Deadlines: News roundup 6/16/10

Posted by Cory Casciato On June - 16 - 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.

The cast of AMC’s The Walking Dead continues to expand. A recent podcast interview with cast member Linds Edwards (playing a character named Leon Basset who is not in the books) revealed Jim Coleman (American Gangster) is playing another non-book character Lambert Kendal. If you listen to the whole podcast, there’s a lot of background on Edwards and a few minor tidbits from the show. (The Walking Dead Podcast)

There’s a trailer embedded below for the downloadable Dead Rising 2 prequel story Dead Rising 2: Case Zero. The trailer looks good and the game is coming soon to Xbox Live. There’s also a new trailer for the main game. (Dread Central)

The Nintendo 3DS handheld is getting its own chapter in the Resident Evil franchise, called Resident Evil: Revelations. No details yet, but the screens look nice. (FEARnet)

The Mormons-as-zombies movie Book of Zombie is done and making the festival rounds. It just premiered at STIFF (Seattle True Independent Film Festival) and won an audience award. (Bloody Disgusting)

More zombie Western movie goodness incoming in the form of The Dead and the Damned. The trailer shows a cowboy looking dude, an Indian looking dude, some possible prostitutes, lots of zombie/mutant looking freaks, guns, horses and a glowing meteorite. It’s set during the gold rush and some miners find a meteor that turns people into mutant zombies! The movie premieres Monday July 19 at Another Hole in the Head film festival in San Francisco. The trailer embedded below or you can see it much tinier and get a partial cast and crew list at the official website.

The UK stage show How to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse is getting a sequel, How to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse:Reloaded, and a book, Dr. Dale’s Zombie Dictionary: The A-Z Guide to Staying Alive. (Zombie Command)

Need some decorating ideas for the homestead? Get yourself a model of one of Lucio Fulci’s iconic zombies. (Horror Squad)

The “zombies at a bachelor party” movie Stag Night of the Dead has a release date. It’s coming to VOD August 31 and DVD October 31 (in the UK at least, not sure about US release). (Zombie Command)

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ZMMM Dailies: 6/15/2010 – Resident Evil: Apocalypse

Posted by Cory Casciato On June - 16 - 2010

Let me point out the obvious. Resident Evil: Apocalypse is pretty goddamn dumb. It’s a comic-book action movie loosely based on a videogame known for an incredibly convoluted and melodramatic storyline. With zombies. That said, it was also pretty fun. Shut off your brain, relax and float downstream.

I can see why “serious” zombie fans would hate these movies. They are utterly lacking in the sort of subtext and symbolism we enjoy in the best zombie films. On the other hand, there are two hot women that spend the entire movie in skimpy clothing kicking, stabbing and shooting zombies and other bad guys in the face. You don’t come to these movies to be enlightened, you come to be entertained. And I was entertained.

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Deadlines: News roundup 6/14/10

Posted by Cory Casciato On June - 14 - 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 new Resident Evil: Afterlife trailer floating about, but the only place I could find it that hadn’t been pulled offline by Sony I can’t figure out how to embed. It’s here if you want to check it out. It looks real Matrix-y. (io9)

The new one-sheet for Resident Evil: Afterlife shows Alice shooting and falling through a window. Awesome! I love shooting and falling through windows! (Bloody Disgusting)

Frank Darabont will only be directing the pilot episode of AMC’s The Walking Dead, but will be on set through much of the series filming. Also, the role of Carl Grimes (lead Rick Grimes’s son) has been filled by Atlanta local Chandler Riggs. (Bloody Disgusting)

A frontier preacher has to face an uprising of the undead in Revelation Trail, a Western Gothic horror movie coming October 10. There’s a trailer embedded below. (28 Days Later Analysis)

There’s some new, zombie-filled images out from Eaters, the upcoming Italian zombie/mad scientist film. (Dread Central)

Can’t wait to shoot dead things in space again? Rejoice. The first gameplay footage from Dead Space 2 is available in handy trailer form. You’ll find it embedded below. (GameTrailers)

Also, Dead Space 2 is coming January 25, 2011 in North America (January 28, 2011 in Europe). Plus there are some new screenshots. (Kotaku)

The Brazilian genre film festival Fantaspoa starts July 2 and there are at least two zombie films, Zone of the Dead and I Sell the Dead (review here), showing. Just in case you’re in Brazil, you know. (Quiet Earth)

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Fashion Zombie: Support the Raccoon City police department

Posted by Cory Casciato On June - 14 - 2010

In the real world, the police have a hard job. In a world with zombies … well, police have the hardest job. Think about it: the police are almost invariably the front line against the walking dead. By the time they call the army out, it’s usually too late (i.e. time to cut and run for an easily fortified mall) but the cops? They’re there when the first shambling biter wanders out of the morgue, and they don’t know it’s a zombie until it’s too late. Yikes. That’s why it’s important to show our support to the men and women in blue who work in the world’s zombie-infested cities. Thus, today I bring you this fabulous Raccoon City Police Department T-shirt.

Like our last Raccoon City shirt, this one can easily fly under the radar if you feel the need to wear some zombie gear to a meet-up with the girlfriend’s parents (for instance). They’ll just think you’re showing support for a small-town police department, civil-minded youngster that you are. But to your fellow zombie fans, you might as well be wearing a neon sign.You can own this shirt for $19, and they appear to be selling out fast. Complete your Raccoon City fashion collection today!

I’m attempting to assemble an all zombie-themed wardrobe. Fashion Zombie is my weekly post detailing the coolest zombie-themed clothes and accessories I can find. Check back every Monday for another look at the hottest zombie apparel.

Deadlines: News roundup 6/8/10

Posted by Cory Casciato On June - 8 - 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.

From July 9-19, Philadelphia gets the genre film fest Danger After Dark, which will include Big Tits Zombie 3D. (FEARnet)

Capcom may be planning something for the videogame side of the Resident Evil series to coincide with the release of Resident Evil: Afterlife. (FEARnet)

Someone’s done a solid examination of the evolution of the zombie so far. (Paranormal Haze)

Someone over at MSN’s blog network took notice of Seattle’s Red, White and Dead zombie walk, coming up this July 3. (Fright Site)

There are some insightful thoughts on zombies in this piece on what will be popular next, after zombies and steampunk have run their course. (io9)

Deadlines: News roundup 6/2/10

Posted by Cory Casciato On June - 2 - 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.

The AMC adaptation of The Walking Dead got white-hot today as production officially started. We got the first look at the Walkers (i.e. zombies) and they look awesome. There’s also a behind-the-scenes video, which you can find embedded below. That’s all from the official Walking Dead blog at amctv.com, which seems is a good place to watch for news about the series.

It’s not the only place, though, since elsewhere we discover that Addy Miller has joined the cast, presumably as Sophia, the young daughter of Carol. (The Walking Dead Poscast)

Also added to the cast is Linds Edwards, playing a character named Leon Bennet. Uh, who? I don’t recall that one and neither does the Walking Dead wiki. Looks like the TV show will have some new characters. (IMDB)

You didn’t think you were done with George Romero interviews, did you? Because they aren’t done with you. Romero speaks about his favorite among his films, his favorite part of the filmmaking process and more. It’s a solid interview.  (Icon vs. Icon)

What does Paul W.S. Anderson have to say about the making of Resident Evil: Afterlife? You don’t have to wonder, you can read all about it. (FEARnet)

Can’t wait to see REC 2 in its entirety? Well, there’s a clip from it embedded below for you! Me, I hate spoilers and watching films out of order, so I am going to wait. (Bloody Disgusting)

Tonight at 7 p.m. PST, the cast and crew of the awesome zombie audio drama podcast We’re Alive (review herefeature here)  is doing a live video teleconference.

Learn all about Robin Becker and her book Brains: A Zombie Memoir, which tells a story from the zombie’s point of view. (The Zombie Nation)

Someone decided to ask Charlotte, North Carolina’s local zombie experts why zombies are popular. The results are mildly amusing at times. (C-Ville)

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Deadlines: News roundup 6/1/10

Posted by Cory Casciato On June - 1 - 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.

Jill Valentine, played by Sienna Guillory,  is returning in Resident Evil: Afterlife. And there’s a new poster for the movie, too. (Bloody Disgusting)

The DVD/Blu-ray release date for Survival of the Dead‘s US disc release is official: you can buy it August 24. Two different covers are coming (one for the basic, one for the Ultimate Undead Edition; I like the Ultimate Undead Edition art myself) and special features will include a George Romero commentary track, a documentary of some sort, a short film about Sarge and more. (DVD Active)

Does the appeal of the zombie lie in its un-marketability? A blog post argues exactly that point. Guess he hasn’t seen any of the many ads featuring zombies… (Core: Minimalist)

Deadlines: News roundup 5/31/10

Posted by Cory Casciato On May - 31 - 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.

In case you somehow didn’t hear, Dennis Hopper died May 29. He was awesome in Land of the Dead (and many other fine, non-zombie films, too!). RIP Mr. Hopper. (Dread Central)

Another George Romero interview comes to be. Not much new, but well done at least. (DCist)

In the Resident Evil: Afterlife coverage parade, actor Kim Coates gets interviewed about his character, his stunts and other such things. (FEARnet)

The horror comedy Aaah! Zombies! tells the story of a group of friends turned to zombies by a chemical agent. It looks promising, it’s coming September 28 and you can see an embedded trailer below. (28 Days Later Analysis)

Atlanta is the place to be this summer if you want to be a zombie. Friday I noted that The Walking Dead was seeking zombies there in June and July, now comes word that indie zombie comedy Ace the Zombie is looking for zombies in Atlanta this summer, too. (Buy Zombie)

An interesting critical essay explores the ongoing cinematic zombie apocalypse zeitgeist. (Popdose)

The eternal question “Unicorns or zombies?” will get an answer in book form, coming September 21, 2010. I think you know which side of the fence I am on… (Zombie Command)

Enjoy some photos of the recent Boston Zombie March VI. (Amplified Reality Photography)

The rhythm/zombie game Rock of the Dead is coming to Xbox 360 and PS3. (Zombie Command)

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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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ZMMM 3.0 Update

Posted by Cory Casciato On May - 26 - 2010

It’s hard to believe, but the third annual Zombie Movie Marathon Month starts in less than a week. Easier to believe is that the planning is coming down to the last possible minute. That’s just how I roll, there’s no avoiding it. That being the case, there’s still plenty of time for you all to weigh in with some suggestions. Below the break, I’ll explain what this years themes are, give you the preliminary list of movies I’m considering and solicit your input on the which should stay, which should go and what I should add. If you are currently asking yourself ‘Zombie movie mara-what now?” then read the ZMMM 3.0 Intro post, which includes complete lists of what was watched in years one and two.

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