Deadlines: News roundup 5/11/09

Posted by Cory Casciato On May - 11 - 2009


A daily roundup of all the undead news that shambles into view… Got news tips? E-mail me at cory.casciato[AT]

I’ve got two words for you: zombie prom. Now go look at the pictures and read what that’s all about. (Fangoria)

Can a lone scientist and a super-babe asskicker overcome armageddon, hordes of ravenous zombies and the worst acting and CGI you will ever see to save the human race? These questions and more (such as why does the stock footage look like the best thing in this movie?) are asked in the Experiment 7 trailer (which you can find after the break). (Fangoria)

Jesus, zombies, male stripper, Abraham Lincoln, time travel, apocalypse. No, it’s not the highlights of my last cough-syrup-fueled bender, it’s a bullet list of the major plot points for Jesus Hates Zombies, a suitably insane sounding comic. Geek in the City walks you through it all. (Geek in the City)

The opening cinematic for Prototype, an upcoming game with a lot of zombie-looking enemies (oh, and a hero who says he woke up in a morgue, which strongly implies zombie heritage), is available (no embeds, sorry). It looks okay, but my excitement meter is firmly set at “whatever.” (

Loved that whole zombies-in-space thing happening in Dead Space? Then you will be happy that this tiny tidbit from the Tumblr blog Superannuation implies there will be a Dead Space 2. (superannuation)

Zombies may yet make it to your TV in weekly, serialized drama form. The pilot for Lifeless is supposedly drawing some interest from the shadowy cabal that apparently decide such things. Of course, they’ll probably just decide to put on another doctor show, but we can hope (oh, and there’s five minutes of the pilot embedded after the break). (Quiet Earth)

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Plants vs. Zombies: the music video

Posted by Cory Casciato On May - 8 - 2009

Happy Friday. Celebrate by watching this quirky video for the newly released game Plants vs. Zombies. The song reminds me of the music for Katamari Damacy, one of my favorite games of all time (although sadly lacking in zombies) and probably the best video game soundtrack ever. And the video actually does a good job introducing you to the game. Win!

See, I know that because I got a review copy of the game last night and stayed up way too late playing it. I will have a full review out as soon as I finish putting it through its paces, but my first impressions are wholly positive. I started playing and the next thing I knew several hours of my life were missing and I had failed to do some necessary work. Damn, that’s a good game! It’s simple enough, at least early on, that anyone can play and enjoy it (I’m guessing it gets harder) and it is definitely worth a look. There is a free demo after all… or just wait until I review it, probably sometime next week.

Get more info on the game and download a trial version at the Plants vs. Zombies web site.

Deadlines: News roundup 5/6/09

Posted by Cory Casciato On May - 6 - 2009


A daily roundup of all the undead news that shambles into view… Got news tips? E-mail me at cory.casciato[AT]

If you miss the 8-bit days of yore, check out Toxic Sonic Zombie Massacre, a retro-styled zombie-killing in-browser side-scrolling game reminiscent of Double Dragon, only, you know, with zombies. (Twitter @Zombie_Skool)

Enjoy this lovely slide show documenting what happens when zombies do Dallas, as 125 or so walking dead do a zombie, uh, walk for the Texas Frightmare weekend. (Dallas Observer)

If a banshee raised the dead, would those be zombies?  The story page for Damned by Dawn says “malevolent spirits” but they look corporeal enough in the trailer (embedded after the jump), and it’s a slooow news day so I guess we’ll see. (

Another is-it-or-isn’t-it slice of zombie fare is Doghouse, coming to the U.K. on June 12 (and hopefully elsewhere later). This one has a village full of women afflicted with something that turns them into flesh-eating, monstrous freaks. Kind of like 28 Days Later on an estrogen OD, with more claws and teeth. You can judge for yourself if those are she-zombies when you watch the trailer (embedded after the jump). (Quiet Earth)

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Deadlines: News roundup 5/5/09

Posted by Cory Casciato On May - 5 - 2009


A daily roundup of all the undead news that shambles into view… Got news tips? E-mail me at cory.casciato[AT]

The Wii is getting a rail-shooter version of the space-zombie shooter Dead Space called Dead Space Extraction. I haven’t played the original, despite mostly positive buzz, so I don’t know if I should be excited or not. (Dread Central)

Speaking of positive buzz and Dead Space, word is that the first game sold 1.4 million copies across all platforms. Not too shabby for  a new IP released during a serious recession, eh? (Gamespot)

If you can’t make it to the May 18 screening of the Corbin Bernsen directed, Bill Moseley starring, bio-terror zombie opus Dead Air, you can still catch it on June 6 at the New York Fangoria Weekend of Horror. Or just wait for it to come to your local theater/Blockbuster. Whatever. (Dread Central)

The festival hit Deadgirl, about two dudes that find a zombie hottie chained up in the basement of an old mental hospital and what happens when one decides to get his freak on with her, is coming to DVD September 14 via Dark Sky Films. (Fangoria)

There’s a new trailer for Rec 2 out. You don’t have to speak Spanish to get this but you will have to click off site (no embeds, sorry).

Deadlines: News roundup 5/4/09

Posted by Cory Casciato On May - 4 - 2009


A daily roundup of all the undead news that shambles into view… Got news tips? E-mail me at cory.casciato[AT]

The mainstream media is catching on to the awesomeness of zombies (surely a sign of impending zombie apocalypse) as the Chicago Tribune jumps in with a piece about the zombie zeitgeist and a short interview with Max Brooks, author of The Zombie Survival Guide and World War Z. (Chicago Tribune)

If you need more toys to announce to your friends, coworkers and loved ones how freaking much you love the undead, then you are in luck: Fearwerx has some special, limited-edition 8″ figures of the original zombie from Night of the Living Dead available. (Dread Central)

In the “It’s about frigging time” department, REC is getting a proper U.S. DVD release on July 14. That’s the good news. The bad news? No Blu-Ray release and only one lousy making-of featurette for special features. Lame. (Fangoria)

Late Friday, a rumor broke that Peter Jackson was returning to horror with a yarn about nazi zombies that travel back in time to kill Christ. Before your head explodes with awesomeness, be aware the rumor was debunked quickly. (Entertainment Weekly)

The cutesy, cel-shaded zombie game Zombie Wranglers is being released this Wednesday, May 6 on the Xbox Live Arcade for 800 XBL points ($10 in Earth moneys). (Team Xbox)

In other cutesy zombie game news, the downloadable Plants vs. Zombies strategy title releases tomorrow, May 5. And some woman went and knit up a bunch of Left 4 Dead characters and zombies. (Kotaku)

Also, if you’re reading this via RSS, is there any chance I could convince you to either leave me a comment or send me an e-mail and say “hey”? I’m trying to figure out how many of you are out there and I’ve yet to discover a good tool to do so. Thanks!

Deadlines: News roundup 5/1/09

Posted by Cory Casciato On May - 1 - 2009


A daily roundup of all the undead news that shambles into view… Got news tips? E-mail me at cory.casciato[AT]

The latest zombietastic figurine in the impressive Sideshow Collectibles “The Dead” line has emerged. It’s the Butcher, a cleaver-wielding bastard of a zombie that looks to be a Comic Con exclusive. I am not in a position to afford collectible toys that cost upward of $50, but if I were, I would want all of Sideshow’s Dead figures. (Dread Central)

Genre-vet screenwriter Simon Boyes (Broken, The Devil’s Chair) drops some details on Dark Island to whet your appetite. He actually reveals very little, but from what I can gather from the trailer (embeds disabled, sorry), it’s about a Lost-like smoke monster on a Lost-like island that turns folks into creepy, black-eyed zombies. Looks fun. (Bloody Disgusting)

If you PC players enjoy the 24-hour free trial of Left 4 Dead mentioned yesterday, you will also love the discounted sale price of $24 and the new, super-detailed stats-tracking might tickle your fancy, too. (Kotaku)

Speaking of PC gaming, when Resident Evil 5 comes to that platform it will support nVidia’s 3D effects if you have the 3D vision glasses (and a predilection for splitting headaches, one presumes). (Kotaku)

The August 14 release date I mentioned yesterday for possibly zombie-containing movie I Sell the Dead (this review makes it sound more like vampires, but I am still hoping for some zombie action) is not official. Perhaps someday it will get a release date (maybe even August 14) but don’t mark your calendars just yet, IFC is still ruminating. (Fangoria)

Speaking of IFC, if you like radio enough to pay for it (in the form of Sirius satellite radio) tonight on Fangoria Radio (Sirius channel 108/XM channel 139 at 10 p.m.) an IFC rep will be on hand to talk about Pontypool and Dead Snow. (Fangoria)

Finally, in just 30 days (June 1), the second annual Zombie Movie Marathon Month kicks off! That’s right, thirty zombie movies in thirty days, watched by yours truly and whoever cares to join me, either in real life or via the Intarwebs, watching the same movies or your own. Details will be forthcoming, but if you have suggestions for things I should watch, please leave them in comments or drop me an e-mail: cory.casciato[at]

Deadlines: News roundup 4/30/09

Posted by Cory Casciato On April - 30 - 2009


A daily roundup of all the undead news that shambles into view… Got news tips? E-mail me at cory.casciato[AT]

Starting at Friday midnight GMT, Left 4 Dead will be free for 24 hours for PC players who are Steam users. I’ve already raved about this game a bit, but allow me to reiterate that this is one of the greatest zombie games ever. If you’ve avoided the temptation thus far, give in and try it. (Kotaku)

Speaking of greatest zombie games ever, Kotaku has a short interview with Dead Rising 2 producer Keiji Inafune. The big reveal is that there will be non-combat skills. Specifically mentioned is riding a motorbike in badass fashion. Some of them will help the character level up, like in the first game, but none will be photography, which should make some players happy. It’s a video interview, and it is embedded after the jump and there’s lots more in it about the first game and the upcoming sequel. (Kotaku)

The latest content release for Call of Duty: World at War includes another zombie-killing map called Shi No Numa (Zombie Swamp). I haven’t played this one because I am anti-WWII games, even if they have zombies. Enough, already. That damn war has been played to death. Still, maybe you feel differently, in which case enjoy killing some more WWII-era zombies. (Kotaku)

IFC has got ahold of I Sell the Dead, a movie about grave robbers starring Dominic Monaghan and Ron Perlman. It’s coming August 14 to theaters and on demand. Is it a zombie movie? Well, the trailer (helpfully embedded after the jump) shows some reanimated corpses, so I am going to say provisionally speaking, it counts. (Dread Central)

Special thanks to Kotaku for giving me most of my daily zombie news. You get a zombie cookie. To the rest of you, sorry for the lateness of today’s post. My life interfered.

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Deadlines: News roundup 4/29/09

Posted by Cory Casciato On April - 29 - 2009


A daily roundup of all the undead news that shambles into view… Got news tips? E-mail me at cory.casciato[AT]

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


A daily roundup of all the undead news that shambles into view… Got news tips? E-mail me at cory.casciato[AT]

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 4/23/09

Posted by Cory Casciato On April - 23 - 2009


A daily roundup of all the undead news that shambles into view… Got news tips? E-mail me at cory.casciato[AT]

Another slice of classic literature gets an injection of zombies. This time, H.G. Wells’s War of the Worlds becomes War of the Worlds Plus Blood, Guts and Zombies courtesy of Eric S. Brown. Hm. I think this idea has officially crossed the line from clever to stupid (it is a fine line…). (Fangoria)

If you have been looking at all the zombie video games coming out and saying, “Yes, but I want a kid-friendly, cartoonish zombie game. You know, for kids!” then you are in luck because a cel-shaded zombie game called Zombie Wranglers is on its way! (Destructoid)

Insane bikini-clad zombie-slayer girl video game turned movie Onechanbara is getting a sequel. It’s to be called Chanbara Beauty THE MOVIE vorteX (what?) and you can find pictures and words about the stars here. Hint: they are hot, Asian and scantily clad. (Kotaku)

World’s best print horror mag Fangoria has a piece on zombie master George A. Romero in its upcoming 30th anniversary issue (lots of other stuff too). (Fangoria)




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