Crawling zombie is shockingly creepy

When [Mark] sent in the tip about this crawling zombie prop he said that it didn’t sound scary but warned us that it is terrifying when you see it. He’s absolutely right, the video after the break shows some remarkably undead movement from the thing.

This crawler is actually radio controlled. Details are brief, but there’s plenty of pictures and the start of a build tutorial for the hardware. A wood frame serves as collar-bone and spine for the zombie. Attached to the spine are two  motors which allow independent shoulder operation. We’d wager that the realistic movements are due to a talented operator at the controls, but it can’t be too hard to master if you play around with it for a while. It looks like the initial build was headless, but we think the addition of the zombie head really makes finishes out the project!

[via Build Lounge]


  1. wifigod says:

    QWOP: Zombie Edition

  2. Joe says:
  3. roboman2444 says:

    its just hungry for some arduino brains!

  4. madjunk says:

    I lol’d.. That thing is awesome. Needs more hungry zombie sound.

  5. Bob says:

    Zombies are a culture. Not a costume!

  6. Hirudinea says:

    HOLY F**K! Where’s my shotgun!

  7. jimbob says:

    wow, WOW… with just a little more realistic makeup work, that thing could be scaring the shit out of adults and kids alike !!!

  8. austin says:

    its nice, would be good if the face had some mobility and it needs something that shows its not a guy crawling on the ground in a mask, i mean i guess if you see it in the right angle and see it is missing half its body that would be a good indication.

  9. wiremajik says:

    Plants VS Zombies!!! thats aweswome u should build an army!

  10. sariel says:

    that’s pretty hot. I love crawlers, they can’t get away that fast. When they do, its cute to see their little faces when you drag them back for more. You can’t spell necromancer without romance :) on another note, this is really awesome and i wish i had one for my friends wedding. would be awesome to have him crawling around the seats biting people.

  11. dbear says:

    Imagine about 10 of these crawling across a field.

    • andar_b says:

      Better yet, 10 with different gaits – like crutch-hobble, one-arm crawl, standard zombie plod – dressed in Confederate Army uniforms, and set them loose on reenactment day.

  12. Munch says:

    It doesn’t crawl so much as make passionate love to the grass. That creeps me out more than the zombie does. o_o

  13. N0LKK says:

    RC is so yesteryear. Need to breed this with the agricultural bots featured previously, to end up with a swarm of autonomous zombie bots, going berserk all over the neighborhood

  14. Alan Parekh says:

    Very creepy!

  15. Ninja_a says:

    So…where can i buy one?

  16. Oh, now thats nasty. Have the R/C follow people as well, using PIR heat trackers.

    That would freak a few people out round here :-)

    What about glowing eyes and howling noise as people walk past?

  17. Wow, this is a work of art.

  18. Ren says:

    Zombies are coming!
    They seek brains!
    You’re safe.

  19. R.B.Jensen says:

    Sad – the SO replied “NOT IN MY GARDEN!!!!!1111″ when I asked for permission to get one.

  20. Drake says:




    *random 8-bit crunching sound*

    Mnom nom nom mnom

  21. Doktor Jeep says:

    I feel scared.

  22. wardy says:

    Aim for the head!

    The forward motion is very lifelike (deadlike?), but the turning looks weird, might not be too easy to fix though. Great build – very imaginative.

  23. Andrew Smith says:

    love it

  24. henry99 says:

    i agree, it needs moar arduino

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