The Zombie Combat Manual Q&A

Posted by Cory Casciato On April - 7 - 20105 COMMENTS

When the zombies come, what weapons will you take up against them? Many of us in the US have the benefit of easy access to some relatively heavy firepower, thanks to the Second Amendment and our nation’s love affair with guns. But what of the civilized world at large, or those few parts of the US that make owning a gun a chore? And more to the point, what happens when even the most gun-happy survivalist, who might wield an arsenal that would make your typical third-world insurgent group jealous, runs low on ammo?

These are the questions that prompted New Yorker Roger Ma to write The Zombie Combat Manual, a complete guide to hand-to-hand combat with the living dead. In the course of its 300 pages, he covers just about every angle on facing the undead with everything from pole arms to ice picks, including advice on weapon selection, exercise and armor. Ma took some time to answer some questions about the book, his inspirations and what he’d choose to stop the zombie hordes. And at the end of the interview, you can read how to win your very own copy of the The Zombie Combat Manual, courtesy of Roger Ma and the Inevitable Zombie Apocalypse.

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Deadlines: News roundup 4/6/10

Posted by Cory Casciato On April - 6 - 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.

Ladies and Gentlemen, AMC’s Walking Dead adaptation has its Rick Grimes: it’s one Andrew Lincoln. Who, you ask? Well, he was in Love, Actually. And some other stuff, but that seems to be what he is best known for. I’m not feeling it, but I guess time will tell. (Variety)

A producer of Resident Evil: Afterlife talks about the movie, including effects, its relationship to the games and more. (Shock Till You Drop)

Malcolm McDowell and Sid Haig are set to star in a post-apocalyptic zombie comedy called First Platoon, by writer/director Chris Gabriel. The film is described as an homage to Romero’s films that stays true to the lore. It’s shooting this spring/summer in New Mexico and aiming for a December release. (The Geek Files)

The author of The Zombie Combat Manual, Roger Ma, is interviewed about his inspiration and more (note: we’ll have an exclusive Q&A with Ma tomorrow). (Your Nabe.com)

Ma also has some zombie apocalypse clothing  and gear suggestions for you. (Uncrate)

Something called Coed Magazine tells you how to prepare for the zombie apocalypse. Surprisingly, it doesn’t involve joining a sorority or frat. (Coed Magazine)

Plants vs Zombies, now interpreted in pottery. (Zombie Command)

Finally, below the cut you’ll find an embedded, subtitled trailer for Opstandelsen, an upcoming Danish zombie movie that looks to be set in a church, feature fast zombies and be bloody as hell (Bloody Disgusting)

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Deadlines: News roundup 4/5/10

Posted by Cory Casciato On April - 5 - 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.

Excited for Resident Evil: Afterlife? Then you’ll enjoy this set visit report. And you can see the trailer, which is embedded below the break. (Shock Till You Drop)

Enjoy a new batch of images for Night of the Living Dead: Origins, the CGI-animated NotLD prequel coming from Zebediah de Soto. (Dread Central)

Speaking of NotLD: Origins, this Tony Todd interview has some interesting info. He says it’s set in 2011, it’s a reboot and it’s set in Manhattan. (Fangoria)

In other NotLD animation news, here’s an interview with Mike Schneider, the “conceptualist and curator” of the collaborative animation project Night of the Living Dead: ReAnimated. (Fangoria)

There’s a preview of a 28 Days Later comic for those that might enjoy such a thing. (Ain’t It Cool News)

The Troma film festival TromaDance is happening April 16-17 in Asbury, New Jersey and it has a couple of zombie-related offerings this year: Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead and Zombies and Cigarettes. (Fangoria)

An interview with Michael Simon, the filmmaker behind the short film Gay Zombie. (Fangoria)

A sensible set of workplace guidelines to deal with Event Z (aka the zombie apocalypse). (Wild Sheep Chasing)

I know Easter is over, but you might still enjoy these photos of Left 4 Dead, done Easter-egg style. (Kotaku)

Resident Evil 4 is coming to the iPad. Yay? (Kotaku)

At a recent showing of Night of the Living Dead, a preacher decided to get his preach on and tell people off for seeing such a depraved film. (Rue Morgue)

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Fashion Zombie: Plants vs Zombies sneakers

Posted by Cory Casciato On April - 5 - 20103 COMMENTS

Photo by Flickr user bcpcornejo

This week’s fashion Zombie is a something a little different. It’s a hand-drawn pair of Plants vs Zombies-themed kids shoes. Now, obviously, I couldn’t wear these (they’re kids’ size 9) and probably wouldn’t even if they were available in my size. But as a fan of the game (review here) that doesn’t mean I don’t think they are damn cool. And if I had a little one, I’d buy a pair of these sweet sneaks for them! Not that it’s an option: these are a custom job via Flickr user bcpcornejo‘s girlfriend, who made them for her niece. No other info, apart from the fact that it took her 5.5 hours to do the work. Not bad! There’s another view below, or you can visit the Flickr set for a half dozen photos of them.

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.

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Deadlines: News roundup 4/2/10

Posted by Cory Casciato On April - 2 - 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.

The official website for Resident Evil: Afterlife is online. Not much up but a logo now, but the new trailer hits tomorrow. (Bloody Disgusting)

A San Francisco newspaper would like to see World War Z as an HBO miniseries directed by The Wire‘s David Simon. You know what? So would I. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Zombies and demons and Bonnie Tyler, oh my! If you’re in New York City, you can catch the play Alice in Slasherland (which contains all of those things and lots more besides) until April 10. (New York Times)

Students at the Seventh Day Adventist Pacific Union College in California’s Napa Valley were offered some suggestions for the best places to hole up on campus during the zombie apocalypse. (C2)

Review: Sugar Hill

Posted by Cory Casciato On April - 2 - 2010ADD COMMENTS

In 1974, two of film’s greatest movements — Blaxploitation and zombies — combined to form Sugar Hill, one of the most unjustly forgotten movies in film history. It’s the story of a woman (Marki Bey as Diana “Sugar” Hill) who turns to voodoo to get revenge on the powerful mobsters who murdered her boyfriend. With an army of chrome-eyed, cobweb-festooned zombies commanded by voodoo god Baron Samedi (Don Pedro Colley), Bey dons a funky jumpsuit and takes out the mobsters in inventively horrible ways. The incredibly loud clothing, unique creature design and stylish camera work result in one of the most visually stunning entries in zombie film history.

In an interesting and rarely used twist, this movie really played up the voodoo angle, utilizing not just zombies but voodoo dolls and rituals, a voodoo-drum heavy soundtrack and a starring role for voodoo god/spirit Baron Samedi. The zombie design is unique — and awesome — as well. The cobwebs, blank expressions and weird, silver eyes were both cool and creepy. I’m actually somewhat surprised no one has used that look since. It’s very effective.

Okay, the plot is paper thin, the acting is generally mediocre with occasional flashes of scenery-chewing insanity and it’s non-PC to the point of being embarrassing to modern sensibilities. But you don’t go to a Blaxploitation/zombie film looking for deep plot, deft characterization or a message — you go for jive talking, corpse raising, and ass kicking, and it delivers all of that in abundance.

Sugar Hill/US/1974

Parts of this review originally appeared in my initial reaction piece when I viewed it as part of the 2009 Zombie Movie Marathon Month and in a piece I wrote for Westword.

Deadlines: News roundup 4/1/10

Posted by Cory Casciato On April - 1 - 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.

It’s April 1, so fake news stories abound. I’m going to do my best to sort the real from the BS, and tell you about both, but I apologize in advance if I get any wrong.

Real News

The Return of the Living Dead film series is getting a deluxe, in-depth history in book form in the upcoming The Complete History of the Living Dead. It’s coming out October 1 and you can preorder it now , if you like the freedom to pay money for things you won’t see for a really long time. (Shock Till You Drop)

San Francisco gets WonderCon this weekend. Zombie enthusiasts, note the presence of Milla Jovovich and Max Brooks! You can get tickets and info here. (io9)

Game writer William Harms (inFamous, Supreme Commander) has branched out into novel writing with a zombie Western called Dead or Alive. In it, two stage coach robbers face the sudden, unexpected rising of the dead in a dusty frontier town. (Blend Games)

An ambitious and skillful crafter has made Plants vs. Zombies “plushies.” (MTV Multiplayer)

For the fake April 1 news, click the “Read the rest of this entry link.”

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Deadlines: News roundup 3/31/10

Posted by Cory Casciato On March - 31 - 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.

Have a look at the first official pics from Resident Evil: Afterlife. (Zombie Command)

Australian zombie protesters mobilized against that country’s restrictive videogame ratings. There’s video embedded below. (Kotaku)

There’s a new zombie comic/art anthology called Zombie Bomb debuting at the Boston Comic Con April 10. Read all about it in this interview with creators Adam Miller and Rich Woodall. (Pulp Tone)

The star of the post-apocalyptic Western zombie film Devil’s Crossing talks about the film’s twitchy zombies, zombie ass-kicking and fight choreography. (Fangoria)

Brooklyn gets five George Romero films in two days (May 15-16) at BAMcinématek. The zombie flavored ones are Night of the Living Dead, Survival of the Dead and Creepshow (review here). (Fangoria)

Contrary to what I’d heard before, I Sell the Dead does have some extras on DVD/Blu-ray. Those include commentary with stars Dominic Monaghan and Larry Fessenden, commentary with director Glenn McQuaid, making-of featurette, effects featurette and a trailer. (28 Days Later: An Analysis)

Fallout Boy Pete Wentz plays a glowing-green-eyed zombie in the video for the Ready Set song “Love Like Woe.” Warning: song is obnoxious and the zombies are pretty meh. Still, the video is embedded below and Spin has the story and some behind-the-scenes pics. (Spin)

If you ever need any glow-in-the-dark zombie pets, rest assured that such a thing exists. (The Dead Walk)

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List: Top 10 zombie tots

Posted by Cory Casciato On March - 31 - 20105 COMMENTS

There is nothing creepier than a zombie kid. Humans are wired to feel protective toward the little ones, and when you subvert that by making the little bastards into flesh-hungry freaks, it’s just extra unsettling. Similarly, twist it a little more and it becomes funny, maybe even a little cute again — but still fucking creepy. Considering the prevalence of undead tykes in the zombie film mythos, it’s obviously a favorite trope of filmmakers everywhere. It’s also a favorite of mine, perhaps paradoxically since I am a parent, or maybe that’s why I love them so much. Here are ten of my favorite zombie tots from the movies. May you never wake up and have one of them looming over your bed.
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Deadlines: News roundup 3/30/10

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

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There’s a new trailer for Survival of the Dead embedded below, complete with intro from George A. Romero himself. Coming to various VOD April 30, theaters May 28. (IGN Movies)

You will also find a new REC 2 trailer embedded below. It’s due for theatrical release in the US July 9. (IGN Movies)

Grave-robbing horror-comedy I Sell the Dead hits DVD today and actor Angus Scrimm is interviewed about his role, the film and more. Or maybe you’d prefer to hear from producer/co-star star Larry Fessenden? (Dread Central)

Grab yourself a $1 reprint of the first issue of The Walking Dead. (io9)

You can see Survival of the Dead April 29 in Lewisville, Texas (the day before it hits VOD), as part of the Texas Frightmare Weekend’s slate of films. (Dread Central)

In your planning for the zombie apocalypse, make sure you don’t forget the all-important area of fashion. (Associated Content)

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