Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre, led by Zombie Joe and Jana Wimer, brought their marquee show, Urban Death, to Midsummer Scream, and they certainly delivered. For those unfamiliar, Urban Death is a vignette style horror show. The show features graphic depictions of nightmares, sexual depravity, and dark humor. The show is usually an hour long, except in October when it is altered into a part show/part maze Halloween attraction. Urban Death is not for faint of heart. It’s an intense experience that is shocking and violent.
Each version of the show is different. Classic pieces are mixed with new pieces to give the audience a different experience. This aspect gives the show the ability and grow with each new incarnation.
For those attending the Midsummer Scream Halloween festival this weekend, ZJU has brought a special version to share with Halloween and Horror fans from all over. This Summer edition of Urban Death is just under a half hour in length. However, what it lacks in length, it makes up for with talent, courage, and fierceness.
As the audience entered the space, we were greeted by a swarm of entities, moving in controlled chaos, often grabbing for the audience, but not quite reaching them. Once the audience was all in, the lights went out. The signature Urban Death music came on, and the show began. Over the course of 25 minutes, we witnessed scenes from a post apocalyptic wasteland, beings straight out of nightmares, terrifying creatures from legends, dark humor that chilled and made us laugh, and moments from the darkest parts of our souls. After a final hair raising scene, the show was over. We were left craving more.
The team here at All Hallows’ Haunts have seen various versions Urban Death over the years. Even our very own Lola Tarantula has been part of the cast in past incarnations. We all agreed that the Special Version of Urban Death for Midsummer Scream was one of the best versions of Urban Death we have seen. It was the perfect combination of horror, comedy, and weirdness.This version definitely pushed the envelope to the extreme, and it totally paid off.
Urban Death will return this Halloween season with it’s annual Urban Death: Tour of Terror, where a shortened version of the show is mixed with a walk through maze. It’s definitely not to be missed and should be added to everyone’s Haunt list. Urban Death: Tour of Terror runs Friday and Saturday nights, October 7th through November 5th, with shows at 7:30pm, 8:30pm, 9:30pm, 10:30pm and 11:30pm. There will also be special tour times on October 31st. Tickets are $15 and can be bought at the door or at www. Zombiejoes.tix.com . ZJU Theatre Group is located at 4850 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, Ca 91601.
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