ZMMM Dailies: 6/9/2010 – Autumn

Posted by Cory Casciato On June - 10 - 2010

"I'm so sorry this was my last movie..."

Oh, the highs and lows of Zombie Movie Marathon Month. One day it’s the excellent not-quite-zombie flick The Signal. The next, it’s the definitely zombie trainwreck of Autumn.

And Autumn had such promise. It had an unusual take on zombies. It had David Carradine in what I believe was his last completed movie role. It had … well, that’s all it had going for it. The rest is all crap and all that crap pulverized the promise of those two elements.

So, storywise, pretty much everyone, all at once, drops dead in their tracks, leaving but a small handful of survivors. They band together to freak out and figure out what to do next. After a few days, the dead rise and start walking around. At first, they are docile and insensate. Later they recover their senses and become aggressive and nasty. In the meantime our protagonists scurry off to a farm to set up camp. And then … a whole lot of not very much, stretched out over nearly two full hours.

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Deadlines: News roundup 6/9/10

Posted by Cory Casciato On June - 9 - 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.

Go on set of AMC’s The Walking Dead for a chat with director Frank Darabont. Inspirations, actors and shooting conditions are among the topics discussed. (AMCTV)

New (I think, new to me anyway) trailer  embedded below for the performance-enhancing drug created zombie movie Devil’s Playground. (Zombie Command)

Author James Dempsey talks about his zombie fairy tale Zakary’s Zombies, a novel about a developmentally damaged young man who cultivates a relationship with a pair of zombies living in his basement. (Worcester Telegram & Gazette)

The world is desperately in need of a full-blown zombie apocalypse musical, so I’m glad to hear someone is working on exactly that. You can see the trailer/promo work embedded below, but you should go to YouTube and “Like” it to help the creator win a contest and make the proposal a real thing. (A World on Fire)

Aspiring zombie authors, your lucky day has arrived. Zombie Nation Publishing is a new publishing house dedicated to the undead. (The Daily Loaf)

You’ll find a new trailer embedded below for upcoming PS3 downloadable twin-stick zombie shooter Dead Nation. (Kotaku)

In the novel Shakespeare Undead, the Bard is a vampire who has to protect London from the zombie menace. (The Zombie Nation)

Mainstream media reports on a Boston zombie walk. (TheBostonChannel.com)

If you’re looking for some discussion of the various types of zombies and the whys, hows and wherefores of the undead, look no further. (Morphine Nation)

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ZMMM Dailies: 6/8/2010 – The Signal

Posted by Cory Casciato On June - 9 - 2010

There’s two things I want to get out of the way regarding The Signal right off the bat. First, it isn’t really a zombie movie, although I wasn’t sure about that until I saw it. Second, it is freaking awesome.

On that first point, it is clearly inspired and informed by the zombie apocalypse meme. Like most of the movies I chronicled in my list of almost/sort-of/barely zombie movies, it definitely works an at-times very zombie-like vibe yet manages to be different enough to separate itself from the pack. So, technically speaking, it isn’t suitable for ZMMM and I wouldn’t schedule it again. But it’s close enough I didn’t feel compelled to watch another movie. Some people would definitely classify it as a zombie flick, others would say I am crazy for even calling it close enough to pass on a limited basis. Clear?

On that second point, it is awesome. I really, really liked this movie. Great idea, great execution, based in classic themes but with a completely unique flavor. I recommend it wholeheartedly and without reservation as a top-notch zombie-like film. Seriously, see it.

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Deadlines: News roundup 6/8/10

Posted by Cory Casciato On June - 8 - 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.

From July 9-19, Philadelphia gets the genre film fest Danger After Dark, which will include Big Tits Zombie 3D. (FEARnet)

Capcom may be planning something for the videogame side of the Resident Evil series to coincide with the release of Resident Evil: Afterlife. (FEARnet)

Someone’s done a solid examination of the evolution of the zombie so far. (Paranormal Haze)

Someone over at MSN’s blog network took notice of Seattle’s Red, White and Dead zombie walk, coming up this July 3. (Fright Site)

There are some insightful thoughts on zombies in this piece on what will be popular next, after zombies and steampunk have run their course. (io9)

ZMMM Dailies: 6/7/2010 – They Came Back

Posted by Cory Casciato On June - 8 - 2010

So, this is why doing these marathons is so worthwhile. Yesterday’s film, They Came Back (aka Les Revenants) could not be any more different than the one that preceded it (The Necro Files). Where Necro was gross, amateurish and hilariously bad, They Came Back is polished and thoughtful, if ultimately a little unsatisfying. It’s amazing and wonderful that the zombie genre can encompass both. Were it not for the marathon schedule, I can’t imagine I’d have ever seen them back-to-back like this.

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Deadlines: News roundup 6/7/10

Posted by Cory Casciato On June - 7 - 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.

Ah, now this is refreshing. An article about George Romero and his influence, rather than another by-the-numbers Q&A with him. (USA Today)

Prepare for Darkest Day, an upcoming infected-zombie apocalypse flick about a guy who wakes up without any memory and discovers an evacuated city. Then he discovers the army wants him. Uh-oh! There’s a sharp looking trailer below. (Quiet Earth)

You might enjoy this report on the hipster-infested zombie crawl in Williamsburg. (Fangoria)

Get a look at the cover art for Dead Space 2, the continuation of everyone’s favorite “shooting dead things … in space!” gaming series. (Kotaku)

Need a book of short stories about zombie animals? This Zombie Zoology Anthology is just the thing! (Fangoria)

I remember posting about Zombie Fit, an exercise plan geared to prepare you for the zombie apocalypse, way back in the day. Well, now the mainstream media has caught on. There’s a TV news report embedded below. (Popular Fidelity)

Also embedded below, you’ll find an amusing discussion/exploration of various zombie hybrids, from Nazi zombies to wolfman/vampire zombies. (College Humor)

If what you need to complete your life is a zombie Storm Trooper (aka Death Trooper) bust, prepare to be completed. (Dread Central)

In “is this really news?” news, the logo for the upcoming 3D animated film Night of the Living Dead: Origins has been released. There’s also a Facebook page now. (Bloody Disgusting)

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ZMMM Dailies: 6/6/2010 – The Necro Files

Posted by Cory Casciato On June - 7 - 2010

Every zombie movie marathon needs at least one offensive, vulgar, gore-splattered, cheaply made and borderline pornographic shot-on-video piece of crap. And this year The Necro Files completely filled the bill. From the gratuitous, extended opening shower scene to the incoherent climax, this is a movie that never fails to stoop to the lowest possible point. On the one hand, it is utterly awful. On the other … well, it was actually pretty entertaining.

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ZMMM Dailies: 6/5/2010 – Death Becomes Her

Posted by Cory Casciato On June - 6 - 2010

Quick! How many Oscar-winning zombie movies can you name that star two Oscar-winning actresses? Just the one, I’m thinking: Death Becomes Her. The Oscar it won was for special effects. Goldie Hawn and Meryl Streep are the Oscar-winning star actresses and it also has Bruce Willis and Isabella Rossellini for good measure.

Now, this is a very different take on zombie, but they are verifiably reanimated dead people. As a matter of fact, there’s a scene in the hospital where a doctor is taking the vital signs of Streep’s character that is eerily similar to the paramedics checking out the two main idiots in Return of the Living Dead. No brain eating here, though. Just uber-bitchy diva behavior.

The deal is two women who hate each other both get this fancy youth-revitalizing magic potion that makes you live forever, except there’s a catch. If you die, you don’t die. Your heart stops, your temperature drops and you stop healing, but you continue on as the living dead. That plot is used to deliver a slapsticky comedy about the pursuit of beauty and youth in Hollywood. It’s pretty shallow but very well put together and fairly entertaining, albeit probably not what most zombie lovers are looking for.

My usually zombie-hating fiancée watched this one with me. She’s a big fan, actually (apparently it was one of her favorite movies in high school). Also, I should note this is one of the worst DVD transfers ever. Not only it is a chopped, pan-and-scan aspect ration, it’s also grainy, muddy and ugly. Awful.

Again, circumstances (watching with my SO, in this case) dictated skipping the short. But no worries, I have plenty of shorts to come.

ZMMM Dailies: 6/4/2010 – REC 2

Posted by Cory Casciato On June - 5 - 2010

If REC 2 proved anything, it’s that co-directors Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza were not one-hit wonders. It is awesome. It picks up right where REC leaves off, goes into some far-out, unexpected territory and delivers an experience that’s similar in pace and intensity to the original while retaining a wholly original character.

That being said, zombie purists that were a little uneasy with some elements of REC will be off the bus within twenty minutes. The cause of the zombie plague revealed at the end of REC plays a huge part in the story here. And if you haven’t seen the first, stop here and go watch it. Beyond the jump I’ll be spoiling some elements of the first movie’s story in discussing the second. The rest of you, follow me…

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Deadlines: News roundup 6/4/10

Posted by Cory Casciato On June - 4 - 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, REC 2 is available via various video-on-demand services today! And to celebrate, about a million clips hit the net recently. Someone was kind enough to compile them for you. Me, I suggest just watching the whole movie. I will be doing exactly that tonight!  (FEARnet)

If you aren’t paranoid enough about disease already, have a look at this list of five real diseases that can make you act like a zombie. (io9)

This week’s Left 4 Dead 2 Mutation is Chainsaw Massacre — all chainsaw, all  the time. (Left 4 Dead Blog)

The Pride and Prejudice and Zombies iPhone game is available now. (Horror Squad)

Prefer your zombies a little more World War II-style? Well, Call of Duty: World at War: Zombies II is also available for iPhone now. (Kotaku)

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