ZMMM 3.0 Update

Posted by Cory Casciato On May - 26 - 2010

It’s hard to believe, but the third annual Zombie Movie Marathon Month starts in less than a week. Easier to believe is that the planning is coming down to the last possible minute. That’s just how I roll, there’s no avoiding it. That being the case, there’s still plenty of time for you all to weigh in with some suggestions. Below the break, I’ll explain what this years themes are, give you the preliminary list of movies I’m considering and solicit your input on the which should stay, which should go and what I should add. If you are currently asking yourself ‘Zombie movie mara-what now?” then read the ZMMM 3.0 Intro post, which includes complete lists of what was watched in years one and two.

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Deadlines: News roundup 5/25/10

Posted by Cory Casciato On May - 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.

Magnolia is prepping a deluxe Survival of the Dead: Ultimate Undead Edition Blu-ray for release August 24. How deluxe? No clue, the specs and extras have yet to be announced. (Bloody Disgusting)

How about some George Romero interviews? I’ve got two of them (one’s a two-parter), all embedded below!

  • First, he talks about Survival of the Dead with a dude named “Spider.” (FEARnet)
  • Then they sit him in front of Left 4 Dead 2 to talk about it, the zombie genre’s evolution and more. Part one is at FEARnet, part two at G4’s The Feed. And it’s a more than a half hour total (don’t forget, it’s all embedded below).

Did you like the makeup and creature effects in Quarantine (review here)? Good news, the same dude is handling those duties for the sequel. That sequel is written and directed by John Pogue and is set in an airport. It starts shooting next month. (Dread Central)

Humans vs. zombies makes it to the campus of Ohio State University. (The Lantern)

The sorta-kinda French zombie movie The Pack (they’re “ghouls” who are already dead and still hungry — close enough, right?) dropped some new pictures. (Filmstarts.de)

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Deadlines: News roundup 5/24/10

Posted by Cory Casciato On May - 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.

The mainstream will not let the Survival of the Dead-induced George Romero interview mania pass without getting in on the action! The Master talks to the Boston Globe about why zombie movies will never die and what his movies are really about. (Boston.com)

Sneak a peek of Resident Evil: Afterlife with three new images from the film. (UGO)

Zombies invade Battle Creek, Michigan (isn’t that where all the cereal gets made?) and a local blog captures the mayhem. (The Village Thinker)

Looking forward to “zombies in Africa” epic The Dead? Then this report should be quite interesting. (Zombie Command)

A new horror anthology series called Habeus Corpus is on the way, and one of the episodes is about civil service zombies. Color me intrigued. (Dread Central)

Baltimore, Maryland will get its sci-fi con May 28-31 at BaltiCon, where you can enjoy a panel discussion on the all-important zombie apocalypse preparation kit. (The Command Line)

A report from PollyGrind, a Las Vegas-based film festival, calls Zombie Apocalypse Now: A Zombie Hunter “one of the most trying movie-watching experiences … ever endured.” Sounds promising! You can read a bit more about it here. (Las Vegas Sun)

How about some delicious “zombie meat”? Okay, it’s really beef jerky — blue beef jerky, mind you — marketed as zombie meat in Japan. Yummy. (Pink Tentacle)

Coming this week to Blu-ray: Lucio Fulci’s City of the Living Dead (and a lot of other stuff without any zombies in it). (Dread Central)

Deadlines: News roundup 5/21/10

Posted by Cory Casciato On May - 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.

How about some more stills from The Dead, the zombies-in-Africa movie making the rounds at Cannes? (Dread Central)

Or perhaps you’d enjoy a look at The Dead‘s poster? (28 Days Later Analysis)

The podcast audio drama We’re Alive is having an live, online video conference with the actors and writers on June 2 at 7 p.m. PST.

The PS3’s top-down zombie shooter Dead Nation has been pushed back from spring 2010 to fall/winter 2010. (PSN Stores)

REC vs. Quarantine cheat sheet

Posted by Cory Casciato On May - 21 - 2010

So, you’ve seen REC and you’re wondering if you should bother with Quarantine? Or perhaps it was the other way around? Or maybe you’ve seen neither but you’d like to and you need some help figuring out which one you should watch, or watch first? Or maybe you just like to read things that set up imaginary grudge matches between related movies? Well then, today is your lucky day: here’s a breakdown of REC and Quarantine that should fulfill any and all of those desires.

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Review: Quarantine

Posted by Cory Casciato On May - 21 - 2010

It’s impossible to properly review Quarantine without referencing REC, the Spanish film it remade (review here). In fact, it’s really not even fair to call it a remake — it’s barely more than a relanguaging. The plot is essentially identical: There’s a TV news crew filming a reality show about late-night workers. The on-air personality Angela and her cameraman are following a group of firefighters around. A call to help a woman trapped in her apartment turns into a harrowing ordeal when the woman turns out to be irrational and violent and the building is sealed from the outside by the authorities. Zombie mayhem ensues.

The biggest change in the two films is the root cause of the outbreak. REC‘s cause is quasi-supernatural, while Quarantine goes with a purely natural form of super-rabies. The effect of this on the actual film is nil. Seriously, apart from a few lines of dialog and minor variation on one scene, there’s no real effect. Apart from that, Quarantine boasts a slightly padded cast (and consequently padded body count), a slightly padded intro (more on this in a moment) and a bonus kill where the camera man beats a zombie to death with the camera.

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Deadlines: News roundup 5/20/10

Posted by Cory Casciato On May - 20 - 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.

You know the drill by now: another George Romero interview! This one is actually pretty damn good, though. It covers some reservations Romero has about his films, other stuff he’d like to do and more. (CHUD.com)

And then there’s part two of Fangoria‘s video interview with Romero. You can find it embedded below. (Fangoria)

Get a load of some new pics from the “zombie apocalypse Africa” movie The Dead‘s Cannes campaign. (Bloody Disgusting)

Apex Books has released an anthology called Dark Faith, which looks at the darker aspects of belief. And io9 has a free story from it about zombies, by Catherynne M. Valente, to whet your appetite. (io9)

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Deadlines: News roundup 5/19/10

Posted by Cory Casciato On May - 19 - 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 march of George Romero interviews continues. How about another video one, embedded below? (Fangoria)

The App of the Dead social media sites and website are live. (Dread Central)

Ford is using zombies in its advertising for the Fiesta. I’ve embedded the commercial below. (Dread Central)

Some dude in Alaska pimped out a chainsaw for fighting zombies, so he’ll look awesome while he shreds zed face. Did I say dude? I meant genius. (Geekologie)

Scientists. When they aren’t busy with science, they apparently make zombie games for the iPhone. (Kotaku)

The cover art for the zombies-at-a-Star Trek-con novel Night of the Living Trekkies is available for viewing. (Zombie Command)

Within a thoroughly disheartening story about 3D tech at Cannes come the especially disheartening news that apparently Taurus Entertainment is working on a 3D remake of Day of the Dead. Because the last remake (also from Taurus!) was such a great idea… (Variety)

Chillingo has a new, cartoony, tower-defense zombie iPhone game called Zombie Wonderland coming out. There’s a trailer embedded below.

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Review: REC

Posted by Cory Casciato On May - 19 - 2010

There are a handful of zombie movies that attempt to use a kind of cinéma vérité style. REC is easily the best of the lot. The film uses a TV news crew filming a reality show about late-night workers as its central storytelling device. The on-air personality Angela and her cameraman are following a group of firefighters around. A call to help a woman trapped in her apartment turns into a harrowing ordeal when the woman turns out to be irrational and violent and the building is sealed from the outside by the authorities.

In many ways, REC plays out as an inversion of Night of the Living Dead. Both feature a small group of strangers trapped inside a building facing zombies. The difference is, in REC, the people are trapped in with the zombies, by hostile or uncaring authorities outside. This inside-out take on a classic situation serves to ratchet the tension up to excellent effect. Being trapped in a building by zombies is scary. Being trapped in a building with zombies is much, much scarier.

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Deadlines: News roundup 5/18/10

Posted by Cory Casciato On May - 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.

The San Francisco premiere of Survival of the Dead got its own zombie walk and naturally, someone shot pictures. (SF Weekly)

There was also a similar zombie walk event for the New York premiere. That one got pictures and a short article. (DNAinfo)

Did you like Survival of the Dead well enough to own it? You can buy the DVD or Blu-ray in the US on August 24. (Bloody Disgusting)

You’re not tired of George Romero interviews yet, are you? Dread Central talks to the Master about how Diary came about, why he’ll never work with a studio again and whether he ever gets tired of working with zombies. (Dread Central)

Rumor has it that zombie mode will return in Call of Duty: Black Ops. (Zombie Command)

An interview with Mira Grant, author of the post-apocalyptic zombie novel Feed, explains where the idea for the book came from, the technology and politics in the book and what’s coming next. (Apex Book Company)

You can watch Troma’s chicken-zombie musical epic Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead, as well as additional Troma zombie fare Pot Zombies and The Children, online for free. (Bloody Disgusting)

On May 30, Williamsburg in Brooklyn (that’s in New York City, in case you didn’t know) is getting a zombie walk in honor of the zombie-football novel Play Dead. Tons of events including a zombie dance party, zombie burlesque and a meet-and-greet with Play Dead author Ryan Brown. Full info at the official website.

And in a bit of postmodern insanity, everyone’s favorite zombie vs. shark moment is being used to sell Windows 7. I’ve embedded the commercial below.

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