Derelict areas of Detroit face being taken over by hordes of ‘flesh and brain-eating zombies’ if an ambitious business plan takes off.

Entrepreneur Mark Siwak wants to create live-action terror theme park ‘Z World’ on Motor City’s run-down and abandoned streets.

Customers would pay to be chased by professional actors and try to seek shelter in ghostly homes, factories and businesses.

Siwak said it would breathe fresh life into the rundown city, giving jobs to hundreds, if not thousands, of people.

But critics say it is an ‘exploitative and insensitive ploy’ to profit from Detroit’s problems.

Curbed Detroit blogger Sarah Cox said the plan ‘sounds a lot like all that fun we had during the 1960s race riots’.

She added: ‘It’s nice to know  Z Land is finally going to capitalise on our love of adrenaline rushes and nostalgia. Now even visitors from the ‘burbs can ‘wonder if they will make it through the night.’

Detroit has become known in recent years for pioneering ‘creative solutions’ like urban farming and pedestrian-friendly greenway trials.

Soaring budget deficits and a declining population has forced businesses and the authorities to ‘think outside the box’.

And Siwak, who has raised $2,200 of the $140,000 needed through fundraising website IndieGoGo, said his theme park could be the perfect solution.

He told CBS Detroit: ‘The city can only have so many urban farms or similar uses for vacant plots.’

And he revealed he is already receiving CVs from hundreds of residents keen to work at the tourist attraction.

He added: ‘While zombies are great, the real neat thing about this project is the potential to inject some life into a forgotten neighbourhood – with the opportunity to work with neighbourhood groups and organisation’.

The project would follow in the footsteps of Atlanta Zombie Apocalypse, where thrill-seekers wield paint ball guns to play hide-and-seek with undead zombies in a formerly abandoned truck stop.


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  • Derelict areas of Detroit face being taken over by hordes of ‘flesh and
    brain-eating zombies’ if an ambitious business plan takes off.

    How can you tell?  Just give the natives some bath salts and you’ll have the same effect, for much cheaper.

    • ageofknowledge

      True. Let’s hope nobody does!

  • There is no need for this amusement park as Detroit is already filled with the terrifying “Obama-zombies.”  They are similar to normal zombies EXCEPT that they have no interest in BRAINS!

  • alastairabbacle

    “Entrepreneur Mark Siwak wants to create live-action terror theme park ‘Z World’ on Motor City’s run-down and abandoned streets.”
    The White people who live in Detroit are not always the brightest of the barrel.  Thus, entrepreneurial ideas like this one will arise.  
    This Park would have actual criminals enter in to terrorize people.  This is a trendy dream, lacking all consideration for the bad side of human nature.  
    It would be an unamusementpark.

  • Customers would pay to be chased by professional actors and try to seek shelter in ghostly homes, factories and businesses.
    After which they will be chased by, uh, not professional actors as they make the harrowing journey back to the interstate. It’s all part of the experience!

  • This clown Mark Siwak comes across as one of those white “bwana” missionary types on his way to try to “Christianize” the aborigine poulations of Papua New Guinea or New Caledonia. He actually thinks this is going to work – of course, using other people’s money.

    What happens if one of the players is sexually assaulted by a feral “native” while running from an actor zombie, and decides to sue him and his company for “inadequate security’? His company will go belly-up.  WHO is going to provide security – I don’t think it will be Detroit police.

    I note in the video, Siwak sneers at “boring camping trips”. Heck, I’d rather be camping in Montana, or Alaska and take my chances there, than run around the streets of Detroit, at night.  

  • The same “clueless whites” who actually think Detroit Bantus will raise organic food in the “urban gardens”.

    The same “clueless whites” who think Detroit’s problems were caused by the auto industry.

    The same “clueless whites” who think that race is nothing but a social construct.

  • IstvanIN

    So this guy wants to turn Detroit into a giant “spook house”?

  • Kurt Plummer

    Assuming that the produce from urban farming passes a trace chemical contaminants check and isn’t itself stolen or destroyed where it’s grown; a single plot of several blocks length can be managed by a team of 10-20 people and generate enormous profits for those individuals, depending on the specialty foods grown seasonally.

    To adequately saturate an equivalent area with ‘Zombies’ who are designed to terrify, one would have to either be able to track the ride guests with imbedded transmitters (fast-trucking the Zombies to them) or have 150-200+ ‘actors’ who could be scattered randomly but still generate the densities necessary to make the experiene suitably chilling.

    One produces real goods.  The other exploits for purposes of mindless entertainment.

    Given this is Detroit and its denizens are who they are, I find it less than likely a scenario specifically designed to engender panic fight-or-flight reactions would not directly cause more violence than it ‘simulated’.

    Paintball guns would only make it worse as anyone knows who has play PB, the damn things sting.  A lot.

    The rest is as other’s have already stated with liability coverage being incredible (quite possibly more, per person than the individual salaries).

    If you want to redevelop Detroit, choose investors whose ‘value added’ ability to bring back economic investment makes a higher vestible (restaurants, apartments, etc.) use of the better areas of the city not already overrun by ‘zombies’.

  • Mrs. Victoria

    What I find most most alarming about this whole scenario is that Hollywood/pop-culture, “creative” image-making forces have a folllowing of young people who would apparently welcome the demise of civilized infrastructure and the onset of a violent and chaotic post-apocalypitic world. It all started with glorifying the ghetto and its “culture,” trying to make the chaos and violence “cool.” I saw Daniel Radcliffe on Anderson Cooper’s show today talking about middle class White people (he kept saying “privileged” and sometimes alternated “middle class” and “wealthy”) with the kind of disgust that one would reserve for “flesh and brain-eating zombies.” When he said the word “white,” you could almost hear him spit.

    • SLCain

      Well said.  I completely agree.   Why have so many whites been taught (induced?  conditioned?)  to regard their own culture with nothing but self-loathing?

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    How could you tell you are in the theme park in Detroit?

    Theme park visitors would be chased by professional zombies through abandoned homes and businesses.

    What do they need a theme park for? You can do this for free and for real in Detroit! Or Baltimore, Washington, E. St. Louis, Chicago…. hell, pretty much any Democrat stronghold in the entire U.S.!! 

    Is the park to supposed to provide amusement for zombies; a place for them to go and relax?

    It sounds like Detroit has a great pool of zombie talent they can tap. 


  • SLCain

    The fascination that so many SWPLs have for all things zombie is deeply sick and disturbing.  They have, perhaps without knowing it, embraced a death-cult.  I take it to mean that they have subconsiously realized that we are a doomed nation – a doomed civilization.

    • KingKenton

      I concur with your characterization of zombie mania as sick and disturbing. I believe it stems in part from a current pop-cultural fascination with vampires, zombies, and such. But much deeper I think this is a reflection of a spiritual crisis that is enveloping us. We have moved into a post-Christian era and younger people in particular are suffering from a lack of knowledge concerning Christianity. As such, people seem to be drawn into obsessions with the occult and other non-Christian world views and behaviors (witness the upsurge in neo-paganism). I have said many times that nearly all our current societal ills are linked to our abandonment of our Christian foundations. But I don’t think most people want to here that. They are too busy hating Jesus Christ and trying to blame all the ills of the West on Christianity. To paraphrase a verse from the Bible, “… My people perish for a lack of knowledge.”.

      On a totally unrelated note… My spell checker flagged ‘neo-paganism’ as being misspelled and suggested an alternative of ‘Negro-paganism’. LOL

  • KingKenton

    Well, this is one time I would applaud Blacks kicking some White hiney. What is it with White people these days acting like such stupid jack-asses. So many Whites are infected with infantile fascinations for dorky stuff like Dungeons and Dragons.