Deadlines: News roundup 9/14/10

Posted by Cory Casciato On September - 14 - 20101 COMMENT

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A daily roundup of all the undead news that shambles into view… Bookmark the home page or add the RSS feed to your reader for your daily dose of walking dead. Got news tips? E-mail me at cory.casciato[AT]gmail.com.

Read about the adventures of the Left 4 Dead crew in the webcomic The Sacrifice, which kicked off with issue one today. (Official Left 4 Dead Blog)

Apparently, Return of the Living Dead hits Blu-ray this week. Wonder if they fixed the issues with the soundtrack that pissed off hardcore fans with the original DVD release? I’m guessing … no. (Bloody Disgusting)

Not only are they making more Resident Evil live-action movies (see yesterday’s news post), they are making a sequel to the CG-animated Resident Evil: Degeneration called Resident Evil: Damnation. (Read my review of Resident Evil: Degeneration.) (Kotaku)

The Trekkie/zombie mashup novel Night of the Living Trekkies and its author Kevin David Anderson get some coverage in what seems to be his local paper. Good for him. (The Press Enterprise)

There’s also a pretty kick-ass Night of the Living Trekkies book trailer that makes me wish it was a movie. It’s embedded below for you. (io9)

There’s a new, slick looking trailer for the “hot chicks who kick zombie ass” series (webseries, I presume) Code Z. Think Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Bitch Slap in the zombie apocalypse and you’re in the right neighborhood. Could be fun! (28 Days Later Analysis)

A plague of demon-zombies, a dude stuck in North Korea and a cheesy heavy metal soundtrack are the key ingredients in the indie flick Fear Eats the Soul. Teaser embedded below. (Quiet Earth)

A zombie film made via the process of a bunch of zombie fans discussing different zombie apocalypse scenarios, then cobbling that into a plot could be good, but the trailer for They Walk (embedded below), which was apparently developed exactly that way, makes it look as if the end result is pretty lackluster and disjointed. (Dread Central)

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Deadlines: News roundup 9/13/10

Posted by Cory Casciato On September - 13 - 2010ADD COMMENTS

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A daily roundup of all the undead news that shambles into view… Bookmark the home page or add the RSS feed to your reader for your daily dose of walking dead. Got news tips? E-mail me at cory.casciato[AT]gmail.com.

Despite mediocre-to-terrible reviews, it looks like Resident Evil: Afterlife is a hit with fans and will easily make the most money of any entry in the series. (Fangoria)

In case you couldn’t guess, that means another Resident Evil movie is coming… (New York Magazine – Vulture)

This week, we’ll learn the backstory of Left 4 Dead with the comic The Sacrifice. The first of four parts hits tomorrow (online presumably, but they don’t really specify). (Official Left 4 Dead Blog)

I feel like it’s been seen before, but just in case, here’s a link to a tiny image from The Walking Dead that was in Entertainment Weekly. (Dread Central)

It’s zombie week over at Tor.com! That means a shitload of zombie content, from a Neil Gaiman story to a zombie playlist from a guy I sort of work with, Jason Heller!

One of the original producers of Night of the Living Dead, John Russo, is working on a sleazy, cheesy sounding zombie flick called Escape of the Living Dead. Aryan bikers, ass-kicking/zombie-killing chicks and a mad scientist all figure in. (Dread Central)

Get some info on the making of the banshee/zombie flick Damned by Dawn from writer/director Brett Anstey. Cockroaches, cold weather and an aborted attempt at Hammer horror all figure in the making-of… (Fangoria)

If you want to get insight into the author of Married with Zombies, this interview with author Jesse Petersen is just the thing. (Adventures of Cecelia Bedelia)

If you’d like to read some poetry and prose inspired by the zombie apocalypse, the book Warriors of the Zombie Hamlet should scratch your itch, because that is what it is. (Small Town Social)

Finally, how about a great-looking trailer for a almost-certainly fake IMAX 3D movie called Zombies del Bicentenario, celebrating Mexico’s bicentennial (with zombies)? It’s embedded below. (Quiet Earth)

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Fashion Zombie: Zombie recruitment hat

Posted by Cory Casciato On September - 13 - 2010ADD COMMENTS

For the most part, Fashion Zombie has looked at garments that cover your torso. There are many reasons for this — your torso is the largest part of your body, for example! Also, it’s where you keep your guts, and zombies love guts. However, they also love brains, so it’s high time we did a hat. Thus, today we look to Booster Pants’ Zombie Nation collection for this fine dome cover!

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Deadlines: News roundup 9/10/10

Posted by Cory Casciato On September - 10 - 2010ADD COMMENTS

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Let’s talk to Milla Jovovich about Resident Evil: Afterlife! Amazingly, only one brief question is dedicated to 3D. (Reuters)

Possible good news for fans of Dead Rising‘s original hero — the OG zombie killer Frank West may be appearing as a playable character in Dead Rising 2! (Kotaku)

There’s a little online anime video that exists to promote Dead Rising 2! It’s called Samurai Dead Rising, and there are zombies and samurai. It is embedded below for your viewing pleasure. (Kotaku)

The mainstream media is getting hyped over The Walking Dead (TV), apparently, as it has prompted another flood of “Hey, zombies are popular!” articles that reference it. (Reuters)

Drive armed vehicles and kill zombies in the upcoming Xbox 360/PS3 game Blood Drive, coming late November. (Kotaku)

Between October 22 and 24, Albany, New York is having the Zombie Film Feast III, with more than ten films, a zombie prom, zombie walk, zombie gaming a brain-eating contest and lots more zombie goodness. Watch the official website for more updates as they come. (Thanks to Zombie Shakespeare for the tip!)

More info about your chance to become a zombie in The Zombie Diaries 2! They’re looking for more than a thousand undead, you’ll need to do your own makeup and it happens November 14 in Wales on “Aberystwyth’s most beautiful beach, Tan-Y-Bwlch.” Man, Welsh. Those names just kill me. (Dread Central)

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Undead Diversion: “Zombie Apocalypse” video to die for

Posted by Cory Casciato On September - 10 - 2010ADD COMMENTS

Longtime readers, or those who actually use that sidebar rotator to find cool shit to look at, may remember me posting a live clip of Kirby Krackle’s “Zombie Apocalypse” in May of 2009. Back then I wrote this about the band and song:

Kirby Krackle is the self-styled “World’s First Comic Book Rock Band,” and they have produced this lovely ukelele-driven ballad about the horrific inconveniences of the zombie apocalypse. It’s a fun, clever ditty that should appeal to anyone who’s ever spent way too much time pondering what the zombie apocalypse would look like in real life.

Well, I don’t have much to add to that except that now there is an awesome new animated video for the already awesome song (that’s it embedded above if you didn’t already figure that out). And it is your Undead Diversion of the week. Spread it far and wide — it deserves to be seen/heard.

For more info on Kirby Krackle or to buy their album, visit the band’s web site.

Deadlines: News roundup 9/9/10

Posted by Cory Casciato On September - 9 - 20104 COMMENTS

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A daily roundup of all the undead news that shambles into view… Bookmark the home page or add the RSS feed to your reader for your daily dose of walking dead. Got news tips? E-mail me at cory.casciato[AT]gmail.com.

There’s a fourth teaser for AMC’s The Walking Dead. Don’t get too excited — it’s only about fifteen seconds long. You can find it embedded below, though. (Dread Central)

Good ol’ Paul W.S. Anderson talks to the mainstream media about Resident Evil: Afterlife and still can’t shut up about the fancy 3D in the movie. (Reuters)

Look at and watch Ali Larter talk about the Resident Evil: Afterlife in her video interview. There could be SPOILERS so I skipped it, but you can watch it via an embed below. Let’s hope she doesn’t talk about 3d the whole time… (Bloody Disgusting)

You could also read about what Ali Larter has to say in a different interview. (Dread Central)

There’s also one from none other than star Milla Jovovich herself! Look for it below. (Bloody Disgusting)

You could also read an interview with Milla Jovovich on her Resident Evil: Afterlife role, if you like the words more than the moving pictures. (Ain’t It Cool News)

Or maybe you want to read about the makeup effects for Resident Evil: Afterlife in an interview with makeup artist Paul Jones. (Fangoria)

Or maybe a big Resident Evil: Afterlife mega-interview with half the damn cast plus Anderson, all in one place? (io9)

In the “great fucking news” department, UK zombie miniseries Dead Set is coming to US television starting October 25! Now, about a DVD release…(Dread Central)

Get hyped for the zombie squirrel action of Zombie Roadkill with the trailer, embedded below. (Dread Central)

If you are a UK person wanting to be in The Zombie Diaries 2, you may get the chance, since they’re looking for zombie extras. I guess that could be okay, even if the first movie sucked eggs… (Dread Central)

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Deadlines: News roundup 9/8/10

Posted by Cory Casciato On September - 8 - 20102 COMMENTS

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A daily roundup of all the undead news that shambles into view… Bookmark the home page or add the RSS feed to your reader for your daily dose of walking dead. Got news tips? E-mail me at cory.casciato[AT]gmail.com.

Get inside the head of Resident Evil: Afterlife director Paul W.S. Anderson in this interview where he talks a lot about 3D and a little about other stuff. Dude likes his 3D. (Ain’t It Cool News)

There’s also a video interview with Resident Evil: Afterlife star Boris Kodjoe embedded blow. It may contain some SPOILERS so you are officially warned. (Bloody Disgusting)

In Zombieland 2 kinda-news, Ruben Fleischer has read an early draft of the script and likes it. (MovieWeb)

NPR picked up on the University of Baltimore offering a course on zombies. (NPR)

Author Carnell (just the one name, like Madonna) has a near-future post-apocalyptic zombie gladiatorial combat novel coming out called No Flesh Shall Be Spared. (Dread Central)

A trailer had popped up online for a weird looking faux-arty zombie film called The Defiled. It’s got lots of bad makeup, a really cheesy B&W/silver filter and a David Lynch wannabe vibe, plus lots of self-congratulatory accolades and warnings and the longest/stupidest studio credits sequence of all time. You can see it embedded below.  (Quiet Earth)

The Evil Dead-inspired walking dead/banshee film Damned by Dawn is coming to DVD and Blu-ray November 9. (Bloody Disgusting)

That new Italian zombie film Eaters gets more promo material, in the form of a one-sheet and a new image. (Dread Central)

The French zombie film Mutants gets some DVD cover art. (Bloody Disgusting)

The kind of dumb-looking Aah! Zombies!! is coming out on DVD October 19. It’s a horror-comedy about some people who get turned into zombies but totally don’t realize it! (28 Days Later Analysis)

The low-budget zombie film Colin gets its US premiere Thursday, September 23 in San Antonio, Texas. (Fangoria)

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Review: Invisible Invaders

Posted by Cory Casciato On September - 8 - 2010ADD COMMENTS

Look! A zombie!

There’s not a lot of reason to seek out the forgettable and forgotten zombie-alien invasion movie Invisible Invaders. Maybe if you were on a quest to see every movie John Carradine ever made? Or a quest like my own, to see every zombie movie ever made? Both would suffice, but in either case, put it near the end of your list — it sucks.

Its primary sin is it’s boring. A story about unstoppable aliens who can reanimate the dead should not be this dull. But if you tell that story largely via voiceover and stock footage, I guess it isn’t too surprising. The majority of the rest of the “action” takes place in a bunker, where four people argue, fight and “do science.” The result of their “science” is a goofy looking sonic raygun prop that can stop the aliens, thus saving the Earth. Also, two of them fall in love and the asshole guy dies.

Zombies? Yeah, there are zombies. They’re pretty incidental, though. The aliens occupy dead people in order to … uh … occupy dead people? Once they strangle a guy and they seem to cause some trouble elsewhere, but mostly they just stagger around looking vaguely creepy. I guess cinematic scares were hard to come by in the ’50s and maybe this was enough? Anyway, these are among the least interesting zombies ever. Even Plan 9 from Outer Space has them beat.

To reiterate: don’t watch this, it really isn’t worth your time.

Invisible Invaders/US/1959

This movie was viewed as part of my third annual Zombie Movie Marathon Month — read the initial Invisible Invaders reaction piece.

Deadlines: News roundup 9/7/10

Posted by Cory Casciato On September - 7 - 20101 COMMENT

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A daily roundup of all the undead news that shambles into view… Bookmark the home page or add the RSS feed to your reader for your daily dose of walking dead. Got news tips? E-mail me at cory.casciato[AT]gmail.com.

There are three brief TV spots for AMC’s The Walking Dead. Only one is remotely worth sitting through the obnoxious commercials that precedes them; I’ve helpfully embedded that one below. (Dread Central)

There’s a whole load of hi-res shots of Resident Evil: Apocalypse to look at! Don’t forget, it starts Friday. (Bloody Disgusting)

If you prefer the talky bits, sit down and read this interview with Resident Evil: Afterlife actor Wentworth Miller. Or this one with Ali Larter. (Ain’t It Cool News)

Or look at a new, zombie-filled TV spot for Resident Evil: Afterlife (it’s embedded below). (UGO)

Director Reuben Fleischer talks about his plans for Zombieland 2 3D and his childlike love of 3D movies. (MTV)

Get a look at the making of Dead Rising 2 in a video developer’s diary embedded below for you. There’s some good footage of the game in action, plus insight into the story to be found within. (Buy Zombie)

Director Zack Snyder talks about Army of the Dead, a movie about a Las Vegas full of zombies that he’d like to make. (EW Pop Watch)

The University of Baltimore has a full course on the zombie in pop culture. First, coolest class ever. Second, I wonder if they know I am available as a guest speaker? (Baltimore Sun)

There’s a new trailer for Eaters, the upcoming new Italian zombie movie. It’s one of the films I picked as one of my top ten most anticipated zombie projects of 2010! You can see the trailer embedded below. (Dread Central)

Next February 5, the plan is for Zombie Apocalypse: Redemption (sequel to Zombie Apocalypse, reviewed here) to get its Michigan (and possibly world?) premiere at the Ionia Horror Film Fest in Ionia, Michigan (that links to the home page, where the article currently is, but there’s no permalink, so it may not be up for long). Word is, Fred Williamson is starring, which is news to me! (Phoenix EV)

Chicago gets a zombie fest to benefit wounded soldiers this September 25. Bands, makeup contest and more! (Buy Zombie)

In a dangerous yet fairly awesome publicity stunt, the mad scientists over at Harcos Labs (maker of Zombie Blood energy potion) filled an intersection with folks in zombie makeup, then deliberately ran a red light to get a one-of-a-kind photo from the red-light camera.

If killing zombies with your guitar controller in Rock of the Dead isn’t abstract enough, how about using your drum controller to kill zombies in the upcoming Drumskulls? There’s some video of the game being demoed embedded below for you. (Kotaku)

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Deadlines: News roundup 9/3/10

Posted by Cory Casciato On September - 3 - 2010ADD COMMENTS

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A daily roundup of all the undead news that shambles into view… Bookmark the home page or add the RSS feed to your reader for your daily dose of walking dead. Got news tips? E-mail me at cory.casciato[AT]gmail.com.

Get a Resident Evil: Afterlife fix with seven cool new character art posters from Japan. (Dread Central)

Get into the minds behind the Star Trek-convention-with-zombies mashup novel Night of the Living Trekkies in an interview with Kevin David Anderson and Sam Stall. In it, they talk about the characters, inspiration and references in the novel. (LA Times – Hero Complex)

Vancouver’s mainstream media gets on the “Oh, hey, zombies are kinda popular right now” bandwagon. (Vancouver Sun)

A tiny bit more info on Rock of the Dead, the rhythm game/zombie shooter coming for the various console platforms. (Dread Central)

Some kids somewhere in the UK (Wales? The accent is impressive and unidentifiable to my provincial American ears) are making a cheesy looking zombie flick called Zombie Killers, about two kids trapped in a “caravan” (trailer?) by the zombie apocalypse. Gee, kids do the darnedest zombie things! There’s a trailer below. (Buy Zombie)

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