
“It’s grown since the early days,” said ph Comedy Theater executive director Brett Mannes, by email. “… I do think ‘The Walking Dead’ gave it a bit of an energy boost for a few years. It certainly inspired some costumes.”
You can add St. Patrick’s Day to the list of holidays getting the haunted house treatment.
There are a handful of haunted houses across the US that will be open for the Irish-centric holiday, just like many do around Christmas time and Valentine’s Day. It’s just one more step in making haunted houses relevant outside the traditional Halloween season.
Really, it’s not too much of a stretch to give St. Patrick’s Day a haunted house spin, especially when a horror film franchise has already somewhat paved the way. The “Leprechaun” films took the bright-eyed and bushy-tailed leprechaun character and turned him into a grotesque monster who kills anyone who gets between him and his gold.
Here’s a look at the haunted houses that will carry on the proud tradition of maniacal leprechauns St. Patrick’s Day weekend:
Imagine you’re having dinner at a restaurant when all of a sudden the lights go out and the only thing you can see in the pitch black establishment is a loud red siren going off. Every couple seconds you hear what sounds like a bat slamming against metal and startled customers screaming. All you can do is sit there helplessly with your food getting cold in front of you and wait for the scare that might be coming your way next.
I have to hand it to my guide for the Vampire tour in New Orleans: He certainly looked the part.
Gwydion — as he introduced himself — looked like he was straight out of “The Lost Boys” with his long hair and leather jacket. He gave the tour run by Haunted History Tours a hip, gothic vibe rather than a cartoony “I vant to suck your blahd” feel, not that I would have minded that interesting approach either.
The 90-minute walking tour takes visitors around the French Quarter to various locations associated with vampires, according to Gwydion, though some tales had little to do with drinking blood and seemed more appropriate for a ghost tour (Haunted History gives those as well).
Vlad the Impaler stands at the downstairs entrance of the Torture Museum Oude Steen doing what he does best. The notoriously barbaric ruler (better known as Dracula) holds a spear in his left hand with a man’s pale, severed head resting on the sharp tip.
Think of this scene — which, like all the exhibits in this museum in Bruges, Belgium, is recreated with mannequins — as an appetizer for what is to come.