ZMMM Dailies: 6/3/2010 – Night of the Zombies

Posted by Cory Casciato On June - 4 - 2010

Last night’s enterprise was the murky, confusing and thoroughly ridiculous Night of the Zombies. It goes by a few other names, including Gamma 693, Night of the Wehrmacht Zombies and Night of the Zombies II. I’ve mentioned before that there seems to be an inverse relationship between the number of names a movie goes under and its quality. That applies here.

Oh, it’s also a Nazi zombie movie, a genre which seems to be cursed (of the many, many Nazi zombie movies in existence, only one is any good) and it stars a porn star in a non-porn acting role. So, yeah. Pretty much a terrible movie.

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ZMMM Dailies: 6/2/2010 – Colin

Posted by Cory Casciato On June - 3 - 2010

Around this time last year, Colin was generating a huge buzz at Cannes as the sub-$100 budget zombie movie. While that budget is questionable (sure, they might have only spent that out of pocket but what about the cameras, editing equipment, etc?) it is clearly a very low budget affair. More importantly, it actually justifies at least some degree of the hype that surrounded it. This is micro budget zombie movie making done right.

The basic story follows a dude from shortly after he gets bit. We watch him turn, then wander around some English city once he does, getting into zombie mishaps. They’re very Romero-like zombie mishaps — very slow, messed up and pretty stupid, yet possibly retaining a minor spark of who and what they were.

Speaking of Romero, fans will be reminded of Bub from Day of the Dead and certain elements of the just-released Survival of the Dead‘s plot as well. This is a relatively sympathetic portrait of the zombie, as far as one can be sympathetic to an ambulatory corpse trying to eat you. It also draws stylistic influence from 28 Days Later to some degree (musically in particular, but also in the depiction of the zombies as feral and animal-like) and at times it plays out almost like a zombie version of Richard Linklater’s Slacker.

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Deadlines: News roundup 6/2/10

Posted by Cory Casciato On June - 2 - 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 AMC adaptation of The Walking Dead got white-hot today as production officially started. We got the first look at the Walkers (i.e. zombies) and they look awesome. There’s also a behind-the-scenes video, which you can find embedded below. That’s all from the official Walking Dead blog at amctv.com, which seems is a good place to watch for news about the series.

It’s not the only place, though, since elsewhere we discover that Addy Miller has joined the cast, presumably as Sophia, the young daughter of Carol. (The Walking Dead Poscast)

Also added to the cast is Linds Edwards, playing a character named Leon Bennet. Uh, who? I don’t recall that one and neither does the Walking Dead wiki. Looks like the TV show will have some new characters. (IMDB)

You didn’t think you were done with George Romero interviews, did you? Because they aren’t done with you. Romero speaks about his favorite among his films, his favorite part of the filmmaking process and more. It’s a solid interview.  (Icon vs. Icon)

What does Paul W.S. Anderson have to say about the making of Resident Evil: Afterlife? You don’t have to wonder, you can read all about it. (FEARnet)

Can’t wait to see REC 2 in its entirety? Well, there’s a clip from it embedded below for you! Me, I hate spoilers and watching films out of order, so I am going to wait. (Bloody Disgusting)

Tonight at 7 p.m. PST, the cast and crew of the awesome zombie audio drama podcast We’re Alive (review herefeature here)  is doing a live video teleconference.

Learn all about Robin Becker and her book Brains: A Zombie Memoir, which tells a story from the zombie’s point of view. (The Zombie Nation)

Someone decided to ask Charlotte, North Carolina’s local zombie experts why zombies are popular. The results are mildly amusing at times. (C-Ville)

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ZMMM Dailies: 6/1/2010 – Night of the Living Dead

Posted by Cory Casciato On June - 2 - 2010

What better way to start off a zombie movie marathon than the movie that transformed zombies from a second-rate movie monster to the greatest creature of all time? None. None better way, I say. So I did.

What to say about NotLD? It’s almost certainly literally all been said before. I’ve probably seen it six or eight times, perhaps a few more. It’s enjoyable every time. I find something new or find my focus shifted every time I watch it. I noticed the music a lot, in part because I’ve been listening intermittently to Tonight of the Living Dead by 400 Lonely Things, which is an ambient work based on transformations of the original audio. The film’s score is a weird mix of classical, almost old-fashioned, film music and weird, electronic sounds (theremin? organ run through a delay effect? anyone know?). There are also some odd sound design decisions, such as the bizarre echo effect on the scream when Karen Cooper is killed. But it all works, which is part of the genius of the film.

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Deadlines: News roundup 6/1/10

Posted by Cory Casciato On June - 1 - 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.

Jill Valentine, played by Sienna Guillory,  is returning in Resident Evil: Afterlife. And there’s a new poster for the movie, too. (Bloody Disgusting)

The DVD/Blu-ray release date for Survival of the Dead‘s US disc release is official: you can buy it August 24. Two different covers are coming (one for the basic, one for the Ultimate Undead Edition; I like the Ultimate Undead Edition art myself) and special features will include a George Romero commentary track, a documentary of some sort, a short film about Sarge and more. (DVD Active)

Does the appeal of the zombie lie in its un-marketability? A blog post argues exactly that point. Guess he hasn’t seen any of the many ads featuring zombies… (Core: Minimalist)

ZMMM 3.0 Launch

Posted by Cory Casciato On June - 1 - 2010

June has arrived and with it, Zombie Movie Marathon Month 3.0! I’m kicking things off tonight with Night of the Living Dead and a short film to be determined. The additional 29 feature films can be found below. I’ll determine which short films I watch each night in a random manner.

Starting tomorrow, you’ll see daily reaction pieces on the previous evening’s viewing. These aren’t full reviews (although sometimes they come close) but just a quick reaction from em to what I have just seen. For June, these reaction pieces, the daily news roundup and Fashion Zombie will be all you see. I won’t have time to work on much else, but the usual schedule will return in July. Remember, if you are doing any zombie movie marathoning and blogging/Tweeting/Facebooking about it, let me know so I can link to you and share the joy. And you can always find all the ZMMM coverage via the dedicated Zombie Movie Marathon Month tag.

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Deadlines: News roundup 5/31/10

Posted by Cory Casciato On May - 31 - 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.

In case you somehow didn’t hear, Dennis Hopper died May 29. He was awesome in Land of the Dead (and many other fine, non-zombie films, too!). RIP Mr. Hopper. (Dread Central)

Another George Romero interview comes to be. Not much new, but well done at least. (DCist)

In the Resident Evil: Afterlife coverage parade, actor Kim Coates gets interviewed about his character, his stunts and other such things. (FEARnet)

The horror comedy Aaah! Zombies! tells the story of a group of friends turned to zombies by a chemical agent. It looks promising, it’s coming September 28 and you can see an embedded trailer below. (28 Days Later Analysis)

Atlanta is the place to be this summer if you want to be a zombie. Friday I noted that The Walking Dead was seeking zombies there in June and July, now comes word that indie zombie comedy Ace the Zombie is looking for zombies in Atlanta this summer, too. (Buy Zombie)

An interesting critical essay explores the ongoing cinematic zombie apocalypse zeitgeist. (Popdose)

The eternal question “Unicorns or zombies?” will get an answer in book form, coming September 21, 2010. I think you know which side of the fence I am on… (Zombie Command)

Enjoy some photos of the recent Boston Zombie March VI. (Amplified Reality Photography)

The rhythm/zombie game Rock of the Dead is coming to Xbox 360 and PS3. (Zombie Command)

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Deadlines: News roundup 5/28/10

Posted by Cory Casciato On May - 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.

The George Romero Media Deathmarch continues. Here’s a list of what’s new today:

  • Cinematical does a good interview, covering Westerns, Romero’s other films and lots of stuff that isn’t covered elsewhere.
  • Brightest Young Things does a decent interview with a few new questions.
  • Vanity Fair does a crappy interview. I think the interviewer was drunk and pissed he had to interview Romero.
  • Finally, you will find a video interview for Sci Fi Wire embedded below. It’s okay, but no new ground.

Want to be a zombie in AMC’s adaptation of The Walking Dead? Take a vacation to Atlanta in mid-June or early July and your dream could come true. (On Location Vacations)

There’s a new redband trailer for the US theatrical release of REC 2. It reveals some new stuff (possibly a bit too much, as most US trailers tend to) and it makes me even more excited for the movie. See it embedded below. (Bloody Disgusting)

An interview with actor Shawn Roberts, who plays villain Albert Wesker in the upcoming Resident Evil: Afterlife, covers the film’s zombies, shooting in 3D and lots more. (FEARnet)

Zombies, vampires, seances, magical doohickeys and Tom Savini are just some of the goodies in the trailer for The Dead Matter embedded below. There’s more info on its release, too. (Dread Central)

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Deadlines: News roundup 5/27/10

Posted by Cory Casciato On May - 27 - 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.

Another day, another George Romero interview. This one may be my favorite, as he reveals what he thinks of 3D, the afterlife and what his zombie apocalypse kit consists of, among many other gems. (Philadelphia Magazine)

If you’re looking to hang that Charlie Adlard (Walking Dead artist) Survival of the Dead poster in your home, your dreams have come true and it will only cost you $30. Also, your dreams will glow in the dark, so there’s that. (Ain’t It Cool News)

Robert Kirkman reveals some good stuff about the AMC adaptation of his Walking Dead series, stuff like there’s no gore limit imposed by the network, Jeffrey DeMunn is playing Dale and the show won’t completely follow the plot of the books. (Ain’t It Cool News)

The next videogame from Gearbox Software, developers of the Borderlands videogame (which had a zombie-based expansion), may be a zombie game. They just registered a trademark for videogames and movies called Z-Day, and that sure as heck sounds like a zombie game to me! (1Up)

If you want the special, three-disc (two CDs of music, one DVD of film) version of the upcoming movie The Dead Matter, you will have to venture into a Hot Topic, where it will be exclusively sold. The horror, the horror… Presumably, the regular one-disc edition will be available at other, non-emo retailers. Anyway, the film is about a girl who comes into possession of a relic that allows her to control the dead, which makes her the target of a vampire lord. Sounds suitably ridiculous and it has Tom Savini. (Fangoria)

Probably no surprise to anyone, REC 2 pulled an R rating for American theaters. (Bloody Disgusting)

Deadlines: News roundup 5/26/10

Posted by Cory Casciato On May - 26 - 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.

Another George Romero interview walks among us. Covers a lot of now-familiar ground, but it’s worth a quick look. (Ain’t It Cool News)

And another Romero video interview, too, from Cinema Cool Show. It’s embedded below. (Cinema Cool Show)

The collaborative remix project Night of the Living Dead: Reanimated is coming to DVD July 27 with over two hours of bonus features. It will retail for $17. (Fangoria)

Seems that FEARnet is determined to interview everyone involved with Resident Evil: Afterlife but the caterer. Today, they talk to editor Niven Howie. (FEARnet)

Just a couple days until REC 2 gets a theatrical release in the UK. Celebrate with a tool to REC-zombify yourself! (Dread Central)

So, Android phones have something called “Live Wallpaper” and there’s a zombie apocalypse-simulating “live wallpaper” from Pixel Zombies. I don’t really know what any of that means, but I am inclined to think it’s a good thing. So, yay! (Phandroid)

I bet you always wanted to see the survivors and zombies of Left 4 Dead in super-cute “chibi” versions, didn’t you? (Kotaku)

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