Deadlines: News roundup 4/24/09

Posted by Cory Casciato On April - 24 - 2009

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A daily roundup of all the undead news that shambles into view… Got news tips? E-mail me at cory.casciato[AT]gmail.com.

The collaborative, animated Night of the Living Dead: Reanimated, a reimagining of the 1968 classic that changed zombies forever, has entered post-production and has a spiffy new web site and trailer. I posted the trailer earlier today, just scroll down. (Fangoria)

If you live in or will be visiting the Rio Grande Valley part of Texas, and want to be in a zombie movie, then a guy named Jose Sanchez totally wants to hear from you. The auditions are  happening April 27 and 29, full details including contact info can be found here. (Twitter @Zombie_Skool)

Actress Anna Friel says she is down to do a Pushing Daisies zombie movie to go with the comic. Not that it’s actually happening, but if it does, she’d do it. (Twitter @Zombie_Skool)

That’s all for today! I’ll be moving all weekend, so Monday’s post will be from the new and improved zombie HQ. See you then!

The newest trailer for the multimedia animated Night of the Living Dead: Reanimated shows off some of the inasne variety of animation styles via a few familiar scenes. I like the sock puppets, myself.

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Deadlines: News roundup 4/23/09

Posted by Cory Casciato On April - 23 - 2009

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A daily roundup of all the undead news that shambles into view… Got news tips? E-mail me at cory.casciato[AT]gmail.com.

Another slice of classic literature gets an injection of zombies. This time, H.G. Wells’s War of the Worlds becomes War of the Worlds Plus Blood, Guts and Zombies courtesy of Eric S. Brown. Hm. I think this idea has officially crossed the line from clever to stupid (it is a fine line…). (Fangoria)

If you have been looking at all the zombie video games coming out and saying, “Yes, but I want a kid-friendly, cartoonish zombie game. You know, for kids!” then you are in luck because a cel-shaded zombie game called Zombie Wranglers is on its way! (Destructoid)

Insane bikini-clad zombie-slayer girl video game turned movie Onechanbara is getting a sequel. It’s to be called Chanbara Beauty THE MOVIE vorteX (what?) and you can find pictures and words about the stars here. Hint: they are hot, Asian and scantily clad. (Kotaku)

World’s best print horror mag Fangoria has a piece on zombie master George A. Romero in its upcoming 30th anniversary issue (lots of other stuff too). (Fangoria)

Deadlines: News roundup 4/22/09

Posted by Cory Casciato On April - 22 - 2009

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A daily roundup of all the undead news that shambles into view… Got news tips? E-mail me at cory.casciato[AT]gmail.com.

The folks at IGN have an update on Dead Rising 2. The condensed version is new lead character, same basic plot (survive 72 hours of zombie hell) with more zombies and more ways to kill zombies.

The week of April 27 to May 4 is apparently the time to experience zombies and the infected on Xbox Live. Download a gamerpic, play one of the featured games (including two of my absolute all-time zombie favorites Dead Rising and Left 4 Dead) or watch one of the featured movies (some great choices such as Shaun of the Dead and Dead Alive, some not-so-great such as Dead and Deader and The Quick and the Undead) and you could win prizes. You can get an early start by playing Left 4 Dead with the Xbox ambassadors on April 24. Like I need any encouragement to play zombie games and watch zombie movies…

The musical Song of the Dead is getting a limited theatrical release May 1. Fangoria has the details about what lucky locations across the American South and Midwest get to see it on the big screen.

Trailer: George’s Intervention

Posted by Cory Casciato On April - 22 - 2009
The zombie comedy subgenre gets another entry with George’s Intervention. Unfortunately trailer doesn’t exactly look promising. It does look quite sleazy though. If the quality of trailer is indicative of the film, I really don’t have a good feeling about this one.
Get more info at the George’s Intervention official film website.

Strange appeal: Oasis of the Zombies

Posted by Cory Casciato On April - 21 - 2009

oasisofthezombiesYou want more Nazi zombie badness? We got more Nazi zombie badness. French/Spanish Nazi zombie badness in the form of the cheap, schlocky Oasis of the Zombies from the early ’80s. In this slow, ponderous outing a group of treasure hunters run afoul of a group of Nazi zombies haunting an oasis where millions in stolen Nazi gold is hidden. The zombies are some kind of weird hybrid ghost-zombies who disappear at dawn (even though it’s clearly light out in several scenes…) and hide in the sand when they aren’t busy stalking and murdering.

The problems of this movie are legion. The set and production design is possibly the worst I have ever seen. For example, one bit of evidence the Nazis had been there was clearly just a slab of wood with a swastika clumsily painted on it in white. The story was weak, the writing was miserable and the dubbing was atrocious. Yet despite being a bad movie by most every measure, there was something strangely watchable about it. It had a nice sense of atmosphere and really hot girls, a few of which supplied the obligatory gratuitous nudity. It’s not worth the time if you aren’t a total zombie-movie fanatic, but I’d call it the best of the terrible Nazi zombie movies, for what little that is worth.

Deadlines: News roundup 4/20/09

Posted by Cory Casciato On April - 20 - 2009

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Shooting on the Woody Harrelson-starring zombie flick Zombieland has wrapped, according to director Ruben Fleischer’s blog. There are also a couple of still images of a deserted, apocalyptic Hollywood, but none of them have zombies, unfortunately. Also, no word yet on whether Woody Harrelson will assault someone else in a misguided publicity stunt/overreaction to paparazzi to mark the end of shooting.

Fox is shuttering Fox Atomic, the studio responsible for its comedy and genre works. Why should you care? Because it leaves the fate of the 28 Months Later, the third Rage-infected zombie movie, in development limbo for the time being.

The canceled ABC TV series Pushing Daisies was kind of a nontraditional zombie tale focused on the cutesy, charming and chaste relationship between the guy who raised the dead with a touch, and the girl he raised from the dead but couldn’t touch again lest she return to the dead for good. Now it’s returning in comic book form from DC and getting in touch with the shambling dead at its core as it introduces a storyline that sees the lead face off against 1,000 reanimated corpses. I always enjoyed the show, despite never loving it, and this wrinkle sounds promising.

Inspiration Re-Animated: Night of the Dead: Leben Tod

Posted by Cory Casciato On April - 20 - 2009

lebentodSo many movies rip off the Romero canon that is is great to see the occasional movie that rips off something else. The something else ripped off by Night of the Dead: Leben Tod is Re-Animator, a classic in its own right. And in the course of ripping it off, NotD: LT turns out to be a pretty solid zombie outing.

The plot is a little convoluted. There’s a pregnant woman and her husband, who is the nephew/intern of a mad doctor who runs some sort of bizarre private clinic. There’s the reanimating serum he’s developing — bright, fluorescent pink instead of green, here. Then you throw in a bunch of goofy yet creepy sidekicks, some dead family members and an unlucky bunch that chooses the worst possible place to stop for help in a medical emergency. Shake and bake those elements and let the good times roll — flesh-eating mayhem and buckets of gore ensue. Seriously, buckets – this film doesn’t skimp on the grue.

The uneven pacing — some passages move along at an excellent clip, while others take forever to go anywhere — and some weak acting dragged this one down, but it had its moments. Like the hilariously cheap-looking car accident that triggers one of the main plot points. Or the hen-pecked mad scientist lead role. Or the little girl that just loves to eat the living. It’s not as funny or as well-executed as its inspiration, but for a shot-on-video, low-budget zombie movie it’s quite enjoyable.

Deadlines: News roundup 4/17/09

Posted by Cory Casciato On April - 17 - 2009

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It’s just days until the first batch of DLC hits for the zombie apocalypse trainer/simulator Left 4 Dead. It’s adding a new Survival mode and enabling Versus play on two new maps. If you weren’t already excited enough, go get hyped with this Left 4 Dead developer blog explaining how the new Survival mode works.

Now we know when the weirdo zombie madness of Pontypool and the Norwegian zombie madness of Dead Snow will hit theaters! It’s May 29 for Pontypool and June 12 for Dead Snow (a snowbound zombie flick in the middle of summer? Whatever…). If your city isn’t cool enough to warrant a theatrical showing, despair not, they both come to on-demand on the same day they release theatrically. You can read all about IFC’s plans for the films, or read my review of Dead Snow. I’ll review Pontypool just as soon as I can lay hands on a review copy.

Can’t get enough zombie Christmas? How about some more info and images from Silent Night, Zombie Night?

If you’re a fan of video games and big numbers, you will be thrilled to read that Resident Evil 5 has sold 1.5 million copies.

Soporific: Outpost

Posted by Cory Casciato On April - 17 - 2009

outpostLest I give the wrong impression by reviewing one good Nazi movie (Dead Snow) after reviewing only one terrible one (Zombie Lake), I thought it was time to balance the scales with another, typically awful stab at the Dead Reich genre. In this case, the 2008 snoozefest Outpost serves as our example. In this turkey, unkillable Nazi soldiers are created by a last-ditch effort to harness a “Unified field” via a “unified field generator” as the Nazi regime is collapsing at the end of WWII. Then some modern day mercenaries get involved, and mayhem ensues. Very, very slowly.

The director was obviously trying to go for atmosphere over gore or action, but come on! There’s a certain amount of action implied for a movie chock full of mercenary killers and undead evil. Instead we got lots of futzing around and weird, awkward attempts to borrow from Raiders of the Lost Ark and the Stargate movie — at least, that’s where my mind wandered during one of the many interminable scenes. The acting was barely conscious and the film used some kind of filter than made everything look grainy, washed out and ugly. In short, a total mess, well worthy of its place of (dis)honor amongst its crappy Nazi zombie brethren.

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