ZMMM Dailies: 6/15/2010 – Resident Evil: Apocalypse

Posted by Cory Casciato On June - 16 - 2010

Let me point out the obvious. Resident Evil: Apocalypse is pretty goddamn dumb. It’s a comic-book action movie loosely based on a videogame known for an incredibly convoluted and melodramatic storyline. With zombies. That said, it was also pretty fun. Shut off your brain, relax and float downstream.

I can see why “serious” zombie fans would hate these movies. They are utterly lacking in the sort of subtext and symbolism we enjoy in the best zombie films. On the other hand, there are two hot women that spend the entire movie in skimpy clothing kicking, stabbing and shooting zombies and other bad guys in the face. You don’t come to these movies to be enlightened, you come to be entertained. And I was entertained.

Read the rest of this entry »

Deadlines: News roundup 6/15/10

Posted by Cory Casciato On June - 15 - 2010

deadlines

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.

Ain’t It Cool News got its hands on some cool on-set pictures of AMC’s The Walking Dead. Plenty of zombies and a shot of a man (Grimes, presumably) on horseback. They’ve also got the first official shot of Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes. (AICN)

The so-called Zombie Girl (aka Emily Hagins, the teen who made the zombie movie Pathogen and was the subject of the documentary Zombie Girl: The Movie) is looking for some help funding her third feature, which she hopes to finish before she finishes high school. Man, I barely finished puberty before I finished high school, much less three feature films… (Horror Squad)

I missed it too, but apparently if you input the Konami code (UP, UP, DOWN, DOWN, LEFT, RIGHT, LEFT, RIGHT, B, A, ENTER) into Newsweek‘s site yesterday, it revealed an ongoing zombie invasion. (The Zed Word)

The browser-based zombie MMO Dead Frontier debuted its new 3D engine, currently in beta. You can find a trailer for it embedded below.

Read the rest of this entry »

ZMMM Dailies: 6/14/2010 – Dead Meat

Posted by Cory Casciato On June - 15 - 2010

I have to say that Dead Meat was a pleasant surprise. I wasn’t expecting much out of it but it was actually a decent movie for fans of the genre. That’s not to say it was without some substantial flaws, but it was watchable and entertaining.

In Dead Meat, a massive outbreak of a mutated strain of Mad Cow Disease causes cows to go nuts and attack other cows and farmers. And what of the people they attack? You guessed it, they become zombies. The story proper starts when a youngish couple accidentally hit a man on the road, killing him (or so they think). They load him into their car to get help, only to have him awake and bite the man. The girl goes for help, finds more zombies and thus starts an uninterrupted chase scene that comprises the rest of the movie.

Read the rest of this entry »

Deadlines: News roundup 6/14/10

Posted by Cory Casciato On June - 14 - 2010

deadlines

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 new Resident Evil: Afterlife trailer floating about, but the only place I could find it that hadn’t been pulled offline by Sony I can’t figure out how to embed. It’s here if you want to check it out. It looks real Matrix-y. (io9)

The new one-sheet for Resident Evil: Afterlife shows Alice shooting and falling through a window. Awesome! I love shooting and falling through windows! (Bloody Disgusting)

Frank Darabont will only be directing the pilot episode of AMC’s The Walking Dead, but will be on set through much of the series filming. Also, the role of Carl Grimes (lead Rick Grimes’s son) has been filled by Atlanta local Chandler Riggs. (Bloody Disgusting)

A frontier preacher has to face an uprising of the undead in Revelation Trail, a Western Gothic horror movie coming October 10. There’s a trailer embedded below. (28 Days Later Analysis)

There’s some new, zombie-filled images out from Eaters, the upcoming Italian zombie/mad scientist film. (Dread Central)

Can’t wait to shoot dead things in space again? Rejoice. The first gameplay footage from Dead Space 2 is available in handy trailer form. You’ll find it embedded below. (GameTrailers)

Also, Dead Space 2 is coming January 25, 2011 in North America (January 28, 2011 in Europe). Plus there are some new screenshots. (Kotaku)

The Brazilian genre film festival Fantaspoa starts July 2 and there are at least two zombie films, Zone of the Dead and I Sell the Dead (review here), showing. Just in case you’re in Brazil, you know. (Quiet Earth)

Read the rest of this entry »

ZMMM Dailies: 6/13/2010 – Dead & Breakfast

Posted by Cory Casciato On June - 14 - 2010

After watching Dead & Breakfast, I feel like it is somewhat unfairly overlooked. I didn’t love it, but I definitely liked and enjoyed it. It’s a high-quality movie, albeit one with some flaws, and it surprises me it doesn’t have more of a following.

Ironically, I’d guess one of the reasons D&B doesn’t have a big cult following is it obviously tying very hard to be a cult movie. It’s just a little too self-conscious and tongue-in-cheek for its own good and I think that turns a lot of culty people off. That said, it never gets in its own way like some movies trying hard to be cult do. It keeps the film/story itself front and center from beginning to end.

The story follows a group of young, attractive people on their way to a wedding. Naturally, they get lost and end up in the titular bed and breakfast, only to get stuck there when the cook is murdered and the proprietor dies of a heart attack. Before long, one of them has opened a box containing an evil spirit and bodies are being reanimated left, right and sideways.

Read the rest of this entry »

ZMMM Dailies: 6/12/2010 – Zombies of Mora Tau

Posted by Cory Casciato On June - 13 - 2010

For a second-rate movie form the late ’50s, Zombies of Mora Tau isn’t half bad. I mean, it’s slow, somewhat dull and ultimately pointless, but aside from that, not too bad.

This pre-Romero zombie “horror” movie (not at all scary and can’t imagine it ever was) gives us some tireless, waterlogged undead guarding a cache of cursed diamonds. When a pack of treasure hunters come for the diamonds, they run afoul of the zombies and … not very much happens. And it’s too bad, because the idea has some promise.

Read the rest of this entry »

ZMMM Dailies: 6/11/2010 – Return of the Evil Dead

Posted by Cory Casciato On June - 12 - 2010

You know, I am just not really feeling these Blind Dead movies. I saw the first, Tombs of the Blind Dead, a few years ago. It earned a solid “meh” from me. It wasn’t bad, it was great, it just sort of was. I heard the second, Return of the Evil Dead, was much better, so I scheduled it in this year’s marathon. And it was better, but still kind of mediocre.

It’s basically a reboot of the first. Similar story, of undead Knights Templar returning to terrorize the land, but with some details tweaked for eye-burning goodness. That is to say, the knights get their eyes burned out this time, not pecked by birds. And a weird village idiot dude has to kill a girl to reawaken them. So he murders a girl (and a girl is murdered/raped in flashback by the original knights), the zombie knights come back and terrorize everyone. One by one they get killed, until morning. The knights disappear, the survivors survive, hurray!

Read the rest of this entry »

Deadlines: News roundup 6/11/10

Posted by Cory Casciato On June - 11 - 2010

deadlines

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.

One of the skill-boosting magazine items in Dead Rising 2 will be Playboy. Makes sense. Zombies and naked girls go together like gin and tonic. (Game|Life)

How about a video interview with George A. Romero? Been a while since we had one of those… You can find it embedded below. (Wired)

This Danish film Eastern Army has turned up that seems to have some Rage-zombie like mobs in it. It’s about a post-apocalyptic future where everyone is waiting for some mythical army to rescue them and a man who pretends to be from said army to scam some people When the real bad guys come, he has to make a decision to help or run. See a trailer embedded below. (Zombie Command)

I was just informed of a publisher called May December Publications that specializes in zombies.

Read the rest of this entry »

ZMMM Dailies: 6/10/2010 – Weekend at Bernie’s II

Posted by Cory Casciato On June - 11 - 2010

A while back, I stated that “when a zombie fights a shark, we all win.” Imagine my surprise and joy, then, at discovering that in Weekend at Bernie’s II, a shark and zombie square off!

Admittedly, it’s not much of a fight. The shark sees zombie Bernie, bites him, then lets go. It’s all played for comedic effect. But it feels like a little sly nod to Fulci, especially since it’s followed by an extended underwater zombie scene. Those scenes are pretty much the highlight of Weekend at Bernie’s II.

Read the rest of this entry »

Deadlines: News roundup 6/10/10

Posted by Cory Casciato On June - 10 - 2010

deadlines

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.

Go behind the scenes of The Walking Dead for a look at the zombies in the video blog “Zombie School,” embedded below for your viewing pleasure. (AMCTV)

Genre vet Michael Rooker (Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, too many other roles to list, probably best known for his role as Svenning in Mallrats) has joined the cast of The Walking Dead as Merle, presumably a new (or renamed?) character. (Dread Central)

And there’s a new zombie image from The Walking Dead, as well. (Bloody Disgusting)

The femme-zombie film Doghouse is now available from IFC’s VOD service. There’s a new trailer for it embedded below. (Horror Squad)

My favorite horror-rocker/T-shirt designer/zombie comic Eric Weiss (aka Zombie!) is now delving into video games. The Zombie! game will feature “9 songs from the debut CD, artwork by Dave Cook and Corefolio, 3 horrific FPS levels, plenty of violence, blood, guts, and fun!” he promises. There’s a trailer after the break, and hopefully more info to come.

In the upcoming film Wake Wood, a couple bring their daughter back from the dead via a pagan ritual, but trouble arises when they don’t want to let her die again when their allotted time is up. (28 Days Later Analysis)

There’s a new promo zombie image for Night of the Living Dead: Origins, the animated prequel/reboot of NotLD. (Bloody Disgusting)

Finally, thanks to Andre Hernandez for sending a news tip!

Read the rest of this entry »

VIDEO

TAG CLOUD

Sponsors

About Me

The Inevitable Zombie Apocalypse is your source for daily zombie news and in-depth criticism, commentary and context on all things zombie -- zombie movies, zombie books, zombie games and everything else to do with the walking, running, biting dead. You can get more info on the About page, in the FAQ or just by spending a few days reading every piece of content here. You can also follow the site on Twitter or subscribe to RSS by clicking the horde below.

Twitter

    Photos

    Heavy MetalGood thing LAPD was around when the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse decided to roll through town.Control show us on scene, 415 lab zombies.  Roll us another unit code 3.¿Mal sueño?Zombie PhotographerLet's dissolve the hostages and dissinfect this money!falto de feno te muevas...A Bloody BlondeCuarentena interminableZombie and Honest Ed's38 (2)LEAKED: something was rushed out of a Russian bio lab!Dark ApparitionCleanser Zombieszombie films would never be the same