Deadlines: News roundup 9/24/09

Posted by Cory Casciato On September - 24 - 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.

Here’s a lengthy feature on REC/REC 2 makers Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza. (Fangoria)

More Zombieland clips! Damn. By the time this thing hits, will there be any part of it that hasn’t been seen yet? (Bloody Disgusting)

Valve is appealing the Australian ban on Left 4 Dead 2. Hope springs eternal, our poor, put-upon friends Down Under! (Kotaku)

A free, web-based Flash version of Plants vs. Zombies is ready. The original was great (review here) and if you haven’t played it yet, I suggest giving the web version a spin. (Zombie Command)

A synopsis for Outpost II: Black Sun has come to light. It’s your basic NATO forces vs. battalion of Nazi zombie Stormtroopers deal. Sounds exciting, but so did the first one and it was seriously sleep inducing (review of original here). (Quiet Earth)

I’m hopeful that Dead Rising 2 will be a great game and screenshots like this one, of a guy wearing a helmet with antlers and kicking zombie butt with it, are encouraging. (Kotaku)

That Resident Evil 5 director’s cut mentioned yesterday is going to support some fancy-ass new PS3 motion controller. (Kotaku)

The HD-DVD version of Deadlands 2: Trapped has been delayed until November 27. (Shoot for the Head)

Toy collectors can get all hot and bothered about a new Mez-Itz  collectible, black-and-white zombie figure. (Bloody Disgusting)

Deadlines: News roundup 9/23/09

Posted by Cory Casciato On September - 23 - 2009

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DreamWorks is in negotiations to buy the rights for Xombie, the animated series turned graphic novel about a zombie cop trying to save the remnants of humanity. Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are in talks to produce. (Reuters)

An exclusive interview with the writers of Zombieland, mostly about the process of writing and making the film. (Shock Till You Drop)

Zombieland clips incoming! This one has a clown attack. This other one has a hold up. Both are embedded for you after the break. (Dread Central)

There’s an interview with the lead designer of the impending zombie defense game Fort Zombie.  It covers details about the gameplay and how the game is put together, with a bit about influences, and you can read it here. (Rock, Paper, Shotgun)

The next Max Brooks zombie book, the graphic novel Recorded Attacks, is imminent — October 6 sees it arrive in stores. To celebrate, some New Jersey zombie walkers are doing a giveaway of a Brooks- signed poster. You have to give blood to enter. (Dread Central)

Can’t wait until November 17 to play Left 4 Dead 2? Get a taste when the demo hits October 27. No word yet on what platform (PC or Xbox) it’s for or whether it’s for preorder folks or what, but hey, we have a date at least. (Kotaku)

Our pals at Zombie Command have a trailer and a few details for Duty of Living, a low-budget zombie flick that seems to draw parallels with the Iraq war. (Zombie Command)

If a leaky voice actress is to be believed, there will be a director’s cut of Resident Evil 5. (VG247)

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Left 4 Dead 2: What we know so far

Posted by Cory Casciato On September - 23 - 2009

l4d2It’s been more than three months since Left 4 Dead 2 was announced at E3 and it’s less than two months now until we get it in our hot, little, zombie-killing hands. Since its announcement, Valve has given us a ton of info about the game — a little here, a little there. To make things easier on you, I’ve gone through and compiled all of the available info into one place. And that place is this site, so without further ado, here it is: everything we know so far about Left 4 Dead 2.

Overview: Like most sequels, it hits the “bigger, better, more” target. It will have five campaigns to the original’s four. This time it’s set in the South and we get four all-new characters (more on them below). The three gameplay modes of the original — co-op, versus and survival — will be present, as well as a fourth, yet-to-be revealed mode. Additional new touches include dynamic weather, the addition of daylight fights – and a more aggressive, agitated horde during those daylight fights — and, perhaps best of all, a much more realistic and gruesome damage model. So we’ll get severed limbs, shredded torsos, decapitations and all the other good stuff a proper zombie game should have.

Perhaps the biggest improvement is the improved AI Director. Valve are promising it will not only be smarter, but also able to do plenty of new things, such as changing the layout of a level to make it more or less difficult depending on the players’ skill and the aforementioned dynamic weather. It will also reward players who explore levels and take the longer, more difficult routes with perks such as special ammo. The original game’s “crescendo events” have been tweaked, too. Now, some of them happen on the move — so backing into a corner is no longer a viable strategy. Back to the drawing board…

Some of the original bosses are being tweaked. Most of these are minor and/or transparent, such as a different costume for the Hunter (turns out, it’s too hot for a hoodie in the South). The most significant of these is the new Witch behavior — during those daylight levels, she’ll be wandering around all agitated-like instead of sitting and crying, so slipping by her gets a little harder. Not to mention, now she can sneak up on you…

The story is getting beefed up this time around. It starts in Savannah, Georgia and ends up in New Orleans and this time we get a better idea of how the survivors get from one place to another — it should be a zombie-infested road trip through the deep South. Valve aims to tell the story of the characters and the world this time — so we should have a much better idea of exactly how things got so fucked up. We also get to see some of how it starts: the initial level, Savannah, is set before the zombie infection hits…

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Deadlines: News roundup 9/22/09

Posted by Cory Casciato On September - 22 - 2009

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Lucky British bastards are getting a deluxe three-disc version of George A. Romero’s Dawn of the Dead on Blu-ray. Tons of special features, three cuts of the film (including Argento’s awesome Euro cut) and other cool shit. This side of the pond will have to wait, I guess. Or buy a region-free BD player. Does such a thing exist? (Fangoria)

More Resident Evil: Afterlife casting is announced. Allie Larter reprises her role as Claire Redfield while Wentworth Miller plays someone. Or something. Or someone who turns into something. Hard to say with the RE series. (Bloody Disgusting)

In related news, Dread Central extracted some plot details for RE:Afterlife. (Dread Central)

A new, subtitled and supposedly final trailer for REC 2 is out, and embedded after the break. (Bloody Disgusting)

Buy Night of the Creeps on DVD from a retail location, get $10 “movie cash” (assume that can be used to buy tickets? Not sure, really) for Zombieland. Okay, you can get the deal on other DVDs, too, but the rest either isn’t zombie related or sucks, so I am ignoring it. (Fangoria)

A mysterious update for Left 4 Dead has some fans buzzing about new achievements. (Kotaku)

I know many of you don’t mind spoilers if it means you get an early look at stuff. For you, there’s a video of the first fifteen minutes of Wii space-zombie shooter-on-rails Dead Space: Extraction after the break. (Kotaku)

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Deadlines: News roundup 9/17/09

Posted by Cory Casciato On September - 17 - 2009

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No Left 4 Dead 2 for you, Australia! Seems the game has been “refused classification,” which essentially bans it. (Kotaku)

Pet Sematary director Mary Lambert returns to the undead with Hydrophobia, a movie about a “flesh eating astral zombie” who lives in a pool. WTF? (Bloody Disgusting)

Sony Home Entertainment has acquired the DVD rights for REC 2, so it should be coming our way eventually. (Bloody Disgusting)

Deadlines: News roundup 9/10/09

Posted by Cory Casciato On September - 10 - 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.

Remember that Left 4 Dead 2 boycott? Well, Valve flew a couple of the whiny bastards out to play the game and guess what? They liked it after all. Big surprise… (Kotaku)

Speaking of Left for Dead 2, Valve told Official Xbox Magazine it would love to put PC mods for the game on the Xbox, but there are … difficulties. Like Microsoft is kinda being a dick about it. (Zombie Command)

Oh, and Kotaku has the details on some sweet Left 4 Dead custom action figures. Huh, guess it’s Left 4 Dead day or something. (Kotaku)

Three more Zombieland spots appear. I’ve embedded one, you can find the other two at the link. (Dread Central)

George Romero says Survival of the Dead is about the way conflict tends to linger even after the reasons for the conflict are forgotten.  (Reuters)

And, there’s a new poll up. You can access it after the break, just below the Zombieland vid, or in that handy box to the right there. Make sure to vote and leave a comment if the movie you’re most looking forward to isn’t listed.

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Deadlines: News roundup 9/9/09

Posted by Cory Casciato On September - 9 - 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 teaser trailer for the upcoming Plan 9 from Outer Space remake, to be called simply Plan 9,  is out and, wonder of wonders, it looks good. Hell, it looks great. If they can make a movie that lives up to the trailer (it doesn’t start shooting until next year, the trailer was just shot to mark the 50th anniversary of the original) this could be an amazing film. Trailer embedded after the break, and visit the Plan 9 site for more info.

Those clever bastards over at Bloody Disgusting somehow scored an exclusive on the second “Sarge Speaks” viral video for George A. Romero’s upcoming Survival of the Dead. Luckily, they are nice and it’s embeddable, thus it is embedded for you after the break. (Bloody Disgusting)

Fans of Max Brooks brilliant zombie series get the next installment on October 6, when The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks, a graphic novel entry in the series, is released. Damn cool. And there’s a trailer, embedded after the break.

One of Left 4 Dead 2‘s writers answers Kotaku‘s “Justify Your Game” challenge, where they task developers to justify a game’s existence in thirty seconds or less. And you can watch it, along with all that other great video (come on kids, say it with me), after the break. (Kotaku)

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Deadlines: News roundup 9/4/09

Posted by Cory Casciato On September - 4 - 2009

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The first clip from George A. Romero’s Survival of the Dead is out. I’m holding off, because I prefer to see the film whole, but don’t let that stop you if you don’t want to wait — it’s embedded after the break. (Dread Central)

More details on Left 4 Dead 2 are here! This time, it’s the “Dark Carnival” campaign, where you’ll find a clown zombie who can call for backup; a new boss, the Jockey, who can ride a player and steer him away from his group; and other stuff, such as a guitar that can be used as a melee weapon. (Eurogamer)

And here’s another take on the same stuff from Left 4 Dead 2 from our friends at Kotaku. (Kotaku)

Speaking of zombie games, how about a game focused on finding and fortifying a location against the zombie hordes? It’s called Fort Zombie (lame name, I know) and it’s a game I have been waiting for for a long, long time. Don’t screw it up, folks. (Worth Playing)

Sick of remakes yet? Well get sicker, because someone is working on a Plan 9 from Outer Space remake. On the bright side, they’d be hard pressed not to improve on the original. (Horror-Movies.ca)

In Atlanta the September 12? How about going to a zombie symposium? There’s a presentation, a couple of movie showings and a dance. Sounds fun. (Examiner.com)

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Deadlines: News roundup 8/27/09

Posted by Cory Casciato On August - 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 feed to your RSS reader for your daily dose of walking dead. Got news tips? E-mail me at cory.casciato[AT]gmail.com.

Eager for more insight into George Romero’s latest, Survival of the Dead? There’s a new promo video from the official MySpace. I have helpfully embedded it after the break. (MySpace)

Tired of Zombieland press yet? If not, you’ll probably enjoy this gallery of images. (LA Times)

Have a gander at some sweet Left 4 Dead 2 concept art. (Kotaku)

The Corbin Bernsen directed Dead Air, a movie set in a radio station about a bio-terror attack that creates zombies, is coming to DVD October 27 and a sequel is apparently in the works. (Fangoria)

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“What a Wonderful World” meets Left 4 Dead

Posted by Cory Casciato On August - 20 - 2009

This has been bouncing around the ‘nets for a day or so, and I finally got around to watching it, thus becoming inspired to share it with you fine people. Pretty funny stuff — the ironic juxtaposition between the song and the video is great and works amazingly well. It’s two minutes of zombie ridiculousness that will brighten your day!

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