ZMMM Dailies: 6/22/2010 – Invisible Invaders

Posted by Cory Casciato On June - 23 - 2010

So, after two logistical delays, I finally get to watch Invisible Invaders! And it was so, so not worth the wait.

This came out at basically the same time as Plan 9 from Outer Space (review here) and it’s more or less the same movie. Aliens come to Earth and reanimate dead people in a plot to conquer the planet. Here, four people hole up in a bunker to do some science and fix those aliens, but good! And after some not-very-exciting adventures, they do! With sonic rays, which necessitates a big, kludgy sonic ray gun that looks like it was built by a team of six-year-olds. In between, we get lots and lots of stock footage, lots and lots of narration (at least two-thirds of the story is told in voiceover narration) and a really dumb romantic subplot. There are also some zombies, but they are almost incidental. They are supposedly unstoppable, but they are never shown doing anything but lumbering around with their arms held out. I almost fell asleep.

Of course, that was partly because I was exhausted. Kids, never take on four special projects in the weeks before your wedding, okay? Just don’t do it. That also meant I had to skip the short again. Sorry. Shorts will return, but it might be another day or two.

Deadlines: News roundup 6/22/10

Posted by Cory Casciato On June - 22 - 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.

There’s a long, detailed and fascinating set report from The Walking Dead‘s TV adaptation that covers some early scenes in detail. There’s also a great new pic of Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes. (Ain’t It Cool News)

More Walking Dead casting news too — word is Keith Allan Hayes has been added to the cast as an undisclosed character. (The Dealio)

And a few more Walking Dead set pictures, too! (The Walking Dead Podcast)

Get a look at the upcoming Nintendo 3DS Resident Evil: Revelations game via a trailer embedded below. (FEARnet)

A man-made virus turns people into mindless killers in The Killing Strain, a new apocalyptic zombie film. Trailer embedded below. (Buy Zombie)

Read about the biker-gang-vs-zombies comic Marauders and, if you’re intrigued, learn how to help fund the next issue. (Geek to Me)

What effect would zombies have on international relations? Professor Daniel Drezner looks at the question through the lens of four popular theories. (Foreign Policy)

The East Moline Public Library put on a zombie makeover event for their summer reading program. (Quad-City Times)

If you live in the East Midlands, UK and want to work on a new zombie film with the people who did Ay Up Me Duck of the Dead, they are looking for some people.

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ZMMM Dailies: 6/21/2010 – Pet Sematary II

Posted by Cory Casciato On June - 22 - 2010

Against all odds and in defiance of all common sense, I absolutely loved Pet Sematary 2. As you might recall, I covered the original last year as part of my Zombie Movie Marathon and found it pretty bad (read it here). Well, Pet Sematary II isn’t pretty bad. It’s absolute garbage, but so completely ridiculous and over-the-top that it circles right back around to awesome. To borrow a term from the immortal sage Mr. T, it’s absoludicrous!

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Deadlines: News roundup 6/21/10

Posted by Cory Casciato On June - 21 - 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.

Sit down and chat with Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman and learn what he thinks about the TV adaptation, writing for the show and more. (AMCTV)

It’s the second most-anticipated zombie thing of 2010 in our poll, so clearly you all are interested in Dead Rising 2. Perhaps a preview is in order… Lots of screens, too, if you haven’t already seen them. (WorthPlaying)

Oh, boy! A whole gallery of hi-res images from the new Resident Evil: Afterlife movie! (Bloody Disgusting)

In finest Romero tradition, Left 4 Dead 2‘s latest Mutation is a Headshots-Only mode. Fun! (Official Left 4 Dead Blog)

Looking for some reading material? How about checking out Michael Moreci’s Quarantined, a graphic novel about a biological zombie apocalypse. The first issue is available in free e-book form.

Get inside the head of a zombie (and not to destroy its brain) with The Zombie Code: Keys to Unlocking Your Undead Destiny, an upcoming book that looks at “what makes the undead tick.” (Fangoria)

The Atlanta Horror Film Festival has a program of zombie shorts this year, including Zombies and Cigarettes and half a dozen more shorts. The fest ryuns from August 13-15. (28 Days Later Analysis)

If you were intrigued by the fact that there is a Miss Zombie Queen UK, this report should give you some more details on the event and winner. (Blogomatic 3000)

ZMMM Dailies: 6/20/2010 – The Children

Posted by Cory Casciato On June - 21 - 2010

Wow, I enjoyed The Children far more than its quality merits. It’s a bad, bad movie. Bad acting, bad writing, technically deficient (especially the lighting — half the movie is almost impossible to make out) and nonsensical, it’s a poster child for how to not make a movie. Yet it is awesome.

Why? Well, how about the fact that is about nuclear zombie children that kill with burning, radioactive hugs? Or the fact that these nuke-zombie children look normal, except for black fingernails (OMGoth!)? Or that they can only be killed by cutting off their hands? Or that nothing in this movie really makes sense and nothing is ever explained? These are all contributors to its greatness.

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ZMMM Dailies: 6/19/2010 – My Boyfriend’s Back

Posted by Cory Casciato On June - 20 - 2010

When zombie movies go mainstream, sometimes they get really weird. Case in point: My Boyfriend’s Back, a screwball zombie comedy from the early ’90s. This is one odd film.

In it, a teenager named Johnny dies trying to impress the girl he’s crushed on since the first grade. His unrequited love and her promise to go to prom with him, made as he is taking his last breath, brings him back as a zombie. He heads home and picks up his life as if he never died. The weird bit is that while everyone is quite surprised to see him, no one really thinks much of it or really reacts to it. They treat him like a pariah, especially once he eats a classmate, but they are remarkably chill about it. That may be because it’s happened at least once before in that town, some fifteen years prior, but still … you’d think it would cause a bit more uproar.

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Deadlines: News roundup 6/18/10

Posted by Cory Casciato On June - 18 - 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.

Remember the girl in Frozen? That’s Emma Bell and she’s the latest addition to The Walking Dead‘s TV incarnation. She’ll be playing a “college student who seeks safety with the remaining survivors after the zombie invasion” but no name is given. Another new character? (Variety)

In other Walking Dead news, IAE Magazine is reporting IronE Singleton (The Blind Side) has been added as a character named T-Dog (possibly a renamed Tyreese?). (IAE Magazine)

The special features and DVD details for the collaborative remix project Night of the Living Dead: Reanimated have been revealed. Expect short films, alternate scenes, commentary by Jonathan Maberry, making-of commentary and lots more. You’ll be able to pick it up and see a panel about it Thursday, July 22 at San Diego Comic Con. (Dread Central)

Supposedly, top-down PS3 zombie shooter Dead Nation will have more zombies on screen than any game in history. (PlayStationLifeStyle)

Looking forward to the rhythm game/zombie game Rock of the Dead? Here’s a preview for both of you. (Joystiq)

ZMMM Dailies: 6/17/2010 – Dead & Buried

Posted by Cory Casciato On June - 18 - 2010

I really would have liked to like Dead & Buried more than I did, but it made it really, really hard. It’s not a terrible movie by any means, but it’s not anything special either. Let’s just say it’s no surprise it’s been all but forgotten.

The movie is about a small town whose residents have a taste for ritual group murder. They show up en masse, kill someone (and film/photograph it for posterity) and then a few days later that person appears as a new resident of the town. Well, it’s one growth strategy… Not everyone in town is in on the murdering, though. The sheriff seems mighty perplexed by all the dead people and does his best (which isn’t all that great, honestly) to figure out WTF is going on. So it’s a kind of a Twilight Zone-esque murder-mystery with zombies, basically.

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ZMMM Dailies: 6/16/2010 – Resident Evil: Extinction

Posted by Cory Casciato On June - 17 - 2010

Well, these Resident Evil movies just keep getting more and more ridiculous. I can’t decide if that means each one gets better or worse. In any case, Resident Evil: Extinction is utterly ludicrous. And still kind of fun.

What it isn’t is original. At all. In any way. It’s barely more than a pastiche of scenes and ideas from other, better movies. Start with a base of Day of the Dead — same underground base, same mad scientist doctor, parallel scenes and more — then mix in, well, everything. A little Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome fashion sense, a Texas Chainsaw Massacre/Devil’s Rejects style crazy family, the Rancor-pit scene from Return of the Jedi, shots straight out of Lawrence of Arabia, bird attack from The Birds, ideas from Scanners and/or the X-Men … How you feel about this sort of “borrowing” and your ability to shut your brain off for ninety minutes will largely determine how you feel about this film.

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Deadlines: News roundup 6/16/10

Posted by Cory Casciato On June - 16 - 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 cast of AMC’s The Walking Dead continues to expand. A recent podcast interview with cast member Linds Edwards (playing a character named Leon Basset who is not in the books) revealed Jim Coleman (American Gangster) is playing another non-book character Lambert Kendal. If you listen to the whole podcast, there’s a lot of background on Edwards and a few minor tidbits from the show. (The Walking Dead Podcast)

There’s a trailer embedded below for the downloadable Dead Rising 2 prequel story Dead Rising 2: Case Zero. The trailer looks good and the game is coming soon to Xbox Live. There’s also a new trailer for the main game. (Dread Central)

The Nintendo 3DS handheld is getting its own chapter in the Resident Evil franchise, called Resident Evil: Revelations. No details yet, but the screens look nice. (FEARnet)

The Mormons-as-zombies movie Book of Zombie is done and making the festival rounds. It just premiered at STIFF (Seattle True Independent Film Festival) and won an audience award. (Bloody Disgusting)

More zombie Western movie goodness incoming in the form of The Dead and the Damned. The trailer shows a cowboy looking dude, an Indian looking dude, some possible prostitutes, lots of zombie/mutant looking freaks, guns, horses and a glowing meteorite. It’s set during the gold rush and some miners find a meteor that turns people into mutant zombies! The movie premieres Monday July 19 at Another Hole in the Head film festival in San Francisco. The trailer embedded below or you can see it much tinier and get a partial cast and crew list at the official website.

The UK stage show How to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse is getting a sequel, How to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse:Reloaded, and a book, Dr. Dale’s Zombie Dictionary: The A-Z Guide to Staying Alive. (Zombie Command)

Need some decorating ideas for the homestead? Get yourself a model of one of Lucio Fulci’s iconic zombies. (Horror Squad)

The “zombies at a bachelor party” movie Stag Night of the Dead has a release date. It’s coming to VOD August 31 and DVD October 31 (in the UK at least, not sure about US release). (Zombie Command)

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