Deadlines: News roundup 5/25/09

Posted by Cory Casciato On May - 25 - 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.

We’ve got another zombie apocalypse incoming! This one is called Autumn, and it’s a story about a plague that kills basically everybody in one very bad day. Then, in an even worse day for the survivors, the dead come back. It looks to be coming this fall (surprise, eh?), it has David Carradine and it sounds cool to me. Bloody Disgusting gets credit for spotting it and you can get more details and a trailer (unembeddable, sorry) at the official site. (Bloody Disgusting)

The upcoming issue of Rue Morgue has a piece on Dead Snow and a complementary piece on the fetid swamp that is the Nazi zombie subgenre, plus a piece about the Zombeatles and lots of other cool horror stuff. (Rue Morgue @ MySpace)

PopCap games are saying that the whimsical tower-defense zombie game Plants vs. Zombies (review coming as soon as I can stop playing long enough to write it!) is their best selling game ever. They’ve also got some more details on its origins. (Gamasutra)

It seems just a month ago I was reporting that Resident Evil 5 had sold 1.5 million copies (because it was), but today, Capcom bigwigs say that number is up to five million. Seems fishy, but who knows? In any case, RE5? It’s sold a lot. (Kotaku)

Deadlines: News roundup 5/20/09

Posted by Cory Casciato On May - 20 - 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.

Blend up psychedelia, sleazy exploitation, sexual deviance and zombies (of course) and you get something like the upcoming Someone’s Knocking on the Door. Quiet Earth has details, intriguing trailer is embedded after the jump (Quiet Earth).

The first stills for the political zombie comedy Zombies of Mass Destruction (which will screen at the Los Angeles Film Festival) have emerged. They look decent, and if you head over to Bloody Disgusting, you can see them. (Bloody Disgusting)

If you’ve somehow avoided playing Resident Evil in any of its myriad formats and want to rectify that in classic PSOne style on your PS3 or PSP, good news: It’s coming as a download. (Kotaku)

Swine flu has once again been linked to the zombie apocalypse, this time by preventing Dead Rising 2 from appearing at E3. See, the Japanese government is warning against international travel thanks to this swine flu business and Capcom is taking that seriously. Wimps. (Kotaku)

Finally, a way to combine crosswords and the obsessive love of zombie shooter Left 4 Deadthe official Left 4 Dead crossword. (Left 4 Dead Official Blog)

Barely news, but there’s a new Pontypool one-sheet out. (Bloody Disgusting)

After the jump, the gloriously fucked up and entirely NSFW trailer for Someone’s Knocking at the Door.

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Deadlines: News roundup 4/29/09

Posted by Cory Casciato On April - 29 - 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 Corbin Bernsen (LA Law! Fuck yeah!) helmed zombie feature Dead Air is looking for distribution at Cannes. The movie is set in a radio station during a zombie outbreak (like Pontypool!), shares a name with one of Left 4 Dead‘s campaigns and stars Bill Moseley. Still not sold? Hit the jump below and find a teaser trailer. (Dread Central)

New details emerge about Deadlands 2:  Trapped, a microbudget zombie epic sequel to the original Deadlands: The Rising (which gives me some urgency to see the original). Details include production stills, screening dates, the troubled search for distribution and what it’s like to make a full-bore zombie epic on a $6,000 budget (spoiler: it’s hard). (Fangoria)

Are you ready for yet another upcoming entry in the Nazi zombie subgenre? This one will be called The 4th Reich and it is revealed via a feature on The Soldier, the short that inspired it. Since I believe this particular subgenre may be cursed, I am not getting my hopes up. (Fangoria)

The Dead Rising 2 feast continues as Kotaku weighs in with some speculation about possible game mechanics, such as the desire for videography instead of the first game’s still photography. (Kotaku)

Have a Wii? Never played Resident Evil? Or maybe want to play it again? You are in luck, a port is being released with all of the original’s (actually, the Gamecube remake’s) clunky controls and murderous camera angles intact! Joy. (Kotaku)

To celebrate its one-year anniversary, Lost Zombies is sponsoring a 24-hour writing challenge on May 1. (Fangoria)

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Deadlines: News roundup 4/28/09

Posted by Cory Casciato On April - 28 - 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.

Prepare to be thoroughly underwhelmed by Japan’s first foray into zombie movies when Synapse Films releases the pointless and dull Living Dead in Tokyo Bay (here’s my review) on DVD November 24, 2009. (Fangoria)

Speaking of Japan, the popular Resident Evil series gets a new Wii update with Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles, a shooter-on-rails installment of the poplar zombieriffic franchise. The devs promise near-Xbox-360-quality graphics but from the looks of the trailer I’d say they hit something more in the realm of “best-ever original Xbox” quality. Which is still pretty good. See for yourself after the jump, where I’ve embedded the trailer. (Kotaku)

Details are beginning to emerge about Dead Rising 2 as Kotaku delivers a short feature with some words from the developers and first-hand accounts of seeing the game in action. There’s apparently a lot “more”: more zombies, more weapons, more physics, etc. And a brand-new engine to fuel it all. But Kotaku wisely and correctly asks whether the new developers are paying enough attention to the “heart” that made the first game so awesome. And there’s  a trailer (courtesy of Inside Gamer), which you will also find after the jump. (Kotaku)

For even more Dead Rising 2 details, we turn to Eurogamer who has an extensive preview up. Highlight of the said preview is the confirmation that the game will have online multiplayer functionality. No word on what kind of multiplayer, but co-op would be the obvious choice/hope. (Eurogamer)

It’s a few weeks old, but if you haven’t seen it, you can also find an exceptionally intriguing Pontypool trailer after the jump. Read the rest of this entry »

Deadlines: News roundup 4/17/09

Posted by Cory Casciato On April - 17 - 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.

It’s just days until the first batch of DLC hits for the zombie apocalypse trainer/simulator Left 4 Dead. It’s adding a new Survival mode and enabling Versus play on two new maps. If you weren’t already excited enough, go get hyped with this Left 4 Dead developer blog explaining how the new Survival mode works.

Now we know when the weirdo zombie madness of Pontypool and the Norwegian zombie madness of Dead Snow will hit theaters! It’s May 29 for Pontypool and June 12 for Dead Snow (a snowbound zombie flick in the middle of summer? Whatever…). If your city isn’t cool enough to warrant a theatrical showing, despair not, they both come to on-demand on the same day they release theatrically. You can read all about IFC’s plans for the films, or read my review of Dead Snow. I’ll review Pontypool just as soon as I can lay hands on a review copy.

Can’t get enough zombie Christmas? How about some more info and images from Silent Night, Zombie Night?

If you’re a fan of video games and big numbers, you will be thrilled to read that Resident Evil 5 has sold 1.5 million copies.

Resident Evil: Degeneration

Posted by Cory Casciato On March - 13 - 2009

residentevildegenerationThe entirely CGI-animated Resident Evil: Degeneration was, for my tastes, far better than the live-action Resident Evil. Admittedly, I have only seen the first RE movie – I was so disappointed I didn’t bother with the others, though I will eventually. In Resident Evil: Degeneration you have a typically (for the franchise) convoluted plot that centers around the efforts of another company to pick up the pieces of the Umbrella Corporation’s research and profit from it, even if that means their market is terrorists. The main event is a release of the zombie-making T-virus in an airport and pure zombie mayhem is the result. Franchise heavyweights Leon Kennedy and Claire Redfield are the main characters and they lead a rescue mission from inside the airport, before tangling with a corrupt corporate executive (is there any other kind?) who’s concocted an elaborate plot to test the G-virus, which creates a weird reptile/insectoid hybrid demonic-looking mutant that is all but unkillable. There’s also a romance sub-plot between Kennedy and a new character, and the new character’s brother is involved in the release of the G-Virus, as revenge. Oh, and he is being manipulated by the corporate executive who’s linked to the senator trapped in the airport and, uh, … did I mention it gets a little convoluted?

The movie looks great at times and horrible at others, depending on what the scene portrays.  The zombies themsleves and the action scenes typically look great, and the fires looked nothing short of amazing (the film makers knew this, and used the effect as much as possible). Unfortunately, any kind of  emotional scene or anything that required a facial close-up was way too much “Welcome to Uncanny Valley!” to be anything but off putting. The pacing is generally tight but it does drag at moments and the story is convoluted enough to be difficult to follow at times. Those two things conspired to make my attention wander at several points. Luckily the dialog is nowhere near as bad as the games’ famously bad writing — at its worse, it’s just kind of stiff and unrealistic, but no worse than many a live-action zombie epic I’ve sat through.

For fans of the RE games, this is definitely a worthy exercise, if only for the additional insight into the characters and back story of the games.  For fans of the RE live action movies it’s probably little more than a curiosity at best and utterly confusing at worst (“Uh, how does this relate to Alice now?”). For general zombiephiles, it’s an interesting, if flawed, work that’s worth a look (especially if you enjoy anime, which it strongly resembles in many ways: pacing, story and dialog in particular).

Resident Evil 5 drops today

Posted by Cory Casciato On March - 13 - 2009

residentevil5Resident Evil 5, the latest in the premier zombie franchise in the world of video games, hits retail today and I couldn’t be sadder. This is because there’s no way I can afford to play it (nor would I have the time to play it if I could, but that’s another matter). Hell, I haven’t even been able to afford picking up Left 4 Dead yet. Still, I couldn’t let such an important zombie event pass without noting it and still aspire to being the world’s best zombie blog. I’d have to turn in my zombie union card if I did.

In non-zombie related news, next time someone tells you video games are a recession-proof industry, smack them for me, preferably with a copy of either Left 4 Dead or Resident Evil 5. Also, I will have a review of Resident Evil: Degeneration up later today so I can stay in the spirit of RE:5 day. Anyone who’s playing RE:5, feel free to torment me with tales of how awesome it is in the comments section…

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