Deadlines: News roundup 5/17/10

Posted by Cory Casciato On May - 17 - 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.

George A. Romero sits down for a quick interview with Lost Zombies and talks about advice for young filmmakers, what he thinks of the current zombie craze and whether he watches many zombie movies himself. (Lost Zombies)

Then, Romero talks to the Chicago Tribune about political subtext in his films, why he undertook Diary and his feelings on running zombies. (Chicago Tribune)

For completeness sake, you could also look at this long, rambling and mediocre interview with Romero, too. He’s sure doing a lot of press for Survival! (MoviesOnline.ca)

And in other Romero news, his iPhone App of the Dead will allow you to zombify pictures of your friends and family, then shoot them in the head, complete with realistic blood spatter. (Dread Central)

In other, other Romero news, photographer Richard Burke has discovered a long-lost batch of behind-the-scenes photos taken during the filming of the original Dawn of the Dead. He’s putting them up on his various websites for your viewing pleasure. (Bloody Disgusting)

The author of the vampire novel Let the Right One In, John Ajvide Lindqvist, is tackling zombies for his next book, Handling the Undead. It’s coming to the US September 28. (Fangoria)

May 31 in Portland, Oregon will be The Return of May of the Dead, an all-day zombie gaming/movie/fun event. (Geek in the City)

The zombie-moonshine horror-comedy Broken Springs: Shine of the Undead Zombie Bastards will premiere at the West Hollywood Dances with Films festival June 4. (28 Days Later Analysis)

The zombie horror-comedy George’s Intervention will show at 11:55 p.m. June 5 at the Laemmle Royal Theatre in Los Angeles. Cast and crew will be in attendance. (Fangoria)

Deadlines: News roundup 5/14/10

Posted by Cory Casciato On May - 14 - 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.

Enjoy a three-part video interview with George A. Romero. (Punch Drunk Critics)

And another Romero video interview. (Destructoid)

And a print interview with Romero too. (Bloody Disgusting)

Last night, University of California, Santa Barbara professors debated which of them was best suited to rebuild civilization after a massive zombie outbreak. (Daily Nexus)

Read about the challenges a set director faces in 3D when it comes to Resident Evil: Afterlife. (FEARnet)

Review: Insanitarium

Posted by Cory Casciato On May - 14 - 2010

From time to time you’ll run across an odd, unpolished gem among the rubble pile of half-assed, incompetent, direct-to-DVD zombie movies. Insanitarium, despite some notable issues, is one such movie. The story follows a young man named Jack Romero (see what they did there?) who gets himself committed to an insane asylum to try to rescue his sister Lilly. Once inside, he finds a mad scientist is using the patients to experiment with a nanotech compound that turns its users into raging, flesh-hungry freaks. Before long, all hell breaks loose (naturally) in the form of mobs of hungry patients running amok.

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Deadlines: News roundup 5/13/10

Posted by Cory Casciato On May - 13 - 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.

George A. Romero drops hints about his next two potential zombie films. One will focus on the band of looters from Diary of the Dead, the other on the blond who took off in the RV in the same movie. (FEARnet)

Preview some of the most useless weapons of Dead Rising 2, including stuff like poker chips and foam fingers. Yeah, I wouldn’t want to face the zombie hordes with just a foam finger, that’s for damn sure. (Kotaku)

The period-piece costume drama/zombie epic E’Gad, Zombies! is appearing at Cannes, hoping to secure the funding to finish the film. It has Ian McKellen! There’s a teaser trailer embedded below. (Zombie Command)

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Deadlines: News roundup 5/12/10

Posted by Cory Casciato On May - 12 - 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.

George A. Romero talks about the new zombie rules, his plans for the next two films, his zombie novels and lots more in this Q&A. (Shock Till You Drop)

In other Romero news, the Master revealed he’s in talks to create a zombie shooter videogame and there’s an App of the Dead coming for all you smartphone people. There are also some groovy pictures from the LA premiere. (Dread Central)

Among the just-named nominees for the MTV Movie Awards new “Best Scared as Shit Performance” is Jesse Eisenberg for his turn in Zombieland. (Fangoria)

At long last we will get a proper Bollywood zombie film in the aptly named Bollywood Zombie, about an Indian wedding that goers awry when the bride and her guests are zombified. At least, it had better be a full-blown singing/dancing Bollywood film. Details are scarce yet. (Bloody Disgusting)

Zombies are making their way to Cuba as well, in Juan of the Dead, a joint Spanish/Mexican/Cuban effort marketing in Cannes now and shooting in September. (Quiet Earth)

The upcoming post-apocalyptic zombie novel Aftertime is being described as “Kill Bill meets Mad Max” (with zombies, right?) and focuses on a tale of a woman who “recovers from being a zombie. (io9)

Resident Evil: Afterlife will show in Imax 3D, which is supposedly bad. But I think all 3D kind of sucks, so whatever. (Bloody Disgusting)

The creators of Lifeless, an episodic zombie drama, have announced the first three episodes will show on FEARnet May 17. Can’t find confirmation on FEARnet.com as of yet, but we’ll give them the benefit of the doubt.

PC gamers will get to shoot dead things in space in Dead Space 2, despite past uncertainty as to whether it would come to that platform. (Kotaku)

Thanks to Andre Hernandez for the Lifeless news tip!

Fashion Zombie: Fulci’s in fashion

Posted by Cory Casciato On May - 10 - 2010

Sometimes, you just need to tell the world, “Lucio Fulci’s Zombie is an awesome fucking movie and I love it.” This shirt will do that. It’s one of Rotten Cotton‘s many movie-themed offerings that repurposes a film’s original promo art work into a spiffy T-shirt. I don’t own any Rotten Cotton, so I can’t speak to the quality, but most of its shirts, this one included, run a reasonable $15. That seems a decent price for a chance to shout your love of classic zombie film to the world.

I’m attempting to assemble an all zombie-themed wardrobe. Fashion Zombie is my weekly post detailing the coolest zombie-themed clothes and accessories I can find. Check back every Monday for another look at the hottest zombie apparel.

Deadlines: News roundup 5/7/10

Posted by Cory Casciato On May - 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.

Apparently, George Romero would like to make a videogame. Why not? I’d play it. (Destructoid)

Sneak a peek at the post-zombie apocalypse Internet in Mira Grant’s Feed. (io9)

The film rights to Alan Goldsher’s zombie-Beatles story Paul is Undead: The British Zombie Invasion have been sold. (Deadline)

There’s a trailer for the high-school football/zombie book/short film Play Dead. You can find embedded below and if you just can’t get enough there’s more info on it, including details of a zombie walk in Brooklyn May 30. (Fangoria)

Some fans made a new mode for Left 4 Dead 2 that’s basically a Jockey race. Will Valve make it official? (Kotaku)

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Review: Survival of the Dead

Posted by Cory Casciato On May - 7 - 2010

George A. Romero is the undisputed master of the zombie genre. There’s simply no arguing that anyone else has ever — or likely will ever — come close to his contributions. So the release of a new Romero zombie film is always a big deal, even if his latest offerings have received mixed reactions from critics and fans alike. And if you were expecting Survival of the Dead to buck that trend, allow me to let you down now: this is not a return to the majesty of Dawn-era Romero. It fits firmly in with his post-2000 zombie offerings Land of the Dead and Diary of the Dead.

That being said, I didn’t hate either Land or Diary. I came to appreciate Land after several viewings, and I really liked Diary from the beginning, although my enthusiasm waned to some degree after additional viewings. That said, I think neither of those films is as bad as their detractors claim. Both have merit and both are at least as good as 90 percent of the zombie films out there.

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Deadlines: News roundup 5/6/10

Posted by Cory Casciato On May - 6 - 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.

George Romero will be present at a showing of Survival of the Dead next Tuesday, May 11 in LA. You can win tickets from Dread Central, and presumably you can buy some somewhere, too, if you don’t win. (Dread Central)

Get more details on the girl detective/urban fantasy/romance-dramedy comic I, Zombie coming from Vertigo. (Monkey See)

Running, jumping, leaping zombies abound in the “performance-enhancing drug makes super zombies” action/horror extravaganza Devil’s Playground is done. Quiet Earth has exclusive stills and a teaser trailer (you can find the trailer embedded below). (Quiet Earth)

A snowy highway, a mysterious hitchhiker and mysterious brood of dead, flesh-eating children are the elements that make up French horror film The Pack. It will debut at Cannes. (Twitch)

Walk like a zombie in St. Petersburg, Florida on June 12. (Facebook)

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Zombie Movie Marathon Month 3.0

Posted by Cory Casciato On May - 6 - 2010

Hark! The third annual Zombie Movie Marathon Month approaches! June is just a few short weeks away and that means it’s almost time for my annual thirty-day, thirty-film zombie marathon. If you’re not familiar with the tradition, you can read last year’s introductory post, orlast year’s wrap up post or even the whole batch of posts tagged with Zombie Movie Marathon Month to get up to speed. Or just keep reading this and you’ll have a pretty good idea of what is going on by the end.

Seeing as how the initial ZMMM was more or less responsible for the birth of this site, it’s kind of a big deal to me. But what does it mean to you?

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