Deadlines: News roundup 9/2/09

Posted by Cory Casciato On September - 2 - 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.

Enjoy a new batch of REC 2 stills from the Toronto International Film Festival. (Bloody Disgusting)

There’s a free, audio-only version of Pontypool available from the BBC. I haven’t had a chance to listen to it yet, but this could be very cool… (Horror Squad)

Illustrated guide to surviving the zombie apocalypse? There’s an app for that. (Zombie Command)

Peek into the guts of the OZ classic Night of the Living Dead with Autopsy of the Dead, a new, direct-to-DVD doc with some of the makers (but not Papa George, apparently…). Trailer embedded after the break. (Zombie Command)

Hey, what’s that new tab up at the top of the site? Oh, it’s the newly added FAQ page!

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Deadlines: News roundup 8/24/09

Posted by Cory Casciato On August - 24 - 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.

A guy asked I Sell the Dead writer/director Glenn McQuaid a bunch of silly questions. Get the answers here. (Fangoria)

With a decent premise — zombies in high school — and a good looking trailer, School of the Dead is intriguing. Plus, it was made by 8th graders. Read about it here, check the trailer after the break. (MovieMaker)

I can’t say this sounds appealing to me, but Night of the Living Dead has been colorized and converted to 3D and you can catch the premiere in LA on October 3. (Zombie Command)

The action-comedy Zombieland is getting its release date bumped up a week to October 2. (Bloody Disgusting)

Fred Dekker promises to push hard for a sequel to Night of the Creeps if the DVD sells well, so buy a couple of copies. (Dread Central)

Speaking of which, here’s the details on that Night of the Creeps DVD/Blu-ray release, including a glimpse at the cover art. (DVD Active)

Win a framed Stag Night of the Dead poster in Zombie Command‘s competition. (Zombie Command)

If you are in Greece, you can go see To Kako (aka Evil in the Time of Heroes), sequel to Greek zombie romp Evil, on October 1. The rest of us will have to wait. (Dread Central)

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Deadlines: News roundup 8/12/09

Posted by Cory Casciato On August - 12 - 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.

Well, my prayers have finally been answered. A company called DoubleBear Productions is working on a turn-based, single-player computer zombie apocalypse RPG focused on survival and interactions between the survivors. As one of the designers puts it, “Unlike other games that are just about blasting zombies, the difficulties in this game stem from dealing with the other personalities in the group, the threats from outside the group, and the dangers of daily existence in the absence of law and the presence of desperate humans and persistent undead. It’s more about the humans than the zombies.” Oh.Hell.Yes. (The Escapist)

Speaking of prayers? The excellent Walking Dead comic series is in development as a TV series for AMC. If any series could make for compelling zombie TV, it’s this one — I couldn’t be more excited (Oh.Hell.Yes.Pt.2). Frank Darabont is set to write and diect, Gale Ann Hurd to produce (less exciting, but workable). (Variety)

In honor of I Sell the Dead hitting VOD today (check your local cable listings), how about a making-of video and statement from the director? It’s not embeddable, sorry. (Fangoria)

Spend $10 at ThinkGeek, get a free, ten-year anniversary zombie monkey shirt? Yes please! (Zombie Examiner)

Curious what’s going on with Night of the Living Dead: Reanimated, the collaborative animation/film project that reinvents George Romero’s OZ classic? Well, there’s a buttload of news — coloring contests, calls for comics, screening info, the works. (Dread Cental)

More zombie ants? Sure, you can never have enough. (Live Science)

Deadlines: News roundup highlights 7/29/09-8/4/2009

Posted by Cory Casciato On August - 4 - 2009

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I’m back from vacation, refreshed and ready to get back to providing your daily zombie fixes of both of news and original content. If you’re visiting for the first time from the Onion AV Club, welcome. I hope you find all your zombie related needs fulfilled here. Drop me a line telling me what you’d like to see if you don’t. Now, on with a special highlights version of the news post, covering the time I was gone. We’ll be back with daily updates starting tomorrow, supposing my Internet gets fixed in time.

Zombies are hitting the boob tube, via the show Medium. The plan is to do a mashup that inserts lead Patricia Arquette’s character into George A. Romero’s classic Night of the Living Dead. Nicely played, Medium producers. Now I have to watch at least one episode of your show. (The Live Feed)

Need another peek at REC 2? The third teaser trailer is embedded after the break and it looks … okay. The final trailer for I Sell the Dead (it’s coming August 7) looks charming and can also be found after the break. (Dread Central)

Just because Left 4 Dead 2 is on its way doesn’t mean that Left 4 Dead is, uh, dead. Nope, it has some sweet, new downloadable content called “Crash Course” coming in September. This new one, set between the “No Mercy” and “Death Toll” campaigns, is aimed primarily at Versus mode players, but has stuff for all. (Kotaku)

As a music writer (that’s my main gig, folks) who is zombie obsessed, I cannot help but be a little intrigued by Paul is Undead, a book that asks, “What if John Lennon had become a zombie before forming the Beatles.” What if, indeed. (io9)

Sit down for a lengthy chat with the stars and creative team of Zombieland. (MoviesOnline.ca)

If you wanted to read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies but thought, “Nah, too many words, not enough pictures,” your day has nearly arrived. The graphic novel version has been announced. (Publishers Weekly)

Well, that’s the big stuff from the last few days. See you all tomorrow with more news and content!

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Deadlines: News roundup 6/16/09

Posted by Cory Casciato On June - 16 - 2009

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To kick off “The Horror Virgin,” a new feature at new horror site Horror Squad, Elisabeth Rappe watches the original Night of the Living Dead for the first time (how is that even possible?) (Horror Squad)

There’s some good news for all you hi-def zombie lovers out there: The RomZomCom classic Shaun of the Dead is coming to Blu-ray on September 22 for $29.98. (Fangoria)

If you own a Kindle and enjoy reading blogs on it (and don’t mind paying money for things you can get free elsewhere) you can now get The Inevitable Zombie Apocalypse (yes, this blog!) delivered to you wirelessly.

ZMMM Dailies: 6/14/2009 – Night of the Living Dead (1990)

Posted by Cory Casciato On June - 15 - 2009

notld90aI quite enjoyed the Night of the Living Dead remake, just as I did the first time I saw it years ago. I have to say that this remake compares really well to the original classic NotLD. Of course, with George Romero doing the screenplay, Romero, John Russo and Russ Streiner producing and Tom Savini (who did effects for Dawn of the Dead and Day of the Dead) directing, it damn well should have — that’s an impressive pedigree. It’s weird that this movie got such a lukewarm reception on its release and that Savini hasn’t directed anything else. The direction here seems fine — some of the acting is a little questionable (but never bad enough to derail the movie) but apart from that, this is a great remake. The zombies looked great (not surprising from an effects guy as director), the story was nicely updated (especially love the new ending) and the nods to the first were all very clever and not cheap at all. Considering some of the hack directors working today, Savini deserves another shot behind the camera.

Next up is Burial Ground: Nights of Terror — a movie I love for its sheer insanity. It will mark the halfway point for the marathon and kick off the first theme week — five days of Italy’s finest undead mayhem.

Deadlines: News roundup 6/8/09

Posted by Cory Casciato On June - 8 - 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.

Check out some video of John Russo, one of the makers of the original zombie classic Night of the Living Dead, from Fangoria‘s New York Weekend of Horrors, embedded after the break. If that doesn’t fulfill your Russo jones, hit this link for a thirty-minute video containing another segment with him. (Fangoria)

Seems not everyone is happy about the announced Left 4 Dead 2. Nope, some folks are so pissed they are signing petitions and boycotting it. The complaints range from a lack of promised updates to the original and that it’s too soon, to not liking the new music and sunlight-based levels, among other things. On the one hand, I can see where they feel a little cheated since Valve usually does update stuff constantly for free. On the other hand, as a console guy myself, I’m a little more used to these kind of updates and usually willing to pay for them if I like the game. Also, bitching about the music and daylight-based gameplay? Really? (Kotaku)

What if Dante’s inspiration for the Inferno was a medieval zombie outbreak? That’s the premise behind Kim Paffenroth’s Valley of the Dead, and Zombie Command has an interview about it. (Zombie Command)

Mormons. Zombies. Some would argue that there’s no difference (I kid, I kid… Mormons are fine by me and much more polite when I tell them “no thanks” at my front door than the Jehovah’s Witnesses are). Now there’s a zombie movie called The Book of Zombie coming that looks into what the zombie apocalypse looks like, Mormon-style. It asks the question, how do you kill a Mormon zombie? Trailer after the break, official website here. (Bloody Disgusting)

New York gets Dead Snow in theaters June 19, LA on June 26. The rest of us will have to settle for VOD, but bad news abounds: the VOD presentation will be dubbed. Sucktacular. I guess the VOD crowd doesn’t like reading their Nazi zombie movies. So much more the pity, but at least the DVD release will be subbed. (Fangoria)

A few tidbits of news about a couple different movies in this blog: Bubba’s Chili Parlor (trailer after the break) is available on DVD from Amazon (Mad-Cow tainted meat makes zombies) and a few stills from The Undertakers: Road’s End (official website here) about a couple of small-town flunkies who discover an organization guarding a supernatural secret (hint: zombies). (Bloody Disgusting)

We all know that the Boston PD will tell you if zombies are coming, but what about your town? One enterprising reporter endeavored to find out (hint: New Yorkers, you are fucked). (ComicMix)

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Deadlines: News roundup 5/4/09

Posted by Cory Casciato On May - 4 - 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 mainstream media is catching on to the awesomeness of zombies (surely a sign of impending zombie apocalypse) as the Chicago Tribune jumps in with a piece about the zombie zeitgeist and a short interview with Max Brooks, author of The Zombie Survival Guide and World War Z. (Chicago Tribune)

If you need more toys to announce to your friends, coworkers and loved ones how freaking much you love the undead, then you are in luck: Fearwerx has some special, limited-edition 8″ figures of the original zombie from Night of the Living Dead available. (Dread Central)

In the “It’s about frigging time” department, REC is getting a proper U.S. DVD release on July 14. That’s the good news. The bad news? No Blu-Ray release and only one lousy making-of featurette for special features. Lame. (Fangoria)

Late Friday, a rumor broke that Peter Jackson was returning to horror with a yarn about nazi zombies that travel back in time to kill Christ. Before your head explodes with awesomeness, be aware the rumor was debunked quickly. (Entertainment Weekly)

The cutesy, cel-shaded zombie game Zombie Wranglers is being released this Wednesday, May 6 on the Xbox Live Arcade for 800 XBL points ($10 in Earth moneys). (Team Xbox)

In other cutesy zombie game news, the downloadable Plants vs. Zombies strategy title releases tomorrow, May 5. And some woman went and knit up a bunch of Left 4 Dead characters and zombies. (Kotaku)

Also, if you’re reading this via RSS, is there any chance I could convince you to either leave me a comment or send me an e-mail and say “hey”? I’m trying to figure out how many of you are out there and I’ve yet to discover a good tool to do so. Thanks!

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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