Zombie army on its way to Gloucester
POST-APOCALYPTIC scenes, where zombies have risen and threaten to take over the world, are on their way to Gloucester.
Brave protectors of humanity are needed to stave off the threat, which will begin to unfold on October 31 – Halloween, no less.
But fear not – the living dead are, in fact, more than 60 make-up smothered mates of entrepreneurial Dan Hatton, who has set up Zombiexperience to bring films like Dawn of the Dead to life.
He said he simply woke up one morning and thought "I wonder if anyone's done this before" and then ploughed on headfirst to set up the business.
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It will see intrepid groups of stag parties and workers on team building days given a set scenario, equipped with Airsoft weapons and then dumped in the countryside to fight off a rabid mob of bloodthirsty undead.
"It was just a normal Tuesday morning about a month ago and I woke up with this idea," said Dan, 33, from Tredworth.
"I looked around to see if anyone else was doing it and there's a couple near Reading but absolutely nothing in this part of the country.
"The response has been unbelievable. I haven't done any advertising, it's just word of mouth and people seeing it on Facebook.
"My phone has been going every two minutes with people wanting to book – I've probably got enough for 400-500 bookings already."
He's already got 60 or 70 willing volunteers to don grisly make-up for the Halloween launch night and form an opposition army for customers to take on.
Mission briefings will take place in a warehouse in Tredworth before participants are bundled into a minibus and delivered to the secret site.
Ticket selling website Ticketmaster has already been in touch with Dan, who has ploughed a sizeable chunk of his life savings into setting his idea up to broker a deal.
Dan, a father-of-three, is leaving behind his existing business, repairing bikes, to pursue Zombiexperience.
It will cost about £70 for a three-hour zombie mission and he also has plans to stage a 12-hour overnight 'apocalypse'.
Find out more at Zombie Experience.