List: Old-school zombies

Posted by Cory Casciato On March - 24 - 2010

These days, the Romero-inspired vision of flesh-eating zombies is so ingrained as the de facto blueprint for the living dead that it’s hard to remember that anything of substance came before. Yet before he came along and changed the game forever with the now-classic 1968 feature Night of the Living Dead, zombies already had a rich, 35+ year history at the movies. Admittedly, most of those films were, to put it mildly, forgettable. There are a few worthwhile films to be found in the first three and half decades of zombiedom, though. Here’s a guide to five of them that are worth the time to track down, in order from least worthwhile to most.

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Deadlines: News roundup 2/17/10

Posted by Cory Casciato On February - 17 - 2010

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If a convention with a screening of George A. Romero’s Survival of the Dead sounds like fun, get thee to Irving/Lewisville, Texas (I have no idea where that is either) April 28 through May 1 for the Texas Frightmare Weekend Film Festival. More films to be announced soon. (Dread Central)

On the other hand, if a convention with guest Tom Savini and a Night of the Living Dead reunion sounds like fun, get thee to Indianapolis, Indiana July 9-11 for the Famous Monsters convention. (Horror Squad)

The new UK super-deluxe Blu-ray release of Day of the Dead is coming with a 24-page comic recounting the origins of Bub the zombie. Have a look at this preview, which looks fantastic. (Dread Central)

The novel version of author Timothy W. Long’s  The Zombie Wilson Diaries, chronicling the experience of one man shipwrecked on a deserted island and his female zombie companion, is now available.

More info about the Zombie Combat Manual for you, in case handing out an ass-whupping to a zombie sounds like a good idea to you. (A World on Fire)

Deadlines: News roundup 2/11/10

Posted by Cory Casciato On February - 11 - 2010

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The first DLC for Left 4 Dead 2 is coming in late March. As was previously reported, it is called “The Passing” and it concerns a meetup between the four survivors from the first game and the four survivors from the second. In the DLC we’ll get a new type of common-uncommon called the fallen survivor, a zombie that used to think they were immune, but weren’t. They will apparently occasionally drop supplies. Also coming are a comic book that should reveal more of the story and an add-on for the original game that will fill in the gaps of how they ended up in the sequel’s DLC. There’s also a bunch of screenshots if you like looking at things. (Kotaku)

Remember that 3D, animated Night of the Living Dead prequel called NotLD: Origins? Yeah, still happening and an image of Ben has been released. (Dread Central)

There will be a special, Xbox 360-only prologue to Dead Rising 2 called Dead Rising: Case Zero. Word is it takes place in the time between the original game and the new one. It should be out right before DR2 is released August 31 (in North America anyway). (Kotaku)

Contrary to reports yesterday, PC gamers will get a chance to kill zombies in space with Dead Space 2. Maybe. (Kotaku)

News on DoubleBear’s still untitled zombie RPG is scant, but if you’ve got the time, there’s a wealth of information to be gleaned from this forum. (Iron Tower)

Because putting any two unrelated good things together must be even better, no matter how ridiculous the combination, there will be a game called Rock of the Dead. You know, like Rock Band. With zombies. (IGN)

If, for some crazy reason, a Resident Evil special edition of Monopoly sounds like a good idea to you, who am I to argue? (Kotaku)

Deadlines: News roundup 2/9/10

Posted by Cory Casciato On February - 9 - 2010

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Space zombie fans on Xbox 360 and PS3 may get a shot at playing the on-rails spin-off Dead Space: Extraction soon if rumors of it coming to those platforms as a downloadable game turn out to be true. (Kotaku)

The lovable zombie girl who ate mommy in the original Night of the Living Dead (Kyra Schon) now makes handmade, horror-themed jewelry. Which means A) we live in the strangest of all possible worlds and B) I sense a future installment of Fashion Zombie covering some of her pieces… (Dread Central)

One blogger uses his experiences with Left 4 Dead 2 to explain why he probably won’t survive the coming zombie apocalypse. (Exercising Monsters)

A zombie walk and a screening of Zombieland at one of America’s oldest operating theaters are recounted in this recap. Plus, pictures of zombies! (io9)

Deadlines: News roundup 12/23/09

Posted by Cory Casciato On December - 23 - 2009

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In “worst idea ever” news, some genius has decided to colorize and 3Dify the original Night of the Living Dead. You can see the horrible colorized (but non-3D) results in a godawful trailer embedded after the break. (Dread Central)

The good people of Buy Zombie take a good look at the evolution of zombies in George Romero’s Dead movies.

If you need to get the zombie apocalypse in glassware form, rejoice, because just that thing is coming in January. If I’m lucky, I’ll be drinking beer out of a zombie glass to celebrate my birthday next year! (Badger Sandwich)

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Deadlines: News roundup 12/3/09

Posted by Cory Casciato On December - 3 - 2009

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It’s official: Zombieland will get a sequel and it will be in 3D. Director Ruben Fleischer is signed on to return, the writing team behind the original (Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick) is already at work and talks are in progress for stars Woody Harrelson and Jesse Eisenberg to return. (Variety)

The voice cast for the upcoming animated prequel Night of the Living Dead: Origins is coming together. The latest report on the matter names six actors –  Jesse Corti, Danielle Harris, Bill Moseley, Joe Pilato, Alona Tal and Cornell Womack — but not the previously mentioned Mos Def. Hopefully that’s just an oversight. (The Hollywood Reporter)

The Onion News Network reported on the GOP’s latest effort to find a new face — Zombie Reagan. (Note: If you are unfamiliar with The Onion, it is satire.) The video is embedded for you after the break. (The Onion)

There’s not a ton of new info in it, but if you’re breathlessly following every development in the upcoming Undead Labs MMOZ game, here’s another generality filled interview with lead Jeff Strain. (The Feed)

If you’ve been following the community-developed game The Zombie Game Experiment, then you’ll be glad to hear AI middleware developers Xaitment have donated their AI tools. (Zombie Command)

If you’ve always wanted a cutesy, 6″ tall zombie figurine/toy and have $40 to spend, your day has finally come. Pocket Zombies are here. (Dread Central)

If you love comics, pro wrestling and zombies, man are you going to love this. (Zombie Command)

The apocalypse-loving folk of Quiet Earth are digging the short film Plague and have made it available to watch online. You can watch it after the break here, where I have embedded it, if you hate clicking on other sites. (Quiet Earth)

Did you love REC? Do you get excited by news about movie posters and debunked rumors? Then these Italian REC 2 one-sheets and info about the now-debunked REC 3 website should thrill you to no end. (Dread Central)

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Deadlines: News roundup 11/12/09

Posted by Cory Casciato On November - 12 - 2009

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Stephen King has completed a script for a television adaptation of his techno-zombie book Cell. (Dread Central)

Read about one obsessive fan’s trials and tribulations in trying to get the crappy, ’80s, direct-to-video movie The Video Dead a proper DVD release. (Dread Central)

Tonight through November 15, Night of the Living Dead: ReAnimated is showing on Facebook.

One of the crew at Destructoid explains why he’ll be playing as Ellis, the redneck dude, in Left 4 Dead 2. (Destructoid)

My reading list just got a lot fuller with this list of new zombie books coming out. (Fangoria)

Deadlines: News roundup 10/19/09

Posted by Cory Casciato On October - 19 - 2009

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As part of the Facebook Comic Con, an online comic convention, you’ll be able to watch Night of the Living Dead: Reanimated online from November 12-15.

Need to catch up on your collection of Robert Kirkman’s brilliant Walking Dead series? This two-for-one deal should help — hurry, it ends October 31. (Horror Squad)

Relive the October 11 Monroeville Mall — aka the infamous mall from the original Dawn of the Dead — zombie crawl with this story from the local paper. (Indiana Gazette)

Learn about the history and future of Phantasm (yes, it is a zombie movie) in this Q&A with Director Don Coscarelli an stars Angus Scrimm and Reggie Bannister. (LA Times)

Cap off last week’s coverage of The Zombie Game Experiment with an interview with Hive Media CEO Will Weaver. (Zombie Command)

Someone has put together an informative guide on how Twitter can save your life in the coming zombie apocalypse. (Mozealous)

Among this week’s DVD releases is Last of the Living, a zombie comedy about a couple of slacker survivors and a hot girl who may hold the cure for the zombie plague. (Fangoria)

So, there’s a real Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh, and there’s a not-real one in Left 4 Dead‘s “No Mercy” campaign. Some funny guys have been reviewing the not-real hospital on the real one’s Citysearch site. Hilarious. (Kotaku)

A few details on a Canadian zombie walk and Mez-Itz zombie toy discount. (Fangoria)

Deadlines: News roundup 10/7/09

Posted by Cory Casciato On October - 7 - 2009

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Australians, fret not! Valve is still trying to get the “full” version of Left 4 Dead 2 classified via an appeal, but if that fails, they have an edited version ready to go. (Kotaku)

In this interview with Night of the Living Dead: Origins director Zeb de Soto you will learn about casting, his conception for the film, the technology he’s bringing to bear and how 3D will play a part. (Bloody Disgusting)

Residents of Ramsey, New Jersey can enjoy a free screening of Night of the Living Dead: Reanimated this Saturday, October 10. (Fangoria)

Deadlines: News roundup 9/28/09

Posted by Cory Casciato On September - 28 - 2009

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There’s a spoiler-laden interview with REC/REC 2 co-creators Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza at Bloody Disgusting. The spoilers are well-labeled, so you can read the non-spoiler bits safely. They also have an awesomely gory new still image. (Bloody Disgusting)

Get on the red carpet for Zombieland. (Fangoria)

Some intriguing news from George Romero — if Survival of the Dead does well, he’d like to do at least two more Dead stories based on characters first introduced in Diary — and introduce some “new rules” to his mythos. (Dread Central)

Have a look at the first test image for Night of the Living Dead: Origins, the forthcoming NotLD 3D CGI prequel. I did — it looks okay. (Dread Central)

Award-winning zombie short Dead Exit is coming to DVD. You can read more about it here. (Fangoria)

Sherlock Homes faces the zombie menace in Victorian Undead, hitting comics stores November 18. (io9)

Pittsburgh’s plans for World Zombie Day (October 11) – another world-record attempting zombie walk, zombie ball, zombie mall crawl in original Dawn of the Dead mall. Sounds fun to me. (Horror-Movies.ca)

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