Deadlines: News roundup 6/8/09

Posted by Cory Casciato On June - 8 - 2009


A daily roundup of all the undead news that shambles into view… Bookmark the home page or add the feed to your RSS for your daily dose of walking dead. Got news tips? E-mail me at cory.casciato[AT]

Check out some video of John Russo, one of the makers of the original zombie classic Night of the Living Dead, from Fangoria‘s New York Weekend of Horrors, embedded after the break. If that doesn’t fulfill your Russo jones, hit this link for a thirty-minute video containing another segment with him. (Fangoria)

Seems not everyone is happy about the announced Left 4 Dead 2. Nope, some folks are so pissed they are signing petitions and boycotting it. The complaints range from a lack of promised updates to the original and that it’s too soon, to not liking the new music and sunlight-based levels, among other things. On the one hand, I can see where they feel a little cheated since Valve usually does update stuff constantly for free. On the other hand, as a console guy myself, I’m a little more used to these kind of updates and usually willing to pay for them if I like the game. Also, bitching about the music and daylight-based gameplay? Really? (Kotaku)

What if Dante’s inspiration for the Inferno was a medieval zombie outbreak? That’s the premise behind Kim Paffenroth’s Valley of the Dead, and Zombie Command has an interview about it. (Zombie Command)

Mormons. Zombies. Some would argue that there’s no difference (I kid, I kid… Mormons are fine by me and much more polite when I tell them “no thanks” at my front door than the Jehovah’s Witnesses are). Now there’s a zombie movie called The Book of Zombie coming that looks into what the zombie apocalypse looks like, Mormon-style. It asks the question, how do you kill a Mormon zombie? Trailer after the break, official website here. (Bloody Disgusting)

New York gets Dead Snow in theaters June 19, LA on June 26. The rest of us will have to settle for VOD, but bad news abounds: the VOD presentation will be dubbed. Sucktacular. I guess the VOD crowd doesn’t like reading their Nazi zombie movies. So much more the pity, but at least the DVD release will be subbed. (Fangoria)

A few tidbits of news about a couple different movies in this blog: Bubba’s Chili Parlor (trailer after the break) is available on DVD from Amazon (Mad-Cow tainted meat makes zombies) and a few stills from The Undertakers: Road’s End (official website here) about a couple of small-town flunkies who discover an organization guarding a supernatural secret (hint: zombies). (Bloody Disgusting)

We all know that the Boston PD will tell you if zombies are coming, but what about your town? One enterprising reporter endeavored to find out (hint: New Yorkers, you are fucked). (ComicMix)

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ZMMM Dailies: 6/7/2009 – Return of the Living Dead

Posted by Cory Casciato On June - 8 - 2009

rotldcapI’ve already written about my feelings toward and experiences with Return of the Living Dead pretty thoroughly (missed it? read it here), and I intend to write a proper review and some discussion about its place in zombie movie history at some point, so I will keep this brief. I scheduled it for viewing this year because my daughter had never seen it and it filled  a need for a classic on the schedule. There are certainly some issues with it (pacing is a bit off in spots, some of the zombie makeup is little more than mud smeared on stuntmen’s faces, some inconsistent treatment of the zombifying agent 2,4,5-Trioxin) but hey, it’s a freaking punk-rock/zombie comedy that single-handedly introduced the notion of zombies craving brains into the zombie mythos. It’s genuinely funny and even has some subtleties stirred in amongst the slapstick stupidity. And it features possibly the most iconic zombie in all filmdom in the Tarman (only Bub from Day of the Dead comes close, in my opinion).

Oh, and gratuitous nudity lovers? A young, lovely and luscious Linnea Quigley runs around for about a third of the movie stark naked. There’s a tiny shot of it to your left (sorry, those reading this at work, but it’s only 150 pixels wide and only shows a bit of side boob and side ass, cover it with your hand if the boss comes by).  Her assets are a significant part of the movie’s appeal.

Tomorrow night is the Stephen King adaptation Pet Sematary. In HD, no less. I was going to say I haven’t seen this one in a while, but I was thinking about it and I’m not sure I have ever watched it all the way through. I won’t be able to say that this time tomorrow.

ZMMM Dailies: 6/6/2009 – Zombie Honeymoon

Posted by Cory Casciato On June - 7 - 2009

zombie-honeymoon-leadsI may have spoken too soon. Maybe silly romantic melodrama is the theme of the marathon. This movie makes it five of six movies that contain that sudsy element. Zombie Honeymoon was reminiscent of the plodding, emo, “thinking man’s” zombie movie I, Zombie, only more briskly paced. Our lead gets attacked and turned to a zombie on his honeymoon, spends the rest of the film killing and feeling kinda bad about it. But not that bad. His wife, who kind of looks like a poor man’s Maggie Gyllenhaal and is topless briefly, helps him deal with it — which mostly means covering it up. It struck me as goofy and forgettable, but not altogether unpleasant. I suspect this one could have been better as an old-style movie, with more focus on the romantic melodrama (not that there wasn’t plenty) and less on the unimpressive gore.

Tomorrow I’m watching the timeless 1985 classic Return of the Living Dead with my daughter. That should be fun.

ZMMM Dailies: 6/5/2009

Posted by Cory Casciato On June - 6 - 2009

Marcel Marceau, the world's greatest mime, playing a zombie master and pedophile? Sold!

A while back, I praised the queer zombie film Otto for simply being completely original in the zombie milieu. By the same token, I have to tip my hat to Shanks. The world’s greatest mime playing a naive puppeteer who becomes a zombie master? And he’s also in love with a thirteen-year-old girl, who thinks he’s just swell? And it’s all presented as some sort of whimsical fairy tale, until a gang of bikers randomly appear and rape and murder his Lolita girlfriend and are murdered in turn by his zombies? How was this not a hit?

If you aren’t sold yet, there’s an appearance by a young Don Calfa, who’s also appeared in the zombie classics Chopper Chicks in Zombie Town and Return of the Living Dead (his greatest role, where he played  a Nazi mortician). Still not convinced? How about a guy pecked to death by a zombie chicken? Again, how was this not a hit?

Admittedly, it is deadly slow and wholly nonsensical, not to mention a little disturbing (was borderline pedophilia really that acceptable in 1974?), but I can’t help but make a place for it amongst the movies recommended for the fact of their batshit insanity.

This year’s theme is turning out to be “whacko” which I am down with. Tomorrow night is Zombie Honeymoon. In case you missed it (I see people Googling for it) I am posting the complete list after the break.

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Deadlines: News roundup 6/5/09

Posted by Cory Casciato On June - 5 - 2009


A daily roundup of all the undead news that shambles into view… Bookmark the home page or add the feed to your RSS for your daily dose of walking dead. Got news tips? E-mail me at cory.casciato[AT]

Was it really just Monday that Left 4 Dead 2 was announced? It hardly seems possible, given how may times I have already posted something about it. Well, the flood has yet to slow, as today there are a bunch of gameplay videos and developer walkthroughs out. Since Dread Central has gone to all the trouble of embedding them on a single page, I am just going to direct you to their post if you want to see more video. (Dread Central)

Got a PSP? Enjoy games like Pikmin and Overlord? The you’ll be into Undead Knights, a zombie game with similar gameplay coming to Sony’s portable system. The trailer, which features no gameplay footage, looks cool and is embedded after the break. There are some gameplay clips and more details at Destructoid. (Destructoid)

I think  it has to be the tenth one I’ve seen, but there’s another new poster for the “she-zombies meet men behaving badly” film Doghouse, which will finally be out June 12 in the UK. (Dread Central)

No dailies for the zombie-movie marathon over the weekend (yes, I know that technically means they aren’t dailies at all), but you will get a triple sized dose on Monday, covering Shanks, Zombie Honeymoon and Return of the Living Dead. Have a good weekend, zombie fans! Edit: I’ve changed my mind. I am going to do brief dailies over the weekend. Check back tomorrow morning for thoughts on Shanks, or catch up Monday on all three! I didn’t change my mind about that last bit, though. I still want you to have a good weekend.

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ZMMM Dailies: 6/4/2009

Posted by Cory Casciato On June - 5 - 2009

childrenshouldnt8Ooh, boy. The best thing about Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things is definitely the name. The second best part is Alan Ormsby’s facial hair and the whole cast’s clothes — as ridiculous as today’s hipsters look, they have nothing on the hippies of the early ’70s. This movie spent almost an hour futzing around before finally delivering zombies, and the zombies were pretty sorry when they finally arrived. I did learn a few things: zombies are smarter than hippies; at least some zombies can sail a boat; jobs in the theater were really hard to come by in 1972 (Ormsby gets the others to go along with his grave-robbing/dead-raising shenanigans by threatening to fire them from his theater troupe). I actually think this could be remade into a decent movie, but Hollywood would rather remake movies that were decent the first time around into shit than remake something shitty into something decent. What’s up with that?

Tomorrow night, the William Castle/Marcel Marceau zombie/mime movie Shanks. And no, I am so not even kidding.

Deadlines: News roundup 6/4/09

Posted by Cory Casciato On June - 4 - 2009


A daily roundup of all the undead news that shambles into view… Bookmark the home page or add the feed to your RSS for your daily dose of walking dead. Got news tips? E-mail me at cory.casciato[AT]

Stan Yan, a great artist who does zombie caricatures and all around cool guy, has a nice write-up at Fangoria. Which reminds me — I have a fully transcribed interview I need to finish working into my own feature on the guy… (Fangoria)

My Little Zombie Ponies — every little girl should have one. (Street Anatomy)

If you are absolutely starved to know more about REC 2, there are three short clips available. I would have embedded them but they are utterly pointless — just a few seconds each of footage of a guy wandering around a dark, seemingly empty building (go here if you really want to see them). One thing I gather is that it looks like much or all of the movie will take place from a helmet-cam perspective, which is ind of a cool twist on this kind of first-person film making. (Bloody Disgusting)

As the collaborative project Night of the Living Dead: Reanimated marches ever closer to release, info continues to trickle out — today, the poster was released, and it’s quite a lovely one. (Fangoria)

After the break, we’ve got almost eight minutes of Left 4 Dead 2 footage, showing snippets of the new Charger boss, the incendiary ammo, the new submachine gun and shotgun and a bit of the new character dialog (including a very welcome Arrested Development reference). ( Read the rest of this entry »

Deadlines: News roundup 6/3/09

Posted by Cory Casciato On June - 3 - 2009


A daily roundup of all the undead news that shambles into view… Bookmark the home page or add the feed to your RSS for your daily dose of walking dead. Got news tips? E-mail me at cory.casciato[AT]

There’s a new trailer for REC 2, the sequel to Spanish first-person zombie thriller REC, and wow is it awesome. I could describe all the action for you, but then you’d just watch it anyway and go, “Yes. That is what he described.” It’s embedded after the break, so go watch it. (Bloody Disgusting)

The fine folks at Kotaku got their hands on a preview of Left 4 Dead 2 and have detailed impressions, including that there will be three new “boss infected,” the regular infected will be harder to kill and tidbits about the new weapons (you hold melee or ranged, not both) and setting (daytime). And more, so go check it out. Also on tap from the Kotaku kids is a look at two characters that didn’t make it into the game, which includes a tiny bit about the ones who did. (Kotaku)

PSP owners will be glad to know they are getting a Resident Evil game of their own and … well, that’s all for now. Word is it probably isn’t a port, but something new. Unless it isn’t. (Kotaku)

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ZMMM Dailies: 6/2/2009

Posted by Cory Casciato On June - 3 - 2009
Brigitte Lahaie: By far the best part of Grapes of Death

Brigitte Lahaie: By far the best part of Grapes of Death

Night two of the second annual Zombie Movie Marathon Month brought us the mediocre Grapes of Death. Seems the French just can’t give good zombie. They can, however, give great hot French girl, as this film proves via the presence of Brigitte Lahaie. Wowza. Something special here, folks. And for the people who keep finding my website via variations on the search term “gratuitous nudity,” you’ll be glad to know that Grapes of Death is all about the gratuitous nudity — including a nice nude scene with Lahaie, which almost justifies this movie’s existence.

This film is basically a protracted chase scene broken up with gratuitous nudity and cheesy gore effects. Snore. Still, it’s arguably an important developmental zombie flick, and it is far better than director Jean Rollin’s other zombie flick, the execrable Zombie Lake. Still, it’s not good. I paired my mediocre French zombie flick with a mediocre French wine, so at least I got a decent buzz out of the deal. I’ll have a full review up in a few days (and a splitting headache tomorrow) most likely. Next up is our June 3 installment, I Walked with a Zombie, an American film, but directed by a French guy.

Deadlines: News roundup 6/2/09

Posted by Cory Casciato On June - 2 - 2009


A daily roundup of all the undead news that shambles into view… Bookmark the home page or add the feed to your RSS for your daily dose of walking dead. Got news tips? E-mail me at cory.casciato[AT]

It’s nearly a month old, the sound and music are sketchy and it looks pretty rough, but maybe, just maybe the teaser trailer for the new George A. Romero zombie film embedded after the break is real. The comments indicate it’s some kind of internal work-in-progress reel, and I think I recognize one of the actors from another Romero film (he’s known to like to re-use actors) so maybe this is real… It’s worth a look anyway, and you can do that after the break. (Thanks CG user demoniotto for the tip)

If you like your zombie movies extra-stupid and possibly offensive, you’re going to be thrilled to hear that Retardead comes out on DVD today. I’m pretty sure that title tells you all you need to know about this one. (Dread Central)

Yesterday, I posted my wish list for Left 4 Dead 2, then I saw this early preview of the game. Shit, looks like I am getting most of my wishes (incendiary ammo? sweet!) … but not all (although the new Charger boss looks plausible given the existing menagerie, and I can accept a Witch that walks around). And there’s some stuff I didn’t dream up that we’ll be getting, too, like dynamic weather. (Rock, Paper, Shotgun)

Fangoria has some screens and details from Dead Rising 2 and Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles. (Fangoria)

Zombie toy collectors will be thrilled with this upcoming limited-edition zombie figurine from FearWerx. They’ll be available first at the MonsterMania Convention in Hartford, Connecticut. (Dread Central)

Finally, the second annual Zombie Movie Marathon Month kicked off in fine fashion with Dead Set last night (review here). Starting tomorrow, I will be posting ZMMM Dailies, with the Zombie Movie Marathon Month tag, for easy tracking. Don’t forget that possibly authentic Romero trailer after the break.

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