Archive for Zombies

TERRIFYING TOMES: DEBUT BOOK FROM EX-RUE MORGUE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF JOVANKA VUCKOVIC

Posted in Art, Books, Gore, History, Movies, News, Rue Morgue, Zombies with tags , , , on November 12, 2010 by darklordbunnykins

 

That, my lovelies, is the gruesome cover art for Zombies! An Illustrated History of the Undead by ex-Rue Morgue editor-in-chief and friend Jovanka Vuckovic. It’s available for pre-order now on Amazon.com and is due out Feb 1 from St. Martin’s Press in the US and Ilex Press in the UK. The cover comes courtesy of The Walking Dead artists Charlie Adlard and Cliff Rathburn.

We’ll be sure to keep tabs on this project, as well as Jovanka’s upcoming directorial debut, The Captured Bird. Follow that project’s development on http://www.thecapturedbird.com/.

TERRIFYING TV: “DEAD SET” PREMIERES ON SPACE TONIGHT

Posted in Gore, TV, Zombies with tags , , , on October 3, 2010 by darklordbunnykins

The five-part British zombie series Dead Set premieres tonight (Sunday, Oct. 3) at 10 pm EST on Space and continues weekly through to Halloween.

The series, broadcast during October 2008 on Channel 4, is set in and around the Big Brother house as a zombie outbreak devastates the country. The first three episodes the DLB screened were pretty horrifying and engaging, with parallels drawn between the mindless audience who makes reality TV successful (including me) and the mindless undead. Not brilliant but at least funny.

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DEADLY UNDEAD: NEW ZOMBIE SURVIVAL RPG “OUTBREAK: UNDEAD” OUT SOON

Posted in Games, News, Zombies with tags , , , on July 11, 2010 by darklordbunnykins

Press release:

Hunters Books and Apparel, the creator of the only true zombie survival simulator, announced today the launch of Outbreak: Undead, an innovative pen and paper simulation which allows players to test their zombie survival plan and many other scenarios. “Your Zombie Survival Plan will Fail” is the company’s stand on most plans and is the basis for Outbreak: Undead. After a number of years developing their ‘Zombie Survival Simulator’ the final version is off to the printers and available for pre-order.

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MACABRE MOVIES: “DR. BUTCHER M.D.” IN TORONTO

Posted in Events, Gore, Movies, Zombies with tags , , , , , , on June 24, 2010 by darklordbunnykins

Assuming the G20 doesn’t delay the proceedings, the sick minds of London, ON’s Vagrancy Films should be heading down the 401 tomorrow to screen the warped cult classic Dr. Butcher MD (a.k.a. Zombie Holocaust) at the Toronto Underground Cinema (186 Spadina Avenue). Showtime is 9:30 pm, and of course the vagrants from Vagrancy will be showing a whack of trashy trailers in advance of the main event.

Regarding the main event:

“We are ticked pink (and I mean PINK) to be bringing our bag of cinematic tricks and tomfoolery down the 401 to the brand new TORONTO UNDERGROUND CINEMA. Vagrancy Films is coming VERY prepared packing two big old rusty cans of Butcher bliss and some incredible new 35mm barfy bits to liven up your pre-show experience. We guarantee your evening with this homicidal killer will be either life changing or life scarring !!

Peter Chandler and Dr. Lori Ridgeway come across a gruesome flesh-eating cult in New York. Determined to uncover the origins of this mad corruption, they set out on an expedition to the primitive island of Keto. The two are soon trapped in the wilderness, surrounded by a tribe of cannibals and the insane scientist, Dr. Obrero. The doctor captures Chandler, and prepares him for a series of experiments designed to bring about the end of human mortality. In turn, Lori is captured by the murderous tribe and subjected to their bizarre rituals. In the tradition of the classic film, Zombie, Ian McCulloch reprises his role of a New Yorker faced with primal horror. Italian gore schlock cheese don’t come any finer – THE ULTIMATE DATE MOVIE.”

See you there!

NEW ZOMBIE SHOW, WOKE UP DEAD, TO BROADCAST ON SHOWCASE.CA

Posted in News, Zombies with tags , , , on January 14, 2010 by darklordbunnykins

PRESS RELEASE:

ZOMBIES ATTACK SHOWCASE.CA


Website gets exclusive rights to hit online comedy series Woke Up Dead

Series stars Napoleon Dynamite’s Jon Heder and Seinfeld’s Wayne Knight


Showcase.ca hooks viewers up with the exclusive Canadian premiere of zombie comedy Woke Up Dead. The web series stars Napoleon Dynamite himself, Jon Heder, appearing in top-notch zombie form during the series of 22 five-minute webisodes. New episodes of Woke Up Dead invade showcase.ca three times a week beginning February 1, 2010 through the end of March 2010.

Woke Up Dead stars Jon Heder as “Drex Greene,” a down-and-out college grad who finds himself undergoing a sudden and inexplicable transformation from everyday zero to zombie hero. With his newfound zombie powers and the help of his best friend, wannabe filmmaker Matt (Josh Gad) and med student Cassie (Krysten Ritter), Drex breathes new life into his dead-end job and lackluster love life. In his quest for answers, Drex discovers that being dead has its privileges.

Woke Up Dead is a perfect fit for showcase.ca. It’s hilarious, outrageous and it complements the existing line-up of top-notch original video content available on our site,” said Chris Harris, Director, Online Content, Canwest Broadcasting.

Woke Up Dead is an American web series that premiered on Crackle, the Sony Pictures Entertainment owned website. Woke Up Dead is a production of Electric Farm Entertainment and is executive produced by Brent V. Friedman, Stan Rogow, and Jeff Sagansky. The series was created, written and directed by Josh Had. Heder’s co-stars are Krysten Ritter, Josh Gad and Wayne Knight.

Paramount Wishes You a Zombie-Filled Holiday

Posted in Games, News, Vampires with tags , , , on December 10, 2009 by darklordbunnykins

PRESS RELEASE

Looking for a great way to vent your holiday line frustrations? Can’t stand all that Christmas music? Getting a headache from the endless twinkle lights? Then grab your iPhone and zap some zombie pets with Paramount Digital Entertainment’s Pet Sematary, inspired by the cult horror film. At $0.99, it’s cheaper than yet another eggnog binge.

Go to http://www.paramount.com/games for more info.

TORONTO ZOMBIE WALK 2009

Posted in Events, News, Photo gallery, Zombies with tags , on October 25, 2009 by darklordbunnykins

The corner of Bloor & Bathurst was awash with the (mostly teenaged) undead yesterday as the Toronto Zombie Walk 2009 terminated outside the Annex Wreckroom. Here is photographic evidence of the fabulous phantasmagoria, before my camera was devoured:

piercings

prank

punk

quartet

quintet

sextet

shirt and tie

smoker

soldiers

TERRIBLE TUESDAYS: DEAD SNOW: MINI-REVIEW & INTERVIEW

Posted in DVD, Interviews, Movies, Reviews, Zombies with tags , , , , on October 20, 2009 by darklordbunnykins

VERY EVIL DEAD

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DEAD SNOW

(E1 Entertainment)

In stores: Oct. 20

 

Plot: A group of medical students vacationing in the north of Norway find themselves fighting for their lives when they are attacked by a squad of Nazi zombies.

 

Verdict: We’ve seen Nazi zombies before (hello, Shock Waves), but Norwegian director Tommy Wirkola has fun with this straight-up zombiefest, and has no compunction about staining his home country’s white snow red.

 

DVD extras: ‘Ein! Zwei! Die! – The Making of Dead Snow, ‘Cast & Crew at Sundance’, ‘Make-up Featurette’, ‘Special Effects’ Featurette.

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THE DLB Q&A WITH DEAD SNOW DIRECTOR TOMMY WIRKOLA

 

ON THE STORY’S ORIGINS

When I came up with this idea a lot of years ago, we just figured, you know, what’s more evil than a zombie? A Nazi zombie! It’s a way to make a campy, fun film, and, at the same time, play with the themes and stuff that is known in Norway.

 

ON THE MOVIE’S FEEL:

What we wanted to do is go back to that ‘80s feeling, where you could show so much blood and guts and decapitations and all that stuff, but when the audience walks out, they walk out with a smile and almost have a positive experience.

 

ON BALANCING GUFFAWS AND GORE:

The humour and the horror was a thing we discussed a lot, trying not to go too far in either direction, especially in the humour and the comedy. Because once you tip over too much, it becomes a parody, and we didn’t want to do that. We added a few jokes here or there, removed a couple of them during the shoot, and we thought a lot about keeping that balance.

 

ON NORWAY AND NAZIS:

The north of Norway, compared to the south of Norway, got it really hard, because when the Russians started working their way into Norway, they came in through the north, and the Germans knew that. And they burned down every single house and building; they left nothing for the Russians to hide in, to get warm in because of the winter. So except for a couple of churches, we haven’t got a single building that’s older than 50 years, and all the people in north of Norway were moved south. So in the north, especially, there’s a lot of histories, stories, strong feelings about it.

 

ON WHY HIS ZOMBIES RUN:

There are two good reasons why we needed them to run. The one is, of course, well, the chase sequences happen in snow. So, again, if you run in the deep snow, it will be really unscary if they walk as well! And second, these are Nazi zombies. These are fast, organized units. The Nazis should be fast. We talked a lot about the zombie rules and them being after the gold, not flesh and gore. It’s half zombie, half almost a good old fashioned curse film/pirate story almost. So we wanted to mix those two. But Nazi zombies should be a little different than an ordinary zombie.

 

ON NORWEGIAN TOUGHNESS:

We wanted to keep a little bit of the spirit of north of Norway because we have a lot of hard nature in the north compared to the south, a lot like Canada. So hard people and hard nature. And we didn’t want these people to be easy kills. We wanted them to fight for their lives. Really fight.

All young boys have to go to the army. Norwegians take this pride in taking care of themselves outdoors and when they’re injured, and [they] don’t need help unless it’s really, really, really necessary.

 

ON NATURE AS A VILLAIN:

We wanted nature almost be a villain itself, another obstacle for them to survive. Everything is much worse when you have to escape a zombie and you have to do it in two metres of snow! We just wanted them to be out in the mountains where me and my writing partner has been a lot. We knew how it was and how it looked. We just wanted to give it an edge.

In my older years, when I started studying movies, I always thought that place would be an excellent place to shoot a movie. North of Norway is really different from south of Norway as well. Most of the films are made in the south of Norway, but me and my guys always said, ‘Why do you need to go to the south when you have mountains and forests and beaches and sea and all this beautiful stuff in the north?’ So that’s one of our goals, to keep shooting movies up there.

 

ON HOLLYWOOD’S INFLUENCE ON NORWEGIAN AUDIENCES:

Fifteen years ago, there were no genre films in Norway almost. No matter what genre you had, there was always the ‘drama’ word in it almost. Really serious films. But the young audience is Norway didn’t go to them and watch them. So in the last ten years, pure Hollywood influences – comedies and especially horror films – are starting to pop up, and young people are going to the movies more than ever before. And it’s amazing to me that Norwegian film has been so slow in making these types of films. It’s starting to come more and more of course, but there hasn’t been much until the last ten years.

A lot of people thought we were gambling when we made a zombie film in Norway because a lot of people doubted that young people in Norway would go see it. But luckily they were wrong of course and it was a big hit in Norway as well. I’m not embarrassed to say that I love Hollywood and a lot of their films. I’m much influenced by American film.

 

ON SCREENING THE FILM AT SUNDANCE:

That was the coolest screening I ever attended. In Norway, people are more courteous, silent when they watch a film, but the audience [at Sundance] was crazy and shouting and screaming.

The original version of my interview can be found in the June 2009 issue of Rue Morgue Magazine (www.rue-morgue.com).

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