ZMMM Volume 6 progress report part VI

Posted by Cory Casciato On October - 21 - 2013
The Battery

The Battery

The last three days were about as good as zombie movie marathoning get. Two nice surprises and a visit from an old friend that had been nearly forgotten. It’s little runs like this that make it all worthwhile. Well, that and the disembowelments. On to the films!

The Battery

If you read much horror criticism and coverage, someone has probably already told you how good this film is. They aren’t kidding. This is an indie zombie apocalypse film done right. It’s small scale, very personal and quiet, as far as zombie movies go. It’s also almost entirely character driven, and the two characters are both believable people. It deals with the big issues that The Walking Dead TV series tries (and largely fails) to address — what it’s like to be stuck with people you have little in common with, how the end of the world affects you, trying to retain your humanity in the chaos — with heart and humor. It looks good, it doesn’t rip anyone off (apart from the obvious Romeroisms common to nearly all zombie movies), and it’s entertaining.

Plotwise, it’s about two guys on the road, trying to survive the zombie apocalypse. One is very matter of fact about it all, the other is kind of in denial. Things happen. That’s all you need to know really. Just see it. If you care enough about zombies to read this website, even casually, you will like — if not love — this movie. It’s fucking great. Oh, and you can get it direct from the filmmakers for $5. $5! That’s less than a fancy ass latte, so just do it.

Night of the Creeps

How did I forget how sweet this movie is? How have I never watched it as part of my zombie movie marathon month? I don’t know the answer to either of these questions, but they are both resolved now. Alien parasites use animated corpses to breed and spread, college kids and a slightly homicidal police detective (captain?) have to deal with it. It’s set in 1987 (with a bonus flashback to 1959), so you get some sweet ’80s-isms. There’s a little romance. I just noticed I’ve never written a proper review for this one, either, so that’s another thing I need to rectify soon.

Birth of the Living Dead

This is not a movie about zombie babies, as sweet as that would be. Instead, it’s a documentary on the making and impact of Night of the Living Dead. At its center is a long, in-depth interview with George A. Romero, which is great. No one else from the film is really interviewed though, which is less great. It’s a must see for fans of the original, or of Romero in general, or fans of the zombie genre (NotLD is patient zero for the modern zombie, after all). It could be a little more well rounded, but that’s just quibbling. It’s an entertaining and informative doc for any fan of the the undead. I quite enjoyed it.

An interview with George A. Romero

Posted by Cory Casciato On November - 7 - 2012
George A. Romero

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George A. Romero. The father of the modern zombie. Arguably the most influential filmmaker in the horror genre. Legend. Icon.

And, as it turns out, a pretty nice guy.

When I first launched this site, one of the biggest things I hoped it would eventually lead to was a chance to talk to George A. Romero (my very first post was a happy birthday message to him!). This past weekend, it did and I got 20 minutes with the man himself. It wasn’t long, certainly, but it was still pretty fucking great. We talked about The Walking Dead, video games, what he’s working on and lots more. I’m sure I don’t have to sell you on reading this — if you’re reading this site, you love zombies. If you love zombies, you’re going to want to read this. So onward…

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Deadlines: News roundup 02/07/12

Posted by Johnathon Brock On February - 7 - 2012

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A daily roundup of all the undead news that shambles into view… News post by Johnathon Brock and Cory Casciato. Got news tips? E-mail them to cory.casciato[AT]gmail.com. Bookmark the home page or add the RSS feed to your reader for your daily dose of walking dead.

Here’s a nice in depth write up of the indie zombie bromantic comedy DeadHeads which hits DVD February 22. (Canberra Times)

Bill Hinzman, the first zombie to appear in the Romero classic Night of the Living Dead, passed away this past week at the age of 76. I mean this in the most respectful way that I hope he rises from the grave to come and get us all. (We Are Movie Geeks)

Every now and then a trailer comes along that makes us here at the IZA remember why we love zombie movies. Osombie is a movie about the re-animated corpse of Osama Bin Laden and the mission wherein a group of military operatives go to kill him, again. Check it out after the break and get ready for what will be an amazing ride. (First Showing)

It looks like the fine folks over at Machinima have teamed up with Lionsgate and FEARnet to bring season two of Bite Me, the zombie webseries, back to life. (c21 media)

It looks like Tom Savini is really pushing to play the coveted role of The Governor when the role inevitably emerges on The Walking Dead, but he might have some stiff competition ahead of him. Personally I’m hoping he gets the role. (MTV)

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Deadlines: News roundup 12/15/11

Posted by Johnathon Brock On December - 15 - 2011

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A daily roundup of all the undead news that shambles into view… News post by Johnathon Brock and Cory Casciato. Got news tips? E-mail them to cory.casciato[AT]gmail.com. Bookmark the home page or add the RSS feed to your reader for your daily dose of walking dead.

Zombie Godfather George A. Romero sent in his personal letter of support to the fundraiser to save the iconic location used during the filming of Night of the Living Dead. It’s good to see the original creator support what I feel is a worthwhile cause. (The Republic)

Every other piece of news I have today is a video, and you can catch them all after the break.

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Deadlines: News roundup 11/29/11

Posted by Johnathon Brock On November - 29 - 2011

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A daily roundup of all the undead news that shambles into view… News post by Johnathon Brock and Cory Casciato. Got news tips? E-mail them to cory.casciato[AT]gmail.com. Bookmark the home page or add the RSS feed to your reader for your daily dose of walking dead.

After seeing the tragic mid season finale of The Walking Dead this past Sunday, you’ll want to read this adorable interview with Chandler Riggs about his experiences on the set this season. (Buy Zombie)

The iconic chapel set against the graveyard that set the tone for the classic film Night of the Living Dead is about to be demolished if a former sound engineer on the film fails to raise enough money to have it restored. (The Sacramento Bee)

We don’t usually re-post certain types of articles, but this amazing piece on losing weight and eating healthy based on tips from this season of The Walking Dead was just begging to be shared with all undead fans everywhere. (Shape)

It looks like that sweet knife set that Carl found during episode one of The Walking Dead will now be an official (although limited edition) apocalypse survival kit by the folks over at Gerber Knives. It comes with a hefty price tag, but can you afford not to pay it? (Digital Trends)

Speaking of surviving the long term zombie apocalypse, these new decades lasting light bulbs from Samsung will certainly keep things bright in your darkest hours, provided you’ve got access to a generator or some solar panels I guess. (Engadget)

I didn’t think anything would top last year’s winner of the Zombie Safe House competition open to designers from all over, but this years winner really made me wish that the Vagabond portable zombie safe house was a real thing. If nothing else it would make for some awesome camping trips. (Zombie Safe House)

Deadlines: News roundup 10/20/11

Posted by Johnathon Brock On October - 20 - 2011

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A daily roundup of all the undead news that shambles into view… News post by Johnathon Brock and Cory Casciato. Got news tips? E-mail them to cory.casciato[AT]gmail.com. Bookmark the home page or add the RSS feed to your reader for your daily dose of walking dead.

Sorry for the delay with the news this week kiddies. I’ve been working hard preparing for the Geek Media Expo in Nashville, TN this weekend. If you’re going to be in the area you should definitely check it out and come say hello. I’ll be at the Trouble Ticket/FRUIT! Comic booth with my wife and we’ll be selling art, comic books, sketch cards, and doing commissions.

But enough of that! On with the news!

Our own Cory Casciato recently did an interview with Brian Peck, who played the loveable mohawked punker Scuz in the classic film Return of the Living Dead. They discuss the fan love for the series, conventions, and the recently released documentary More Brains! A Return to the Living Dead. (A.V. Club)

Check out amateur publicist and zombie killer Milla Jovovich filming a pretty epic car crash stunt for Resident Evil: Retribution from her phone and really selling how awesome it is by swearing in German (Kotaku)

You can also check out (after the break) six minutes of footage from Re-Kill, a found footage zombie apocalypse flick that shows a lot of promise. (Dread Central)

Swords of the Dead, a novel that’s supposedly on it’s way to becoming the next big ninja/zombie motion picture of all time, has posted the first three chapters for you to check out and hopefully enjoy. (Buy Zombie)

The CDC is following up their zombie post earlier this year (which apparently really boosted the blog’s net worth) with a free to read online comic called Preparedness 101: Zombie Pandemic. I’m a fan, but let’s hope they’re still focusing on, you know, stopping disease outbreaks… (Comic Book Resources)

It looks like the smash hit Zombieland will be returning to it’s intended origins and will (hopefully) be picked up as a television series next year. I’m looking forward to actually seeing the “zombie kill of the week.” (Ace Showbiz)

Project Zomboid, a pretty slick zombie apocalypse survival game using the Minecraft “start playing in the alpha release” method of fundraising had a major setback this week when the developers studio was broken into and computers containing the most recent version of the game code were stolen. Personally, this sounds like a cover-up for some big government conspiracy. (Shack News)

George A. Romero might want nothing to do with The Walking Dead, but apparently he wants everything to do with The Zombie Autopsies, a science based zombie novel which he’s currently working to bring to the silver screen. (Zombie Research Society)

Zombie in a Penguin Suit is a short film that’s taken the internet by storm this week. It’s pretty awesome, and you can check it out after the break and also read a nice interview with the writer and director Chris Russell. (Fast Company)

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Deadlines: News roundup 10/17/11

Posted by Johnathon Brock On October - 17 - 2011

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A daily roundup of all the undead news that shambles into view… News post by Johnathon Brock and Cory Casciato. Got news tips? E-mail them to cory.casciato[AT]gmail.com. Bookmark the home page or add the RSS feed to your reader for your daily dose of walking dead.

Obviously we’re going to start off the day with the Walking Dead news from the weekend, of which there was a lot. Also the podcast will be returning very soon where we’ll recap the previous episode of the show and discuss other things zombie.

Hornady Manufacturing has just released it’s line of “Zombie Max” ammunition which is guaranteed to be the most effective firearm round for dispatching of the undead horde. (Pete Thomas Outdoors)

Undead Labs has released some new info about their upcoming zombie MMO and it looks like it’s going to be pretty epic. If the rumor mill is true then when you die in the game, you’re dead, for good, until you return as a zombie. (MMO Crunch)

Deadlines: News roundup 05/03/11

Posted by Johnathon Brock On May - 3 - 2011

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A daily roundup of all the undead news that shambles into view… News post by Johnathon Brock and Cory Casciato. Got news tips? E-mail them to cory.casciato[AT]gmail.com. Bookmark the home page or add the RSS feed to your reader for your daily dose of walking dead.

We spoke briefly a couple of weeks ago about Zombex, the indie movie currently filming in East Texas. Well they’re looking for extras for another day or two so make sure to contact the film crew if you’re interested. (The Daily Tribune)

We’ve got all of the glorious dvd release details for REC 2 as it makes it way to the states in the very near future. (Dread Central)

It seems that the team behind Dead Island really wants to make sure the game makes a good first day premiere, as they’ve enlisted the help of video game giants Square Enix to oversee and co-ordinate the US distribution. (Kotaku)

After the break, check out this video where the man himself George A. Romero as he talks about Call of the Dead, and what brought this amazing video game expansion to life. Warning: The video spoils the opening and ending of the game for those that are planning to buy. (Kotaku)

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Deadlines: News roundup 02/11/11

Posted by Johnathon Brock On February - 11 - 2011

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A daily roundup of all the undead news that shambles into view… News post by Johnathon Brock and Cory Casciato. Got news tips? E-mail them to cory.casciato[AT]gmail.com. Bookmark the home page or add the RSS feed to your reader for your daily dose of walking dead.

Here’s a nice writeup for The Survivors, a zombie television series being shot and aired locally at the University of Connecticut by creator Beren Jones. (Hartford Courant)

The Changing Faces Theater is putting on a stage adaptation of the Romero classic Night of the Living Dead this month and it’s getting great reviews. (Recordnet)

The zombie education class being taught at the University of Colorado has been met with so much approval from the students that they’re now doing a weekend workshop on the undead. (Colorado Daily)

We’ve got a few more pics and some comments from the team behind the quirky comedy Deadheads about two buddies trying to survive as zombies after the outbreak. (Fangoria)

If you’re like me and you still like to play with toys then you’re in luck. McFarlane toys (who make the greatest collectible figures in my opinion) are now doing a line of The Walking Dead action figures. (FEARnet)

Deadlines: News roundup 02/04/11

Posted by Johnathon Brock On February - 4 - 2011

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A daily roundup of all the undead news that shambles into view… News post by Johnathon Brock and Cory Casciato. Got news tips? E-mail them to cory.casciato[AT]gmail.com. Bookmark the home page or add the RSS feed to your reader for your daily dose of walking dead.

I’d like to take a minute to discuss two things. First, today is the birthday of one mister George A. Romero, the original king of the undead. Let’s hope he continues to bring us amazing films even after he’s died and inevitably returned from the dead.

Second, speaking of birthdays, it’s the 3rd BIRTHDAY for the Inevitable Zombie Apocalypse. Three years ago today Cory Casciato decided to give us the best bits of zombie news, reviews, and editorials that we desperately wanted. I’ve been lucky to be a part of this endeavor over the last few months and I hope I can still be a part of it for years to come. Thanks Cory, you’re pretty awesome…. Also, “BRAINS…..!”

Alright, enough sappy stuff… Onto the news!

We can now relive our childhood memories of giant babies and chainsaw wielding maniacs because Zombies Ate My Neighbors is heading to the big screen. This is quite possibly the first video game to movie treatment I’m excited for.  (First Showing)

Thomas Newman gives a lengthy interview about his latest indie film Bong of the Dead. (BC Local News)

Crash, Hawthorne, and The Shield writer Glenn Mazzara has just joined the writing staff for The Walking Dead. I feel the property is in safe hands. (Deadline)

1408 scribe Matthew Greenberg is penning the script for the remake of Pet Cemetery. As long as it’s got undead kids, I’m in. (LA Times)

Aaaaannnd it’s dead again… Christopher Smith has already turned down the chance to direct Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. I really hope at this point Natalie Portman can just get her money back. (Buy Zombie)

It’s a blast from the past because after the break we’ve got the 15 minute zombie short film Drag by director Mark Pavia. (Dread Central)

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