The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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January 8, 2010

Zombie hunter’s paradise: Branson attraction gives visitors chance to kill off the undead

By Dave Woods

BRANSON, Mo. — It’s open season on zombies in Branson. The undead have a price on their heads in the Midwest’s Music City.

Zombie hunters from near and far are lining up for the chance to unleash their laser weapons on the creatures of the night and feel the cold splash of fresh blood on their cheeks as zombie chests explode and splatter. They compete against friends, family and fellow zombie hunters for the title of Zombie Killer Extraordinaire.

Here’s the catch: The lofty title lasts only as long as it takes to get back in line and take another spin in Branson’s new attraction, Castle of Chaos, 3030 West Highway 76.

Jason Cooper, 36, and his 14-year-old daughter, McKenzie, didn’t really know what to expect when they strapped themselves into the ride and slipped on their 3-D glasses.

“I enjoyed it,” Jason said, exiting the ride. “I’ve played video games similar to this before, but never anything like this. It was really unlike anything I’ve ever done. You can actually shoot monsters … that’s pretty cool.”

Jason’s daughter agreed.

“Man, that’s the first time I’ve seen anything in 3-D. It’s pretty amazing.” she said. “I liked the cool effects like the blood spatters and the stuff that grabs you from behind. I thought it was going to be some sort of a haunted house walk-through thing.”

McKenzie said she wants to bring her friends from Kirksville, Mo., to Branson to experience the chaos for themselves.

“I wouldn’t tell them anything about it,” she laughed. “I’d just say, ‘Go and see it for yourself.’”

The story unfolds

The year is 1925. Horror film starlet Carli Winepeg and her movie crew have disappeared from a 15th century castle where they were shooting her new movie, “Castle of Chaos.”

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