Savannah is getting a double dose of zombie mayhem this week, and proceeds from both events will support the American Diabetes Association.
The undead fun kicks off April 12 with a Zombie Fashion Show at Savannah Station. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the ghastly walks down the runway start at 7:30 p.m.
On April 13, the ghouls rise again with a Zombie Paintball Apocalypse at Hoppers Paintball Airsoft, and they will come back from the dead again April 20.
Maria Center, director for Southeast Georgia/Coastal South Carolina for the American Diabetes Association, says the idea for the "Drop Dead Gorgeous" fashion show stemmed from Savannah's love of "anything a little quirky â€¦ zombies are very much in the mainstream now, and we are trying to tap into that."
With "The Walking Dead" reigning as the most watched drama in basic cable history, our cultural obsession with end-of-world zombie scenarios is at an all-time high - there were recorded Zombie Walks in more than 20 countries last year - and the ADA wants to put this global phenomenon to good use.
"Frankly (diabetes) is not respected the way it should be and affects 27 million people in this country. This disease is a killer, plain and simple, so using horror is, in fact, very appropriate. â€¦
"Having said all that, this event is really all about having fun and raising funds for the mission of American Diabetes Association," Center says.
She added that "Drop Dead Gorgeous is the name of the show and it is cracking people up. The response has been overwhelmingly positive."
Kevin Cartee, the creative director for the show, gave a sneak peek.
"The evening will feature a 'graveyard' inside Savannah Station and there will be zombies stationed around in frozen tableau and in the audience.
"It's more of a 'Glam Zombie' affair, with 'dapper dead' men and 'old Hollywood' dead ladies with some digitized special effects," Cartee says.
"The evening will definitely provide many surprises, but I can't divulge the details."
Think of an undead Don Draper, perhaps?
But there will be plenty of lively aspects to the show, thanks to fashions by Bleu Belle Boutique, Red Clover and Savannah Arts Academy Junk2Funk, hair and makeup by B-Street Salon and The Powder Room, and special effects courtesy of Chatterbox Entertainment and Meeting Dynamics Inc.
Anne Bolyea, the lead organizer, helped gather local support for the cause with an open bar and hors d'oeuvres by Leoci's, Bar Food, Crystal Beer Parlor and Johnnie Ganems.
Another Kiss-A-Pig competitor - the duo of Shady Pines owner Bill Nelson and Hoppers Paintball Airsoft owner Jason Manchester - is trading the runway for the (paintball) battlefield with daytime showdowns April 13 and 20.
Paintballers get the chance to save the Savannah area from wretched zombies that threaten our happy existence.
"The people can expect to have a lot of fun if they are playing in the scenario events," Manchester says.
"There will be certain 'OPS' that teams will be carrying out.
"These operations will consist of certain things that each team will have to obtain in order to survive, as if it were a real zombie apocalypse happening."
He also shares that this cause is close to his heart.
"I myself had my dad pass away from complications from diabetes.
"I know quite a few people that have this disease, so Bill and I both decided that we thought it would be a good campaign to get behind," Manchester says.
IF YOU GO
What: Drop Dead Gorgeous Zombie Fashion Show
When: 6:30 p.m. April 12
Where: Savannah Station, 601 Cohen St.
Cost: $35 regular admission, $25 for students with ID. Purchase tickets at www.adazombieshow.org or Bleu Belle Boutique, Red Clover, B-Street Salon, Creative Approach and Cora Bett Thomas/Austin Hill Realty.
Contact: Maria Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or 912-353-8110, ext. 3091
What: Zombie Apocalypse Paintball
When: April 13 and 20. Briefing starts at 9 a.m.; game starts at 10 a.m.
Where: Hoppers GA, 1579 Grove Point Road,
Contact: www.hoppersga.com or 704-340-1500