Day of the Undead brings zombies alive in Leicester
Horror junkies got to overdose on blood and gore at an annual zombie festival.
More than 100 fans from all over the country dressed for the occasion and descended on Phoenix Square, in Leicester, for the Day of the Undead festival on Saturday.
The 12-hour film festival ran from midday to midnight – and included appearances by writer and actor Charlie Higson, and Emmerdale star Dominic Brunt, who has just directed a zombie film.
Organiser Ed Thurlow said the festival – the sixth such event – has been the most successful so far.
He said: "The response this year has been wonderful. For the first time, we have managed to sell out all the zombie films.
"That is testament to the power of the zombie. They may be the undead but there is a lot of life in the genre."
The festival showed many of the latest cult horror films and featured a world premiere high definition screening of the Fulci classic Zombie Flesh Eaters.
Fans enjoyed the first showing in a British cinema of Muarlim (Poisoned) – an Israeli zombie film.
Actor Dominic Brunt, who plays Paddy in TV soap Emmerdale, was at the festival for a showing of Before Dawn – a zombie movie he directed.
Dominic said: "It is lovely to be here. It is great fun. My wife Joanne Mitchell wrote the screenplay and I directed the film, so it's our baby."
Writer and actor Charlie Higson, who shot to fame in the TV comedy show The Fast Show, was there to read from one of his books.
He said: "It is nice to be here. I have been invited before but have always been busy." Horror fan Laura Sutton was dressed as zombie soldier in full gory make-up.
The 21-year-old, from Melton, said: "It is my first festival and I am loving it.
"It is fab to be able to dress up like this and live out the zombie fantasy.
"The atmosphere here is brilliant."
Paul Dignall had come as a member of the undead – complete with bullet holes in his head.
The 46-year-old, from Mowmacre Hill, said: "For me, there is something unique about zombies.
"They are truly terrifying and they just keep coming at you. This festival is a great excuse to dress up and have a lot of fun."
Teresa Martin, 28, of Highfields, said: "Zombies are the best horror invention ever.
"There is no way I was going to miss the chance to dress like a zombie and watch a lot of great films."