ZMMM Dailies: 6/13/2010 – Dead & Breakfast

Posted by Cory Casciato On June - 14 - 2010

After watching Dead & Breakfast, I feel like it is somewhat unfairly overlooked. I didn’t love it, but I definitely liked and enjoyed it. It’s a high-quality movie, albeit one with some flaws, and it surprises me it doesn’t have more of a following.

Ironically, I’d guess one of the reasons D&B doesn’t have a big cult following is it obviously tying very hard to be a cult movie. It’s just a little too self-conscious and tongue-in-cheek for its own good and I think that turns a lot of culty people off. That said, it never gets in its own way like some movies trying hard to be cult do. It keeps the film/story itself front and center from beginning to end.

The story follows a group of young, attractive people on their way to a wedding. Naturally, they get lost and end up in the titular bed and breakfast, only to get stuck there when the cook is murdered and the proprietor dies of a heart attack. Before long, one of them has opened a box containing an evil spirit and bodies are being reanimated left, right and sideways.

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Deadlines: News roundup 6/9/10

Posted by Cory Casciato On June - 9 - 2010

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Go on set of AMC’s The Walking Dead for a chat with director Frank Darabont. Inspirations, actors and shooting conditions are among the topics discussed. (AMCTV)

New (I think, new to me anyway) trailer  embedded below for the performance-enhancing drug created zombie movie Devil’s Playground. (Zombie Command)

Author James Dempsey talks about his zombie fairy tale Zakary’s Zombies, a novel about a developmentally damaged young man who cultivates a relationship with a pair of zombies living in his basement. (Worcester Telegram & Gazette)

The world is desperately in need of a full-blown zombie apocalypse musical, so I’m glad to hear someone is working on exactly that. You can see the trailer/promo work embedded below, but you should go to YouTube and “Like” it to help the creator win a contest and make the proposal a real thing. (A World on Fire)

Aspiring zombie authors, your lucky day has arrived. Zombie Nation Publishing is a new publishing house dedicated to the undead. (The Daily Loaf)

You’ll find a new trailer embedded below for upcoming PS3 downloadable twin-stick zombie shooter Dead Nation. (Kotaku)

In the novel Shakespeare Undead, the Bard is a vampire who has to protect London from the zombie menace. (The Zombie Nation)

Mainstream media reports on a Boston zombie walk. (TheBostonChannel.com)

If you’re looking for some discussion of the various types of zombies and the whys, hows and wherefores of the undead, look no further. (Morphine Nation)

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Deadlines: News roundup 5/27/10

Posted by Cory Casciato On May - 27 - 2010

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Another day, another George Romero interview. This one may be my favorite, as he reveals what he thinks of 3D, the afterlife and what his zombie apocalypse kit consists of, among many other gems. (Philadelphia Magazine)

If you’re looking to hang that Charlie Adlard (Walking Dead artist) Survival of the Dead poster in your home, your dreams have come true and it will only cost you $30. Also, your dreams will glow in the dark, so there’s that. (Ain’t It Cool News)

Robert Kirkman reveals some good stuff about the AMC adaptation of his Walking Dead series, stuff like there’s no gore limit imposed by the network, Jeffrey DeMunn is playing Dale and the show won’t completely follow the plot of the books. (Ain’t It Cool News)

The next videogame from Gearbox Software, developers of the Borderlands videogame (which had a zombie-based expansion), may be a zombie game. They just registered a trademark for videogames and movies called Z-Day, and that sure as heck sounds like a zombie game to me! (1Up)

If you want the special, three-disc (two CDs of music, one DVD of film) version of the upcoming movie The Dead Matter, you will have to venture into a Hot Topic, where it will be exclusively sold. The horror, the horror… Presumably, the regular one-disc edition will be available at other, non-emo retailers. Anyway, the film is about a girl who comes into possession of a relic that allows her to control the dead, which makes her the target of a vampire lord. Sounds suitably ridiculous and it has Tom Savini. (Fangoria)

Probably no surprise to anyone, REC 2 pulled an R rating for American theaters. (Bloody Disgusting)

Deadlines: News roundup 5/11/10

Posted by Cory Casciato On May - 11 - 2010

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IFC has launched a new genre label called IFC Midnight for VOD, DVD/Blu and limited theatrical releases. Among its scheduled releases are the she-zombie film Doghouse and the French cops/gangster/zombie film The Horde. (Bloody Disgusting)

Simpson College in Iowa has a class that exists to write a collaborative history of the zombie wars. That is awesome. (Des Moines Register)

Get a look at the new poster for the US release of REC 2. (FEARnet)

George A. Romero says if Survival of the Dead does well, he plans two follow-ups, each focusing on a minor character from Diary of the Dead. He also mentioned he would have loved to a film centering on Bub from Day of the Dead before he became a zombie, but couldn’t because someone else owned the films. Supposedly, more info is coming soon… (Dread Central)

Awesome geek site Topless Robot (who I occasionally write for) has an odd and humorous list of nine things useful in the zombie apocalypse. (Topless Robot)

A band called the Bastard Fairies (great name, by the way!) made a video with a zombie theme for the song “Dirty Sexy Kill Kill.” It’s embedded below for you. (FEARnet)

If you need a shot of lime-flavored undead energy, try the new Zombie Blood Energy Potion coming soon to a Hot Topic, Fry’s Electronics or other fine retail outlet near you.

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Deadlines: News roundup 2/4/10

Posted by Cory Casciato On February - 4 - 2010

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To honor George A. Romero’s birthday today (happy birthday!), the folks at FEARNet had a bunch of horror luminaries, including Guillermo del Toro, Edgar Wright and Max Brooks, give short tributes to the master. You can also find some other great zombie-related stuff from today on their News page. (FEARNet)

Can’t get enough Pride and Prejudice and Zombies? You’ll be very excited to hear about the graphic novel version, then. (Dread Central)

The charming horror-comedy (with zombies!) I Sell the Dead (review here) is coming to DVD/Blu-ray on March 30 for $20 (DVD) or $30 (Blu). (Bloody Disgusting)

French zombie film Mutants hits various VOD (video on demand) systems February 10, so there’s a new trailer out, which you can watch after the break. I want to see this, but fear it will be dubbed for VOD. I hate dubbed films. (Bloody Disgusting)

The band Zombie Apocalypse NOW! is releasing their third EP Forbidden Tales of Science on February 5. (Western Herald)

NPR’s Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me totally falls in love with a fiction about a taping of their show during the zombie apocalypse. (Wait Wait Don’t Blog Me)

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Deadlines: News roundup 12/29/09

Posted by Cory Casciato On December - 29 - 2009

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The Wild West gets all zombified in Rotten, an ongoing series written by Mark Rahner and Robert Horton and illustrated by Dan Dougherty. The series looks at current events through the lens of a zombie Western thriller. Kind of makes me wish I had the resources to follow comic books. (Comic Book Resources)

The people of FEARnet ran down their top nine music/horror things of ’09 and Chickenhawk’s zombie apocalypse video for “I Hate This … Do You Like It?” made the list, giving me a goo excuse to embed the video again. Which I did, after the break. (FEARnet)

Be a nun, wield a scythe, kill zombies in medieval times in Twin Blades on Xbox Live Arcade. (Blend Games)

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Deadlines: News roundup 12/18/09

Posted by Cory Casciato On December - 18 - 2009

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Dan O’Bannon, the director of the classic Return of the Living Dead (not to mention writer of Dead & Buried, Alien and lots of other stuff) is dead of an undisclosed illness. A moment of silence, followed by a call for “Brains” (he introduced the idea in RotLD) is in order. (Dread Central)

Rejoice, for George A. Romero’s Survival of the Dead has distribution. Magnet Releasing has picked it up and it will come to video on demand spring of 2010, followed by a limited theatrical release and finally, DVD. (Dread Central)

The political zombie comedy Zombies of Mass Destruction (review here) will get a theatrical release on January 29 as part of After Dark’s “Films to Die For” series. (Bloody Disgusting)

If zombie Christmas carols sound like a good time to you, you will enjoy this Q&A with It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Zombies! A Book of Zombie Christmas Carols author Michael P. Spradlin. (LA Weekly)

A new poster and a bunch of images for Nazi zombie film Outpost II: Black Sun have been released. (Bloody Disgusting)

Deadlines: News roundup 12/7/09

Posted by Cory Casciato On December - 7 - 2009

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The cover image and details of what’s on the disc for the DVD and Blu release of Zombieland are available. The movie is coming home February 2 for $29 (DVD) or $40 (Blu) MSRP. Special features included a couple of featurettes, deleted scenes and storyboards. (DVDActive)

Looks like there will be a third REC movie and the original directors will be returning. That’s supposedly direct from the horse’s (well, director’s) mouth. (Dread Central)

Unless it isn’t, and there isn’t any REC 3 coming from the original directors, which is what this response to the previous report says. (Bloody Disgusting)

This is real though: Dead Space 2 is officially announced, and Isaac Clarke, the first game’s hero, will return. And he’s probably pissed off, if the typical sequel formula is followed. (Kotaku)

The folks over at Dread Central have discovered Gavin Castleton’s Home, a concept album about love and the zombie apocalypse. I’ve been digging this album for a while now, but haven’t had the time to do a proper writeup. Go see what they have to say, and rest assured I will be weighing in soon. (Dread Central)

If you’re an actor in Tampa, Florida and you have always wanted to star in a zombie webseries, your dream audition just became a reality. (Free Casting Calls and Auditions)

Deadlines: News roundup 12/1/09

Posted by Cory Casciato On December - 1 - 2009

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Paul Naschy is dead at 75, after a bout with cancer. The legendary horror actor/writer/director was responsible for Vengeance of the Zombies, so it warrants a mention here. RIP, Mr. Naschy. Unless, you know, you want to come back as a zombie. (Bloody Disgusting)

This week’s DVD releases include Deader Country, about a “strange hybrid creature, a beast that is half man, half alien and ALL zombie.” (Fangoria)

Word is Left 4 Dead 2 has sold over 2 million copies in two weeks. Holy Zombie Apocalypse! And yes, one of those copies was bought by me. Look for a reaction or review piece soon, and add cope (that’s me) as a friend on Xbox Live if you want to kill some zombies together. (Kotaku)

If you need some tunes to soundtrack your roadtrip across a zombie-infested wasteland, this zombie-themed mix is a great start. (ShareMyPlaylists.com)

Deadlines: News roundup 10/28/09

Posted by Cory Casciato On October - 28 - 2009

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Do you kick ass at Left 4 Dead 2 on Xbox 360? Then you’ll be able to decorate your avatar with groovy L4D2 items, such as frying pans and medkits. (Kotaku)

If you want a copy of FVZA (Federal Vampire and Zombie Agency) issue one, you’d better call your local comics specialty store and reserve one, because it’s sold out at the distributor level. (Dread Central)

Bowling Green State University is a fine place for zombiephiles to go to college — the BG Undead club there gets almost $1,600 a year to keep their games of humans vs. zombies running smoothly. (Toledo on the Move)

Enjoy an entertaining and enlightening argument that a movie theater is a solid choice as a fort in the event of a zombie apocalypse. (Riverfront Times)

Hip-hop artist Akira the Don will release a five-track EP called I am Not Dead (Yeah!), complete with zombie apocalypse themed mini-movie music video. Trailer embedded after the break. (The Quietus)

The ever-entertaining author of the ubiquitous Zombie Survival Guide, Max Brooks, gives a quick interview. (Graffiti)

There’s a new, short teaser trailer out for The Dead, the long-in-the-works zombie movie set in Africa, but still very little info available. C’mon, folks, get with the program! Trailer embedded after the break for you, naturally. (28 Days Later: An Analysis)

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