ZMMM Dailies: 6/21/2010 – Pet Sematary II

Posted by Cory Casciato On June - 22 - 2010ADD COMMENTS

Against all odds and in defiance of all common sense, I absolutely loved Pet Sematary 2. As you might recall, I covered the original last year as part of my Zombie Movie Marathon and found it pretty bad (read it here). Well, Pet Sematary II isn’t pretty bad. It’s absolute garbage, but so completely ridiculous and over-the-top that it circles right back around to awesome. To borrow a term from the immortal sage Mr. T, it’s absoludicrous!

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Deadlines: News roundup 6/21/10

Posted by Cory Casciato On June - 21 - 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.

Sit down and chat with Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman and learn what he thinks about the TV adaptation, writing for the show and more. (AMCTV)

It’s the second most-anticipated zombie thing of 2010 in our poll, so clearly you all are interested in Dead Rising 2. Perhaps a preview is in order… Lots of screens, too, if you haven’t already seen them. (WorthPlaying)

Oh, boy! A whole gallery of hi-res images from the new Resident Evil: Afterlife movie! (Bloody Disgusting)

In finest Romero tradition, Left 4 Dead 2‘s latest Mutation is a Headshots-Only mode. Fun! (Official Left 4 Dead Blog)

Looking for some reading material? How about checking out Michael Moreci’s Quarantined, a graphic novel about a biological zombie apocalypse. The first issue is available in free e-book form.

Get inside the head of a zombie (and not to destroy its brain) with The Zombie Code: Keys to Unlocking Your Undead Destiny, an upcoming book that looks at “what makes the undead tick.” (Fangoria)

The Atlanta Horror Film Festival has a program of zombie shorts this year, including Zombies and Cigarettes and half a dozen more shorts. The fest ryuns from August 13-15. (28 Days Later Analysis)

If you were intrigued by the fact that there is a Miss Zombie Queen UK, this report should give you some more details on the event and winner. (Blogomatic 3000)

ZMMM Dailies: 6/20/2010 – The Children

Posted by Cory Casciato On June - 21 - 20101 COMMENT

Wow, I enjoyed The Children far more than its quality merits. It’s a bad, bad movie. Bad acting, bad writing, technically deficient (especially the lighting — half the movie is almost impossible to make out) and nonsensical, it’s a poster child for how to not make a movie. Yet it is awesome.

Why? Well, how about the fact that is about nuclear zombie children that kill with burning, radioactive hugs? Or the fact that these nuke-zombie children look normal, except for black fingernails (OMGoth!)? Or that they can only be killed by cutting off their hands? Or that nothing in this movie really makes sense and nothing is ever explained? These are all contributors to its greatness.

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Fashion Zombie: Nazi zombies must die!

Posted by Cory Casciato On June - 21 - 2010ADD COMMENTS

Some things are so self-evident they go without saying. But sometimes it’s fun to say those things anyway. And this shirt shouts one of those things loud and clear! Nazi zombies must die. I mean, they’re not only Nazis, they’re zombies and somehow the combination is worse.

You can own this proclamation of common sense for $21.55 (usually $24, on sale at the moment!). Yeah, it’s a little steep as far as shirts go, but they are American Apparel shirts (I like my AA shirts, personally) with a lot of colors printed on, so… There are also a lot of options as far as where you want it printed and what kind of shirt, which is kind of nice if you only like V-necks or something.

I’m attempting to assemble an all zombie-themed wardrobe. Fashion Zombie is my weekly post detailing the coolest zombie-themed clothes and accessories I can find. Check back every Monday for another look at the hottest zombie apparel.

ZMMM Dailies: 6/19/2010 – My Boyfriend’s Back

Posted by Cory Casciato On June - 20 - 2010ADD COMMENTS

When zombie movies go mainstream, sometimes they get really weird. Case in point: My Boyfriend’s Back, a screwball zombie comedy from the early ’90s. This is one odd film.

In it, a teenager named Johnny dies trying to impress the girl he’s crushed on since the first grade. His unrequited love and her promise to go to prom with him, made as he is taking his last breath, brings him back as a zombie. He heads home and picks up his life as if he never died. The weird bit is that while everyone is quite surprised to see him, no one really thinks much of it or really reacts to it. They treat him like a pariah, especially once he eats a classmate, but they are remarkably chill about it. That may be because it’s happened at least once before in that town, some fifteen years prior, but still … you’d think it would cause a bit more uproar.

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ZMMM Dailies: 6/18/2010 – The House by the Cemetery

Posted by Cory Casciato On June - 19 - 2010ADD COMMENTS

The more Lucio Fulci films I see, the more I appreciate his work. The latest, and last of the Fulci zombie flicks, is The House By the Cemetery. It’s your basic haunted-house tale, only the house is haunted by a zombie. Crazy!

The zombie lives in the basement and emerges to murder and eat people to stay alive. A family moves into the house so the dad can do some research and pretty soon weirdness is erupting all over the place… The family has a weird-looking little kid and there’s a little dead girl that only the kid can see, and some weird crying coming from the basement. And a tombstone thing in the main hallway and of course the cemetery right outside.

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Deadlines: News roundup 6/18/10

Posted by Cory Casciato On June - 18 - 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.

Remember the girl in Frozen? That’s Emma Bell and she’s the latest addition to The Walking Dead‘s TV incarnation. She’ll be playing a “college student who seeks safety with the remaining survivors after the zombie invasion” but no name is given. Another new character? (Variety)

In other Walking Dead news, IAE Magazine is reporting IronE Singleton (The Blind Side) has been added as a character named T-Dog (possibly a renamed Tyreese?). (IAE Magazine)

The special features and DVD details for the collaborative remix project Night of the Living Dead: Reanimated have been revealed. Expect short films, alternate scenes, commentary by Jonathan Maberry, making-of commentary and lots more. You’ll be able to pick it up and see a panel about it Thursday, July 22 at San Diego Comic Con. (Dread Central)

Supposedly, top-down PS3 zombie shooter Dead Nation will have more zombies on screen than any game in history. (PlayStationLifeStyle)

Looking forward to the rhythm game/zombie game Rock of the Dead? Here’s a preview for both of you. (Joystiq)

ZMMM Dailies: 6/17/2010 – Dead & Buried

Posted by Cory Casciato On June - 18 - 2010ADD COMMENTS

I really would have liked to like Dead & Buried more than I did, but it made it really, really hard. It’s not a terrible movie by any means, but it’s not anything special either. Let’s just say it’s no surprise it’s been all but forgotten.

The movie is about a small town whose residents have a taste for ritual group murder. They show up en masse, kill someone (and film/photograph it for posterity) and then a few days later that person appears as a new resident of the town. Well, it’s one growth strategy… Not everyone in town is in on the murdering, though. The sheriff seems mighty perplexed by all the dead people and does his best (which isn’t all that great, honestly) to figure out WTF is going on. So it’s a kind of a Twilight Zone-esque murder-mystery with zombies, basically.

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Deadlines: News roundup 6/17/10

Posted by Cory Casciato On June - 17 - 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.

There are some screenshots of Dead Rising 2 to look at if you like looking at things. (The Flick Cast)

The UK has a brand-new zombie queen! She was crowned last night, as a promo for the movie Zombie Women of Satan. There are pictures, some are hot! (Zombie Command)

There was a plants vs. zombies dance-off at E3 to promote (you guessed it!) Plants vs. Zombies. The video is embedded below for your amusement. (Horror Squad)

In “most pointless pursuit ever” news, Plan 9 from Outer Space (review here) is being converted in 3D. Why? (Bloody Disgusting)

Someone’s made a cool, fake-movie poster for a potential Left 4 Dead movie. (Kotaku)

I hadn’t heard of it before, but the zombie apocalypse webseries Dead Wait has just wrapped production on its first six-episode season. (The Plog)

UK zombie fanatics can take part in Zombiefest 2010 from August 13 to 15. It seems to involve camping, zombie apocalypse drills and  movies, games, etc. To participate, sign up at the official website by July 4. (Zombie Command)

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ZMMM Dailies: 6/16/2010 – Resident Evil: Extinction

Posted by Cory Casciato On June - 17 - 20105 COMMENTS

Well, these Resident Evil movies just keep getting more and more ridiculous. I can’t decide if that means each one gets better or worse. In any case, Resident Evil: Extinction is utterly ludicrous. And still kind of fun.

What it isn’t is original. At all. In any way. It’s barely more than a pastiche of scenes and ideas from other, better movies. Start with a base of Day of the Dead — same underground base, same mad scientist doctor, parallel scenes and more — then mix in, well, everything. A little Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome fashion sense, a Texas Chainsaw Massacre/Devil’s Rejects style crazy family, the Rancor-pit scene from Return of the Jedi, shots straight out of Lawrence of Arabia, bird attack from The Birds, ideas from Scanners and/or the X-Men … How you feel about this sort of “borrowing” and your ability to shut your brain off for ninety minutes will largely determine how you feel about this film.

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