Deadlines: News roundup 10/5/09

Posted by Cory Casciato On October - 5 - 2009

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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.

Don’t read it unless you’ve already seen Zombieland (we’re talking major spoilers here, folks), but io9 has an interesting piece on celebrity cameos that didn’t make the cut and some background on the brilliant one that did. (io9)

Learn all about what went into creating Zombie Survival Guide Recorded Attacks, the graphic-novel entry in Max Brooks’s popular living dead series. (Fangoria)

If you don’t already know about Left 4 Dead 2, you will soon — Valve is planning a $25 million advertising blitz.  (Kotaku)

Enjoy this story on excellent zombie illustrator  and author Rob Sachetto. He does zombie portraits, including mine and he has a new book called The Zombie Handbook out. (The Sudbury Star)

Sorry about the delay in getting this posted — technical difficulties intruded. Mainly, that I am technically a dumbass.

Deadlines: News roundup 10/2/09

Posted by Cory Casciato On October - 2 - 2009

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If you’re going to be in las Vegas from October 30 through November 1 for Fangoria‘s Trinity of Terrors, you can catch a screening of George A. Romero’s Survival of the Dead — with Romero in attendance. (Fangoria)

Pre-order Left 4 Dead 2 from Steam or select retailers and you’ll get 10 percent off the cost, early access to the demo (planned for October 27) and an in-game exclusive baseball bat weapon. (Kotaku)

Here’s a hefty feature on Zombieland, centered around director Ruben Fleischer. (Fangoria)

Tune in to Fangoria Radio from 10 p.m.-1 a.m. EST tonight on Sirius XM Stars satellite radio, Sirius channel 108/XM channel 139 for a whopping dose of zombie-related material from Max Brooks (Zombie Survival Guide Recorded Attacks) and Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland). (Fangoria)

Zombies, cars and guns collide in Zombie Driver, a PC game in development by Polish studio Exor. (Shoot for the Head)

Review: Zombieland

Posted by Cory Casciato On October - 2 - 2009

zombielandThe hype for Zombieland has been, at times, overwhelming. As a defensive mechanism, I’ve maintained what I consider to be a healthy skepticism. But I have to say, now that I have seen the movie, the hype was largely justified. By the time the opening credits rolled, I had little reason to doubt that this is a fine zombie film.

Now, make no mistake, many a hardcore zombie fan will find reason to hate this movie. These are fast zombies, for one thing. I know that’s enough to earn a “how about no?” from plenty of people. Possibly worse, in many eyes, is these zombies are probably closest to 28 Days Later zombies. That is to say, there’s no reason to think they died and reanimated. Technically speaking, these are just very sick people with an appetite for eating their former friends, not reanimated corpses. Over that? Okay, this is also not a film with a heavy — or any, really — social commentary. It’s just not. It’s an action-movie buddy comedy with zombies. If you haven’t swallowed your tongue in apoplectic horror yet, read on. It’s smooth sailing from here.

Zombieland is the story of four people thrown together by unlikely circumstance — the zombie apocalypse. That’s pretty standard fare for any buddy pic, and especially familiar to zombie fans. But the chemistry between the four, especially main leads Woody Harrelson and Jesse Eisenberg, is enough to make it work. The foursome, after some intitial hijinx, are headed for Pacific Playland (read: Disneyland), an amusement park rumored to be free of the zombie scourge. That’s it. That’s the story. Now twists, no turns, no fanfare.

Okay, there are a couple of subplots (Eisenberg falls for the older girl, there’s a hilarious interlude with a famous actor I’d hate to spoil) but the point is, this is all very straightforward, by the numbers, action-oriented zombie stuff. But it works, in part becasue director Ruben Fleischer does an excellent job of keeping things moving as he puts the characters throughout their paces. That, and there are some really great effects, inspired musical cues, clever jokes and utterly awesome zombie kills and set pieces. It does slow down a tiny bt in the middle, but by the time you notice it, things have revved back into high gear and you’re headed for the climax full steam ahead, so it’s no big issue.

Call it shallow, call it slick, whatever. It’s fun and that’s the bottom line. I don’t know that this moves the zombie genre forward. But I do know that it could easily introduce zombies to a whole generation of fans that haven’t ever paid much attention to our walking dead frenemies. I’ve said many times before that Shaun of the Dead is an excellent “gateway drug” zombie movie. In all honesty, this may be even better for the purpose of introducing newcomers to the living dead. It doesn’t have the same kind of reverent, deeply rooted respect for the genre that Shaun displayed, but it’s not really any worse for lacking that. And just as Shaun was a deeply British movie, this movie 100 percent all-American. It may lack depth and substance but it more than makes up for that in sheer awesome. If you have doubts, let them be banished. Zombieland is a kickass good time and you should absolutely go see it.

Edit: Added a clause to clarify comparison to Shaun of the Dead.

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Deadlines: News roundup 10/1/09

Posted by Cory Casciato On October - 1 - 2009

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On the eve of Zombieland‘s release there is a buttload of press hitting for it. An interview with Emma Stone, and this interview with Jesse Eisenberg and Woody Harrleson, or this interview with director Ruben Flesicher. There’s plenty more out there (I actually misplaced another interview with Fleischer somewhere in my bazillion bookmarks…) go find it if that doesn’t satiate you… (Various)

Robert Kirkman explains how the Walking Dead is going to come to TV. (Splash Page)

George Romero himself is tackling a zombie novel called The Living Dead which will explain a huge amount of backstory to his mythos, including the full capabilities of the zombie. (The Guardian)

Halloween in New York should be fun, what with the Plants vs. Zombies themed troupe marching in this year’s Village Halloween Parade. In NYC and like dressing as a zombie? Or a plant? You should join them. I would if I could. (Kotaku)

So that Resident Evil 5 director’s cut is apparently actually an “alternative edition” with PS3 wand control and some new stuff. Anyway, clip after the break. Kotaku also has some pics of some groovy action figures of the main characters that nerdy collectors will cream over, no doubt. (Kotaku)

Quiet Earth scored a trailer for The Revenant, a buddy pic with a zombie/vampire hybrid type thing called, not too surprisingly, a revenant. Looks pretty cool. And its trailer is embedded for you after the break. (Quiet Earth)

Online video network Crackle is launching a zombie web series with Jon Heder (you might know him as Napoleon Dynamite) called Woke Up Dead. There’s a preview after the break. (Dread Central)

Atlanta people, you can zombie walk Sunday, October 4.

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Deadlines: News roundup 9/30/09

Posted by Cory Casciato On September - 30 - 2009

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It’s almost here, but while you wait, enjoy this meaty feature on Zombieland. I’m going to the local midnight showing Thursday, so I should have a review, or at least a reaction piece, early-ish Friday. (Fangoria)

If you’re breathlessly awaiting Resident Evil: Afterlife (and that poll to the right indicates around 15 percent of you are) then good news: it officially went into production today. (Bloody Disgusting)

Enjoy this interview with the good folks behind Dead Space: Extraction. (Dread Central)

The short film Game of the Dead will try to answer the burning question of what zombies do to kill time. My guess: something violent. There’s a trailer after the break. (Quiet Earth)

Edmonton (that’s in Canada, right?) will go all horror festival from October 15 through the 18 with DedFest. Zombie movies on the bill include I Sell the Dead (not a zombie movie per se, but zombies in it), Return of the Living Dead and Night of the Living Dead: Reanimated. (Dread Central)

Another trailer for Duty of the Living, the soldier-themed zombie short, is out. And you can find it after the break. (Quiet Earth)

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List: Most Wanted Zombie Directors

Posted by Cory Casciato On September - 30 - 2009
Mr. Director? The zombies are ready for their closeup

Mr. Director? The zombies are ready for their closeup

Romero. Fulci. Jackson. O’Bannon. Wright. These are all hallowed names among zombie directors, and fine directors in their own right. But despite loving the zombie above and beyond all other film genres, I do watch other kinds of movies. And while I watch them, sometimes I can’t help but notice, “Damn, this director is great.” And then, loving the zombie the way I do, I can’t help but think, “What if these guys made a zombie movie? “ I’m talking about people who have never made a zombie movie – not people who should make another (that’s another list…) Here’s my list of the top ten directors I’d like to see shoot the zombie – with a camera that is. When the apocalypse comes, we’ll all be shooting the bastards in the traditional, bullet-y way. (Photo above by flickr user lebovox; original photo here.)

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Deadlines: News roundup 9/29/09

Posted by Cory Casciato On September - 29 - 2009

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If you’re in Chicago, Houston, Dallas or LA, you can go to a zombie walk and free screening of Zombieland over the next couple of days. But nothing for Denver. Boo!

Also, Ain’t It Cool News is hosting Zombieland screenings in a few more cities. Miami, Chicago, Minneapolis, NY, Philly, Seattle and San Francisco — still no Denver. (AICN)

And Bloody Disgusting has an interview with Zombieland star Jesse Eisenberg. (Bloody Disgusting)

And then there’s this short feature on Zombieland and its director Ruben Fleischer. (CanMag)

The “Crash Course” DLC for Left 4 Dead has arrived on Xbox Live and Steam. (L4D Official Blog)

Artistically inclined? Then take a hack at designing a poster for the Corbin Bernsen-directed, Bill Moseley-starring Dead Air. Winning poster gets shown at the premiere, signed by the principals and shipped to its creator. (Fangoria)

Give your eyes a rest with Zombie Influx, an audio-only simulation of a zombie apocalypse. Ambient sound effects, radio broadcasts and music tell the tale of the inevitable zombie apocalypse. (FEARNet)

DVD art and special features info for Deadlands 2: Trapped is available, as is the news that the limited edition HD-DVD version is nearly sold out. If you’re a fan of zombie movies on zombie formats, better act fast. (Horror-Movies.ca)

Not really news, since we’ve known for months, but Resident Evil: Afterlife was officially announced today. (Shock Till You Drop)

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Deadlines: News roundup 9/28/09

Posted by Cory Casciato On September - 28 - 2009

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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.

There’s a spoiler-laden interview with REC/REC 2 co-creators Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza at Bloody Disgusting. The spoilers are well-labeled, so you can read the non-spoiler bits safely. They also have an awesomely gory new still image. (Bloody Disgusting)

Get on the red carpet for Zombieland. (Fangoria)

Some intriguing news from George Romero — if Survival of the Dead does well, he’d like to do at least two more Dead stories based on characters first introduced in Diary — and introduce some “new rules” to his mythos. (Dread Central)

Have a look at the first test image for Night of the Living Dead: Origins, the forthcoming NotLD 3D CGI prequel. I did — it looks okay. (Dread Central)

Award-winning zombie short Dead Exit is coming to DVD. You can read more about it here. (Fangoria)

Sherlock Homes faces the zombie menace in Victorian Undead, hitting comics stores November 18. (io9)

Pittsburgh’s plans for World Zombie Day (October 11) – another world-record attempting zombie walk, zombie ball, zombie mall crawl in original Dawn of the Dead mall. Sounds fun to me. (Horror-Movies.ca)

Deadlines: News roundup 9/25/09

Posted by Cory Casciato On September - 25 - 2009

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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.

Continue to build anticipation for Zombieland with this account of a press junket for the film. (Dread Central)

A bunch of info hit today on Dead Rising 2. Seems it’s set in part of some kind of zombie-killing game/reality show. Details are still unknown as far as the single player campaign, but IGN has a multiplayer preview and says its “American Gladiators meets Night of the Living Dead.” WTF? I don’t know how I feel about this… There’s a trailer and some gameplay vids after the break — and I have to admit, the pitchfork-shotgun in the single player video is just awesome. (IGN plus Giant Bomb and Zombie-o-matic for additional vids)

And Kotaku got into the question of duct tape in Dead Rising 2. Apparently, there’s a lot of it. They also have a screenshot gallery with some plot speculation and a brief hands-on preview. And more video. Ye gods, enough already! (Kotaku)

There’s an upcoming book called Zombies: A Record of the Year of Infection and io9 has a preview. Or you could just skip straight to the publisher’s preview and read a few pages. (io9)

Danielle Harris has been cast as Barbara in the forthcoming 3D CGI Night of the Living Dead: Origins movie. (Brutal as Hell)

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Deadlines: News roundup 9/24/09

Posted by Cory Casciato On September - 24 - 2009

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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.

Here’s a lengthy feature on REC/REC 2 makers Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza. (Fangoria)

More Zombieland clips! Damn. By the time this thing hits, will there be any part of it that hasn’t been seen yet? (Bloody Disgusting)

Valve is appealing the Australian ban on Left 4 Dead 2. Hope springs eternal, our poor, put-upon friends Down Under! (Kotaku)

A free, web-based Flash version of Plants vs. Zombies is ready. The original was great (review here) and if you haven’t played it yet, I suggest giving the web version a spin. (Zombie Command)

A synopsis for Outpost II: Black Sun has come to light. It’s your basic NATO forces vs. battalion of Nazi zombie Stormtroopers deal. Sounds exciting, but so did the first one and it was seriously sleep inducing (review of original here). (Quiet Earth)

I’m hopeful that Dead Rising 2 will be a great game and screenshots like this one, of a guy wearing a helmet with antlers and kicking zombie butt with it, are encouraging. (Kotaku)

That Resident Evil 5 director’s cut mentioned yesterday is going to support some fancy-ass new PS3 motion controller. (Kotaku)

The HD-DVD version of Deadlands 2: Trapped has been delayed until November 27. (Shoot for the Head)

Toy collectors can get all hot and bothered about a new Mez-Itz  collectible, black-and-white zombie figure. (Bloody Disgusting)

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