Zombie Pub Crawl 2014: The Best Looks

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Last Saturday night, zombies wandered into downtown Minneapolis. There were brain-eating contests featuring pros, plentiful amounts of beer, and live music from the likes of Prof, Juicy J, and Steve Aoki.

While some zombies simply covered themselves in black eye shadow or fake blood, others went all out, putting time and effort into their looks. The following is a shout-out to the zombies with the most creative, gross, and neat looks. All photos are by Mike Madison.

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Zombie Pub Crawl 2014: The Epic Undead



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The 20 Best Vampire Movies, 1979 to the Present

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Our review of this week's Dracula Untold doesn't inspire much hope: "This Dracula Begins-style sword-and-fangs curio plays like someone said, 'What if we took a vampire flick but did a find-and-replace swapping out all that bare-neck sensuality for some video-game ass-kicking?'"

But for every genre-entry failure, there are numerous other modern vampire movies that manage to plumb and toy with the creature's mythology in imaginative ways. The breadth of the directors featured in our slideshow -- from French auteur Claire Denis to Germany's Werner Herzog to American mavericks Jim Jarmusch and Francis Ford Coppola -- speaks to the wide variety of voices that have tackled the genre with such ingenuity in recent decades. -- Danny King

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Soap Factory's Haunted Basement 2014: Who's Behind That Mask?

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Photo by Dan Norman
"You're going to want to check your purse and probably your hat," a volunteer told me at coat check. "The less you carry with you, the better."

She was right.

It was an unpleasantly cold Friday night for the official opening of Haunted Basement: Unhinged. Now in its eighth year, the Soap Factory's Halloween thrill experiment has a reputation for being the most terrifying haunted house in town, and for good reason. It's an adults-only experience, with waivers, and dress codes, and safe words -- all serious stuff.

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The Soap releases new details about its Haunted Basement

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The Minnesota State Fair may be in full swing right now, but fall is just around the corner. With the changing of the seasons comes Halloween festivities, including the Soap Factory's annual Haunted Basement.

Now in its eighth year, this season the gallery is adding some new elements in hopes of scaring the living daylights out of those who tour the space's unfinished basement.

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Soap Factory's Haunted Basement 2013: There will be crud


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Just announced: Zombie Pub Crawl 10 is moving

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Big news for fans of binge drinking and the undead: The fine folks who organize the super-popular Zombie Pub Crawl have announced a date and location for the 2014 zombie apocalypse. The party has previously been hosted by businesses on the West Bank, with a few satellite adventures in St. Paul and a year in northeast Minneapolis. This year, the bash is moving to a new part of town: the Warehouse District.

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Halloween costumes 2013: Best gender-swaps, '80s throwbacks, WTF?, and more

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There were some wild Halloween parties last night and this past weekend. City Pages was at quite a few of these happenings snapping pics of the sexiest Kermit the Frogs, the multiple Little Mermaids, and the crazy group collaborations.

Many folks truly rocked their costume, but some put a little more effort into their get-ups. We've culled some of the best get-ups we spotted around town. Come take a look.

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Awesome costumes at Transmission: Halloween 2013
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Top 13 most Minnesota Halloween costumes

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Are you still trying to come up with a Halloween costume for tonight or this weekend? While you'll probably see quite a few zombie rehashes and Miley Cyrus imitators, some of the best inspiration for Halloween get-ups comes from the state of Minnesota.

The following are a few ideas for costumes with a decidedly local flavor.

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Halloween Costumes that will make you go 'WTF?': 2013 Edition

Halloween costume ideas, 2013 edition: Easy disguises

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The Sandman costume guide

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Delirium, Death, Dream, and Destiny from The Sandman.
This week, the long-awaited prequel to Neil Gaiman's graphic-novel masterpiece The Sandman debuts its first issue the day before Halloween. So in honor of the holiday, and our Gaiman fanaticism, we put together a how-to for those of you who want to show off your comic-book knowledge on the sly. Depending on your commitment to dressing up, you can go all in, or just add a little Sandman-inspired flair to your wardrobe.

Here's your guide to becoming one of the Endless.

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The dark night returns for Neil Gaiman
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A nostalgic return for Neil Gaiman with The Ocean at the End of the Lane


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Halloween costume ideas, 2013 edition: Easy disguises

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Disguise yourself on the fly.
Sometimes Halloween just jumps out and surprises you. If you've been procrastinating and haven't found a costume yet, we know it's super tempting to go out to the store, find the ugliest, smelliest, most plastic-looking mask and call it a night. But believe us, Halloween can be so much better for you, even if you've only got a hour to plan.

These are costumes for those who are just too lazy, too busy, or just don't give a flying broom about Halloween (but still want to party without looking like a square). A lot of these costumes can be put together with stuff you've already got lying around the house.

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Halloween costume ideas, 2013 edition: Crafty costumes
Halloween costume ideas, 2012 edition: Easy disguises
Halloween costume ideas, 2012 edition: Crafty costumes

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Five cheesy horror flicks you should see

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Last week, we came up with a list of five streaming, high-grade horror movies that required your viewing, from haunted asylums and ghostly brides to gooey cave dwellers and flying succubi. But once you've got a taste, you need more. So we've risen from the dead to stage a horror-playlist sequel. This selection emphasizes works of a lower grade than round one: flicks that are cheesy and awesomely delicious. Don't expect Oscar winners or cinema pedigree here. Expect the enjoyable worst. Now, let's delve more deeply into the Netflix horror archives before the candy runs out and the fake blood dries up.

P.S. One of these choices will make you hate us.

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