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Thread: Zombie Runs Mud Runs whatever... the main gun is out of the business

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  1. Default Zombie Runs Mud Runs whatever... the main gun is out of the business 
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    http://articles.baltimoresun.com/201...iam-ward-lives

    As I predicted this wouldn't last long... these guys did their first run here in St Louis a year ago they did about 6000 people they did another one here this year and didn't even do 1/3 the people... these guys actually advertised nationally on walking dead and If I'm not mistaken the super bowl or something.

    Someone recently posted about the zombie craze being dead well i'm here to tell you its dead. So with that being said I agree with the statement in this article that they faced to much competition because that is true... half of the people who opened one was a haunter. But did haunters really make money with this???

    Are haunters going to continue this? Everyone out there is trying to make a buck off of horror now and I really mean horror attractions... this is good an bad. Bad because everything is getting watered down.

    Larry
     

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    These guys are local and have been doing these runs for a few years. Aside from some business issues, it just proves zombies are OUT!

    Allan
     

  3. Default This is why 
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    This is why I never styled my show around zombies. There's some major players in my state that have styled there whole haunt around zombies. I wonder if this will kill ticket sales or if they will spend major money on renovation.
    What do you guys think? Do you think this will hurt haunts with zombie theme named attractions? Will it also hurt zombie paintball( I never liked that idea much but each to his own).
     

  4. Default Keep it original 
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    We have stayed away from the whole zombie thing, although we do promote "Zombie Camping" as something different. Our storyline though really has nothing to do with Zombies. We have "Infected" and "Harvesters" but not Zombies. It seems to be working! I have always been afraid of the Zombie trend because trends seem to run out, while originality seems to carry on.
    Travis "Big T" Russell
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    Owner and Operator of "The Plague" and "Camp Nightmare"

    Customer Quote of the year: "Damn, I pissed myself"
     

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    There have been so many people who aren't in the haunt industry to people in the haunt industry to you name cashing in on zombies and well it might be game over. All these themed runs, of all kinds are probably a money loser from this point forward. Themed restaurants has had a hayday so everyone was opening until most of those closed.

    Makes you wonder if you overkill something if it simply kills it for everyone... meaning the haunt industry. Its just going over the top right now with the type of people and business trying to do haunted attractions.

    I'm wondering if maybe our industry has got to much press the way zombies did if it can turn on us a bit... to much of a good thing can be a bad thing.

    Larry
     

  6. Default competition seems to be the problem... 
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    While some decline in Zombies may be happening it seems that competition may be the true culprit. The Run for Your Lives runs have been picked up by the company that produces a very popular "Dirty Girls" race series and others. Fitness and fun are NOT going away, but the race themes may fade. http://www.baltimoresun.com/entertai...0,419777.story
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    Yeah I think I read someone else bought it or something and read they even did a tomato run or something where people throw tomatoes at you! LOL

    I knew the minute I heard about these zombies runs they wouldn't last not with so many haunters out there... the concept got cannibalized.


    Larry
     

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    I agree that zombies are dying in pop culture BUT Run for Your Lives is not the culprit. Run For Your Lives failed because they pissed off every vendor, sponsor and most importantly land lord there is. Another zombie run is currently seeing an insane increase in sales. If you don't burn bridges, if you know how to market yourself and you have the know how on how to do something right, it will succeed.
     

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