ZMMM Dailies: 6/28/2010 – The Vineyard

Posted by Cory Casciato On June - 29 - 2010

Folks, this movie is the stuff that Cinemax was made for. The Vineyard is cheap, tawdry and dumb, barely more than an excuse for lots of gratuitous nudity and sleaze and a little bit of gore (a very little bit, unfortunately).

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Deadlines: News roundup 6/28/10

Posted by Cory Casciato On June - 28 - 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.

Get all the gory details on Greg Nicotero’s zombie and gore designs on The Walking Dead TV series. (AMCTV)

Here’s a long, in-depth look at The Walking Dead comic, which has apparently been nominated for an Eisner Award (like the Oscars, for comics). (Comic Attack)

Dead Rising 2 has been delayed from its August 31 (US)/September 3 (Europe) release date. It’s now coming tot he US September 28 and Europe October 1. (Kotaku)

There’s an English language trailer for Zombrex Dead Rising Sun movie based on the Dead Rising video game series and I have embedded it below for you. (Dread Central)

The producer of Resident Evil 5 will not be working on Resident Evil 6. Good news? Bad news? Who cares news? (Kotaku)

Alex Kurtzman and Robert Orci (Transformers, Star Trek) are producing a live-action adaptation of Xombie, the animated/comic series about a zombie cop trying to save the remnants of humanity. Word is, they’ve picked out a writer and are working to get a deal done. (Bloody Disgusting)

If you’re in Seattle this weekend, perhaps you’d like to help them recapture the world record for most zombies in a zombie walk? (Zombie Command)

Well, it looks like the band Zombie Apocalypse NOW! is breaking up. Bummer. There aren’t enough zombie apocalypse bands as it is. (Kalamazoo Noise)

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ZMMM Dailies: 6/27/2010 – Maniac Cop

Posted by Cory Casciato On June - 28 - 2010

Here we have another zombie cop movie. But this zombie cop is also a Maniac Cop! And by maniac cop, I mean a cop that kills people randomly, for no good reason. Well, he has a good reason to kill a few of them. The rest, not so much. See, maniac!

This movie is chock full of genre vets. Bruce Cambell, Tom Atkins, Richard Roundtree top the list, but there are others you can pick out if you have a sharp eye and a good memory for character actors. It’s directed by William Lustig, who also directed Uncle Sam (review here). Both that movie and this one are basically slasher movies with a zombie as the slasher. This one also mixes in some standard cop movie tropes as well.

It’s kind of hard to tell if the maniac cop is a zombie or not. They never use the word, but he can take multiple bullets without flinching, is cold, doesn’t have a heart beat and survives a serious impalement pretty easily. Sounds like a zombie to me.

I didn’t think much of this, but I definitely enjoyed it more than Uncle Sam. It wasn’t great, but it certainly wasn’t bad. And hell, it’s worth watching for the cast alone!

ZMMM Dailies: 6/26/2010 – Dead Heat

Posted by Cory Casciato On June - 27 - 2010

The world needed a buddy-cop zombie movie and it got Dead Heat. Now it thinks maybe it would like its money back, because Dead Heat is kind of a stinker.

It amazes me that movies like this get made. Someone read this script and said, “Yeah, that’ll do.” Someone auditioned Joe Piscopo and Treat Williams for the leads and went, “Yeah these are our guys! What amazing non-chemistry they have!” (Okay, they probably didn’t think that last part.) How does this happen?

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ZMMM Dailies: 6/25/2010 – Fido

Posted by Cory Casciato On June - 26 - 2010

Even after a second viewing, I just don’t like Fido as much as almost everyone else seems to. I don’t dislike it. It’s certainly a well put together film. It looks good, the story is decent, the acting is all good or better … yet somehow, my reaction to it continues to be “meh.”

It seems a little shallow and a little scattershot — like, is it a black comedy, a boy-and-his-dog movie with zombies, a commentary on Cold War paranoia? It could be any or all of those, but it seems like it throws little bits of each of those and several other ideas/themes out, but never bothers to tie any of them together or resolve anything.

Paradoxically, if it were a little more shoddy, I might like it better, but as polished as it is, I just expected more from it. It felt a little like cotton candy — tasty while you’re eating it, but it leaves you feeling kind of hollow and empty afterward. Someone tell me, what am I not getting about this film? I will say it’s easy enough to watch that I would consider a third go-round if someone wants to explain what I am missing here…

Deadlines: News roundup 6/25/10

Posted by Cory Casciato On June - 25 - 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.

The save system in Dead Rising 2 will be less annoying/punishing than the save system in the original. Thank god. That was one of my key changes that the sequel needed to make. (Kotaku)

The Dead Rising-inspired, Keiji Inafune-directed  film Zombrex Dead Rising Sun will be distributed for free via various VOD platforms! This is a price I can thoroughly get behind. (Kotaku)

Go on set for a Walking Dead report that’s all high praise and no actual info. That’s okay, we’re all in love with it already, anyway. (Fangoria)

Looking to get your zombie-themed Christmas story published and do a good deed? The Undead that Saved Christmas is an anthology of Xmas/holiday themed zombie stories whose proceeds got to charity and they are looking for authors! (Buy Zombie)

Get fit the zombie apocalypse way with Zombie Fit, a fitness regimen that draws from parkour to prepare you for the inevitable zombie apocalypse. (Chicago Tribune)

Finally, we’ve got a short trailer for the short film Cupcake: A Zombie Lesbian Musical embedded below for you. It’s a movie about two bigoted old ladies, a pair of love-struck lesbians and a chorus line of zombies. Mmmkay… (Buy Zombie)

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ZMMM Dailies: 6/24/2010 – The Dead Pit

Posted by Cory Casciato On June - 25 - 2010

I can’t say I hated The Dead Pit. I definitely didn’t love it. Really, it was just a kind of goofy, forgettable, late-’80s throwaway that probably got played ad infinitum on Cinemax around 1991, thanks to some gratuitous nudity and a lot of the lead actress (that’s her on the right) running around in her underwear.

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Deadlines: News roundup 6/24/10

Posted by Cory Casciato On June - 24 - 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.

More casting from The Walking Dead! Adrian Kali Turner has been cast as Morgan Jones’s son Duane. (Bloody Disgusting)

Read a local news report about filming on The Walking Dead taking place in the quaint town of Mansfield, Georgia. (CovNews)

Get ready for a brain-bending lesson in linguistics and zombies drawn from the excellent Pontypool (review here). (Mango Languages)

If you’re excited to wave your hands around while killing videogame zombies, this report on the PS3 Move controls for Resident Evil 5 is good news indeed (i.e. it works well!). (Kotaku)

The first casting news for Quarantine 2 is out. The direct-to-DVD sequel (which will not be a remake of REC 2, by the way, but an original story) will star Mercedes Masohn and Josh Cooke, neither of whom I have ever heard of. (Bloody Disgusting)

In the upcoming movie Sam Hell, a rotting zombie head speaks telepathically to a man and convinces him to do murder. It’s just signed a distribution deal with Anthem Digital and will premiere at a film festival in Livermore, California this September. (28 Days Later Analysis)

The lovely and talented Laura Shigihara, of Plants vs. Zombies theme-song fame, has released a live version of the song. it’s embedded for you below. (Kotaku)

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ZMMM Dailies: 6/23/2010 – The Child

Posted by Cory Casciato On June - 24 - 2010

I have to say, The Child is a strange movie. It’s also a hackish, clumsy mess of a movie! But it is kind of a fun hackish, clumsy mess of a movie!

It’s a “bad seed” story about an evil little girl who can reanimate the dead, among other things (like pop the top of a milk bottle with her mind bullets!). She hates everyone and blames them for the death of her mother, so she uses her reanimated zombie friends to kill them. The offenders include her really weird father (who might actually be responsible for the mother’s death), the old lady down the street, her brother, her nanny, the gardener… man, who didn’t get in on this killing action? Anyway, that’s really about it. There’s no explanation for anything, just a lot of killing. And some weird, weird dialog that goes nowhere. But mostly killing.

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Deadlines: News roundup 6/23/10

Posted by Cory Casciato On June - 23 - 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.

Part two of the Walking Dead set visit that hit yesterday is now online. In it, you’ll learn when the series will get to the prison, read a super-detailed description of shooting an early scene and see a brand-new zombie pic. (Ain’t It Cool News)

Get the full scoop on the special features to be included on the Blu-ray/DVD release of Survival of the Dead. It’s a lot of stuff — interviews, commentaries, documentaries, short films … A lot. (Fangoria)

What is it about Florida? Apparently Okeechobee County has an official zombie apocalypse plan (warning: PDF link). To be fair, who knows how official it really is, but it looks wordy and convoluted enough to be a real country document and the site it is on seems more or less legit.

A panel of bloggers engages in some deep thinking about the zombie apocalypse in part two of Morphine Nation‘s zombie roundtable. (Morphine Nation)

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