Deadlines: News roundup 7/5/10

Posted by Cory Casciato On July - 5 - 2010

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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.

Rumor has it that Michelle Maxwell MacLaren, whose directing credits include Breaking Bad and the X-Files, will direct an episode of The Walking Dead‘s first season. (Arrow in the Head)

Heads up! Crappy cell phone pics from the set of The Walking Dead have hit the net! (On Location Vacations)

Though not completely comprehensive, Zombie Command has put together an impressive list of zombie movies currently in development. (Zombie Command)

FrightFest ’10 will hit London from August 26-30 and will include the “zombie apocalypse in Africa” film The Dead (check out a new image!) and the “are those zombies or not?” French film The Pack (images!) among its offerings. (Bloody Disgusting)

Enjoy a slideshow from the recent Red, White and Dead Seattle-area zombie walk. (Ballard News-Tribune)

Also, the Red, White and Dead walk has reportedly set a new world record at 4,233 zombies. (Zombie Command)

The micro budget zombie movie Zombie Apocalypse (review here) is getting a sequel. It’s got a new cast, a bigger budget and it starts filming in the next few months. (Buy Zombie)

Looking forward to the upcoming PS3 top-down, twin-stick zombie-shooter Dead Nation? This lukewarm preview may cool your ardor. (Joystiq)

Learn to deal with the zombie infection before Dead Rising 2 hits with a helpful chart. (Xbox 360 Achievements)

Also, Dead Rising 2 has been rated for Australia. It will be released under the MA15+ rating without any cuts, unlike Left 4 Dead 2, which had to be heavily edited for Australian audiences. (Atomic MPC)

The third and final part of Morphine Nation‘s zombie discussion panel looks at the worst zombie-exacerbating natural disasters, best palces to hole up when the zombie apocalypse comes and lots more. (Morphine Nation)

There’s a new Rage zombie/crazies movie coming called Evac, about a shipment of bad turkey that makes people go all rabid and bitey on a military base. (Moviehole)

Get a look at the cover for The Undead that Saved Christmas short story anthology. (Buy Zombie)

Get the low down on the events of the 2010 Philadelphia Wizard World Con, including hot zombie crawl action. (Fangoria)

Zombies  and heavy metal come together in The Zombie Cookbook, a collaborative online zombie/music project. (Buy Zombie)

Deadlines: News roundup 6/30/10 (belated edition)

Posted by Cory Casciato On July - 1 - 2010

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A brief interview with Paco Plaza, co-director of REC and REC 2, covers his motivations for making film, the origins of the zombie plague in the films and more. (28 Days Later Analysis)

The awesome zombie/vampire movie The Revenant (review here) is getting a showing July 12 in Montreal at the Fantasia Festival. (28 Days Later Analysis)

The New York Museum of Arts and Design is running a month-long program of Italian zombie films this July. Featured films include Dawn of the Dead (presumably Dario Argento’s Euro edit, which is awesome), Let Sleeping Corpses Lie, Cemetery Man, almost every zombie movie Lucio Fulci ever made and Paolo Pasolini’s Pigsty (which no one but this museum seems to think is a zombie movie, but whatever). (Fangoria)

Some enterprising and twisted soul took a warped Amber Alert PSA and turned it into an even more warped faux-ad for Left 4 Dead 3: Soccer Mom. It’s embedded below for your entertainment. (Kotaku)

I am not at all sure Pet Sematary needs to be remade, even though the original sucked, but if that idea intrigues you, there’s a bit of info on the possible remake in an interview with one-time screenwriter on the project David Kajganich. (Lilja’s Library)

Here’s an interview with Dr. Dale Seslick, of How to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse, the British zombie apocalypse survival road show. (Southern Fried Gamer)

Finally, apologies for this being a day late. I had to work last night from 5 p.m. until almost midnight. There will be another news post at the regular-ish time tonight, but none on Friday, because I am getting married that day and thus will be sort of busy.

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Deadlines: News roundup 6/14/10

Posted by Cory Casciato On June - 14 - 2010

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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 new Resident Evil: Afterlife trailer floating about, but the only place I could find it that hadn’t been pulled offline by Sony I can’t figure out how to embed. It’s here if you want to check it out. It looks real Matrix-y. (io9)

The new one-sheet for Resident Evil: Afterlife shows Alice shooting and falling through a window. Awesome! I love shooting and falling through windows! (Bloody Disgusting)

Frank Darabont will only be directing the pilot episode of AMC’s The Walking Dead, but will be on set through much of the series filming. Also, the role of Carl Grimes (lead Rick Grimes’s son) has been filled by Atlanta local Chandler Riggs. (Bloody Disgusting)

A frontier preacher has to face an uprising of the undead in Revelation Trail, a Western Gothic horror movie coming October 10. There’s a trailer embedded below. (28 Days Later Analysis)

There’s some new, zombie-filled images out from Eaters, the upcoming Italian zombie/mad scientist film. (Dread Central)

Can’t wait to shoot dead things in space again? Rejoice. The first gameplay footage from Dead Space 2 is available in handy trailer form. You’ll find it embedded below. (GameTrailers)

Also, Dead Space 2 is coming January 25, 2011 in North America (January 28, 2011 in Europe). Plus there are some new screenshots. (Kotaku)

The Brazilian genre film festival Fantaspoa starts July 2 and there are at least two zombie films, Zone of the Dead and I Sell the Dead (review here), showing. Just in case you’re in Brazil, you know. (Quiet Earth)

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Deadlines: News roundup 6/8/10

Posted by Cory Casciato On June - 8 - 2010

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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.

From July 9-19, Philadelphia gets the genre film fest Danger After Dark, which will include Big Tits Zombie 3D. (FEARnet)

Capcom may be planning something for the videogame side of the Resident Evil series to coincide with the release of Resident Evil: Afterlife. (FEARnet)

Someone’s done a solid examination of the evolution of the zombie so far. (Paranormal Haze)

Someone over at MSN’s blog network took notice of Seattle’s Red, White and Dead zombie walk, coming up this July 3. (Fright Site)

There are some insightful thoughts on zombies in this piece on what will be popular next, after zombies and steampunk have run their course. (io9)

Deadlines: News roundup 5/17/10

Posted by Cory Casciato On May - 17 - 2010

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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.

George A. Romero sits down for a quick interview with Lost Zombies and talks about advice for young filmmakers, what he thinks of the current zombie craze and whether he watches many zombie movies himself. (Lost Zombies)

Then, Romero talks to the Chicago Tribune about political subtext in his films, why he undertook Diary and his feelings on running zombies. (Chicago Tribune)

For completeness sake, you could also look at this long, rambling and mediocre interview with Romero, too. He’s sure doing a lot of press for Survival! (MoviesOnline.ca)

And in other Romero news, his iPhone App of the Dead will allow you to zombify pictures of your friends and family, then shoot them in the head, complete with realistic blood spatter. (Dread Central)

In other, other Romero news, photographer Richard Burke has discovered a long-lost batch of behind-the-scenes photos taken during the filming of the original Dawn of the Dead. He’s putting them up on his various websites for your viewing pleasure. (Bloody Disgusting)

The author of the vampire novel Let the Right One In, John Ajvide Lindqvist, is tackling zombies for his next book, Handling the Undead. It’s coming to the US September 28. (Fangoria)

May 31 in Portland, Oregon will be The Return of May of the Dead, an all-day zombie gaming/movie/fun event. (Geek in the City)

The zombie-moonshine horror-comedy Broken Springs: Shine of the Undead Zombie Bastards will premiere at the West Hollywood Dances with Films festival June 4. (28 Days Later Analysis)

The zombie horror-comedy George’s Intervention will show at 11:55 p.m. June 5 at the Laemmle Royal Theatre in Los Angeles. Cast and crew will be in attendance. (Fangoria)

Deadlines: News roundup 4/5/10

Posted by Cory Casciato On April - 5 - 2010

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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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Deadlines: News roundup 2/17/10

Posted by Cory Casciato On February - 17 - 2010

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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.

If a convention with a screening of George A. Romero’s Survival of the Dead sounds like fun, get thee to Irving/Lewisville, Texas (I have no idea where that is either) April 28 through May 1 for the Texas Frightmare Weekend Film Festival. More films to be announced soon. (Dread Central)

On the other hand, if a convention with guest Tom Savini and a Night of the Living Dead reunion sounds like fun, get thee to Indianapolis, Indiana July 9-11 for the Famous Monsters convention. (Horror Squad)

The new UK super-deluxe Blu-ray release of Day of the Dead is coming with a 24-page comic recounting the origins of Bub the zombie. Have a look at this preview, which looks fantastic. (Dread Central)

The novel version of author Timothy W. Long’s  The Zombie Wilson Diaries, chronicling the experience of one man shipwrecked on a deserted island and his female zombie companion, is now available.

More info about the Zombie Combat Manual for you, in case handing out an ass-whupping to a zombie sounds like a good idea to you. (A World on Fire)

Deadlines: News roundup 2/2/10

Posted by Cory Casciato On February - 2 - 2010

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You lucky bastards in the U.K. are getting a massive, super-deluxe Blu-ray version of George A. Romero’s Day of the Dead. There are too many special features to even hit the highlights here, but I’d say most any fan of Day, or Romero in general, should be happy with it. (Bloody Disgusting)

Author Max Brooks is coming to the Salem, Oregon public library for a presentation on (what else?) zombie survival as part of the library’s “More Brains! A Zombie Survival Drill” film festival February 27 and a local magazine interviewed him for the event. (Willamette Live)

There’s a CG-animated post-apocalyptic sci-fi zombie movie called A.D. in the works (well, planning stages really). Trailer after the break, interview with the people behind it here. (Zombie Info)

Then there’s E’Gad Zombies! a movie with an olde-timey take on zombies. It’s kind of an original Pride and Prejudice and Zombies kind of thing from the looks of it. There’s a trailer after the break, and a brief statement from the director and a few still images here. (Living Dead Media)

Come February 23, you can own Battle Girl: The Living Dead in Tokyo Bay on DVD. But I’d like to remind you that you shouldn’t bother — it’s terrible (review here). (Dread Central)

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Review: Zombies of Mass Destruction

Posted by Cory Casciato On November - 20 - 2009
Zombies of Mass Destruction does not skimp on the blood.

Zombies of Mass Destruction does not skimp on the blood.

The tagline for Zombies of Mass Destruction is “A Political Zomedy” and that pretty much tells you everything you need to know about it. There are zombies. It is political, and a comedy. And it isn’t subtle — it telegraphs every one of its punches. But this is zombie film we’re talking here; subtlety is strictly optional.

The film is set in a small island town where an unfortunate zombie outbreak occurs. Caught up in this small-scale apocalypse are a young Iranian-American woman who’s abandoned her heritage to hang out with a cute rocker boy, her traditional father, her redneck neighbors, a gay couple trying to come out to a conservative parent, a fundamentalist preacher, the ultraconservative mayor and his liberal challenger. Do these sound a little stereotypical? They are, but again, it doesn’t matter all that much.

As the outbreak unfolds, things get worse and worse for the main characters as they face the prejudice and half-buried hostility of the small town stereotypes around them. Oh, and there are the zombies to deal with. And it’s mostly presented in that order — sociopolitical commentary first, zombie mayhem second. None of the political or social jabs are quiet or refined — this movie wears its politics on its sleeve and wields its commentary like a ten-pound hammer.

Arguably, this limits the audience. The degree to which you enjoy it is probably largely dependent on how much you agree with its positions. On the other hand, there’s plenty of splatter and broad phsyical comedy between the political jabs at post-9/11 America, so even a die-hard conservative could probably find something to enjoy here — supposing they didn’t walk out before they got to it.

Those points might sound like complaints, but really they are just observations. Ham-fisted sociopolitical commentary is endemic to the zombie genre and the stereotyped characters don’t really hurt the movie that much.  More of an issue is the generally weak acting. None of it is terrible, but it’s all a little dodgy. Add to that the fact that there’s very little chemistry between any of the actors and the results weigh the movie down a bit and keeps it from being as funny as it could be. It’s nothing terrible, but it is worth noting.

Apart from that the only real problem is that it all feels a little dated. If it had come in in 2003, this film’s political jabs would likely feel rapier sharp. In 2009, it’s a little out of step with the world. Not to say that the issues raised are not legitimate or aren’t still issues — it’s just that today, they’ve taken on different nuances that simply aren’t addressed here.

But make no mistake: there is plenty to enjoy. The zombies look good. There are some fine jokes and visual gags (weedwhacker vs. zombie, anyone?). The direction is good, things move along at a decent clip and the movie is well shot. It’s not amazing, but it’s a solid, well-executed movie. It may offer slight returns, but it’s still got enough to offer to put it in the top third of the genre’s offerings.

Zombies of Mass Destruction is showing as part of the Denver Film Festival. You can see it tonight, November 20 at 11:30 p.m. and tomorrow, November 21 at 10:30 p.m.

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Deadlines: News roundup 11/17/09

Posted by Cory Casciato On November - 17 - 2009

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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.

Just in time for the release of Left 4 Dead 2, this groovy 8-bit adaptation of Left 4 Dead is all over the ‘nets. (Kotaku)

Get a distinctly British take on surviving the zombie apocalypse from Zompoc: How to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse. Or perhaps you’d prefer an ancient Roman take on a zombie uprising? (Zombie Command)

DS owners get to take on the role of a sexy Little Red and kill zombies (and other beasties) in Little Red Riding Hood’s Zombie BBQ. (Destructoid)

Here are some more details for the November 28 Day of the Undead festival in Leicester (that’s in England, right?). (Cinefantastique)

If the words “tabletop gaming” are a part of your nerd lexicon, these hospital-staff zombie miniatures (which seem inspired by Scrubs) will flip your lid. (Tabletop Gaming News)

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