Deadlines: News roundup 8/7/09

Posted by Cory Casciato On August - 7 - 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.

Zombies, torture and Linnea Quigley are all featured in Post Mortem, America 2021, a new, low-budget indie horror/action offering patterned after the grindhouse exploitation epics of yesteryear. Get a few details here, or just go watch the trailer, embedded after the break. (Dread Central)

You want a video explaining how Dead Space Extraction ties into the original Dead Space? You got it, embedded after the break, courtesy of Kotaku. (Kotaku)

Some of Shaun of the Dead‘s finest, including zombie Ed, are coming to Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights event in LA. You can visit the event’s site directly for more info. (Horror-Movies.ca)

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Review: Plants vs. Zombies

Posted by Cory Casciato On August - 7 - 2009

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When the zombie apocalypse comes, the only thing standing between you and the ravenous hordes of undead is your skill in the garden.

Wait, what?

Yes, that’s the message to be gleaned from the runaway hit Plants vs. Zombies, an addictive, amusing “casual” game that offers incredible depth and longevity for its $20 asking price. Combining a friendly, cartoonish aesthetic with some easy-to-learn, hard-to-master gameplay, the whole package comes together nicely and offers plenty of fun and a few nice laughs for fans of the walking dead..

The gameplay is a variation of the popular tower defense style of real-time strategy. In brief, the player’s home is on the left of the screen. The zombies start from the right, heading left. If they manage to cross the screen and get into the house, brains are eaten and the game is over. To stop them, the player has a wide variety of (cute) weapons in the forms of plants: sunflowers fuel the army, peashooters shoot peas, walnuts provide a barrier to temporarily halt the zombies’ advance, etc. There’s a wide variety of weapons and tools available to the player, to accommodate personal preferences and to deal with specific threats.

The single-player campaign is structured to ease players into the game and it does a fine job introducing the concepts, weapons and enemies at a pace that anyone can understand. In truth, veteran gamers who already understand the underlying mechanics of real-time strategy and tower-defense type games may find the pace a little slow except in the later campaign levels. Luckily, the games survival modes are much more challenging and should offer plenty of intensity even for hardcore gamers. In addition, a large number of mini-game variations on the basic gameplay are included, many of which incorporate elements of other popular games, from popular videogames such as Bejeweled to staples such as bowling. Fleshing this out are metagame mechanics that allow you to buy new plants and tools and raise plants for cash in a Zen garden. All told, the package is full of content and should keep gamers busy long enough to get their money’s worth, and then some.

The zombies take the popular conception of zombies – slow, shambling brain eaters – as a starting point and add variation from there. The full cast of undead comprises a wide variety of silliness, some based on pop culture zombie referents, such as the obviously “Thriller”-inspired zombies, others seemingly created for gameplay purposes such as football-player zombies, Zamboni-driving zombies and dolphin-riding zombies. If there’s a complain to be made, it’s that the choice to make the enemies zombies seems largely immaterial to the gameplay. Apart from a few exceptions – the “Thriller” zombies in particular – these enemies could have been anything – aliens, Bigfoot, monkeys, whatever. Still they are zombies, so it’s not much of an issue. The plants used to defend the homestead against the walking dead are cast in the same cutesy vein as the zombies, giving the whole game a light-hearted, fun feeling. All told, if you’re a videogame fan who likes zombies and likes cute, Plants vs. Zombies should be something of a dream come true.

Deadlines: News roundup 8/6/09

Posted by Cory Casciato On August - 6 - 2009

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With I Sell the Dead coming to VOD and limited theatrical release this Friday, it seems like a good time to check in with producer Larry Fessenden and director Glenn McQuaid about its origins, influences, casting and more. (Fangoria)

More Zombieland promos emerge. This time, a silly “how to” video on dispatching zombies with a bowling ball. It’s embedded after the break. (io9)

If you’re so fascinated with Wii lightgun zombie-shooter House of the Dead: Overkill that you are dying for a glimpse into the design process of the marketing, you should love this. (Fluid Design via Kotaku via Infovore)

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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 7/28/09

Posted by Cory Casciato On July - 28 - 2009

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I’m always up for new ideas in the zombie mythos, so this upcoming novel Dead Sexy, about a mortician who gets embroiled in a seamy underworld of for-profit raising the dead, has me intrigued. (io9)

According to this blog and a little Google translation, REC 2 is officially done. (Blog de Jaume Balagueró)

Got Blu-ray? Like Night of the Creeps? Well you’ll be happy to hear that the flick is making it to that format, too. Blu-ray.com has the specs and details. (Blu-ray.com)

Punk rock and zombies have been a great match since 1985′s Return of the Living Dead, and that match is commemorated in the upcoming Punk entry in Sideshow Collectibles The Dead line. (Dread Central)

If you love killing zombies and ’80s music, you are going to be tickled pink to hear that Depeche Mode is making a cameo appearance in Left 4 Dead 2. They’ll be on a T-shirt and possibly more. (Kotaku)

If you get your kicks killing Nazi zombies in Call of Duty: World at War, rejoice in the news that a fourth zombiecentric level, called “Der Riese,” is inbound. (Dread Central)

Finally, this is the last news post you will see for a while. My beloved has convinced me to take a vacation and there won’t be any computers or Internets to update where we’re going. I’m going to try to have scheduled content updates for every day I am gone, but news doesn’t work that way, obviously. So don’t sweat it when you see there’s no news — the regularly scheduled daily wrap-up will return when I return in one week.

Real, Russian zombies? You be the judge!

Posted by Cory Casciato On July - 28 - 2009

Update: My knowledgeable commenters have informed me this is a viral video for the PC shooter S.T.A.L.K.E.R. but it is still fun and worth a watch. Nicely played, S.T.A.L.K.E.R. producers. Nicely played, indeed.

The video embedded above has been making the rounds of the Internets for a while now, and this is by no means the first zombie site to have featured it. But it’s pretty interesting and I’d be remiss in not putting it out there for my audience of zombie aficionados. The video purports to be footage of a man being chased and attacked by … something. Real-life zombies? Sure, why not! It’s shot from a helicopter, it would fit right into any zombie apocalypse movie you care to name and it’s well worth the forty-some seconds it will take to watch it. Is it real? Eh, Occam’s razor tells me it probably is some kind of promo for a Russian zombie movie or TV show, but who knows? It looks fairly convincing to my untrained eye. If it is real, I think I need to step up my zombie apocalypse plans to Defcon 3. What do you all think?

Deadlines: News roundup 7/27/09

Posted by Cory Casciato On July - 27 - 2009

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If you loved zombies-in-space epic Dead Space but found yourself wishing, “Gosh, I wish I could just watch this instead of playing it,” you are in luck. The film version is coming. (MTV Movies blog)

And if that news has you excited, you can dig deeper with this Variety piece on the upcoming Dead Space movie, which names DJ Caruso as the director and also has a few more minor details for the hardcore fan. (Variety)

The movie adaptation of awesome novel World War Z marches ever deeper into the waters of development hell as it is announced that Paramount Pictures is seeking a new director (remember, just a while ago, they announced a new screenwriter). Is anyone surprised? This movie is going to be a beast to make and my guess is it will eat several more directors, screenwriters, cadres of producers and maybe a studio or two before  we ever see it. (Bloody Disgusting)

Get some more info on World War Z from the man himself, author Max Brooks. It’s a video and it’s embedded after the jump. (via Fangoria)

If you prefer having movies described to you to actually waiting to see them, enjoy this blow-by-blow account of a couple of scenes from Zombieland. (io9)

Or maybe you’d like some interviews with Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer or star Jesse Eisenberg? Click here, or just watch the embedded interviews after the break. (Horror Squad)

Now that British microbudget zombie film Colin has been picked up for theatrical distribution, the BBC speaks with director Marc Price. (BBC)

The iconic “sweater zombie” from Dawn of the Dead is dead. RIP Clayton Hill, we’ll see you again when there’s no more room in hell. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Enjoy an impressive act of San Diego Comic Con cosplay nerdery, as some dude gets all gussied up as a Left 4 Dead Tank — his companions, dressed as Zoe and Bill, had it way easier. (Kotaku)

Three images from French zombie/gangster/cop epic The Horde appeared — Bloody Disgusting has them for you. (Bloody Disgusting)

Cutesy monster toys from Mezco, including a zombie, emerge from Comic Con. (Bloody Disgusting)

Vampires and zombies and mutants, oh my! Marvel Comics has an X-Men/X-Force/New Mutants storyline with some zombies coming up soon. (io9)

If you’re eagerly awaiting Deadlands 2: Trapped, you’ll be thrilled with the details of the upcoming release. (Horror-Movies.ca)

For comparing their game Zombie School to real school shooting, iPhone developer Retarded Arts (classy name, guys) had their app pulled from the store. Brilliant. (Zombie Command)

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Deadlines: News roundup 7/24/09

Posted by Cory Casciato On July - 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.

The awesome tower defense game Plants vs. Zombies is coming to the Xbox Live Arcade. Two words can sum up my reaction: hell and yes. It’s a perfect platform for this game. And my review of the original PC version is coming … I promise. Short version: So. Much. Fun. (Worth Playing)

Not only is Paul W.S. Anderson returning to direct the new Resident Evil: Afterlife film, he’s doing it in 3D! And he plans to kick off an all-new trilogy! (Shock Till You Drop)

The ultra-low budget zombie pic Colin will be released theatrically, at least in the United Kingdom. (Screen Daily)

Have a look at the cover of the new Pocket Book edition of Day-by-Day Armageddon by J.L. Bourne (Fangoria)

Two photos of Zombieland, one of a creepy-ass looking zombie clown. I love zombie clowns. (Bloody Disgusting)

Deadlines: News roundup 7/23/09

Posted by Cory Casciato On July - 23 - 2009

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Word from Night of the Creeps director Fred Dekker is that if the upcoming DVD release sells well, a sequel could be in the works. Also, Blu-ray should be forthcoming too. (Bloody Disgusting)

Get ready for musical zombie mayhem in Graveyard Shift, a dancing, singing undead opus coming to the NYC Fringe Festival. (Fangoria)

More Left 4 Dead 2 info emerges, this time revealing bulletproof zombies — former cops in riot gear. You have to melee the shit out of them to kill them, bullets get absorbed by their kevlar armor. Scary. There’s also another take on the same level reported on a few days ago. Oh, and there’s a few new screens, too and a clip embedded after the break. Wow, Comic Con is like a firehose of zombie video game news, isn’t it? (Kotaku)

South Korea gets into the zombie apocalypse business with The Neighbor Zombie, an anthology of four zombie shorts by four different directors. (Quiet Earth)

Paul W.S. Anderson is returning as director for the next Resident Evil movie. (Production Weekly)

Speaking of Resident Evil, the game part of the franchise could be up for a change in direction and developers … or maybe not. (Kotaku)

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Deadlines: News roundup 7/22/09

Posted by Cory Casciato On July - 22 - 2009

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The mainstream media looks at the undead again, this time to report on the upcoming San Diego Comic Con zombie walk and chat with Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer. His take on zombies is distressingly generic, I have to say. (CNN)

Do you need another preview of the motion-controlled, zombies-in-space shooter Dead Space Extraction for the Wii? You do? Okay, here you go. (Kotaku)

A new zombie movie called Alice Jacobs is Dead is premiering at SDCC tomorrow. It’s about a scientist who cures zombiism and saves the world and it has Adrienne Barbeau. (Horror-Movies.ca)

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