Frantic People Call 911 On Zombies, Turns Out They Were Sitcom Extras

Thanks to shows like The Walking Dead, people everywhere know to be on the lookout for the first stages of the zombie apocalypse. We don't know when or where or why the zombie apocalypse may start, but it's best to be constantly vigilant, and the folks of the Manchester region in the U.K. seem primed to survive the early days of any zombie apocalypse. When some citizens spied what looked to be a man chomping on a woman, they did the natural thing and called the authorities. Luckily for those of us who are not yet ready to face the zombie apocalypse, they were just extras returning from a day of work on the British online sitcom Dead Town.

The Manchester zombies spotted on the road were not actual reanimated corpses, but rather zombie enthusiasts Steve Lowe and Diane Holden, who were wearing extensive make-up, white contact lenses, and plenty of fake blood when they were pulled over by authorities after leaving the set of Dead Town on Sunday night. Their smiles in the tweet above were in response to the amused police officer's request to take a photo, not because a soon-to-be snack had just pulled them over. In fact, according to a report from BBC, the police officer burst out laughing when he got a look at the inside of the car.

Kudos to whoever called into police when they spotted what looked like a man trying to devour a woman. This incident can work as a valuable test run for how to behave in an actual zombie apocalypse. Survival is about more than hoarding canned goods and bottled water; it's also about leaving the undead to the people with the blunt objects. It's best to err on the side of caution, no?

Whether the people in the car had been a male zombie chomping on a woman to turn her or a regular man attacking a regular woman, it was best to involve the authorities. The call may have been an ultimate waste of time for the officers, but at least they got a funny story out of it. I'm just glad there was no traffic accident, since those white contacts look dangerous for driving.

Of course, the false alarm in this case is no reason for anybody to slack off in their vigilance. These two people were extras who donned zombie makeup to bring the laughs for the Dead Town production, but that doesn't mean we should give up on our efforts to prepare for the undead end of days. Much like the Spanish Inquisition, nobody will know when to expect the zombie apocalypse. It's best to just always be prepared.

For those of us who do our best zombie apocalypse preparation via TV, The Walking Dead will return to AMC for Season 7 on October 23, and Z Nation kicked off its third season on Syfy on September 16. Check out our fall TV premiere schedule to see what else you can catch on the small screen in the near future.

Laura Hurley
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