Deadlines: News roundup 8/13/09

Posted by Cory Casciato On August - 13 - 2009

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A daily roundup of all the undead news that shambles into view… Bookmark the home page or add the feed to your RSS reader for your daily dose of walking dead. Got news tips? E-mail me at cory.casciato[AT]gmail.com.

The promos for Survival of the Dead are beginning to appear. Right now you can get a few tidbits, such as a new image (a zombie hand reaching through a door) and info on where to find info on various social networking sites, such the official Twitter page and official MySpace. (Fangoria)

Speaking of MySpace and Survival of the Dead, there’s a message and behind-the-scenes video on the page. I have embedded the video and pasted the message after the break. You can also find a lot more pictures (twenty six, to be exact) at the MySpace page. See, MySpace is still good for something! (MySpace)

I don’t usually link to reviews as news, but since I had no idea that a book styled as a sequel to the 1978 classic Dawn of the Dead existed, I guess it is news. Read all about the book, Dead Reckoning. (Fangoria)

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Deadlines: News roundup 8/11/09

Posted by Cory Casciato On August - 11 - 2009

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The official trailer for George A. Romero’s Survival of the Dead is out and embedded after the break. It looks a lot like the unofficial trailer that I posted a few months ago, but the music, editing and sound are all better. It looks somewhat promising, but I can’t help that feel Romero may have jumped the proverbial shark at this point. Still, it’s not like there’s any chance I won’t see it as soon as I can… (Dread Central)

I’ve said it before, I will say it again: we will be buried in Zombieland promos by the time the damn thing comes out. Evidence? There are four more promo videos. I embedded one after the break, visit the link for the rest. (io9)

If you are a fan of obscure, direct-to-video non-classic The Video Dead (my review), you can help it get released on DVD by befriending this fan page on MySpace and leaving a comment calling for its release. Word is MGM is listening.

Residents of Washington, DC get the Shakespearean Living Dead in Denmark, you get to read the review. (DCist)

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Deadlines: News roundup 7/21/09

Posted by Cory Casciato On July - 21 - 2009

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Goddamn you Toronto for being so awesome and so far away. The Toronto International Film Festival’s Midnight Madness program has been revealed and it includes the new George A. Romero film Survival of the Dead (which is the new, apparently official title) and REC 2. Okay, who wants to fly me to Toronto to cover this? Anyone? (/Film)

And if you want a bunch of stills from the movie, a poster and a press release (including a synopsis!), how about TIFFs page for Survival of the Dead? (TIFF)

In case you forgot, Left 4 Dead 2 in incoming and some more info has been revealed in a new, exclusive preview. In summary: new boss called a Spitter with a ranged, damage-over-time, area-of-effect attack; level-specific “common” infected including “mud men” in the Swamp level; pills and first aid supposedly replaced with adrenaline and ammo packs, which is poorly explained, although adrenaline sounds to make you run faster for a while. There’s more tidbits, but that’s the big stuff. Oh, there are also three clips, one of which is embedded after the break. (GameSpy)

Some intriguing discussion of the role of zombies in fiction, and the books The Way of the Barefoot Zombie (upcoming) and Dawn Over Doomsday by Jasper Bark. (Forbidden Planet International)

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Deadlines: News roundup 7/20/09

Posted by Cory Casciato On July - 20 - 2009

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Even if it’s true, it’s still a ways off, but rumors are emerging that Tobe Hooper is working on a remake of the OZ 1932 classic White Zombie. If true, that could actually be pretty cool — it’s a movie that could actually use a remake. (Shock Till You Drop)

There are a few new images from REC 2 over at Bloody Disgusting, including one of a ceiling-clinging zombiesque something-or-other. Hmm… not encouraging. I guess we’ll see.  (Bloody Disgusting)

Here’s a brief yet interesting blog post on the location utilized in George Romero’s Day of the Dead. (Dark Destinations)

So those flesh-eating zombie robots I mentioned the other day? Apparently, they are actually vegetarian, which is a relief. Unless, of course, a military contractor would be motivated to lie about a potential PR nightmare such as a flesh-eating zombie robot? Nah, I’m sure everything is fine. Fine. Nothing to see here… (Wired: Danger Room)

ZMMM Dailies: 6/14/2009 – Night of the Living Dead (1990)

Posted by Cory Casciato On June - 15 - 2009

notld90aI quite enjoyed the Night of the Living Dead remake, just as I did the first time I saw it years ago. I have to say that this remake compares really well to the original classic NotLD. Of course, with George Romero doing the screenplay, Romero, John Russo and Russ Streiner producing and Tom Savini (who did effects for Dawn of the Dead and Day of the Dead) directing, it damn well should have — that’s an impressive pedigree. It’s weird that this movie got such a lukewarm reception on its release and that Savini hasn’t directed anything else. The direction here seems fine — some of the acting is a little questionable (but never bad enough to derail the movie) but apart from that, this is a great remake. The zombies looked great (not surprising from an effects guy as director), the story was nicely updated (especially love the new ending) and the nods to the first were all very clever and not cheap at all. Considering some of the hack directors working today, Savini deserves another shot behind the camera.

Next up is Burial Ground: Nights of Terror — a movie I love for its sheer insanity. It will mark the halfway point for the marathon and kick off the first theme week — five days of Italy’s finest undead mayhem.

Deadlines: News roundup 6/2/09

Posted by Cory Casciato On June - 2 - 2009

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It’s nearly a month old, the sound and music are sketchy and it looks pretty rough, but maybe, just maybe the teaser trailer for the new George A. Romero zombie film embedded after the break is real. The comments indicate it’s some kind of internal work-in-progress reel, and I think I recognize one of the actors from another Romero film (he’s known to like to re-use actors) so maybe this is real… It’s worth a look anyway, and you can do that after the break. (Thanks CG user demoniotto for the tip)

If you like your zombie movies extra-stupid and possibly offensive, you’re going to be thrilled to hear that Retardead comes out on DVD today. I’m pretty sure that title tells you all you need to know about this one. (Dread Central)

Yesterday, I posted my wish list for Left 4 Dead 2, then I saw this early preview of the game. Shit, looks like I am getting most of my wishes (incendiary ammo? sweet!) … but not all (although the new Charger boss looks plausible given the existing menagerie, and I can accept a Witch that walks around). And there’s some stuff I didn’t dream up that we’ll be getting, too, like dynamic weather. (Rock, Paper, Shotgun)

Fangoria has some screens and details from Dead Rising 2 and Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles. (Fangoria)

Zombie toy collectors will be thrilled with this upcoming limited-edition zombie figurine from FearWerx. They’ll be available first at the MonsterMania Convention in Hartford, Connecticut. (Dread Central)

Finally, the second annual Zombie Movie Marathon Month kicked off in fine fashion with Dead Set last night (review here). Starting tomorrow, I will be posting ZMMM Dailies, with the Zombie Movie Marathon Month tag, for easy tracking. Don’t forget that possibly authentic Romero trailer after the break.

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Deadlines: News roundup 5/13/09

Posted by Cory Casciato On May - 13 - 2009

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A daily roundup of all the undead news that shambles into view… Got news tips? E-mail me at cory.casciato[AT]gmail.com.

It’s hard to call it news, since it went online last November, but it is the slowest zombie news day ever, so enjoy this interview with World War Z and Zombie Survival Guide author Max Brooks. (Rocket Llama World Headquarters)

There’s a big story on George A. Romero in the upcoming 30th anniversary issue of Fangoria. As a strange sneak preview, the author posted a meandering outtake of him talking with Romero about the Oscars over sushi. I’ve helpfully embedded the clip after the break. (Fangoria)

Finally, there’s an intriguing short film called Arbeit Für Alle (Full Employment in English) headed for the festival circuit. It’s about a man, desperate for work, who takes a job as an entry-level zombie hunter and it looks promising. Trailer after the break. (Quiet Earth)

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Deadlines: News roundup 4/23/09

Posted by Cory Casciato On April - 23 - 2009

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Another slice of classic literature gets an injection of zombies. This time, H.G. Wells’s War of the Worlds becomes War of the Worlds Plus Blood, Guts and Zombies courtesy of Eric S. Brown. Hm. I think this idea has officially crossed the line from clever to stupid (it is a fine line…). (Fangoria)

If you have been looking at all the zombie video games coming out and saying, “Yes, but I want a kid-friendly, cartoonish zombie game. You know, for kids!” then you are in luck because a cel-shaded zombie game called Zombie Wranglers is on its way! (Destructoid)

Insane bikini-clad zombie-slayer girl video game turned movie Onechanbara is getting a sequel. It’s to be called Chanbara Beauty THE MOVIE vorteX (what?) and you can find pictures and words about the stars here. Hint: they are hot, Asian and scantily clad. (Kotaku)

World’s best print horror mag Fangoria has a piece on zombie master George A. Romero in its upcoming 30th anniversary issue (lots of other stuff too). (Fangoria)

Cataloging the Dead: Romero Zombies

Posted by Cory Casciato On April - 13 - 2009

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Appear in: Night of the Living Dead; Dawn of the Dead; Day of the Dead; Land of the Dead; Diary of the Dead also, the Tom Savini directed Night of the Living Dead remake (1990) but not any other remakes as of current date.

Cause: Unknown (radiation from Venusian space probe is one hypothesized cause, but never tested).

Diet: Human flesh (eats only a small portion of the body, estimated at around five percent in Dawn of the Dead). Occasionally observed eating other animals (bugs, etc.).

Circumstances for creation: All dead bodies rise to become zombies. Zombie bites are invariably fatal, usually within 24 hours of being bitten. No known way to prevent reanimation short of destroying the brain.

Behavior: Slow moving. Easily distracted, such as by fireworks. Capable of learning and recalling at least some impulses from its life. The longer it has been zombified, the smarter it is. Newly risen are nearly mindless, but even they have been observed using simple tools to bludgeon or break windows to reach prey. Older zombies can communicate, organize and plan, including making efforts to resist distractions to focus on a task.

How to kill: Destroy the brain, destroy the zombie. Nothing else works.

Slow but implacable, the Romero zombie just keeps coming, ever hungry for the flesh of the living. In Romero’s universe, all recently dead people rise to become zombies – being bitten is not required. Being bitten, however, is invariably fatal, usually within a day or so. The early Romero movies showed zombies are largely mindless, but they seemed to get smarter with each installment, evolving over time (perhaps as they acclimated to a post-life existence?). Eventually they achieve cooperation, planning and impulse control, making them considerably more dangerous.

Romero’s zombies appear to get sustenance from eating the living. They can exist for a long period, perhaps indefinitely, without feeding, so there may be something else at work besides simple desire/need for sustenance. They can not be killed except by destroying the brain. Massive damage to the body may incapacitate the zombie, but as long as it can still bite it is dangerous. Since all bodies rise to become zombies, the bodies of the dead must be disposed of as soon as possible after death, regardless of the cause of death.

The zombies of George A. Romero’s work are in many ways the prototype for all modern (post-1968) zombies. As such, they appear frequently in others’ works, sometimes with minor variations. A good rule of thumb for any new and unidentified zombie encountered is to treat it as a Romero zombie until evidence suggests otherwise. These zombies first appeared in the seminal Night of the Living Dead and then in its four follow-ups. The first three of these, through Land of the Dead, appear to take place on a single timeline. The last, Diary of the Dead, appears to be a reboot/reimagining and further installments may alter these observations or make a case for categorizing a second variety of Romero zombie.

Happy Birthday to the original zombie master, George A. Romero

Posted by Cory Casciato On February - 4 - 2009

george-romeroToday is George A. Romero’s birthday, and what more fitting day to launch what is destined to be the greatest zombie blog ever conceived and executed by man? No need to answer, that is a rhetorical question. Stay tuned for everything zombie related you could ever ask for.

In the meantime, happy birthday to you, Mr. Romero. Your films have been changing the world for the last forty years and I hope you get forty more, even though you’d look like one of your more decrepit zombies by that point. Thanks for everything!

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