Deadlines: News roundup 3/16/10

Posted by Cory Casciato On March - 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.

A sequel to the promising yet disappointing film The Zombie Diaries is in the works at Dimension. (Bloody Disgusting)

The hyper drug zombies of The Devil’s Playground are one (fast) step closer to being done. Producer Jonathan Sothcott reports the film has wrapped. (Fangoria)

If you can’t wait a whole day for the official premier of Comedy Central’s new cartoon Ugly Americans, which features zombie and other monsters, the first ten minutes of it are online. Because I love you, I’ve embedded it below, even though I disapprove. I’ll watch it in its entirety tomorrow. (Bloody Disgusting)

One of Foreign Policy‘s bloggers continues his series looking at how the zombie apocalypse might be dealt with from various international relations models. (Foreign Policy)

If you need a quick fix of space-zombie RTS action, check out Attack of the Paper Zombies. (A World on Fire) Read the rest of this entry »

Deadlines: News roundup 3/15/10

Posted by Cory Casciato On March - 15 - 2010

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Some Survival of the Dead clips have hit the net, supposedly of “big” moments from the film. I haven’t watched them, since I hate seeing clips of movies I intend to watch in full, but you can find one embedded for you below, and three more at Bloody Disgusting (or on YouTube). (Bloody Disgusting)

Even better than the clips, there’s a Survival of the Dead zombie identification field manual to help you identify those pesky zombies. Helpful hint: they’re the ones trying to bite your face. (Dread Central)

It’s still weird to me that books get trailers now, but the new trailer for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls, the prequel to the Jane Austen mashup, is pretty kick ass. It’s embedded below. (Zombie Command)

Need some reading material? Here’s a look at four newish works in the zombie field. (Suvudu)

This past weekend in my hometown of Denver, there was a zombie fashion show. Prior commitments prevented me from attending, but here’s a slide show of the fashionable zombies. (Westword)

There’s a third entry in the infamous Deadlands film series coming from creator Gary Ugarek. This one focuses on three groups in the zombie ravaged world, including a man with a death wish who’s the leader of an elite commando unit. While I was no fan of either of its predecessors (first review here, and second review here), you can’t say Ugarek lacks ambition. Perhaps the third time will be the charm. (Fangoria)

An op-ed asks the vital question: Will global warming exacerbate the zombie apocalypse? (The Day)

On a similar(?) note, a blogger shares her theory that those that bust a sag — that is, those who wear their pants below their ass — will be the first to be eaten when the zombies come. (Tara Lynn Childs)

GDC attendees are getting zombie vaccinations courtesy of Zombrex, as a promotion for Dead Rising 2 apparently. (Kotaku)

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Deadlines: News roundup 3/12/10

Posted by Cory Casciato On March - 12 - 2010

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One the eve of the UK release of Survival of the Dead, a Brit geek blog got this wide-ranging but zombie-focused interview with George Romero. (The Geek Files)

Australian zombies are marching to protest that country’s draconian video game censorship laws. (Computerworld)

Bruce Sterling asks the unsettling question: when the zombie apocalypse comes, how many of us will willingly join the shuffling horde? (Beyond the Beyond)

More casting details emerge for The 4th Reich. Latest adds to the Nazi zombie horde are two dudes I have never heard of: Jason Flemyng and Martin Compston. (Dread Central)

Deadlines: News roundup 3/10/10

Posted by Cory Casciato On March - 10 - 2010

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The University of Tulsa is turning March 24 through April 1 into Zombie Apocalypse Week. Events include a session to brainstorm ways to protect the campus in case of zombie outbreak, a zombie-preparedness training session with a Red Cross instructor, a LAN party, movie marathon and more. (The Collegian)

Need to blend in with the undead masses in post-apocalyptic zombie USA? You’ll want to start by learning the language apparently and naturally, there’s a book to teach you how: How to Speak Zombie. (January Magazine)

Two self-proclaimed “horror nerds” debate the merits of Night of the Creeps in video embedded for you below. Or visit Horror Squad for a little background and a disclaimer before watching it. (Horror Squad)

The great science fiction blog io9 reports that there’s a really, really weird sci-fi story about “quantum zombies” in the latest issue of Rudy Rucker’s webzine Flurb. (io9)

There’s a Resident Evil clone game coming for iPhone called Zombie Infection. (Kotaku)

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List: Top 10 upcoming in 2010

Posted by Cory Casciato On March - 10 - 2010

2009 was a great year for zombie fans, with releases like Pontypool, Dead Snow and Zombieland at the movies, Left 4 Dead 2 in games and lots of other great stuff. 2010 has the potential to be even better. To get you up to speed on the year to come, I’ve compiled a list of ten of the most exciting zombie projects I expect to see in the coming year. Note that I only included things that I think have a solid chance of being released in 2010, so things like Zombieland 2 or The 4th Reich haven’t been included, as cool as they might be. Without further ado, I present my top ten picks for cool zombie shit coming in 2010. Make sure ot vote in the poll or leave me a comment with your thoughts!

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Deadlines: News roundup 3/9/10

Posted by Cory Casciato On March - 9 - 2010

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The American Quarantine was a shot-for-shot remake of the Spanish REC. Despite this, the sequel Quarantine 2 will have nothing to do with REC 2. I believe we’d already heard this, but it seems more official now. Also, Q2 will reportedly be penned by John Pogue (U.S. Marshals, Ghost Ship), will take place in an airport and looks to be headed for a direct-to-DVD release. (Shock Till You Drop)

The sequel to last year’s young-adult, post-apocalyptic zombie tale The Forest of Hands and Teeth (review here) is called The Dead Tossed Waves and it hits stores today. Author Carrie Ryan talks about it, and more, to her hometown paper. (Charlotte Observer)

A new anthology of zombie short stories called The Living Dead 2 is coming out this September, with contributions from Max Brooks, Robert Kirkman and David Wellington, among others. (John Joseph Adams)

If you’re getting hyped about the new zombie-starring cartoon Ugly Americans, debuting on Comedy Central March 17, this PDF guide to its world will probably entertain you. (Comedy Central)

Tired of shooting at Nazi zombies in your video games? Try shooting at some in the real world. (Kotaku)

Some people who are really into MMORPGs compiled a list of six things they’d really like to see in a zombie MMORPG. (MMORPG)

Kill zombies! Irritate the living shit out of your Twitter followers and lose them by the handful! It’s Tweet Defense, a game that utilizes your twitter activity to power your zombie-killing ability. (Kotaku)

If you’re in or near Belleville, Canada (sorry, can’t be more specific, my knowledge of Canadian geography is woefully inadequate), you can dress up as a zombie (or other monster) and march to support cancer research this July 17. (The Intelligencer)

Alternately, if you’re in or near Louisville, Kentucky, you can sign up to get in on the March 25 meetup of future survivors of the zombie apocalypse. (Palmyran Rebels)

Deadlines: News roundup 3/8/10

Posted by Cory Casciato On March - 8 - 2010

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The mashup trend takes a hard left into total nerdom with Night of the Living Trekkies, a book about a group of hardcore Star Trek fans facing the zombie apocalypse. (The Independent)

Left 4 Dead and its sequel are both coming to the Mac platform. (Left 4 Dead Blog)

There’s just not enough theater centered on zombies. A Toronto play called Dead End is thus a welcome ray of light in the darkness. (The Strand)

If reading a whole book is just too hard, perhaps this cartoon-pictorial guide to surviving the zombie apocalypse is more your speed. (Ned Hardy)

Some thoughts on the ongoing zombie invasion of the iPhone platform, much of which is generalizable to the pop-culture/media world at large. (Macworld)

In the realm of very specific zombie tips, how about this list of house plants you’ll want to cultivate in the case of zombie apocalypse? (Plants Are the Strangest People)

Practice your zombie-killing skills and win serious apocalypse cred/bragging rights in Cheaper Than Dirt’s latest contest (note: this contest requires/uses real guns). (Cheaper Than Dirt)

The case to change Valentine’s Day to Zombie Awareness Day. (The Hawk Eye)

Welcome to the zombie renaissance

Posted by Cory Casciato On March - 3 - 2010
Photo by S.A. Young

It doesn’t get any better than this

There’s never been a better time for zombies — or, more to the point, for fans of zombies.

Everywhere you look, the zombie is making its mark. Not only do fans have a deep and varied back catalogue of great works to choose from, most of it easily available to anyone with the interest and a decent Internet connection, but the walking dead are the subject of of some of the best books, movies, video games and Internet sites being made. We are, at this very moment, living in the midst of the zombie renaissance.

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Deadlines: News roundup 3/2/10

Posted by Cory Casciato On March - 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.

Hellraiser vet Doug Bradley has joined the cast of upcoming Nazi zombie flick The 4th Reich. (Dread Central)

According to this report, Deadly Premonition is the video game equivalent of Plan 9 from Outer Space — so bad it’s good, or at least unintentionally hilarious. And like that “gem,” there are zombies. There’s an utterly bizarre, albeit zombie-free, clip embedded below. (Dread Central)

People who like zombies and bowling will be thrilled to know that version 1.6 of the iPhone app Zombie Bowling has been released, adding the “Tropical Depression” bowling environment and a tie-dyed ball.

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Deadlines: News roundup 3/1/10

Posted by Cory Casciato On March - 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.

It seems Shaun of the Dead may be adapted into a TV series. No word on how much involvement Simon Pegg and/or Nick Frost will have. (Dread Central)

A Minneapolis court of appeals has ruled zombies have first amendment rights. Or, at very least, people dressed as zombies do. (The Escapist)

Macworld is dedicating the entire week to zombie-themed iPhone games. (Macworld)

A trailer for Devil’s Playground, the upcoming “drug-trial makes rage zombies” movie has leaked. Find it below, at least until they pull it off the YouTubes. (Quiet Earth)

A janitor, a bartender, a drunk, a  security guard,a  cop and a perp face some lively cadavers and a mad scientist in A Cadaver Christmas. Trailer below. (Quiet Earth)

You can get your first glance at Resident Evil: Afterlife in trailer form if you go to the new Nightmare on Elm Street movie, which opens April 30. (Bloody Disgusting)

The quasi-zombie/slasher film Uncle Sam (review here) is coming to Blu-ray June 29 with three commentary tracks, a deleted scene, gag reel, stills and more. (Bloody Disgusting)

Use your zombie army to take over the Earth, supervillain style, in Infectonator: World Dominator. (Destructoid)

The time-traveling, zombie-killing, top-down shooter Age of Zombies is apparently available for download on your PSP. And for only $5! There’s a trailer below. (UGO)

A guide to surviving the zombie apocalypse at your local WalMart. (You Could be Better)

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