ZMMM 7 Progress Report 4

Posted by Cory Casciato On October - 17 - 2014
Mummy, I'm a Zombie

Mummy, I’m a Zombie

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Italy makes its triumphant return to the world of zombie cinema! Two soldiery looking dudes and a mad scientist against the zombie apocalypse, except of course the mad scientist maybe isn’t so much on the human’s side. (He is mad, after all.) There’s some secondary characters too, and a weird subplot with some Neo Nazis that doesn’t really go anywhere. Come to think of it, the movie itself doesn’t really go anywhere, but the ride to get there is pleasant enough. No big payoff or any real reason to recommend this, but it is very competent and a decent watch, which makes it better than at least 80 percent of all Italian zombie movies.

Babylon Fields (pilot)
Years ago, someone gave me a DVD-r of this unreleased TV pilot for a series called Babylon Fields. I finally got around to watching it! It was actually pretty intriguing. It plays around in the same space as They Came Back (Les Revenants) and the TV series based on it. Basically, all the dead people return to life, more or less the same as they were before except all decayed and gross. People freak out! The central characters seem to be a mother and daughter who aren’t too pleased to see the abusive patriarch of the family back, plus a cop with a dead wife. It’s a TV pilot, so things are really just getting good when it ends. I can say it is a shame that it didn’t get picked up, or even aired. It’s a little rough around the edges, but I think it showed some real potential. And look, Wikipedia tells me it’s being resurrected for another chance, in true zombie fashion.

Mummy, I’m a Zombie
Since I saw the first one and had them both, I figured there wasn’t any reason not to watch the sequel to Daddy, I’m a Zombie. It picks up pretty much where the first left off, and follows it in the obvious ways. More tween problems (does becoming popular mean I have to ditch my nerd friends?) mixed up with zombies and ghosts and shit. It may have been marginally more entertaining and worthwhile than its predecessor, or maybe repeated exposure has simply increased my tolerance. In any case, totally non essential, unless you maybe have a 10-year-old who’s obsessed with zombies and you aren’t ready to let them at the hard stuff just yet.

Deadlines: News roundup 02/07/12

Posted by Johnathon Brock On February - 7 - 2012

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A daily roundup of all the undead news that shambles into view… News post by Johnathon Brock and Cory Casciato. Got news tips? E-mail them to cory.casciato[AT]gmail.com. Bookmark the home page or add the RSS feed to your reader for your daily dose of walking dead.

Here’s a nice in depth write up of the indie zombie bromantic comedy DeadHeads which hits DVD February 22. (Canberra Times)

Bill Hinzman, the first zombie to appear in the Romero classic Night of the Living Dead, passed away this past week at the age of 76. I mean this in the most respectful way that I hope he rises from the grave to come and get us all. (We Are Movie Geeks)

Every now and then a trailer comes along that makes us here at the IZA remember why we love zombie movies. Osombie is a movie about the re-animated corpse of Osama Bin Laden and the mission wherein a group of military operatives go to kill him, again. Check it out after the break and get ready for what will be an amazing ride. (First Showing)

It looks like the fine folks over at Machinima have teamed up with Lionsgate and FEARnet to bring season two of Bite Me, the zombie webseries, back to life. (c21 media)

It looks like Tom Savini is really pushing to play the coveted role of The Governor when the role inevitably emerges on The Walking Dead, but he might have some stiff competition ahead of him. Personally I’m hoping he gets the role. (MTV)

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Deadlines: News roundup 02/01/12

Posted by Johnathon Brock On February - 1 - 2012

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A daily roundup of all the undead news that shambles into view… News post by Johnathon Brock and Cory Casciato. Got news tips? E-mail them to cory.casciato[AT]gmail.com. Bookmark the home page or add the RSS feed to your reader for your daily dose of walking dead.

This piece of custom firepower from the fine folks at DoubleStar weapons is the last thing you’ll ever need in the zombie apocalypse. Check it out in action after the break. (Dvice)

We’ve got a cute trailer for the upcoming book the Girls Guide to Dating Zombies after the break. (Dread Central)

SPOILER ALERT: If you’re caught up on The Walking Dead and want to see what’s in store for next weekends premiere, then check out the first three minutes of episode 8 after the break. (Superhero Hype)

There’s a new trailer out for the latest upcoming DLC add-on for Dead Island and it looks pretty interesting. This looks to be a solo mission for all you multiplayer fans of the game. Check it out after the break. (Game Bandits)

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Deadlines: News roundup 01/17/12

Posted by Johnathon Brock On January - 17 - 2012

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A daily roundup of all the undead news that shambles into view… News post by Johnathon Brock and Cory Casciato. Got news tips? E-mail them to cory.casciato[AT]gmail.com. Bookmark the home page or add the RSS feed to your reader for your daily dose of walking dead.

Here’s a nice photo gallery and a look at the zombie filled events that took place at EverCon earlier this month. (Wausau Daily Herald)

Do you ever wonder what a zombie outbreak would look like in real time, spread over weeks, making the front page of CNN, Twitter, Youtube, etc? Well one graphic artist is documenting this fake outbreak and it’s a really interesting thing to check out, so check it out. (io9)

It looks like AMC is placing bets on another stellar season of The Walking Dead because early reports show that the third season will get 16 episodes instead of the current season’s 13, or last season’s six. (Hollywood Reporter)

Speaking of The Walking Dead, show runner Glen Mazzara recently gave an interview debunking the recent rumors that AMC cancelled the proposed season two flashback opener over budgetary reasons, which led to Frank Darabont’s departure. (Hollywood Reporter)

Chris Hardwick gives an interview talking about how his hosting gig on The Talking Dead came to be and also his thoughts on how the character of The Walking Dead would fare on his early ’90s dating show Singled Out. (Buy Zombie)

At a recent convention, comic book superstar artist and writer Frank Cho hinted that his next big project would involve Zombie King, one of his earlier titles. This could be the screen adaptation we’ve been waiting for if the rumors are true. (Examiner)

Deadlines: News roundup 01/10/12

Posted by Johnathon Brock On January - 10 - 2012

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A daily roundup of all the undead news that shambles into view… News post by Johnathon Brock and Cory Casciato. Got news tips? E-mail them to cory.casciato[AT]gmail.com. Bookmark the home page or add the RSS feed to your reader for your daily dose of walking dead.

Well for everyone wondering what happened with the whole Frank Darabont/AMC debacle over The Walking Dead, your questions are sort of answered from one side of things. Sam Witwer, of Being Human fame, gives a video interview (after the break) where he goes into detail about plot ideas for season two that were scrapped due to budgetary issues and says some pretty heated, angry things about AMC and their decision to remove Darabont from the show. Darabont later confirms this story in a letter to the editors. Witwer was the tank zombie in the pilot episode, although his role went uncredited at the time. (Ain’t It Cool News)

JAKKS Pacific, the company famous for those horrible plug and play tv games based on your favorite franchises, is back at it and plan to release a series of shooter style games based on The Walking Dead later this year. I think at this point I can safely say the franchise is getting a little over saturated with unnecessary products. (Kotaku)

With production winding down, we’ve got some more concrete and specific plot details for the fifth entry into the Resident Evil film series. Also, they’ve decided to call it Re5ident Evil: Retribution, which sounds horrible. Horrible. (Bloody Disgusting)

After the break, you have to check out this odd “camera pointed at tv” clip from Class3, the upcoming zombie MMO which will be an Xbox 360 exclusive. If nothing else, this video at least gives some confidence and assurance that the game is actually being made, and so far it looks as good as the previous hype. (Buy Zombie)

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Deadlines: News roundup 01/06/12

Posted by Johnathon Brock On January - 6 - 2012

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A daily roundup of all the undead news that shambles into view… News post by Johnathon Brock and Cory Casciato. Got news tips? E-mail them to cory.casciato[AT]gmail.com. Bookmark the home page or add the RSS feed to your reader for your daily dose of walking dead.

After the break, check out a sneak peek at the upcoming mid season premiere of The Walking Dead in February. This is going to be a good year, and The Walking Dead is most definitely a reason for that. (Dread Central)

It looks like Asylum, who have brought us amazing straight to video knock offs like Transmorphers and Alien vs. Hunter, are going to give us what we really want and release Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies on DVD right before Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter hits theaters this year. I think I’ll save $20 and stick with the zombies. Alright, I’ll see both. (Dread Central)

Well Brad Pitt isn’t the only one bringing big zombie dollars to international locations. The Zombie King, which will star Corey Feldman and Edward Furlong in a thrilling adventure of undead…adventure, will premiere in London in August. (This is Somerset)

It looks like the upcoming indie hit A Little Bit Zombie is set to invade the Swiss territories for the 18th annual Victoria Film Festival this year. (Times Colonist)

The team behind Project Zomboid has arisen from their setback earlier last year when weeks worth of development were lost during a robbery and after the break you can see two new videos of their improved lighting and carpentry engine. This is going to be a great game when it’s done. (PC Gamer)

Speaking of games, there’s a new zombie game based on a childhood classic for those of us about 30 or older. The Men Who Wear Many Hats are working to bring us the Organ Trail, where you try to escape the zombie apocalypse (and hopefully typhoid and broken axles) while en route to a safe destination. Check out their Kickstarter page to donate. (Wired)

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Deadlines: News roundup 12/28/11

Posted by Johnathon Brock On December - 28 - 2011

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A daily roundup of all the undead news that shambles into view… News post by Johnathon Brock and Cory Casciato. Got news tips? E-mail them to cory.casciato[AT]gmail.com. Bookmark the home page or add the RSS feed to your reader for your daily dose of walking dead.

We’re not one to spam contests here at the IZA, but AMC is giving away the Hyundai Tuscon that Shane drove during season two of The Walking Dead. As usual, you’re going to have to give out personal information, but you can enter once a day and it’s a pretty slick car honestly. (Torque News)

If you happen to have an extra $80 lying around after the holidays you can pick up a glow in the dark crowbar for easily smashing zombies or breaking into safe houses after the undead apocalypse. (Digital Trends)

Sometimes making a zombie movie can be a bigger financial disaster than expected, especially if you try to cheat on your taxes. That was the case for one director who now owes millions of dollars. (DesMoines Register)

It was announced recently that The Walking Dead graphic novels are dominating the annual New York Times bestseller lists. (CNN)

It looks like the owners of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid franchise are getting ready to sue the living daylights out of Antarctic Press for their Diary of a Zombie Kid novel. Hopefully the parody argument will still hold up because this is a ridiculous lawsuit. (Paid Content)

Deadlines: News roundup 12/02/11

Posted by Johnathon Brock On December - 2 - 2011

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A daily roundup of all the undead news that shambles into view… News post by Johnathon Brock and Cory Casciato. Got news tips? E-mail them to cory.casciato[AT]gmail.com. Bookmark the home page or add the RSS feed to your reader for your daily dose of walking dead.

Square Enix will publish the upcoming action rpg All Zombies Must Die which will be available for the Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network, and good old personal computer in 2012. (The Controller Online)

For everyone that’s been hating this season of The Walking Dead (we know who you are, and we don’t like you) you should know that the season finale finished with almost seven million viewers, and has maintained a six million viewer average throughout the season, blowing away cable drama records. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

“You got your steampunk in my zombie movie!” is a cry that will be shouted across the globe when Cherie Priest’s novel Boneshaker is brought to the big screen courtesy of Cross Creek Productions. (Film School Rejects)

After the break, check out episode one of the new webseries Resident Evil: First Hour which is a prequel miniseries detailing the events that led up to the Raccoon City incident that took place during Resident Evil. It looks good so far. (FEARnet)

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Deadlines: News roundup 11/29/11

Posted by Johnathon Brock On November - 29 - 2011

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A daily roundup of all the undead news that shambles into view… News post by Johnathon Brock and Cory Casciato. Got news tips? E-mail them to cory.casciato[AT]gmail.com. Bookmark the home page or add the RSS feed to your reader for your daily dose of walking dead.

After seeing the tragic mid season finale of The Walking Dead this past Sunday, you’ll want to read this adorable interview with Chandler Riggs about his experiences on the set this season. (Buy Zombie)

The iconic chapel set against the graveyard that set the tone for the classic film Night of the Living Dead is about to be demolished if a former sound engineer on the film fails to raise enough money to have it restored. (The Sacramento Bee)

We don’t usually re-post certain types of articles, but this amazing piece on losing weight and eating healthy based on tips from this season of The Walking Dead was just begging to be shared with all undead fans everywhere. (Shape)

It looks like that sweet knife set that Carl found during episode one of The Walking Dead will now be an official (although limited edition) apocalypse survival kit by the folks over at Gerber Knives. It comes with a hefty price tag, but can you afford not to pay it? (Digital Trends)

Speaking of surviving the long term zombie apocalypse, these new decades lasting light bulbs from Samsung will certainly keep things bright in your darkest hours, provided you’ve got access to a generator or some solar panels I guess. (Engadget)

I didn’t think anything would top last year’s winner of the Zombie Safe House competition open to designers from all over, but this years winner really made me wish that the Vagabond portable zombie safe house was a real thing. If nothing else it would make for some awesome camping trips. (Zombie Safe House)

Deadlines: News roundup 11/18/11

Posted by Johnathon Brock On November - 18 - 2011

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A daily roundup of all the undead news that shambles into view… News post by Johnathon Brock and Cory Casciato. Got news tips? E-mail them to cory.casciato[AT]gmail.com. Bookmark the home page or add the RSS feed to your reader for your daily dose of walking dead.

Executive producer Gale Anne Hurd and special effects wizard Greg Nicotero both discuss this season of The Walking Dead. (FEARnet)

It looks like Plants vs. Zombies is making it’s way to the new Kindle Fire for the low price of three dollars. (Buy Zombie)

Director Jaume Balagueró talks REC 4: Apocalypse, how it will tie into the other three movies, and his disappointment with Quarantine. (Fangoria)

It looks like the latest ruling by a judge in the Jenna Jameson no-show case where she bailed on a screening of Zombie Strippers to attend a private party shows that the theater owner may just have a case against her. The rumor mill is stating that Jameson’s attorneys may advise her to settle. (Chicago Tribune)

We got an e-mail from the team behind Zombie Wasteland Goners and it looks like the game is now available as an alpha build. So go download it and give it a shot. Let us know what you think and we might join you online.

If you’re in Vegas when the zombie apocalypse starts then you’ll be safe provided you’ve got some cash and access to the Zombie Apocalypse Store. (Guardian UK)

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