Deadlines: News roundup 3/3/10

Posted by Cory Casciato On March - 3 - 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 Ugly Americans, a social worker with a zombie roommate tries to help monsters integrate into normal life in New York. There’s a trailer embedded below, io9 has a few more clips and a more detailed synopsis. (io9)

A super-duper limited edition T-shirt and poster/print featuring an image of the Tarman zombie from Return of the Living Dead went on sale today. They’re by artist William Stout and they’re pretty spiffy. $25 for the shirt, $40 for the print, save $10 if you get both. (Dread Central)

Xbox Live players of Resident Evil 5 can play the latest DLC “Desperate Escape” today, PS3 players will have to wait until tomorrow. Alternately, you can wait until March 9 and get the Gold Edition which has all the DLC bundled. (Kotaku)

A new horror-comedy film called Deadheads, about a pair of zombies that “awake” during a zombie outbreak and decide to go on a road trip to seek one’s lost love, has just ebntered the post-production phase. (Bloody Disgusting)

It looks trashy, cheap and sure to insult your intelligence, but it does have boobies — it’s Zombie Women of Satan, and there’s a NSFW clip embedded below. (Bloody Disgusting)

The cartoony art for the UK DVD/Blu-ray release of Survival of the Dead is out. (DVD Active)

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Welcome to the zombie renaissance

Posted by Cory Casciato On March - 3 - 2010
Photo by S.A. Young

It doesn’t get any better than this

There’s never been a better time for zombies — or, more to the point, for fans of zombies.

Everywhere you look, the zombie is making its mark. Not only do fans have a deep and varied back catalogue of great works to choose from, most of it easily available to anyone with the interest and a decent Internet connection, but the walking dead are the subject of of some of the best books, movies, video games and Internet sites being made. We are, at this very moment, living in the midst of the zombie renaissance.

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Deadlines: News roundup 3/2/10

Posted by Cory Casciato On March - 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.

Hellraiser vet Doug Bradley has joined the cast of upcoming Nazi zombie flick The 4th Reich. (Dread Central)

According to this report, Deadly Premonition is the video game equivalent of Plan 9 from Outer Space — so bad it’s good, or at least unintentionally hilarious. And like that “gem,” there are zombies. There’s an utterly bizarre, albeit zombie-free, clip embedded below. (Dread Central)

People who like zombies and bowling will be thrilled to know that version 1.6 of the iPhone app Zombie Bowling has been released, adding the “Tropical Depression” bowling environment and a tie-dyed ball.

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Deadlines: News roundup 3/1/10

Posted by Cory Casciato On March - 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.

It seems Shaun of the Dead may be adapted into a TV series. No word on how much involvement Simon Pegg and/or Nick Frost will have. (Dread Central)

A Minneapolis court of appeals has ruled zombies have first amendment rights. Or, at very least, people dressed as zombies do. (The Escapist)

Macworld is dedicating the entire week to zombie-themed iPhone games. (Macworld)

A trailer for Devil’s Playground, the upcoming “drug-trial makes rage zombies” movie has leaked. Find it below, at least until they pull it off the YouTubes. (Quiet Earth)

A janitor, a bartender, a drunk, a  security guard,a  cop and a perp face some lively cadavers and a mad scientist in A Cadaver Christmas. Trailer below. (Quiet Earth)

You can get your first glance at Resident Evil: Afterlife in trailer form if you go to the new Nightmare on Elm Street movie, which opens April 30. (Bloody Disgusting)

The quasi-zombie/slasher film Uncle Sam (review here) is coming to Blu-ray June 29 with three commentary tracks, a deleted scene, gag reel, stills and more. (Bloody Disgusting)

Use your zombie army to take over the Earth, supervillain style, in Infectonator: World Dominator. (Destructoid)

The time-traveling, zombie-killing, top-down shooter Age of Zombies is apparently available for download on your PSP. And for only $5! There’s a trailer below. (UGO)

A guide to surviving the zombie apocalypse at your local WalMart. (You Could be Better)

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Deadlines: News roundup 2/26/10

Posted by Cory Casciato On February - 26 - 2010

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George A. Romero’s Survival of the Dead is coming to various VOD services April 30 and theaters May 28, but the you can see a spiffy new poster for it today. (Bloody Disgusting)

If, like me, you’ve long thought that a plush zombie doll is what you need to truly complete your life, then you’ll be thrilled at the chance to win one in this contest sponsored by an upcoming game called Zombie Fortress.

Over at Kotaku, they try to define zombies in the course of asking “where did all the real zombies go?” and manage to restrict “real zombie” to an incredibly narrow and short-sighted yet still totally inconsistent subset. Lame. (Kotaku)

J.P. Moore’s Toothless, a zombie apocalypse tale set in the 12th century, has found a publisher. Look for it to come out from Dragon Moon Press early next year. (A World on Fire)

Review: King of the Zombies

Posted by Cory Casciato On February - 26 - 2010

The pre-WWII potboiler King of the Zombies is more spy movie with zombies as a plot device than zombie movie, and it’s a dull, plodding spy movie at that. Two men and their faithful, comedy-relief black servant (I mention his race because it’s a constant theme in the movie) crash land on an island somewhere in the Bahamas. There they find a Nazi (not identified as such, but not hard to decipher) scientist who’s using voodoo to raise a zombie army and interrogate a captured admiral. A lot of not very much happens, the black servant (played by Mantan Moreland) does a lot of icky playing to broad stereotypes, some “zombies” shuffle around not very menacingly, the scientist gets caught and killed, the end.

I’m not one to hew to political correctness, but the way blacks are presented in this movie is hard to ignore. I know it was a different time, but it’s a very “gee, aren’t uppity negroes just hilarious! And isn’t it even more hilarious when they get put in their place!” kind of thing. It essentially takes over most of the movie, making it into a grotesque, anachronistic race-relations slapstick. Moreland seems a decent, perhaps even gifted actor, but he’s given a shitty row to hoe, here.

The bottom line is, this isn’t much of a zombie movie. The zombies are just stiff-shouldered black guys who don’t do anything. Pass on this one unless you’re determined to thoroughly explore the history of zombie film.

King of the Zombies/US/1941

Note: King of Zombies has entered the public domain, so if you’re curious, you can watch or download it from the Internet Archive.

Deadlines: News roundup 2/25/10

Posted by Cory Casciato On February - 25 - 2010

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The Austin public library will offer a showing of Zombie Girl: the Movie (a documentary about pre-teen filmmaker Emily Hagins) with a Q&A with Aaron Marshall, the man who made the doc, and Hagins herself after. The good times start at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday March 2. (Austin City Connection)

As part of a show on vampire forensics, National Geographic dug up a document from 1679 called DE MASTICATIONE MORTUORUM or “The Chewing Dead.” Dead people that get up and chew on the living? That’s a zombie, my friend! (National Geographic)

Plants vs Zombies continues its runaway success story on its latest platform (iPhone) with gross sales of $1 million in just nine days! (Kotaku)

Another day, another zombie tower-defense game for the iPhone. Here’s a preview of Zombie Smash. There’s a trailer below, as well. (IGN)

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Deadlines: News roundup 2/24/10

Posted by Cory Casciato On February - 24 - 2010

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A hot zombie woman appears on a reality show with a yeti, a tranny werewolf and a Filipino vampire with a detachable head in Battle of the Network Zombies, a novel from Mark Henry. Oh, and it’s a murder mystery. Color me intrigued… (Cherie Priest)

Comedy Central’s new animated series Ugly Americans features supernatural creatures trying to integrate into life in NYC and one of the main characters is a  zombie. It premieres March 17 at 10:30 p.m. (Horror Squad)

Bloody Disgusting has some images and details on the upcoming drug-induced Rage-zombie apocalypse film The Devil’s Playground. (Bloody Disgusting)

The upcoming zombie flick Beverly Lane features a magician, a mime, some clowns and other sideshow attractions trapped with some office workers by an outbreak of zombies. (Dread Central)

Apparently L. Ron Hubbard wrote a zombie noir novel back in the day (1934 to be exact) called Dead Men Kill and it’s being reissued. If old L. Ron wasn’t such a terrible writer, this might be intriguing. (Fangoria)

Go behind the scenes of The Love of the Dead, a short film about a man trying to keep his love alive with an undead girlfriend. (Yale Daily News)

Deadlines: News roundup 2/23/10

Posted by Cory Casciato On February - 23 - 2010

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Can’t wait for the TV adaptation of Robert Kirkman’s Walking Dead series? Perhaps a fan film (embedded below) will help tide you over? FYI, SPOILER ALERT if you haven’t read issue 51 of the comic. (Splash Page)

This Halloween weekend (so, October 29-31), zombie lovers get their very own zombie-dedicated convention when the first-ever ZomBCon comes to Seattle.

A few more pics (three, to be exact) trickle out for the zombie-apocalypse-Africa-style movie The Dead. They show some sweet machete action. (Bloody Disgusting)

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Deadlines: News roundup 2/22/10

Posted by Cory Casciato On February - 22 - 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.

Fans of author Brian Keene (The Rising, City of the Dead) will be overjoyed to know he is working on a comic series called The Last Zombie, which the author calls “Damnation Alley meets The Stand and Mad Max in the aftermath of The Walking Dead.” (Broken Frontier)

The Nazi zombie comedy Dead Snow comes to DVD and Blu-ray February 23 with plenty of special features — behind the scenes stuff, make-up featurette, outtakes and more. (28 Days Later Analysis)

Some funky performance-enhancing drugs trigger a Rage-zombie apocalypse in Devil’s Playground, an upcoming feature-length zombie film from first-time director Mark McQueen. (Quiet Earth)

The UK gets Zombieland on DVD and Blu-ray March 15. (Dread Central)

Lawyers face zombies in Killable Hours and we get a look at typical small-town life during the zombie apocalypse in Gravesend, two new Australian pulp novellas. (Buy Zombie)

Australians, head down to the ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image) on February 25 in Melbourne for Dead Set: Zombie TV, a look at the zombie on screen. (ACMI)

Reefer madness gets updated for a whole new generation in Night of the Living Heads, a pot comedy/horror movie about weed that turns its users into zombies. There’s a trailer below. (Bloody Disgusting)

Can a troubled marriage survive in the midst of the zombie apocalypse? That’s the question posed in Married with Zombies, an upcoming novel from Orbit Books. (Hayes Hudson’s House of Horror)

Zombie stories with a queer angle (in other words, LGBT themes, characters, etc.) will be the focus of Zombiality: A Queer Bent on the Undead, an upcoming anthology from Library of the Living Dead press. Aspiring authors, they’re taking submissions until June 27. (Library of the Living Dead forum)

Deliver booze, ammo and pizza in Zombie Killer Pizza, a card game that puts you into the role of a delivery driver for the last pizza joint on Earth. It’s currently in playtesting. (Shoestring Theory)

Live out your zombie apocalypse fantasies via the medium of Airsoft guns (think BB guns with plastic ammo) March 27-28 at Zombie Madness 4 in Colorado Springs. It’s a game where you seek out the source of infection and attempt to contain the virus. Man, I may have to go to this. (Colorado Airsoft)

You can now get the website Zombie Command in convenient iPhone App form! (Zombie Command)

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