Friday, March 31, 2006

Call for Zombies!

Call for Zombies!

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From Fango:
It's every horror fan�s dream: to be one of the flesheating hordes in a zombie flick. Now indie outfit Mindsplinters Films, creators of the WOODLAND HAUNTING franchise, is offering all interested parties the chance to make a ghoulish appearance in a project tentatively titled DAY OF THE DYING LIVING. "We are looking to set a new world record for zombies in a horror film," according to the moviemakers, and you don't even have to visit the set to take part! All you have to do is dress and make yourself up in your best undead garb, film or tape yourself lurching toward the camera and send the footage to the Mindsplinters team, and they'll �"ake your zombie self, friends and family and will digitally do our magic to make you a part of this historical film."There are rules and guidelines, of course, and you can read all about 'em by clicking here. Mindsplinters is also working on a ghost story called THE VISITOR, starring Alice Cooper's daughter Calico, and the Western chiller CONSEQUENCE; go here to see the company's homepage.

Meat Market 3

Meat Market 3

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From Fango:
Canadian filmmaker Brian Clement gave Fango the scoop that he’s gearing up to shoot the third in his MEAT MARKET series of zombie movies, and sent along the pics at left and below from some test footage he’s already shot. He describes this entry to us as “very much darker and creepier. I want to take everything I’ve learned about lighting and production design on the last two movies I’ve done, and apply it to a frightening and bloody zombie story.” That previous duo are EXHUMED and THE DEAD INSIDE, the latter of which we most recently updated you on here.

I thought Clement said he wasn't going to make any more of these things.

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Zombie Articles

Two Zombies Articles
in the
San Francisco Chronicle

From SFGate.com:

It can't get much worse for Hollywood.

Box office receipts are down for the second straight year, with profit margins that will soon be eclipsed by the gumball machine and collectible lunch box industries. Costco is selling television sets that are bigger than some art house movie screens. And the winner of the Best Picture Oscar in 2006 was a film that everyone hated.

The solution couldn't be clearer: Make more movies about zombies.

While the rest of Hollywood sinks into the La Brea tar pits, zombie movies have been enjoying a box office feast matched only by porn and bad superhero films. And even more improbably, these odes to the walking dead have also been extremely good -- somehow satisfying both the horror enthusiast and the Fellini-loving, daylight-hating mainstream movie critic.

Read the whole article here.

And then, also:

Will Viharo, the "mayor" of the Parkway Speakeasy Theater's Thrillville, is a George A. Romero purist. But he points out that there is life beyond "Night of the Living Dead," "Dawn of the Dead," "Day of the Dead" and "Land of the Dead."

After digesting those movies, Viharo recommends the following five films -- all available on DVD -- for a cinematic journey spanning the evolution of the zombie...

Read the rest of this here.

Zombies are the new black.

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Moody!

David Moody Interview!

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Click here for Spiral's rockin' new interview with David Moody, author of the Autumn series!

Zombie Tales

Zombie Tales: The Dead

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From Comic Book Resources:
The best-selling horror anthology returns! After the big success of Zombie Tales #1 and Zombie Tales: Oblivion #1, the team is back again with more self-contained stories! Keith Giffen leads a team of accomplished returning creators: screenwriter John Rogers (Global Frequency), TV producer and writer Andrew Cosby (Dark Horse's Damn Nation, Sci-Fi Network's Eureka), Comic Book Resources columnist Johanna Stokes, War of the Worlds: Second Wave writer Michael Alan Nelson, and new addition: novelist Jim Pascoe (By the Balls, Five Shots and a Funeral)! Also featuring a cover by 100 Bullets cover artist Dave Johnson, interior art by Lee (Legion of Super-Heroes) Moder, Don (Megaton Man) Simpson, Jeff (Cybernary, Hulk) Rebner, and Fabio (Smoke and Guns) Moon!
Click here for more.

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RN in LA

Rusty Nails Joins
Burbank WoH


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Rusty Nails has joined the lineup of the next FANGORIA’s Weekend of Horrors convention, presented by Anchor Bay Entertainment, to be held June 2-4, 2006 at LA’s Burbank Airport Hilton (2500 Hollywood Way).

Screenings in LA

Argento, Fulci, Lenzu
Screenings in LA

Live on the West coast? Lucky you.
From Fango:
Fango has learned that LA’s American Cinematheque will host screenings of six giallo classics next month at Hollywood’s Egyptian Theatre (located at 6712 Hollywood Boulevard), with rare 35mm prints of films by legendary Italian directors Dario Argento, Lucio Fulci and Umberto Lenzi!
Starts April 21. Click here to see what's playing from these masters that have brought us some zombie goodness. I love The Egyptian...they always have something good going on.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Tony Gardner

FX Guy Tony Gardner
Joins Burbank WoH


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From Fango:
Veteran FX creator Tony (THE BLOB) Gardner has joined the lineup of the next FANGORIA�s Weekend of Horrors convention, presented by Anchor Bay Entertainment, to be held June 2-4, 2006 at LA's Burbank Airport Hilton (2500 Hollywood Way). Gardner created the makeup FX for such fright favorites as RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD, ARMY OF DARKNESS, DARKMAN, the ADDAMS FAMILY films and most recently SEED OF CHUCKY (pictured), where he also played an FX artist who falls prey to the killer doll. Gardner has several directorial projects in the works.
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He is, if I'm not mistaken, personally responsible for this little lady.

The Rage

The Rage Update

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From Fango:
Over at the official website of FX veteran Robert Kurtzman's new directorial effort THE RAGE, a five-minute behind-the-scenes clip has just been posted. (Hint: You may need to click just below the graphic to play it.) It's the first of many documentary segments that will be splattering onto the site every several weeks throughout the course of completion of the film. A production of Kurtzman's Precinct 13 Entertainment company, THE RAGE centers on a mad scientist (WISHMASTER's Andrew Divoff) whose experiments lead to mutated humans and rapacious vulture monsters terrorizing helpless victims. The site also includes lots more pics, a director's blog and more; you can see our previous items on the movie here and here.

Grindhouse Casting

Even more Grindhouse
Casting News


From Bloody-Disgusting:
The cast is filling up quick and with each addition the more excited I get (even though AICN had a pretty negative review of Tarantino's script). Today Freddie Rodriguez (Six Feet Under) has joined John Jarrett, Danny Trejo, Alicia Rachel Marek, Tom Savini, Josh Brolin, Dean Fernando, Marley Shelton, Michael Biehn, Mickey Rourke and Zoe Bell in WeinsteinCo.'s upcoming Grind House, according to CHUD. Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez each will direct a 75-minute horror tale including fake movie trailers in between both movies. Rodriguez's part, "Project Terror," will be a zombie pic, while Tarantino's section, "Death Proof," will a slasher seg. Rodriguez joins the cast of 'Project Terror', which is one of the films hitting theaters December 1st.

Tenney DVD Review

DVD Review of Del Tenney
Double Feature at CC


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From Creature Corner:

Most of you are probably scratching your heads, trying to figure out who this Del Tenney guy is. Well, don't worry- he's only directed 4 movies. They were hugely popular in the 60s, achieving somewhat of a cult following. The two collected on this dvd are The Horror of Party Beach and The Curse of the Living Corpse. They were filmed one after another and screened together on an unlikely double bill- ending their run at the famous Paramount theater in NYC. They're not exactly the best films ever, but if you're in the mood for b-movie goodness you've come to the right place.

Not know who Del Tenney is!? *gasp!*

Seattle Nutbag

Interesting Article: More on
that Seattle Psycho


From the Seattle Weekly:
The CHAC event is what some in the media have dubbed the zombie rave. Called "Better Off Undead," it ran until 4 a.m. Saturday. Some news media have made it sound as though there was a zombie cult in the rave community. Ravers say that the zombie theme was no different from a toga theme the week before—an attempt by promoters to appeal to audiences with an interesting theme in a competitive dance-event market.
I was sort of wondering what this guy's problem was and hoping his craziness wasn't related in any way to zombie fandom. According to this article, it really doesn't look like it. Good. Read the whole thing here.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Zombie Baby?

Zombie Baby?


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I don't know...what do you think? From Fango:
FANGORIA BLOOD DRIVE II winner Paul (MEANS TO AN END) Solet dropped us a line and some pix on his latest horror short, an ambitious chiller called GRACE. The story revolves around Madeline Matheson, an eight months' pregnant woman who is determined to deliver her unborn child, Grace, naturally. When an accident leaves Grace dead inside her, Madeline insists on carrying the baby to term. Weeks later, when Madeline delivers naturally, the child miraculously returns to life.
Click here to read more and see pics.

Dawn Reunion

There's Another Dawn
Reunion Coming Up


From Fango:
The folks behind The New York City Horror Film Festival have partnered with and will be upping the scare factor at the Big Apple Comic, Toy & Sci-Fi Convention, to be held this weekend, March 31-April 2, at NYC's Penn Plaza Pavilion (401 2nd Avenue at 33rd Street). Among the attractions will be a DAWN OF THE DEAD reunion with George A. Romero, Ken Foree, Gaylen Ross and David Emge, plus appearances DAY OF THE DEAD's Gary Klar and LAND OF THE DEAD's Eugene Clark, as well as Margot Kidder, Troma topper Lloyd Kaufman, Debbie Rochon, Elvira and many others; the NYC Horror Festival crew will also present some of the best short horror movies from past events and a preview of their 2006 fest. Click here for more info.
Margot Kidder...if anyone's going to this, I need an autograph...I'm actually not kidding...

Poultryegist

Poultrygeist Music Video

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From Bloody-Disgusting:
Lloyd Kaufman is back with his highly anticipated Poultrygeist: Attack of the Chicken Zombies!, which is set for release later this year. If you head on over to the film's official website you can watch a special music video, which AICN says is quite disgusting -- if only I could get the damn thing to play on my Apple. When the American Chicken Bunker, a military-themed fried-chicken chain, builds a restaurant on the site of an ancient Indian burial ground, local protestors aren't the only ones crying fowl! The previous tenants, fueled by a supernatural force, take "possession" of the food and those who eat it, and the survivors discover that they must band together before they themselves become the other white meat!

Groan...

Big Fat Mass Murdering Zombie

From TheAge.com.au:

Australia's worst mass murderer has become an overweight "zombie" who refuses to speak, his mother and doctors say.

It has been nearly 10 years since Martin Bryant killed 35 people and seriously injured many more during a rampage at Port Arthur in Tasmania.

In a rare interview before the anniversary of the April 28, 1996 killings, Bryant's mother Carleen says her son won't speak to her.

"Martin is like a zombie," she told The Bulletin magazine.

Okay, okay, he's not really a zombie...hehheh...

Shirts

Zombie Shirts
Click on the pic for the link.

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Monday, March 27, 2006

I'm Back.

I had an interesting last handful of days and I'm now back. I appeciate your patience in retreiving your zombie related news. I was off attending an Amnesty International event on my campus, where we camped out for a few days to raise awareness and charitable donations for displaced persons/refugees. We thought it would be cold when we first started planning for it a couple of months ago, but we weren't expecting 30 degree weather. Needless to say, it made the message particularly poignant. Hehheh...in the end, we raised $255, which is much more than I expected, considering my campus is overrun with oblivious, priviledged types. Anyway...so, I'm back and all that.

Check out my essay.

Lovecraft's Reanimator:
The Foretelling of a Sub-Genre.


A little bit ago, I mentioned that I had become a contributer over at The Zombie Blog. Well, I was working on a little something to post there and finally got to finish and put it up this weekend. Here's a snippet:
The Herbert West – Reanimator stories were originally published in 1922, in Homebrew magazine, under the title of “Grewsome Tales.” Seabrook’s The Magic Island was still seven years away from introducing the Haitian zombie to Hollywood in 1929, and White Zombie was still ten years away from introducing this same zombie type to filmic audiences. This is extremely interesting in the sense that, I believe, after reading Lovecraft’s undead contribution, these six stories indeed encapsulate the entire history of the zombie film sub-genre—from their humble beginnings right up to the very present. They even usurp Mr. Romero of the much-claimed title of the man who introduced cannibalism to the zombie mythos.
Head on over there to read more!

Black Sheep

Black Sheep

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Finally, more on Black Sheep. From Fango:

We last reported here on BLACK SHEEP, a bloody, wild and woolly tale of nature run amok that has been creating bales of interest ever since it was announced toward the end of 2005. The ad line says it all "There are 40 million sheep in New Zealand, and they're pissed off" though a press release adds, "On a vast sheep station, a reckless genetic engineering experiment goes horribly wrong, turning sheep into bloodthirsty killers." Even before BLACK SHEEP started shooting in Wellington, New Zealand March 6, Mel Gibson's Icon Film Distribution had snapped up the theatrical rights for Australia, New Zealand and the UK. Financed by the triumvirate of the New Zealand Film Commission, NZ On Air and the Korean-based Daesung Group, BLACK SHEEP is the feature debut of writer/director and Fangoria enthusiast Jonathan King.

Fango corralled SHEEP's busy producer Philippa Campbell long enough for her to obligingly supply a few insights into the project. "BLACK SHEEP is a combo of comedy and horror, real scares with a twist of comedy. The film is good-hearted, but it also plays with real contemporary anxieties. [It has] a distinctive voice that comes at our New Zealand tradition of "cinema of unease" in a new way."

Undead NYT

Zombies in the New York Times

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Featuring Monica Kuebler, Max Brooks, Brian Keene and more. From the NYT:

ONCE again, they're everywhere.

Roaming the streets in business suits, blood dripping from their chins. Ducking through the city's parks, dodging bullets fired by the invading army of Somali schoolgirls. Rampaging through an experimental women's prison. Clawing their way out of graves, on a murderous march to reunite with the Deathbringer.

And so forth.

We're talking of course about zombies. If you haven't been paying attention — and if you haven't been paying attention, heaven help you — zombies are back. In films, books and video games, the undead are once again on the march, elbowing past werewolves, vampires, swamp things and mummies to become the post-millennial ghoul of the moment. And while you may yet be unaware of the zombielike proliferation of zombie stuff, horror fans speak of the zombie craze as a fact of life, the way the rest of us talk about $3 gasoline.

Crazy Bastard

Bad Stuff

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I'm sure most of you have heard about this by now. From the Examiner:

SEATTLE - The partygoers didn't know Aaron Kyle Huff, and don't know who invited him to their after-party. In the culture of raves, all-night dance parties where they say young people can feel welcomed regardless of looks or background, such questions normally aren't important.

That trust was shattered Saturday morning, when Huff opened fire in a house full of ravers dressed like zombies in dark clothing and pale makeup, killing six of them and injuring two.

The 28-year-old man from Montana, who fired a 12-gauge pistol-grip shotgun and wore bandoliers of shotgun shells, killed himself when confronted by a police officer outside the home.

Now ravers are in shock after being struck by the apparently random act of violence.

"We're probably the only community in society that would have welcomed somebody so easily," said Travis Webb, an area rave promoter who attended a "zombie rave" that preceded the party where Huff opened fire.

Raves - parties that attract young people to dance to thumping, bass-laden electronic music - often are themed events where people dress up in Halloween-like outfits and paint their faces. Friday night's rave, dubbed "Better Off Undead," drew about 500 people, according to organizers.

More articles here, here, here, here and here. I was sort of wondering what angle of blame the media would take (because they always do) and as it turns out, it seems as though they're leaving the zombie fan-base alone for now and going for the rave/drug thing. As if anything other than some random maniac is to blame...the more that comes out about this, the more I'll post about it.

More Slither Clips

Two Slither Clips

From Bloody-Disgusting:

Today the official MySpace page for Universal's upcoming SLiTHER (review) posted two brand new clips from James Gunn's flick, which hits theaters everywhere on Friday. This slimy good time begins when farmers’ livestock turn up horribly mutilated and a young women goes missing, Sheriff Bill Pardy (Nathan Fillion) and his team, aided by Grant’s wife Starla (Elizabeth Banks), uncover the dark force laying siege to their town… and come face-to-face with an older-than-time organism intent on absorbing and devouring all life on Earth.

Nightstalker

Nightstalker Series Coming to DVD

From Bloody-Disgusting:

Touchstone has announced Night Stalker: The Complete Series which stars Stewart Townsend and Gabrielle Union, according DVD Active. This new series (based on the classic 70's show) will be available to own from the 30th May, and priced at around $29.99. Each of the shows episodes will be presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen, along with English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround tracks. Extras will include a “Making of The Night Stalker” featurette with Frank Spotnitz, deleted scenes, audio commentaries and a script scanner. I'm afraid Touchstone has yet to reveal the official package artwork, but we'll bring you that very shortly.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Thursday Zombie Tid Bits

Hello zombie fans,

I'm afraid I haven't time for a proper post this morning. This is just a quickie to let you know what's what. I will beaway from my computer participating in some humantitarian event on my campus, and so, will not be back posting news until Monday. My apologies. Here are, however, a few bits to tide you over 'til then:

Plane Dead revolves around an international flight from LA to Paris on which a renegade scientist, on the run from the CIA, has smuggled a secret coffin containing a body infected with a genetically engineered virus. When the plane encounters two large storms, the extreme turbulence causes the flesheating body to escape from the plane’s hold. A life-and-death battle then ensues as the virus turns the unsuspecting passengers into the undead. Adding fuel to the fire, governments refuse the plane landing as well as air space, given the pathogen it’s carrying.

Go to Fango for more details and pics!

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Insomniac Games, best known for the Ratchet & Clank franchise, revealed at last year's E3 that they are stepping away from family-friendly fare with the science-fiction shooter I-8. A trailer shown during Sony's pre-E3 press conference depicted WWII-era soldiers facing a threat greater than other humans--zombies and gigantic alien arachnids.

During Sony's keynote address at the 2006 Game Developers Conference, Insomniac today announced that it has given the shooter a new name more befitting its dire subject matter. The highway-like moniker of I-8 has been ditched in favor of the more appropriate Resistance: Fall of Man.

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Heads Up! Hooper's Mortuary is playing on the SciFi Channel this Saturday at 9:oopm, est/std time!!!

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Zombie A Go Go
is an Independent Film in Chicago, IL. We are still accepting applications for Cast and Crew.

An application must be filled out in order for you to audition.

In some strange mixture of the 1950s fused with present day, the dark punk band Zombie A Go Go rip up their shows with horror inspired lyrics and wild theatrics. Its a well known fact that the majority of their fans dress up in full zombie fashion for their shows, but what they didn't know is that they would encounter the real thing at the Halloween show. Blood, Gore, Rock music, Brains, S&M, and Go-Go Dancing. ZOMBIE A GO GO!
How awesome is that last one? Very. I wish I was in Chicago...I'd totally audition for a ripe zombie bit. *pout*

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Dead by Dawn

Dead by Dawn from
New Blood in 2007


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From Fango:
Coming in 2007 is New Blood’s entry in the zombie genre, DEAD BY DAWN, currently in the development/financing stage. This one is set in an isolated town where a meteor crash brings a plague to Earth that turns the dead into those ever-popular bloodthirsty ghouls.


From New Blood:
After a meteor smashes into the earths crust an unexplained plague has decimated an isolated towns population and yet...the dead are not dying. They've become unstoppable hungry zombies, stalking endlessly for the taste of living flesh and blood. A group of people are selected by the government to be the test subjects for their new found biological weapon. They are infected then placed in the quarantined town, where they must learn to only protect themselves from the ever increasing zombie population.

New Blood Entertainment is looking for partners to invest in this $2.5 million dollar feature film project. Dead by Dawn has a great story and will be loaded full of amazing special. Several known actors have been contacted and are interested in the project.

Production Stage: Development

Fulci's Murder Rock

Murder Rock DVD Bits

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No, again, there are no zombies here. But, I know there are a lot of Fulci fans here and I thought that warranted the information being here. That, and Disc 2. I have to get this just for the Lovelock featurette!

From Fango:
Media Blasters gave Fango the scoop on the full specs for its Shriek Show release of Lucio Fulci’s MURDER ROCK, coming in a two-DVD set May 16. The movie, which actually deals with ballet—specifically a string of murders that plagues a dance school—will be presented in anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen in both Italian and English, with the following extras:

Disc 1:
• Audio commentary by cinematographer Giuseppe Pinori, moderated by journalist Federico Caddeo
• Original trailer
• Shriek Show trailers

Disc 2:
Tempus Fugit: Fulci documentary directed by Daniel Gouyette, featuring interviews with Dario Argento, Claudio Argento, Luigi Cozzi, Ray Lovelock, Dardano Sacchetti, Claudio Simonetti, Sergio Stivaletti and Antonio Tentori
Portrait of Giuseppe Pinori featurette
Portrait of Ray Lovelock featurette
Ray Lovelock on MURDER ROCK featurette
• Photo gallery

Retail price is $19.95.

Slither Poster Contest

Win a Signed Slither Poster

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From Bloody-Disgusting:
Today Universal Pictures has supplied us with one of the greatest contest prizes we've had in a long time, a poster for James Gunn's upcoming SLiTHER (review) that's signed by Nathan Fillion, James Gunn, Elizabeth Banks, Michael Rooker and Gregg Henry!! If you couldn't tell by the poster, the clips and the trailers, SLiTHER is going to be one hell of a good time! When farmers’ livestock turn up horribly mutilated and a young women goes missing, Sheriff Bill Pardy (Nathan Fillion) and his team, aided by Grant’s wife Starla (Elizabeth Banks), uncover the dark force laying siege to their town… and come face-to-face with an older-than-time organism intent on absorbing and devouring all life on Earth.
The Prizes:

(1) Grand Prize: 1 Slither t-shirt, 1 Slither hat and 1 Slither poster
signed by Nathan Fillion, James Gunn, Elizabeth Banks, Michael Rooker and Gregg Henry!
(1) Runner-up Prize: 1 t-shirt and 1 hat


Who wouldn't want that post framed and hanging on their wall? I'm jealous that I don't have one! If you think the luck is on your side, then all you have to do to enter is E-mail me the following info:

-Put SLiTHER poster in the subject line
-Inside include your full name
-Full mailing address
-Then tell me your favorite Troma film and tell me if you think Slither is going to be the end-all slimefest.


Winners chosen at random on March 31st.

Evil Dead Remake

Campbell Talks Evil Dead Remake

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From Bloody-Disgusting:
A red flag was raised when Sam Raimi's Ghost House Pictures announced they'd be remaking his classic horror pic The Evil Dead sometime in the near future -- without Bruce Campbell as Ash. We here at B-D broke the news on what Raimi had to say way back last February, today Campbell has his say in Penny Blood Magazine, "It'll be a whole new story, though. It won't be with Ash... It'll be the evil book, and it'll affect a whole new group of people in a different situation. More like a reinvention. A lot of people, they got really crabby on the Internet when they first heard that type of stuff. But, we would never do anything to insult them. The trick is to take that premise - and we think it's a scary premise - and use some cool modern day FX... so we won't have green garden hoses in the shots. We wanna make a flat out, scary-ass, un-rated horror film."
Oh...another "renivention."

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Grindhouse

More Grindhouse Casting News

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From Bloody-Disgusting:
Apparently Marley Shelton has one of the lead roles in Robert Rodriguez & Quentin Tarantino's hugely-anticipated Grind House, according to Moviehole.net. You’ll remember Shelton as that noxious devil, known only as 'The Customer', at the start of “Sin City”, “Uptown Girls”, “Sugar & Spice” or “Valentine”. The film is also set to star John Jarrett, Danny Trejo, Alicia Rachel Marek, Tom Savini, Josh Brolin and Dean Fernando. The full cast listing is coming soon. Tarantino and Rodriguez each will direct a 75-minute horror tale including fake movie trailers in between both movies. Rodriguez's part, "Project Terror," will be a zombie pic, while Tarantino's section, "Death Proof," will a slasher seg.

Kaufman in Burbank

Kaufman Joins Burbank WoH

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From Fango:
After his packed presentation in Chicago, Troma chief Lloyd (THE TOXIC AVENGER) Kaufman has joined the lineup of the next FANGORIA’s Weekend of Horrors convention, presented by Anchor Bay Entertainment, to be held June 2-4, 2006 at LA’s Burbank Airport Hilton (2500 Hollywood Way). Kaufman will preview his latest directorial opus, POULTRYGEIST: ATTACK OF THE CHICKEN ZOMBIES, and plug the new TOXIC AVENGER novel and all things Tromatic.
As we all know, Kaufman is somehow responsible for much zombie fare.

RnRN DVD

Rock N' Roll Nightmare on DVD

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From Fango:

The good folks at Synapse Films passed on the DVD art and specs for its upcoming releases of ROCK ’N’ ROLL NIGHTMARE and SINGAPORE SLING. NIGHTMARE, whose disc release we first reported on here, streets June 27 and stars heavy metaler Jon-Mikl Thor as the lead singer of a hard rock band who confronts demons while recording a new album at an isolated farmhouse. The special edition marks the movie’s first time on DVD, and contains a high-definition 1.78:1 transfer with a new Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround soundtrack, plus the original Dolby Digital 2.0 mono audio. Extras include:

• Audio commentary by director John Fasano and Thor
Revelations of a Rock ‘n’ Roll Warrior featurette on Thor’s life and history
Creating a Child-Wolf behind-the-scenes makeup featurette
Rock ‘n’ Shock Memories: Rare Footage from the set of ROCK ‘N’ ROLL NIGHTMARE
• Music videos for “Energy” and “We Live to Rock”
• New video introduction and afterword by Thor
• Liner notes by Ian Jane

It's true, there are--to the best of my knowledge--no zombies in RnRN. But, I thought, in honor of !V!'s new Intercessor review (the long-awaited RnRN follow-up), you folks might be interested in this. Besides, I needed a reason to use the above picture of Thor.

Monday, March 20, 2006

The Intercessor...

The Intercessor...

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Check out !Vision!'s new review for The Intercessor: Another Rock n' Roll Nightmare right here!

Sunject Two

Subject 2

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From Bloody-Disgusting:
First Look Home Entertainment has announced a June 20th release date for the DVD release of Philip Chidel's (interview) Sundance horror pic Subject Two (review), which B-D checked out this past January. In the film medical student Adam (Christian Oliver) volunteers to be repeatedly killed as part of the resurrection experiments of one Dr. Franklin Vick (Dean Stapleton) at a snowbound cabin. Click here for our full Sundance coverage.
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New Fido Pics

New Fido Pics!

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From MoviesOnline.com:
A scooper just sent us 7 new images for Andrew Currie's upcoming "Fido". They show some of the Undead we all can enjoy when the film comes to cinemas. And in my opinion they look very nice. Fido stars Carrie-Anne Moss and Billy Connolly and is scheduled to be released thru Lionsgate Films this year. To view all new Zombie images just click the one to the right or visit our gallery.
These are some excellent looking zombies, if you ask me. I'm really looking forward to Fido.

UberSoldier

Flying Zombies??

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ÜberSoldier:
Have you ever seen a zombie fly? If not, now's your chance, as today we have released a new ÜberSoldier in-game video that showcases the game's spectacular physics engine. Watch as the ÜberSoldier sends zombies, Nazis and anything else within range soaring in all directions while environmental objects bounce, skid and careen around the levels. You find the Trailer in the download section.
Game info:
As the German officer Karl Stolz who died in a rebel ambush, you've been used as raw material to create one of the initial UberSoldiers. Strike down the Nazi forces with 16 different authentic World War 2 weapons in 12 amazing levels. Use your wrath and unbelievable powers to eliminate the forces of evil!
To be honest...I watched it, and if there were zombies, I couldn't tell them from the Nazi's that were obviously being shot to shit. Oh well...

King, Malden, and Cell.

For you folks in Mass.
King, Malden, and Cell.


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From Boston.com News:
King Visits Malden, Zombies in Tow

MALDEN -- Stephen King has fond memories of Malden. He's showing his affection by unleashing a horde of zombies on Salem Street. It's kind of touching, really.

In his new horror novel ''Cell," which begins in downtown Boston, a mysterious cellphone ''pulse" turns all those who answer into subhuman maniacs. In a 60-page section called ''Malden," a small band of survivors escapes the carnage in the Hub and takes temporary refuge from the ''phone-crazies" in a house at 140 Salem St. in Malden.

The selection of Salem Street, and of Malden itself, as the setting for a horror story could have city residents scratching their heads. King's explanation?

''My mother's sister, my Aunt Molly Donahue, lived in Malden, she lived on Salem Street," King explains by phone from Florida. ''So I went back to what I knew. She was actually a milkman in Malden when I was growing up, and we spent a lot of time there when we were kids."

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Rusty Nails - Dead On

As you may, or may not, know, we've been anticipating the George Romero doc, Dead On: The Life and Cinema of George A. Romero by Rusty Nails for a little bit now. I'm happy to say that progress is being made and the process is going well...he's got got over 100 hours of interviews with everyone from George Romero himself, Stephen King, John Landis, John Waters, Stuart Gordon, Debbie Rochon, Michael Rooker, Eli Roth, Mick Garris, Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, Danny Boyle, Glenn Danzig and quite a few other people. That's an impressive list. And he's actively looking for more. I have much faith that when this is finally ready for public viewing, we're going to have a little gem on our hands.


And so, this is a call for more info--to help Rusty in his quest. This blog is sometimes frequented by those in-the-know...if you are one of those people, and you think you've got some interesting and insiteful Romero contributions that could be useful to Rusty, please don't hesitate to contact him here.


Friday, March 17, 2006

New Review!

The Undead Zombie Anthology Review

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Check out Spiral's rockin' new review for Permuted Press's The Undead Zombie Anthology right here!

The Knittas

Zombie Knitting!

You may recall this little snippet about the Knittas. It ended with the enticing prospect of knitted Dawn of the Dead characters. Well, here they are. You know you want them.

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From The Seattle Times:

Simpson admitted she leans toward "subversive subjects," such as knitted figures from her favorite horror flick, "Dawn of the Dead."

"I made four zombies and three 'live' characters — because," as she said, "the zombies had to outnumber the living."

The characters were for a Zombie Swap she organized at the Craftster Web site.

"I overran the deadline by about a month, but the recipient said it was worth the wait," Simpson said. "She decorated her Christmas tree with them."
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Simpson "is busting to finish" her current project, a pair of characters from the "Dawn" sequel "Day of the Dead" — because, she said, "I'm desperate to tackle the next big thing ... 'Star Wars.' "

Hockey Zombie

Hockey Zombie

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From Comixpedia:

To anyone who knew Car vs. Motorcycle, the comic has changed. It is now known as Hockey Zombie. Drop on by and have a look see. www.hockeyzombie.com

The comic is by Chris VanGompel, and follows the adventures of a fellow who was murdered, went to hell, returned to earth as a zombie, and has since resumed his beer-swilling and hockey-playing ways.

No. My Other Possessed-Zombie Girlfriend.

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From the official site:
Romance gets the axe in No. My Other Possessed-Zombie Girlfriend. The latest confection from Talkingbook, LTD and presented by Red Giant Productions. NMOPZG tells the very heartwarming take of a young man who is beset with grief as his beloved girlfriend is transformed into a hideous possessed-zombie.

Written and Directed by Timothy W. Mather and Produced by Mark Diestler. Production began in early 2006 and will premiere in Denver, CO in the summer of 2006.
Visit the site to view the trailer.

Horrors of War Screenings

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From Fango:
Producer Phil Garrett has announced that HORRORS OF WAR, the military chiller we last told you about here, has its first official public screening Saturday, March 25 at 7 p.m. at Columbus, OH’s The Screens at The Continent (6360 Busch Boulevard). Tickets are $5 and go on sale starting this Friday, March 17. Directed by John Whitney and Peter John Ross and produced by Garrett and Sean Reid, the WWII-set HORRORS will also be shown at Cincinnati’s Esquire Theatre on Sunday, April 23 at 7 p.m., also for $5 per person. Go here to see the film’s official site.

Slither Clip

Slither Clip

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Check out this exclusive Slither clip over at The Horror Channel.

Savini & Rodriguez

Tom Savini Reunites with Rodriguez

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From Bloody-Disgusting:
The House of Horrors reports today that FX guru Tom Savini will be reuniting with Robert Rodriguez once again in WeinsteinCo.'s Grind House, which is now filming in Austin, Texas. He joins John Jarrett, Danny Trejo, Alicia Rachel Marek and possibly Michael Keaton. Savini has a small role in Rodriguez' From Dusk Till Dawn as Sex Machine, the crazy biker dude. In 'Grind House', which hits theaters this December, Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez each will direct a 75-minute horror tale including fake movie trailers in between both movies. Rodriguez's part, "Project Terror," will be a zombie pic, while Tarantino's section, "Death Proof," will a slasher seg.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Dead Men Tell No Tales Review

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Check out !Vision!'s review of the pirate-zombie comic Dead Men Tell No Tales, right here!

Marvel Zombies

Marvel Zombies Previews

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#5 Cover
From Comic Book Resources:
The surprise hit mini-series of 2006 reaches its gory conclusion in Marvel Zombies #5 as everyone’s favorite undead Marvel “heroes” take on someone with an even greater hunger than their own: the world-devourer Galactus.

The ComicFanatic.com calls Marvel Zombies “a perfect mesh of horror and superheroics.”

Don MacPherson of TheFourthRail.com says, “Marvel Zombies is a guilty-pleasure comic book for fans of both the super-hero and undead horror genres.”

From more pics and such, click here...

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#4 2nd Printing Variant Cover

BC at Burbank WoH

Bruce Campbell Joins
Burbank WoH


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From Fango:
The one and only Bruce Campbell will headline the next West Coast edition of FANGORIA’s Weekend of Horrors convention, presented by Anchor Bay Entertainment, to be held June 2-4, 2006 at LA’s Burbank Airport Hilton (2500 Hollywood Way). “Campbell remains the ultimate convention guest, and we are bringing him back by popular demand,” says Creation Entertainment chief Adam Malin, who produces the show with FANGORIA. “No one can entertain an audience like Bruce does, which he proved at our sold-out Los Angeles show last year.”

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Infection

Infection Remake

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From Bloody-Disgusting:
As we all know remakes are like a virus in Hollywood, and every week or so there is a new one announced- but what's truly rare is when there's one that really needs to be remade. Today New Line Cinema obtained remake rights to 2004 Japanese hospital horror film Infection, which I'd say is basically a Japanese 'Re-Animator' that really lacked a slime-filled finale. Now New Line has the chance to make things right, and B-D is super pumped! Read Buzz's review of the original here, or read on for the skinny...
New Line has obtained remake rights to 2004 Japanese hospital horror film "Infection" and set up the project with original producer Takashige Ichise along with Vertigo Entertainment principals Roy Lee and Doug Davison.

The studio has hired Channing Gibson ("Walking Tall," "Cradle 2 The Grave") to script.

U.S. version will be set in an isolated hospital where the staff -- stymied by mistakes and coverups -- races to battle a deadly infection that turns out to be of supernatural origin.

New Line execs Jeff Katz and George Waud oversee for the studio.

"Infection" will be the latest in a long line of Vertigo films that have originated in Japan, including "The Ring," "The Ring 2," "The Grudge" and "Dark Water." Shingle's also producing "The Grudge 2," "The Departed" and "Lake House."

Awaken the Dead

Awaken the Dead

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From Fango:
Filmmaker Jeff Brookshire got in touch to let us know about his entry in the zombie derby, AWAKEN THE DEAD, which is currently in postproduction with an anticipated release date of July 2006. Brookshire, who scripted and directed, describes AWAKEN as a darkly humorous horror/action/zombie movie about a government experiment with biochemical toxins that unleashes the living dead on a small California town.

You can see a teaser trailer and stills and find out more about AWAKEN THE DEAD at its official website.
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NOTLD3D

Night of the Living
Dead 3D Postponed


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From Fango:
The regional release date for NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD 3D has been postponed once again (see our previous news item here). Director Jeff Broadstreet gave Fango the skinny on the delay: “We are not releasing the film on March 17, due to a couple of issues,” he tells us. “The CG visual effects have taken longer than expected to finish, and we also had a technical problem on the 3-D postproduction end of things that cost us a couple of weeks. So we are now looking at a fall release—probably mid-September, but I don’t have an exact date yet.” There may be a silver lining to the shift, however, as Broadstreet states: “The delay does allow us more time to explore a wider release.” Visit the film’s official site here for a 3-D gallery, trailer and more.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Sorry, no pics.

No pics today, kids. Photobucket's down.

Exanimus

Exanimus

From the Exanimus site:
Exanimus is an online massively multiplayer game created in a world where the dead live and roam the earth eating the flesh of the living. While most of the world is dead, there are small pockets of survivors that exist in barricaded cities across the globe. Players of Exanimus will have the option of playing as a living survivor or as one of the dead roaming the earth. Exanimus will allow players to experience a MMO based in a horror genre by creating a dark and visually "intense" environment.
Exanimus is expected to be rated "Mature" and not intended for anyone under the age of 18.

Exanimus is currently in pre-production, but we are working right now to build our website for everyone to visit and learn more about our game. It is our hope to integrate our community heavily in the development of the game, so we invite everyone to keep checking in for news and updates. We have many surprises in store and hope everyone will be as excited as we are for this new type of MMO.
Related: Here and here.

Stubbs Review

Stubbs the Zombies
Game Review

From Games Asylum:
This is the first time that we've been looking forward to a game's soundtrack more than the game itself. It really is an astonishing achievement: a dozen or so largely excellent bands - including The Raveonettes, Cake, The Flaming Lips and Clem Snide - were asked to record cover versions of classic '50s and '60s tunes, and the result is as good as we'd hoped. Indeed, The Raveonettes were so pleased with their version of My Boyfriend's Back that it appeared on their last album.
Cont'd...

Slither pics and games

More Slither Pics

From Bloody-Disgusting:
Today another slew of pics from Universal's SLiTHER (review) were posted online. Read on for the images from James Gunn's directorial debut, which hits theaters March 31st. When farmers’ livestock turn up horribly mutilated and a young women goes missing, Sheriff Bill Pardy (Nathan Fillion) and his team, aided by Grant’s wife Starla (Elizabeth Banks), uncover the dark force laying siege to their town… and come face-to-face with an older-than-time organism intent on absorbing and devouring all life on Earth...
...accompanied by some games...

From Creature Corner:
Slither has got a great cast, a director who "gets it", a fantastic concept and a lineage that stretches back through the 1988 Blob remake to classic exploitation fare like Society and The Incredible Melting Man.

The movie opens on March 31st, but you knew that already. No, the reason for this latest update is the launch of two gruesomely groovy games on the official movie site.

First up is Brenda Pet, a sort of disgusting bloated fleshy Tamagotchi where you have to look after the mutated Brenda by feeding her meat. Watch her tumors move! Smell her unsavory scent! What more could you ask for?

And then there's Hunting Season, a monster blasting shoot 'em up where you must protect poor Nathan Fillon from demented Serenity fans (and mutant slugs).


Monday, March 13, 2006

Win Dead End Days

Win Dead End Days Box Set
at MoviesOnline.com


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From MO.com:
We have copies of Dead End Days one of the finest zombie indie short films, turned epic ever made. We have signed copies for your winning pleasure. We also have super cool stickers and a sweater. So LOTS of prizes to go around.

Many of you regular readers might recall another epic story where by we went out with these guys to talk about their upcoming screenplays and movies a year ago and there was a tipping incident. Namely Brad Fox the Producer of Dead End Days ( you reading this Brad? ) didnt tip the waiter and it almost turned into Apocalpyse Redux.

Well fear not. When we got together last night I PAYED the bill, and left a hefty tip. Dare I say 18%? So yes all is good and their is still only 1 disgruntled waiter kicking around in Toronto bitchin about the Dead End Days Producer and his inability to tip. So this here be a great contest, to win just drop me an email. And also don't forget to register as Moviefanatic for our Newsletter, to get notified of new contests and also exclusive contests. Signing up is easy. Just click right here.

TFTC 3

Tales from the Crypt: Season Three

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From Bloody-Disgusting:
I love Warner Home Video, specifically because they're pumping out the 'Tales from the Crypt' DVDs like there's no tomorrow- we're already almost half way there! Today we've been supplied with three (3) sets of Tales from the Crypt: The Complete Third Season on DVD, which hits stores everywhere on March 21st. Read on to see how to enter. Season 3 features appearances by Michael J. Fox, Teri Garr, Mariel Hemingway, Kyle MacLachlan, Beau Bridges, John Astin, Sandra Bernhard, Bruce Boxleitner, Jon Lovitz, Whoopi Goldberg, James Remar, John Rhys-Davies, Malcolm McDowell, George Wendt, William Atherton, Tim Roth, John Glover and more!

Visit the official website for clips, trailers and pics.
Buy it here

Yes, that die-abolical punster and bone-a-fide ghoul of your dreams the Crypt Keeper is back to host this scare-rific collection of all 14 complete and uncut episodes from Season 3 of the series that ran seven memorably spooktacular seasons. Among the tales spilling out of the vault are Loved to Death, with Mariel Hemingway as a woman zapped by a love potion; Top Billing, starring Jon Lovitz as a struggling actor who'll do anything for a part; and Dead Wait, with Whoopi Goldberg as an occult priestess who knows who do that voodoo. Doo yourself a favor and dig into this merrily macabre mix.

Want to win a copy? Then E-mail me the following information:

-Put CRYPT Season 3 in the subject line
-Include your full name
-Full address
-Tell me what your favorite episode in season 3 is and tell me what episode you're looking forward to in season 4.


Winners chosen at random on March 19th.

Episode listing:
25. 3-1 15-Jun-1991 The Trap
26. 3-2 15-Jun-1991 Loved to Death
27. 3-3 15-Jun-1991 Carrion Death
28. 3-4 19-Jun-1991 Abra Cadaver
29. 3-5 26-Jun-1991 Top Billing
30. 3-6 03-Jul-1991 Dead Wait
31. 3-7 10-Jul-1991 The Reluctant Vampire
32. 3-8 17-Jul-1991 Easel Kill Ya
33. 3-9 24-Jul-1991 Undertaking Palor
34. 3-10 31-Jul-1991 Mournin' Mess
35. 3-11 07-Aug-1991 Split Second
36. 3-12 14-Aug-1991 Deadline
37. 3-13 21-Aug-1991 Spoiled
38. 3-14 28-Aug-1991 Yellow
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