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 01/06/12

Posted by Johnathon Brock On January - 6 - 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.

After the break, check out a sneak peek at the upcoming mid season premiere of The Walking Dead in February. This is going to be a good year, and The Walking Dead is most definitely a reason for that. (Dread Central)

It looks like Asylum, who have brought us amazing straight to video knock offs like Transmorphers and Alien vs. Hunter, are going to give us what we really want and release Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies on DVD right before Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter hits theaters this year. I think I’ll save $20 and stick with the zombies. Alright, I’ll see both. (Dread Central)

Well Brad Pitt isn’t the only one bringing big zombie dollars to international locations. The Zombie King, which will star Corey Feldman and Edward Furlong in a thrilling adventure of undead…adventure, will premiere in London in August. (This is Somerset)

It looks like the upcoming indie hit A Little Bit Zombie is set to invade the Swiss territories for the 18th annual Victoria Film Festival this year. (Times Colonist)

The team behind Project Zomboid has arisen from their setback earlier last year when weeks worth of development were lost during a robbery and after the break you can see two new videos of their improved lighting and carpentry engine. This is going to be a great game when it’s done. (PC Gamer)

Speaking of games, there’s a new zombie game based on a childhood classic for those of us about 30 or older. The Men Who Wear Many Hats are working to bring us the Organ Trail, where you try to escape the zombie apocalypse (and hopefully typhoid and broken axles) while en route to a safe destination. Check out their Kickstarter page to donate. (Wired)

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Deadlines: News roundup 12/20/11

Posted by Johnathon Brock On December - 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.

It looks like the fine folks behind the REC franchise have licensed their property to the video game world but not in a way we’d hope for. The first REC game which will be a first person shooter will debut next year on the smart phone (android, iOS) devices for about $3. (Bloody Disgusting)

You’ve probably seen this movie across all the torrent sites perfectly legal streaming movie services in the past year or so, but indie UK hit Zombie Driftwood is still looking for US distribution. Check out the trailer after the break. (Dread Central)

After the break, check out the teaser trailer for Night of the Living Dead: Resurrection which aims to be a “companion piece” to the original classic film rather than an attempt at a reboot or sequel. (Dread Central)

David Fincher drops a short comment this week that The Goon movie is still in his caring arms and will hopefully find some money next year. For those that missed it, you can see the test trailer after the break. (Dread Central)

The entire 9 minute Left 4 Dead fan film is now online and you should drop everything you’re doing and check it out below. (Kotaku)

We’ve got some fresh screen caps from Nazis at the Center of the Earth and I think this is shaping up to be a fine, fine historical look at post World War 2 developments. (Dread Central)

Here’s some impressive screenshots and a new trailer for Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City which will hopefully hit shelves early next year. (Buy Zombie)

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Deadlines: News roundup 11/19/10

Posted by Johnathon Brock On November - 19 - 2010

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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.

There’s a cool little history of zombie culture in America and it’s beginnings from Voodoo lore that’s definitely worth reading. (io9)

This isn’t really news by any means, but because it’s awesome, I’ve got video of the custom made Left 4 Dead (PC) map that completely re-creates Helm’s Deep from Lord of the Rings. I hate LotR, but I love zombies, so it’s a wash. (Kotaku)

There’s a pretty awesome interview with Chandler Riggs, who plays Carl Grimes, the lovable zombie-killing scamp on The Walking Dead. (Buy Zombie)

Walking Dead composer Bear McCreary once again talks at length about the amazing and horror filled tones he chose to create for the show. (Fangoria)

You thought we forgot, didn’t you? Well don’t worry because here’s the sneak peek (after the break) of The Walking Dead episode four you’ve been waiting for all week. (FEARnet)

And in the saddest of all possible news, this week’s Inevitable Zombie Podcast was lost in a terrible computer-related incident that induced much swearing. Look for a special, super-sized podcast to return next week. Or look for a lot more swearing if it happens again.

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Great moments in zombie history

Posted by Cory Casciato On April - 28 - 2010


There have been many milestones throughout the eighty-year history of the zombie in Western culture. In today’s world, where zombies are such a part of everyday life that every college campus is aswarm with games of Human vs. Zombie, zombies are used in advertising and we get a new zombie movie or game released every few months, it’s easy to forget our roots. To make sure that doesn’t happen, I’ve compiled a quick overview of ten great moments in zombie history, from the earliest days to modern times. Without these milestones, we wouldn’t be where we are today. Remember and rejoice.

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List: Old-school zombies

Posted by Cory Casciato On March - 24 - 2010

These days, the Romero-inspired vision of flesh-eating zombies is so ingrained as the de facto blueprint for the living dead that it’s hard to remember that anything of substance came before. Yet before he came along and changed the game forever with the now-classic 1968 feature Night of the Living Dead, zombies already had a rich, 35+ year history at the movies. Admittedly, most of those films were, to put it mildly, forgettable. There are a few worthwhile films to be found in the first three and half decades of zombiedom, though. Here’s a guide to five of them that are worth the time to track down, in order from least worthwhile to most.

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Deadlines: News roundup 10/27/09

Posted by Cory Casciato On October - 27 - 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.

Quentin Tarantino presented George A. Romero with a lifetime achievement award and gave a pretty kick-ass speech as a tribute to the genius of the man. There’s a video clip of the speechifying embedded after the break. (Bloody Disgusting)

There’s a funny new Left 4 Dead 2 viral video out, apparently from U.K. game retailer Game. It’s embedded for you, after the break.

Capybara Games, developers of Critter Crunch, are working on a “a tactics-heavy strategy-meets-survival game that revolves around an ever-growing — and/or shrinking — group of characters as they try to escape the city,” according to president Nathan Vella (via Joystiq). It’s still very early n the development process but it looks to be a turn-based game similar to Advance Wars, based on early screens (via Destructoid).

Zombies and baseball are set to collide in Three Strikes, You’re Dead, a planned horror-comedy from director Corbin Bernsen’s. (Fangoria)

Famed Zombie Survival Guide and World War Z author Max Brooks shared his favorite zombie movies with MTV. (MTV Movies Blog)

If you solve GeekDad’s zombie puzzle, you could win a $50 gift certificate to ThinkGeek. (Wired)

Read all about why Pittsburgh is the birthplace of the modern zombie. (The Tartan)

Shoot zombies with a paintball gun in a live-action “haunted house” Halloween extravaganza in Los Angeles. If you get “bit,” do you get to go after your fellow paintball gunners? (Bloody Disgusting)

If you want to zombify your Xbox Live avatar, here’s a handy guide to doing that. (Zombie Command)

Chile gets into the zombie movie act with Blind Dead, a film where the world’s been overrun by zombies and a small group looks for a cure. Trailer embedded after the break. (Quiet Earth)

Steampunk Victorian zombie-killing adventure game? Intriguing… if only I had an iPhone, I could be excited about this Garters and Ghouls game. (Kotaku)

The only possible reaction to this top-down arcade shooter for iPhone based on Pet Sematary is LOLWUT? So you can consider that my official opinion. (Horror Squad) Read the rest of this entry »

Deadlines: News roundup 10/19/09

Posted by Cory Casciato On October - 19 - 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.

As part of the Facebook Comic Con, an online comic convention, you’ll be able to watch Night of the Living Dead: Reanimated online from November 12-15.

Need to catch up on your collection of Robert Kirkman’s brilliant Walking Dead series? This two-for-one deal should help — hurry, it ends October 31. (Horror Squad)

Relive the October 11 Monroeville Mall — aka the infamous mall from the original Dawn of the Dead — zombie crawl with this story from the local paper. (Indiana Gazette)

Learn about the history and future of Phantasm (yes, it is a zombie movie) in this Q&A with Director Don Coscarelli an stars Angus Scrimm and Reggie Bannister. (LA Times)

Cap off last week’s coverage of The Zombie Game Experiment with an interview with Hive Media CEO Will Weaver. (Zombie Command)

Someone has put together an informative guide on how Twitter can save your life in the coming zombie apocalypse. (Mozealous)

Among this week’s DVD releases is Last of the Living, a zombie comedy about a couple of slacker survivors and a hot girl who may hold the cure for the zombie plague. (Fangoria)

So, there’s a real Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh, and there’s a not-real one in Left 4 Dead‘s “No Mercy” campaign. Some funny guys have been reviewing the not-real hospital on the real one’s Citysearch site. Hilarious. (Kotaku)

A few details on a Canadian zombie walk and Mez-Itz zombie toy discount. (Fangoria)

Deadlines: News roundup 10/12/09

Posted by Cory Casciato On October - 12 - 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.

Starz is airing a program called Zombiemania, about the rich history of our favorite undead. Damn, I wish I had Starz, now…  (Trailer embedded after the break!) (Dread Central)

Over at Fangoria, there’s a new column on Zombieland if you haven’t had your fill of Zombieland yet. (Fangoria)

Also, Zombieland won the Audience Award at Sitges, Europe’s largets genre-film event. Good one, Zombieland! (Fangoria)

The final two Left 4 Dead 2 campaigns may have been leaked, if rumors on a Taiwanese website are to be believed. If they turn out to be true, those will be “Hard Rain” (it’s wet there) and “Dead Center” (mall!).  (Kotaku)

And this list of achievements from Left 4 Dead 2 seems to verify those are, indeed, the final two campaigns. It also reveals two new items. You can find the new items in a list after the break, for the very spoiler-sensitive.(Xbox360Achievments.org)

Liberal writer David Sirota explains that the zombie zeitgeist is a side effect of the current political culture. (AlterNet)

There’s a zombie apocalypse map/mode coming to the Champions Online superhero MMORPG and this developer’s chat has a few details about how it works. (ZAM)

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Origins: Zombie pulp fiction

Posted by Cory Casciato On March - 9 - 2009

weird_4603In my ongoing research into the origins and history of the zombie in fiction, I came across this interesting article on the earliest zombie stories in pulp magazines such as Weird Tales. It turns out some pretty well-known pulp authors, including Robert E. Howard (of Conan fame)  and  Clark Ashton Smith, contributed some early ink to the zombie mythos. As far back as 1939 descriptions such as, “Above the man’s left temple, amid the grey-flecked hair, jagged splinters of bone gleamed through torn and discoloured flesh! And a grayish ribbon of brain-stuff hung down beside the man’s left ear!” (from a Thorp McCluskey story called “While Zombies Walked”), which would ring true to any modern zombie fan, were appearing in pulps. It’a an interesting read and it managed to add a stack of odds and ends to my ever-growing reading list. Hopefully I can track some of this stuff down…

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