While I had to miss opening night of Night of the Living Dead Live — damn you, Dark Prince Bunnykins! — the theatrical version of the classic zombie film, put on by the fine folks of Hamilton, Ontario’s Nictophobia Films at Toronto’s Theatre Passe Muraille, looks to be a fun (and funny) take on George Romero’s debut feature. The DLB spoke to co-writer/director Chris Bond, the man behind Evil Dead: The Musical, and executive producer Phil Pattison about resurrecting NotLD on stage.
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Winnipeg-born actor Kristopher Turner will soon be seen across North America starring as psychiatrist Dr. Gavin Murphy in the upcoming CTV/NBC hospital drama Saving Hope. But before he landed that prestigious gig (as well as his recurring role on the MuchMusic drama The L.A. Complex), Turner starred in first-time director Casey Walker’s horror comedy A Little Bit Zombie as Steve, a harried husband-to-be who tries to keep his brain cravings hidden from his future bride.
Are you a horror comedy fan?
I certainly am now. That movie was one of the most fun I’ve ever had working on a set. It was a blast. And most of it came down to our director Casey Walker who had complete control over this film. It was a crowdsourced movie before even Facebook was around. He started crowdsourcing it in 2006. It’s been a grassroots project right from the beginning, and with this being his first big feature and having complete control over it, it was such a freeing experience to be able to be creating this and not having other producer notes coming over our head; like, we got to make the movie that we wanted to make.
What can horror fans expect from this movie?
In the same way it’s paying homage to and making fun of the horror genre, it’s making fun of the romantic comedy genre. It’s sort of taking the piss out of and paying homage to all those zombie worlds.
Saving Hope premieres on CTV and NBC Thursday, June 7, at 9 pm ET/PT.
If you’re a horror fan, it’s basically your patriotic duty to go see The Cabin in the Woods. Are you sick or remakes and sequels? Do you bitch about the state of horror to friends and on message boards? Fine. Cabin is an original horror film that takes a hackneyed horror idea – five kids go to a remote cabin to party and do battle with monsters – and mutates it into something wholly unforeseeable
The DLB recently interviewed co-star Fran Kranz who plays Marty, the requisite stoner, albeit an incredibly smart stoner who is the first to suspect that his friends’ weekend getaway may not be quite as relaxing as they want it to be.
WAR OF THE DEAD
Starring Andrew Tiernan, Samuel Vauramo and Mikko Leppilampi
Written by Barr B. Potter and Marko Markilaasko
Directed by Marko Markilaasko
Good things do not always come to those who wait. Finnish filmmaker Marko Markilaasko, for instance, filmed the WWII Nazi zombie movie War of the Dead back in 2007, but it only had its world premiere this past Saturday night at the Toronto After Dark Film Festival. Likewise, Toronto audience members who had been excitedly tracking the film since that time were greeted by a middling action movie with little horror content whose atrocious script left little meat for its cast to chew upon.
Starring Mark Gibson, Dee Wallace and Bill Moseley
Written and directed by John Geddes
“Admirable” is not the same as “enjoyable” when it comes to independent filmmaking, but it’s enough to earn raves from the horror community, bloodied and bruised as we often are by the sheer incompetence of many of our filmmakers.
Take Exit Humanity. The Canadian-made Western with zombies was recently hailed by Fangoria as “a rare gem that transcends the genre.” That is true, more or less, but it doesn’t stop it from being an overlong, turgid slog marked by awkward performances and poor directing choices despite beautiful cinematography.
Horror fans wait with bated breath for the release tomorrow of The Thing, the much-anticipated and already much-reviled prequel to John Carpenter’s much-lauded classic. The DLB spoke to director Mattjis van Heijningen, Jr., earlier today about the expectations of fans, combining practical effects with CGI, and his future plans, including the status of that much-talked-about zombie epic Army of the Dead.
Perhaps the most iconic zombie from the first season of AMC`s The Walking Dead was the so-called Bicycle Girl. With the premiere of Season 2 set for Sept. 16, AMC has just debuted a Greg Nicotero-directed six-part webisode series devoted to the character. Enjoy.