Deadlines: News roundup 10/22/09

Posted by Cory Casciato On October - 22 - 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.

Good Left 4 Dead 2 news: a kick-ass, new trailer has arrived/been leaked! It’s embedded after the break.

Less good L4D2 news: Sorry, Aussies. Left 4 Dead 2‘s appeal was rejected, so you’re stuck with the watered-down, edited version. No decapitations for you! (Kotaku)

A few more details have emerged on the PvP “Zombie Apocalypse” map for Champions Online. PCs can become infected and switch to the zombie side, so it sounds pretty true to the real zombie apocalypse. If I had time to play MMORPGs, this one would be extremely tempting. (Warcry Network)

The band Atreyu has released a zombie-shooting game called Metalhead Zombies to promote their new album Congregation of the Damned. You can play it here. (Fangoria)

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Deadlines: News roundup 10/14/09

Posted by Cory Casciato On October - 14 - 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.

With Halloween approaching, the zombie walks and movie screenings are coming thick and fast. Luckily, folks like Fangoria (and me, at times) take the time to round up what’s going down with the undead. (Fangoria)

In this week’s “Savage Love,” sex-advice columnist Dan Savage addresses the issue of zombie sex (it’s the second letter, you’ll have to scroll down a bit). (The Stranger)

The Reaper Awards saw a couple of zombie flicks winning. REC took home Best Indie/Foreign, while the inferior remake Quarantine took home Best Zombie. That is a TRAVESTY! REC should have nabbed best zombie, it is far better than Quarantine and reading subtitles isn’t that hard, people! Why stick the foreign stuff into some arbitrary ghetto?(Dread Central)

If you really love Night of the Creeps, maybe you should grab one of these limited-edition soundtrack CDs and get it signed? (Fangoria)

The Left 4 Dead 2 boycott is officially over. (Kotaku)

The coverage of The Zombie Game Experiment continues with some concept art. (Zombie Command)

Deadlines: News roundup 9/7/09

Posted by Cory Casciato On September - 7 - 2009

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The Austin, Texas-based Fantastic Fest has a fantastic lineup: REC 2, Survival of the Dead, Zombieland, Doghouse and The Revenant are all scheduled. Damn, I wish I could get away for the September 24 to October 1 festival. That’s just a crazy selection of zombie action. (Dread Central)

This week’s DVD and Blu-ray releases include the George A. Romero directed Creepshow. (Fangoria)

Our friends at Zombie Command have a bunch of Pontypool facts for you. Good info for the all-zombie trivia contest in your future.  (Zombie Command)

Catch up with what the “helicopter zombie” from Dawn of the Dead has been up to. (Penn Live)

The World War Z-inspired short film Plague has a sweet teaser trailer out, and you can find it after the break. (Quiet Earth)

I like zombies in music videos, so I’d answer the titular question in Chickenhawk’s song “I Hate This, Do You Like It?” with a resounding “Yes!” Your mileage may vary, depending on your taste for hardcore-leaning, scream-filled rock. You can watch it after the break, and read all about it here. (Fangoria)

Take a trip to the past and recall the forgotten zombie game Zombie Revenge. (Destructoid)

Finally, Happy Labor Day. Remember, corporations don’t make things, capital doesn’t make things — workers make things.

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Deadlines: News roundup 8/28/09

Posted by Cory Casciato On August - 28 - 2009

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Another day, another Zombieland clip. This one looks to be from the beginning of the movie and is supposedly exclusive. And it is definitely embedded after the break. (Hollywood Crush)

Learn about the “anti-zombie rock” of Zombie Apocalypse NOW!, a band from Kalamazoo, Michigan. (Mlive.com)

A new Phantasm project may be in the works. It may even be close to being done. Or maybe not. Read about it here. (And yes, Phantasm is a zombie series). (Horror Squad)
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Deadlines: News roundup 8/18/09

Posted by Cory Casciato On August - 18 - 2009

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

How would a zombie uprising affect foreign relations? Find out here. (Foreign Policy)

In the “what if” department, you can now lie awake nights, sleepless and wondering what a Guillermo Del Toro directed version of Robert Kirkman’s Walking Dead series might have looked like, as may have almost happened. (Splash Page)

The good, ol’ BBC has a nice write up on that Canadian math paper about surviving the zombie apocalypse. (BBC News)

Intrigued about the zombie rock musical Diamond Dead (which at one point was going to be done by George A. Romero!) I mentioned yesterday? There are a few more details here. (Fangoria)

Deadlines: News roundup 6/25/09

Posted by Cory Casciato On June - 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 feed to your RSS reader for your daily dose of walking dead. Got news tips? E-mail me at cory.casciato[AT]gmail.com.

The biggest news of the day, by far, is that Michael Jackson is dead. How is that zombie news? Ever heard of a little thing called “Thriller”? It’s probably behind only Night of the Living Dead and maybe Dawn of the Dead in terms of popularizing zombies. TMZ broke the news earlier today, but it’s pretty much everywhere. (TMZ)

PC gamers get official support for custom campaigns in Left 4 Dead with an update today. Lucky bastards. (Kotaku)

And that’s it, because today is the slowest zombie news days ever. But to salve the pain, there’s a silly Resident Evil claymation clip embedded after the breka (thanks to Kotaku for the find).

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Deadlines: News roundup 6/17/09

Posted by Cory Casciato On June - 17 - 2009

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Musician Eric Weiss of the band Zombie! (a fun, kind-of-Misfits-sounding horror rock band) reported today on Twitter that Rob Zombie’s lawyers have sent him a cease-and-desist notice insisting he stop using the name Zombie! and selling merch with that logo, lest people be confused. Needless to say, this is complete and utter bullshit — Rob Zombie does not get exclusive use of the word zombie and his lawyers need to be eaten by ambulatory corpses if they can’t see that. When a guy comes along calling himself Rob Zombie or another band tries to jock White Zombie (itself STOLEN from an historic zombie movie, I might add), then they can get their lawyer on.

The folks at Fangoria have a bunch of stills and a few details from the cleverly named short film Paris by Night of the Living Dead. (Fangoria)

I’m a fan of poster art (rock concert posters, old movie posters, etc.) and I am totally taken with this print done for the Alamo Drafthouse’s Night of the Creeps showing. If it were up to me, my house would be decorated solely with this sort of stuff. (Fangoria)

ZMMM Dailies: 6/3/2009

Posted by Cory Casciato On June - 4 - 2009

iwalkedwithazombie1Tonight’s entry I Walked With a Zombie was definitely not your average zombie flick. The 1943 movie had more in common with soapy, old-timey tear-jerking love stories – two brothers in a love triangle and the tragedy that ensues. Nonetheless, this is an inarguably good, perhaps even great movie. Sure, it’s dated and a little low on action — really, not a whole lot happens — but it looked good, the actors could actually act and the guy behind the camera really knew what he was doing. More interesting than entertaining, it’s nevertheless worth seeing. Plus, Roky Erickson wrote a song about it, which is reason enough to see it in my book.

Since IWWaZ was so short (a mere 68 minutes — amazing that that used to be long enough for a feature film!) I followed it with the humorous Danger! 50,000 Zombies! short (27 minutes), which starred Nick Frost and Simon Pegg of Shaun of the Dead fame. Pretty funny stuff, a lighthearted look at classic zombie tropes — a lot of it seemed lifted nearly straight out of Max Brooks’s Zombie Survival Guide — with added homoeroticism. Up tomorrow is the cleverly titled Alan Ormsby classic Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things.

Deadlines: News roundup 5/27/09

Posted by Cory Casciato On May - 27 - 2009

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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]gmail.com.

Director Gary Ugarek reports that Deadlands 2: Trapped has been acquired by Anthem Pictures. It may be coming to VOD (video on demand), since Anthem does that sort of thing. Presumably it will see a DVD release at some point as well. (Horror-Movies.ca)

The upcoming Wii zombies-in-space prequel game Dead Space: Extraction gets a preview from Kotaku. Short version: promising, but still needs some polish. (Kotaku)

Fine science fiction blog io9 has a thoughtful post up today asking the timeless (and slightly disturbing) question, can zombies be sexy? (io9)

After the break, you can view an insane bit of AutoTuned gimmick rap called “Zumbie” by Major Lazer. It’s about zombies, and probably NSFW.

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The inconveniences of the “Zombie Apocalypse”

Posted by Cory Casciato On May - 4 - 2009

Kirby Krackle is the self-styled “World’s First Comic Book Rock Band,” and they have produced this lovely ukelele-driven ballad about the horrific inconveniences of the zombie apocalypse. It’s a fun, clever ditty that should appeal to anyone who’s ever spent way too much time pondering what the zombie apocalypse would look like in real life.

For more info on Kirby Krackle or to buy their album, visit the band’s web site.

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