Zombie Hordes Descend on Glasgow for Dawn of the Dead at a Secret Location


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Sunday night saw the spread of an undead virus across the city’s streets as GFF18’s Dawn of the Dead treasure hunt took place, allowing attendees to explore five spooky stops before the secret screening location was revealed as Buchanan Galleries! Designed with Walking Heads, participants used the GuidiGO app to navigate their way through outbreak locations, with puzzles, quiz questions and challenges popping up along the way. Teams could amass points by completing these tasks, with the chance of winning some very special GFF prizes, while dodging Zombies from Scare Scotland along the way. 

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At Ramshorn Graveyard, a skeletal clue was waiting, perilously close to three zombies who were chained to the front of the church. The hunt continued on through infected zones at St Enoch Square and George Square, with activities abound. The hunt also included scary sojourns at Citizen M and Dread Glasgow, incorporating elements of the film throughout for a true cult horror experience.

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As groups completed their last challenges at their fifth stop, the secret screening location of Buchanan Galleries was revealed, the perfect place for a movie set almost entirely in a mall. Allowing for the participants in the hunt some downtime before the film, ticket holders could avail of deals in a range of restaurants close to all major hunt locations. From CitizenM itself, to Apex Hotel, Bar Bloc, Browns, Butterfly and the Pig, Bucks Bar, and Solid Rock Café, our audience was guaranteed a good time before even reaching their final stop. 

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The doors of Buchanan Galleries finally opened at 20:00, with the hall leading up to the cinema area littered with the city’s zombies, attracted to the excited crowds. Every audience member was entitled to two complimentary drinks, with blood red Campari being served in syringes to be injected into their cocktails. Attendees could also get their own undead look, with gory face painting on offer next to the GFF18 social halo. 

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When it was finally time for the film, we were joined by David Jenkins, editor of Little White Lies, who had participated in the hunt himself. Jenkins joked “I’m secretly hoping that they leave some of the skeletons and the blood around for the shoppers on Monday morning,” going on to give an introduction teeming with trivia, discussing director George A. Romero’s foundational influence on the tropes of zombie cinema.

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Photography: Ingrid Mur


At Glasgow Film Festival, we pride ourselves on being a festival that loves the movies and loves our audience. GFF18 is your festival - so talk to us and let us know what you're up to! Did you survive the zombie plague? Did you complete photo challenges on the Dawn of the Dead hunt with hilarious and horrific results? Did you take a GIF with our Social Halo? Tag us in your photos, posts and tweets - we want to hear from you! #GFF18

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