Christchurch overrun with zombies for 'Thriller' flash mob

Christchurch overrun with zombies for 'Thriller' flash mob

Inner-city Christchurch may not have the life in it that it once did, but today it was overtaken by a zombie apocalypse.

It was part of a worldwide simultaneous Michael Jackson-style 'Thriller' dance off, just in time for Halloween.

More than 100 gory, ghostly ghouls of all ages were in Cathedral Square, and a few random tourists even joined in.

The Christchurch rendition was one of hundreds worldwide celebrating dance and community.

"All over the world at 10pm GMT, which was 11 o'clock on a Sunday morning here, zombies turn up and dance 'Thriller' and that's about it," said event organiser Adam Hayward.

One group travelled up from Ashburton for the big event.

"It was really fun. These guys have been practising in garages and lounges and at our local theatre to get ready for today, so it's really special," said Jackie Heffernan of the Big Little Theatre Company.

In fact, most people had put in a bit of practice at home.

"I just love stuff that connects the world, gets us all together. I'm really big into all that stuff, and so we've done a few little practices," said dancing zombie Jayne Smith.

"We managed to get the steps right this time, and lots of practices at home," said Tom Wilkinson, another dancer.

Thrill the World Zombie Dance plans to return to Christchurch next year, where dancers expect even more jerking zombies to turn up.