Deadlines: News roundup 6/18/10

Posted by Cory Casciato On June - 18 - 2010

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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.

Remember the girl in Frozen? That’s Emma Bell and she’s the latest addition to The Walking Dead‘s TV incarnation. She’ll be playing a “college student who seeks safety with the remaining survivors after the zombie invasion” but no name is given. Another new character? (Variety)

In other Walking Dead news, IAE Magazine is reporting IronE Singleton (The Blind Side) has been added as a character named T-Dog (possibly a renamed Tyreese?). (IAE Magazine)

The special features and DVD details for the collaborative remix project Night of the Living Dead: Reanimated have been revealed. Expect short films, alternate scenes, commentary by Jonathan Maberry, making-of commentary and lots more. You’ll be able to pick it up and see a panel about it Thursday, July 22 at San Diego Comic Con. (Dread Central)

Supposedly, top-down PS3 zombie shooter Dead Nation will have more zombies on screen than any game in history. (PlayStationLifeStyle)

Looking forward to the rhythm game/zombie game Rock of the Dead? Here’s a preview for both of you. (Joystiq)

Deadlines: News roundup 6/10/10

Posted by Cory Casciato On June - 10 - 2010

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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.

Go behind the scenes of The Walking Dead for a look at the zombies in the video blog “Zombie School,” embedded below for your viewing pleasure. (AMCTV)

Genre vet Michael Rooker (Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, too many other roles to list, probably best known for his role as Svenning in Mallrats) has joined the cast of The Walking Dead as Merle, presumably a new (or renamed?) character. (Dread Central)

And there’s a new zombie image from The Walking Dead, as well. (Bloody Disgusting)

The femme-zombie film Doghouse is now available from IFC’s VOD service. There’s a new trailer for it embedded below. (Horror Squad)

My favorite horror-rocker/T-shirt designer/zombie comic Eric Weiss (aka Zombie!) is now delving into video games. The Zombie! game will feature “9 songs from the debut CD, artwork by Dave Cook and Corefolio, 3 horrific FPS levels, plenty of violence, blood, guts, and fun!” he promises. There’s a trailer after the break, and hopefully more info to come.

In the upcoming film Wake Wood, a couple bring their daughter back from the dead via a pagan ritual, but trouble arises when they don’t want to let her die again when their allotted time is up. (28 Days Later Analysis)

There’s a new promo zombie image for Night of the Living Dead: Origins, the animated prequel/reboot of NotLD. (Bloody Disgusting)

Finally, thanks to Andre Hernandez for sending a news tip!

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Deadlines: News roundup 6/7/10

Posted by Cory Casciato On June - 7 - 2010

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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.

Ah, now this is refreshing. An article about George Romero and his influence, rather than another by-the-numbers Q&A with him. (USA Today)

Prepare for Darkest Day, an upcoming infected-zombie apocalypse flick about a guy who wakes up without any memory and discovers an evacuated city. Then he discovers the army wants him. Uh-oh! There’s a sharp looking trailer below. (Quiet Earth)

You might enjoy this report on the hipster-infested zombie crawl in Williamsburg. (Fangoria)

Get a look at the cover art for Dead Space 2, the continuation of everyone’s favorite “shooting dead things … in space!” gaming series. (Kotaku)

Need a book of short stories about zombie animals? This Zombie Zoology Anthology is just the thing! (Fangoria)

I remember posting about Zombie Fit, an exercise plan geared to prepare you for the zombie apocalypse, way back in the day. Well, now the mainstream media has caught on. There’s a TV news report embedded below. (Popular Fidelity)

Also embedded below, you’ll find an amusing discussion/exploration of various zombie hybrids, from Nazi zombies to wolfman/vampire zombies. (College Humor)

If what you need to complete your life is a zombie Storm Trooper (aka Death Trooper) bust, prepare to be completed. (Dread Central)

In “is this really news?” news, the logo for the upcoming 3D animated film Night of the Living Dead: Origins has been released. There’s also a Facebook page now. (Bloody Disgusting)

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ZMMM Dailies: 6/1/2010 – Night of the Living Dead

Posted by Cory Casciato On June - 2 - 2010

What better way to start off a zombie movie marathon than the movie that transformed zombies from a second-rate movie monster to the greatest creature of all time? None. None better way, I say. So I did.

What to say about NotLD? It’s almost certainly literally all been said before. I’ve probably seen it six or eight times, perhaps a few more. It’s enjoyable every time. I find something new or find my focus shifted every time I watch it. I noticed the music a lot, in part because I’ve been listening intermittently to Tonight of the Living Dead by 400 Lonely Things, which is an ambient work based on transformations of the original audio. The film’s score is a weird mix of classical, almost old-fashioned, film music and weird, electronic sounds (theremin? organ run through a delay effect? anyone know?). There are also some odd sound design decisions, such as the bizarre echo effect on the scream when Karen Cooper is killed. But it all works, which is part of the genius of the film.

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ZMMM 3.0 Launch

Posted by Cory Casciato On June - 1 - 2010

June has arrived and with it, Zombie Movie Marathon Month 3.0! I’m kicking things off tonight with Night of the Living Dead and a short film to be determined. The additional 29 feature films can be found below. I’ll determine which short films I watch each night in a random manner.

Starting tomorrow, you’ll see daily reaction pieces on the previous evening’s viewing. These aren’t full reviews (although sometimes they come close) but just a quick reaction from em to what I have just seen. For June, these reaction pieces, the daily news roundup and Fashion Zombie will be all you see. I won’t have time to work on much else, but the usual schedule will return in July. Remember, if you are doing any zombie movie marathoning and blogging/Tweeting/Facebooking about it, let me know so I can link to you and share the joy. And you can always find all the ZMMM coverage via the dedicated Zombie Movie Marathon Month tag.

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Deadlines: News roundup 5/26/10

Posted by Cory Casciato On May - 26 - 2010

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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.

Another George Romero interview walks among us. Covers a lot of now-familiar ground, but it’s worth a quick look. (Ain’t It Cool News)

And another Romero video interview, too, from Cinema Cool Show. It’s embedded below. (Cinema Cool Show)

The collaborative remix project Night of the Living Dead: Reanimated is coming to DVD July 27 with over two hours of bonus features. It will retail for $17. (Fangoria)

Seems that FEARnet is determined to interview everyone involved with Resident Evil: Afterlife but the caterer. Today, they talk to editor Niven Howie. (FEARnet)

Just a couple days until REC 2 gets a theatrical release in the UK. Celebrate with a tool to REC-zombify yourself! (Dread Central)

So, Android phones have something called “Live Wallpaper” and there’s a zombie apocalypse-simulating “live wallpaper” from Pixel Zombies. I don’t really know what any of that means, but I am inclined to think it’s a good thing. So, yay! (Phandroid)

I bet you always wanted to see the survivors and zombies of Left 4 Dead in super-cute “chibi” versions, didn’t you? (Kotaku)

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Deadlines: News roundup 5/4/10

Posted by Cory Casciato On May - 4 - 2010

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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 cool new poster for Romero’s Survival of the Dead from Walking Dead artist Charlie Adlard. (Splash Page)

Get to know indie filmmaker Joshua Bell, the man behind the upcoming zombie comedy Beverly Lane. It’s about being stuck at the office, during a zombie apocalypse, with a bunch of people you hate. Including mimes. There’s a trailer embedded below. (Dread Central)

More info emerges on the high-school-football/zombie tale Play Dead. The book hits today. The film is a short that evolved from a commission to shoot a trailer for the book, but they’re hoping to shoot a feature if they can raise the money. And the plot concerns a violent rivalry that leads to the death — and subsequent revival as zombies — of one team, who must then win the state championship or be banished to hell. (Fangoria)

The post-nuclear-apocalyptic zombie Western Devil’s Crossing has a new trailer, which you’ll find embedded below. It’s a Western about a man trying to redeem his soul from the devil in the face of the devil’s zombie army trying to take over the post-nuclear wasteland. Original, at least! (28 Days Later: An Analysis)

The remix-culture inspired Night of the Living Dead: Reanimated, which tasked animators to work together to “remake” the classic film, will get an official bootleg release soon to build anticipation for the official, deluxe special-edition DVD release. (Bloody Disgusting)

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Great moments in zombie history

Posted by Cory Casciato On April - 28 - 2010


There have been many milestones throughout the eighty-year history of the zombie in Western culture. In today’s world, where zombies are such a part of everyday life that every college campus is aswarm with games of Human vs. Zombie, zombies are used in advertising and we get a new zombie movie or game released every few months, it’s easy to forget our roots. To make sure that doesn’t happen, I’ve compiled a quick overview of ten great moments in zombie history, from the earliest days to modern times. Without these milestones, we wouldn’t be where we are today. Remember and rejoice.

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Deadlines: News roundup 4/5/10

Posted by Cory Casciato On April - 5 - 2010

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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.

Excited for Resident Evil: Afterlife? Then you’ll enjoy this set visit report. And you can see the trailer, which is embedded below the break. (Shock Till You Drop)

Enjoy a new batch of images for Night of the Living Dead: Origins, the CGI-animated NotLD prequel coming from Zebediah de Soto. (Dread Central)

Speaking of NotLD: Origins, this Tony Todd interview has some interesting info. He says it’s set in 2011, it’s a reboot and it’s set in Manhattan. (Fangoria)

In other NotLD animation news, here’s an interview with Mike Schneider, the “conceptualist and curator” of the collaborative animation project Night of the Living Dead: ReAnimated. (Fangoria)

There’s a preview of a 28 Days Later comic for those that might enjoy such a thing. (Ain’t It Cool News)

The Troma film festival TromaDance is happening April 16-17 in Asbury, New Jersey and it has a couple of zombie-related offerings this year: Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead and Zombies and Cigarettes. (Fangoria)

An interview with Michael Simon, the filmmaker behind the short film Gay Zombie. (Fangoria)

A sensible set of workplace guidelines to deal with Event Z (aka the zombie apocalypse). (Wild Sheep Chasing)

I know Easter is over, but you might still enjoy these photos of Left 4 Dead, done Easter-egg style. (Kotaku)

Resident Evil 4 is coming to the iPad. Yay? (Kotaku)

At a recent showing of Night of the Living Dead, a preacher decided to get his preach on and tell people off for seeing such a depraved film. (Rue Morgue)

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List: Top 10 zombie tots

Posted by Cory Casciato On March - 31 - 2010

There is nothing creepier than a zombie kid. Humans are wired to feel protective toward the little ones, and when you subvert that by making the little bastards into flesh-hungry freaks, it’s just extra unsettling. Similarly, twist it a little more and it becomes funny, maybe even a little cute again — but still fucking creepy. Considering the prevalence of undead tykes in the zombie film mythos, it’s obviously a favorite trope of filmmakers everywhere. It’s also a favorite of mine, perhaps paradoxically since I am a parent, or maybe that’s why I love them so much. Here are ten of my favorite zombie tots from the movies. May you never wake up and have one of them looming over your bed.
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