ZMMM Volume 6 progress report part III

Posted by Cory Casciato On October - 11 - 2013

World War ZNever underestimate the power of low expectations. That is the lesson of the  past three days of Zombie Movie Marathon Month. I’ll get into the specifics below, in my movie notes, but it boils down to this: the lower your expectations for a film, the easier it is to have them exceeded and thus your net enjoyment is positive. Conversely, the higher your expectations, the harder it is to live up to them, much less exceed them, and thus the harder it is to have a positive experience. With zombie movies, it really pays to expect pain and suffering, because then if the movie is merely mediocre, you’ll end up quite pleased. Anyway, enough pontificating, on to the films!

Beyond Re-Animator

Oh, boy, were my expectations low. So, so low. The reason for that dates back to last year, when I finally got around to watching Bride of Re-Animator. Earlier in ZMMM5 I watched the original Re-Animator and it was as kick-ass as ever, so when I sat down to watch Bride, I was like, “Oh boy, this is going to be sweet!” And it was not sweet. It was awful, and I hated it. So I was braced for Beyond to be just abysmal and it was… not terrible. I mean, it was pretty lame — bad acting, bad writing, mediocre effects — but it was better than Bride (it ditched some of the lame attempts of humor, for one thing) and it wasn’t painful to watch, so I kind of enjoyed it. See, low expectations never  let you down!

Plotwise, Herbert West goes to prison, and some jackass doctor gets hired at the prison and helps him get his re-animation back on, and shit gets all wacky. It’s pretty weak, but hey, zombies in prison are always a good time.

Phantasm

It had been about five years since I saw this one, so it seemed like it was time again. It’s a very ’70-s movie, from the pacing to the dialogue to the clothes and decor. Also, it’s a damn ambitious movie for what had to have been a shoestring budget. Dimension-traveling alien/demon things, dwarf zombies, flying silver balls of death… I’m a big Don Coscarelli fan, and I have no doubt that seeing parts of this movie when I was like seven helped that. Highly recommend this, despite the “Oh shit, look how fucking ’70s this is!” vibe.

Also, read my interview with Don Coscarelli. He is a rad dude.

World War Z

When this was over, my wife asked, “So, how close was it to the book?” The answer: hahahahaha. By my count, there were three similarities — the title, the fact that dogs can detect the zombies, and the bit about Israel being the best-prepared for the zombies. Everything else was different. I don’t mind, because hey, the book is the book and the movie is the movie. I can enjoy both on their own merits.

My expectations for this were super, super low, and I was pleasantly surprised. I found it all a little heavy handed and predictable, but it was pleasant enough. Brad Pitt was fine (although he is falling into that typical older actor “fuck you, I’m going to play every part the same way, because I am fucking famous” mentality) as the globe-trotting UN super sleuth who figures out all the answers. The army-ant like super zombies were kinda meh, as usual. They strain credulity, since there is no real way to escape such things, much less fight them. It could have been a sequel/parallel film to Zack Snyder’s 2004 Dawn of the Dead remake, really. Is that a bad thing? Depends on your perspective, I guess. I will say this: it established that “zombie apocalypse” is a fine premise for an action movie, which is nice, because action movie premises get a little stale, and we can always use another.

Oh, any you can read this little essay I wrote about how it doesn’t matter that the film World War Z  is so different from the book World War Z.

An interview with George A. Romero

Posted by Cory Casciato On November - 7 - 2012
George A. Romero

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George A. Romero. The father of the modern zombie. Arguably the most influential filmmaker in the horror genre. Legend. Icon.

And, as it turns out, a pretty nice guy.

When I first launched this site, one of the biggest things I hoped it would eventually lead to was a chance to talk to George A. Romero (my very first post was a happy birthday message to him!). This past weekend, it did and I got 20 minutes with the man himself. It wasn’t long, certainly, but it was still pretty fucking great. We talked about The Walking Dead, video games, what he’s working on and lots more. I’m sure I don’t have to sell you on reading this — if you’re reading this site, you love zombies. If you love zombies, you’re going to want to read this. So onward…

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Deadlines: News roundup 01/04/12

Posted by Johnathon Brock On January - 4 - 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.

Happy New Year zombie maniacs! Johnathon and Cory here ready to bring you another great year of undead news, reviews, and all the best information that those brain eating bastards have to offer. I’m not big on New Year’s posts so I’ll just say hello, welcome the old readers and the new readers alike, and with that in mind let’s get to the news!

Author Greg Lamberson announced recently that his third zombie novella Carnage Road, about two motorcycle gang members who take their final ride during the last days of the zombie apocalypse, will be released this April. (Horror Year Book)

After it was announced last year there wasn’t a lot of information about The Walking Dead board game that dropped this past holiday season. Well here’s an in depth review of what looks to be a pretty damn good evening if you’ve got three friends. (Comic Book Movie)

After the break, check out this video of slingshot guru Joerg Sprave showing off his latest beauty which is equipped with a few lethal add-ons for when you need to kill a zombie with a slingshot and run out of rocks or ball bearings. (TechnaBob)

Well it looks like, according to Brad Pitt, World War Z will be distributed as a trilogy of films should the initial movie do well. Personally I’m not a huge fan of the changes from the book that are being made but since it’s a new year I’ll remain cautiously optimistic. (L.A. Times)

We can thank the fine people over at Focus Films for picking up Juan of the Dead for US theater and digital distribution sometime in April this year. (Shadowlocked)

In some breaking news, it looks like Lily Collins (yes, the daughter of Phil Collins) will play the lead role of Mia in the Evil Dead reboot. Mia is being described as the “Ash-like character” as well as the character who, as described in earlier news, is at the cabin for drug detox, which explains why no one believes her when she starts noticing the undead attacks on the cabin. (Bloody Disgusting)

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Deadlines: News roundup 11/15/11

Posted by Johnathon Brock On November - 15 - 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.

Bruce Campbell weighs in on the Evil Dead reboot and even his kind words and producer credit probably won’t be enough to save what’s shaping up to be a terrible movie. (Dread Central)

Newcomer to The Walking Dead universe Norman Reedus talks about his character’s development on the show, and after the break check out a sneak peek at this week’s upcoming episode. (Dread Central)

Speaking of The Walking Dead, check out this nice preview of issue 91 which is due out any day now. NOTE: There are spoilers in said preview if you’re not caught up with the books or don’t want to possibly spoil the television series. (Buy Zombie)

I guess rich people get cool toys, because Brad Pitt became so enamored by a Soviet era tank on the set of World War Z that he bought it, and is having shipped to his swanky Los Angeles mansion. Good for him. (Times of India)

For all you Amazon marketplace users/Kindle owners, you can pick up a copy of The Zombie’s Bride in ebook format for free. It’s free, so check it out! (Buy Zombie)

Milla Jovovich has released another two set videos from Resident Evil: Retribution. It’s cool and all, but by the time the movie comes out I’ll have seen it through her iPhone. (Dread Central)

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Deadlines: News roundup 11/08/11

Posted by Johnathon Brock On November - 8 - 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.

Steven Yuen, who plays Glenn The Walking Dead, gives a little interview about his character’s evolution on the show. (Global Grind)

Tonight is a good night to be a University of Illinois student because zombie author Max Brooks will be giving a lecture on campus starting at 7:00 PM. (The Daily Illini)

Here’s a nice preview of the ’68 Encore Edition comic book, which is a re-release of the 2006 cult hit. (Fangoria)

A long while ago we talked about the quirky zombie bromance Deadheads. Well it looks like they picked up a distributor so we’ll all have a chance to see the movie very soon. Check out the trailer after the break. (Fangoria)

Also after the break, make sure to check out the trailers for Dorm of the Dead and 2 (yes, that’s really the title, just 2) which both look low budget but very entertaining. (Buy Zombie)

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Deadlines: News roundup 10/11/11

Posted by Johnathon Brock On October - 11 - 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.

I guess the best way to start off the news is with a truckload of Walking Dead updates

A SWAT team in Budapest recently raided the World War Z set to confiscate a cache of REAL, FUNCTIONAL weapons that were brought in under the assumption they were movie props. This is just another hurdle for a movie that is reportedly over budget and past deadline. (Examiner)

An accident on the set of Resident Evil: Retribution has caused injuries to sixteen zombie extras but thankfully no one was killed. (Dread Central)

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Deadlines: News roundup 10/07/11

Posted by Johnathon Brock On October - 7 - 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.

David Morse has just signed on to play a prisoner (who doesn’t seem to be a character in the book) in the upcoming epic World War Z. Personally I’m stoked, because he’s one of my favorite character actors. (Cinema Blend)

It looks like Resident Evil: Retribution will be using the Las Plagas parasite storyline from the last two games in the upcoming film. Zombies (who are actually infected people who are still very functional) will ride motorcycles and shoot guns. I can live with that. (All About Bikes Magazine)

It’s been confirmed that Yakuza: Dead Souls (originally called Yakuza: Of The End in Japan) will receive a US release in March 2012. It looks like a good game that mixes Grand Theft Auto and zombies. (FEARnet)

Netflix just finalized a deal with AMC to bring The Walking Dead (along with other good shows from AMC and Sundance) to their streaming service and it SHOULD KICK IN THIS WEEKEND! Future seasons will also be available before the new season starts. (The Wrap)

Deadlines: News roundup 09/27/11

Posted by Johnathon Brock On September - 27 - 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.

The much hyped new zombie revenge comic book Key of Z is set to make it’s debut at New York Comic Con and we’ve got some additional info about the series. (Geeks of Doom)

Also on the radar is the new comic book series The Hidden by 90’s indie comic celebrity Richard Sala, who gives an interview about the upcoming title. (SF Weekly)

These new set photos from World War Z show that the transition from filming in Scotland to London is going quite well, or quite bad, depending on how you look at them. (Daily Mail)

It’s been announced that Oded Fehr, who played a sizable role in the second and third Resident Evil movies, will be returning for the Resident Evil: Retribution. It looks like they’re pulling out all the stops for what will presumably be the last in the series. (Bloody Disgusting)

After the break, check out the latest TV spot for the upcoming season of The Walking Dead, and get excited! (Dread Central)

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Deadlines: News roundup 09/19/11

Posted by Johnathon Brock On September - 19 - 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.

Even though a month isn’t a long time to wait for the new season of The Walking Dead to start, we’re going to be treated to a six issue webseries focusing on the “bicycle girl” from episode one of the show. It starts October 3 and will be directed by new showrunner Greg Nicotero (Movie Viral)

Brad Pitt spoke to the press over the weekend and denied rumors that he saved an extra’s life on the set of World War Z. He’s still pretty awesome though, so don’t worry. (Entertainment Weekly)

Milla Jovovich might as well be credited as the marketing manager on Resident Evil: Retribution. She’s dropped even more hints and facts as to what the new movie will be about. (Dread Central)

Visceral Studios, the satellite company that brought us Dead Space, has closed the doors of it’s Australia based office. Is this a case of hard times or EA Games cutting the cord of a studio it’s no longer found use for? (Kotaku)

 

Deadlines: News roundup 09/16/11

Posted by Johnathon Brock On September - 16 - 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.

Quarantined creator Michael Moreci dropped me a line to let me know about a contest he’s running. Basically, all you have to do is buy at least three of the six issues on comiXology (which are a very respectable .99 cents apiece) and send the proof of purchase to Michael. They’ll draw a winner and the winner gets a custom piece of artwork and a hard copy of the book.

After the break, check out this amazing public service announcement which is secretly (it’s not a secret) an animation test for The Goon animated movie, with a star studded voice cast. I’m seriously hoping someone picks this up. (The Flick Cast)

Some lucky London film makers will get a chance to work on World War Z when production hits the UK now that the shoots in Scotland have wrapped. (This Is London)

Here’s  a nice little interview on how zombies are invading Bollywood and Indian culture through movies and comic books. (Bollywood Hungama)

Director Jonathan Levine sits down to discuss Warm Bodies and what he hopes the film will accomplish, which is better than what it probably will accomplish, which is a Twilight meets Night of the Living Dead monstrosity that makes teenage girls no longer fear the undead. (Indie Wire)

Bruce Campbell dishes (through Twitter) about the Evil Dead remake which at this time does not feature an “Ash” character. What. The. Fuck. “All involved love the new approach” my ass. I’m involved, as a blogger and possible ticket buyer, and I ain’t buyin’ it. (Dread Central)

Eaten By Zombies, a collectible card game based on the zombie apocalypse, has gone WAY over the mark on it’s Kickstarter campaign and will be more than fully funded by the upcoming deadline. Good job guys, the game looks great. (Buy Zombie)

After the break, check out the first teaser for REC 3: Genesis which breaks away from the found footage approach and tells how the virus got started, at least in the foreign universe. No telling what the US version of Quarantine 3 will be about. (Fangoria)

We’ve got another image from the upcoming comic book to film adaptation R.I.P.D. This time it’s Ryan Reynolds and the pure awesome that is Jeff Bridges strutting their stuff. (Dread Central)

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