Best of TIZA … so far

Posted by Cory Casciato On September - 1 - 20102 COMMENTS

Kind of hard to believe, but the site’s been around for just a touch more than eighteen months now. In that time, I’ve amassed more than 600 posts and almost a thousand comments on said posts (thanks for the feedback!), all of which means, if you’re new, or don’t visit the site on a regular basis, you might have missed some cool stuff. And the last thing I would want is for you to miss some cool stuff, especially if it was cool stuff I wrote, so I’ve gone back and compiled a list of the top ten posts on the site since its humble beginnings in February 2009. Without further ado, here are those posts…

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Deadlines: News roundup 8/31/10

Posted by Cory Casciato On August - 31 - 2010ADD COMMENTS


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]

The mainstream media gets all rhapsodic over the possibility that AMC’s TV adaptation of The Walking Dead will return the zombie genre to its deep, meaningful roots. (The Atlantic)

If you’re already caught up to the current issue of The Walking Dead comic, this spoiler-filled annotated Google map of the major events of the story will help jog your memory of your favorite and most heart-breaking moments. (Thanks to Andre Hernandez for the tip!)

FEMA is ready for the zombie apocalypse, as a recent photo taken in FEMA administrator Craig Fugate’s office revealed a copy of Max Brooks Zombie Survival Guide. I’m sleeping better at nights now that I’ve seen this. (Techyum)

Come October, Vintage Books will publish Warm Bodies, a zombie romance novel from Isaac Marion. It’s about a zombie and a human in love, it’s described as a modern twist on Romeo and Juliet and it has received positive comments from a diverse cast of people including Twilight author Stephanie Meyer and Shaun of the Dead star Simon Pegg.

If you prefer more traditional zombie fare for reading, N.J. Hallard’s Breaking News: An Autozombiography is a first-person account of surviving the first year of the zombie apocalypse. It’s available now.

Deadlines: News roundup 8/30/10

Posted by Cory Casciato On August - 30 - 20103 COMMENTS


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]

Alice herself (aka Milla Jovovich) speaks about Resident Evil: Afterlife, explaining why it’s the best of the four RE films, how her character has grown and lots more. (Fangoria)

Or, if you find reading tedious, try the Resident Evil: Afterlife behind the scenes video embedded below on for size. (Dread Central)

If you really love Dead Rising 2, you need the High Stakes Edition deluxe edition. It comes with a bunch of stuff, including a fancy poker set, commemorative map, five green dice, some custom sets of cards, exclusive DLC and a chance to win a 6′ tall zombie statue. Man, I wish I had $90 to blow on this thing. Anybody feeling generous? (Capcom Unity)

Seems a second season of AMC’s The Walking Dead is a done deal and it will begin filming in February. Great news! (Fangoria)

You can get Zombie Girl: The Movie on DVD as of November 9. If you’ve forgotten, that’s the documentary that follows pre-teen filmmaker Emily Hagins as she makes her debut zombie feature Pathogen. (Fangoria)

The hyperkinetic “parkour zombie” film Devil’s Playground gets a new one-sheet and a premiere date of October 3 at the UK’s Gorezone Film Festival. (Dread Central)

If you always wanted to stave off attacks by zombies and robots and giant bugs with your plastic guitar controller in a rhythm game, get ready to pee yourself with excitement at the Rock of the Dead trailer embedded below. (Buy Zombie)

Washington, D.C.’s Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival announced the low-budget zombie flick Colin as one of its programmed films this year. The festival kicks off October 21 and you can get more info at the official website. You can also read my thoughts on Colin if you’re interested. (28 Days Later Analysis)

There’s a second trailer for the animated would-be zombie project Year Zero (would-be as in the dude is hping someone will give him the dollars to make it a reality). You can check it out below. (Quiet Earth)

There’s also a trailer for a new webseries called Code Z. There’s a really long-winded, convoluted synopsis at that link, but here’s what you need to know: three chicks, short skirts, zombie ass-whupping. Trailer embedded below. (Buy Zombie)

It’s barely news and it’s barely zombie, but now you know that there’s a spec script floating around Hollywood about an American family’s visit to Taiwan during the time the dead can walk the earth. It’s by Kai Yu Wu, it’s called Fractured Souls and the pitch line is “The Grudge meets The Others.” I guess they’ll be walking around in bodily form, which is what makes it kinda-sorta-almost zombie. (Bloody Disgusting)

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Fashion Zombie: Zombie meme!

Posted by Cory Casciato On August - 30 - 2010ADD COMMENTS

Nothing says “zombie” like something that’s back from the dead, even if the thing that’s back from the dead is an ages-old (in Internet terms) meme such as “All your base are belong to us.” Remember that one? (If not, use Google to edumacate yourself already!) And here it is, back from the dead and freshly zombified in the form of a “All your brains are belong to us” zombie shirt.

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Undead Diversion: Another zombie-killing dream team

Posted by Cory Casciato On August - 27 - 2010ADD COMMENTS

A while back, I posted my very first guest post. It was a dream-team list of zombie-killing badasses, contributed to the site by Jay Clarke of The Horror Section. It was awesome and if you haven’t read it yet, click that link back there and get on it. We’ll wait.

Back? Great. That brings us to today’s Undead Diversion. See, no such list can be definitive. There are pros and cons to each member, everyone has their own way of approaching problems and, most importantly, among 50,000 zombie movies, games and books, there’s a lot of options to be utilized. Besides, it’s fun to read other lists, right? Thus I was quite pleased to stumble across another fine zombie apocalypse dream team list recently, and I’d like to share it with you. It’s by Justin Robinson of The Satellite Show and I knew it was worth my time before I finished the first blurb. Have a look:

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Deadlines: News roundup 8/26/10

Posted by Cory Casciato On August - 26 - 2010ADD COMMENTS


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]

The third Resident Evil: Afterlife clip, Alice lands a plane, the hard way. See it embedded below. (28 Days Later Analysis)

The fourth Resident Evil: Afterlife clip shows a thing with a big ax chasing Ali Larter (aka Claire Redfield) to some quasi-heavy metal music. Naturally, you can also find it below. (Bloody Disgusting)

The previously untitled Double Bear-produced zombie survival RPG has a name: Dead State and you can read a lot about what’s in store. It sounds awesome. (Rock, Paper, Shotgun)

Some new, ludicrous details have come to light about what you can create to kill zombies in Dead Rising 2. How about a lightsaber? This game will either be ridiculously awesome, or just plain ridiculous. (Ars Technica)

If you want to watch your new Survival of the Dead Blu-ray with some commentary by George A. R0mero and Dread Central‘s Uncle Creepy (aka Steve Barton), you can! As long as you have your Blu-ray player hooked up to the interwebz for BD Live action. (Dread Central)

The city of Minneapolis will pay $165,000 to a bunch of street protesters they arrested for dressing as zombies and playing music too loud. WTF? (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star-Tribune)

French people, be excited! Both upcoming REC films have been picked up for French distribution on DVD and in theaters. Hopefully the US will follow suit soon. (Bloody Disgusting)

Between October 7 and October 30, Chicago zombie theater patrons will be treated to Musical of the Living Dead, a musical zom-com about ten very different people trapped in a farmhouse during the zombie apocalypse. (

Get a little look behind the scenes at the man who created the stage show How to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse. (The Visitor)

In September 2010, Armando Rosamilia’s “extreme zombie novella” Highway to Hell will be available in ebook from from Rymfire Ebooks. It promises “extreme violence, extreme sexual situations, extreme zombies.” Sounds extreme.

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Deadlines: News roundup 8/25/10

Posted by Cory Casciato On August - 25 - 2010ADD COMMENTS


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]

The third set visit for The Walking Dead (TV) has hit the ‘nets. This time we learn about casting, music and why it’s good the first season is only six episodes. (Dread Central)

Two clips from Resident Evil: Afterlife have appeared online. You can see them both embedded below and fans will be happy to hear that they continue the ridiculous comic-book-style action movie absurdisms of the series in fine fashion. (FEARnet)

If those clips from Resident Evil: Afterlife excited you, read what director Paul W.S. Anderson has to say about the creatures of the film, why he’s stuck with the franchise for so long and lots more. (Fangoria)

The full lineup for the Toronto International Film Festival has been announced, and among the latest announcements is Bruce LaBruce’s gay alien-zombie porno LA Zombie. (Quiet Earth)

Because one is never enough, there’s a new trailer for the slasher-meets-zombie flick Zombiefied. You can find it embedded below. (Buy Zombie)

How about some zombie eye shadow? (Buy Zombie)

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Poll: Stuff you like!

Posted by Cory Casciato On August - 25 - 20102 COMMENTS

Original photo by Clark Mackey

It’s time for poll results. Actually, it’s well past time, because the two open polls have been running for quite a while now — one since last November! Sorry about that — I get busy. Freelance writing isn’t really a terribly lucrative profession — in order to keep the bills paid, I have to work a lot. Anyway, enough about my poor, suffering existence. Let’s talk about zombies! More to the point, let’s talk about what you fine people like best about the zombies and are looking forward to in the zombie realm.

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Deadlines: News roundup 8/24/10

Posted by Cory Casciato On August - 24 - 20103 COMMENTS


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]

Big Walking Dead (TV) news! We have a premiere date (October 31) and a trailer (the same one shown at Comic Con, but not shitty/bootlegged now). See it embedded below and prepare for the awesome. The initial episode will run 90 minutes, with the other five clocking in at 60. (AMCTV)

In other Walking Dead (TV) news, Frank Darabont talks to MTV about Andrew Lincoln and has some good things to say. (MTV Splash Page)

And Walking Dead (TV) producer Gale Ann Hurd has a few tidbits for us, too, about why the zombie zeitgeist, whether the show will outpace the comic and what kind of departures there will be. (SFX)

What does the guy who supervised the visual effects on Resident Evil: Afterlife have to say about the film? Find out! (Fangoria)

The FEARnet series Zombie Roadkill, about a cursed stretch of road where zombie animals reanimate, is starting October 4. There’s a picture of lead Thomas Haden Church, too. (Dread Central)

The Oklahoma Horror Film Festival will show over fifty movies (fourteen features and lots of shorts) over three days from September 3-5 in Tulsa. Zombie fans will appreciate the inclusion of a handful of zombie/zombie-like films including George’s Intervention, Shellter and The Prometheus Project. (28 Days Later Analysis)

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Deadlines: News roundup 8/23/10

Posted by Cory Casciato On August - 23 - 2010ADD COMMENTS


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]

Some long-overdue news about the next Left 4 Dead/Left 4 Dead 2 expansion “The Sacrifice.” It works with both games, it tells the story of  the previous expansion, “The Passing,” from the original characters perspective and you get to decide which of the original cast doesn’t make it this time. (Kotaku)

George Romero talks about his possible next two “Dead” films and says nothing at all he hasn’t said before. Also, Survival of the Dead hits DVD/Blu-ray this week, along with a bunch of other crappy zombie movies. (Bloody Disgusting)

The Ford Brothers zombies-in-Africa film The Dead is getting its world premiere August 30 in London at Film4 Frightfest. It comes to the US September 24 for Austin’s Fantastic fest. (Bloody Disgusting)

The awesome REC 2 gets a cool viral ad campaign for the UK DVD release. See it embedded below. (Bloody Disgusting)

The charming Plants vs. Zombies is coming to the Nintendo DS in January 2011. (Destructoid)

Have a chat with The Goon graphic novel creator Eric Powell about the upcoming animated feature. (Ain’t It Cool News)

US soldiers in Afghanistan are super, super into zombies apparently. Hello, troops abroad! Come home safe, and not all zombified, okay? (CBS News – World Watch)

A guy comes back from war … different. Like, zombie different, in Sella Turcica, a new film from Toetag, Inc. Trailer embedded below. (FEARnet)

Crazed, speedy zombies, a military that wants to weaponize them and a woman who must fight her own guilt in order to save a little girl and end the whole mess all feature in Hinnon Valley, a new, low-budget  zombie movie coming from filmmaker Rick Greenwood. (Dread Central)

If you like your zombie movies goofy, campy and full of cheesy CGI, then Ninjas vs. Zombies, coming to DVD August 24 (tomorrow!), should be quite a treat for you. The trailer is embedded below. (FEARnet)

American Indians, a possibly alien zombie virus and a decent title are some of the attractions of The Dead Can’t Dance, a  new, indie zombie film. Naturally, there’s a trailer below for you. (Buy Zombie)

The fun micro-budget zombie opus Zombie Apocalypse (read my Zombie Apocalypse review here) is getting a sequel called Zombie Apocalypse: Redemption. New story, new characters, same universe. They’re promising something like Mad Max, with zombies. There’s a teaser trailer embedded below. (Zombie Command)

The “undead Beatles” book Paul is Undead is getting a sequel, in which they come to America for a reunion tour. (Zombie Command)

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