Sunday, November 1, 2015

Atlanta Zombie Apocalypse: Dead End, Grant Park, GA 2015

                Atlanta Zombie Apocalypse: Dead End was held in the Grant Park/Glenwood Park area of Atlanta and was a benefit for the Maynard Jackson High School PTSA.  This two night event was a bit of a rebirth for the popular AZA, which held its final year in 2014.  Shane Morton, and his amazing crew, built and delivered this attraction in the remarkably short time frame of under a week. There was more time than that put into the development of the concept, however the location was not available until right before opening night and everything had to be temporary so that it could be removed just as quickly.
                In spite of the limitations which a space that is essentially an access road or alleyway presents this haunt is always capable of delivering an environment filled with thrills.  They prove once again that the setting can be less than desirable and the actors can save you.  Their crew trained high school students and brought in some of their own workers to scare guests, and delivered the unique zombie experience which we have come to count on them for.  There were multiple encounters during which we found it hard to believe some of the zombies were students from the high school helping out. 
                We are proud of the effort and what they achieved, yet still saddened to wish AZA a farewell once again.  It is always our hope that they will return in a permanent location some day and bring back their level of scare that never fails to entertain.  Once you've seen people who obviously don't exercise running from zombies in an attraction, you know that they are doing something right.

                We rated this limited engagement with 3.25 severed heads out of a possible five and hope that they were successful in raising a great deal of money for the PTSA at Maynard Jackson High School.  Perhaps we will all get lucky and they will have been so successful that we see a repeat next year.