Monday, May 7, 2012

"Lakewood Memorial" By Robert R. Best To Become A Serial Blog

I received an email from Robert Best, author of "Lakewood Memorial" and "Ashton Memorial", the first two parts of his epic zombie trilogy. In it he announced the serialization of the first book, "Lakewood Memorial". To quote:
I am thrilled to announce that Lakewood Memorial, the first installment of the trilogy, will be available as a free online serial novel. Starting on May seventh, 2012, a chapter from the acclaimed novel will be posted for free reading. A chapter will be posted each Monday until the novel is complete sometime in December. Read it for free while you can at http://lakewoodmemorial.blogspot.com.
So, starting today, you can check out for free the first book, one of my favorite zombie stories to date.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

"Juan Of The Dead" Gets A Release Date

The film will come to VOD, DVD and other formats on 14 August. The synopsis of the film is:
Juan is a typical forty-year-old slacker. One day Havana begins to fill up with zombies. Juan decides that the best way to cope with it is to prosper. "Juan of the dead killed their loved ones" is his slogan, and his mission is to help people get rid of those infected around them ... for a price. But the situation gets worse -- while everyone is escaping to sea as a means to get away, Juan is left with no choice but to become a hero, staying to defend his country and protect his own on an island that has turned into a real bloodbath.




Saturday, May 5, 2012

In The Flesh (BBC Series)

From the BBC website:
In The Flesh, 3x90 event drama, written by Dominic Mitchell for BBC Three 

New writer Dominic Mitchell’s first TV commission was developed by the BBC Drama Production team in Salford and discovered through ‘Northern Voices’, a BBC Writers room competition. 
His script begins after the Zombie Uprising has been quelled by the Human Volunteer Force and life is starting to return to normal. Any surviving zombies have been captured, medicated, held in an NHS holding facility in Norfolk and are being slowly re-integrated back into society, with the help of contact lenses and cover up mousse. The story follows teenager Kieran Walker and boldly goes where no zombie drama has gone before.

Friday, May 4, 2012

"Evil Dead" Remake Production Has Begun.

From press release (as seen on Dread Central's news feed):
Principal photography has begun on EVIL DEAD in Auckland, New Zealand, and will wrap in early July 2012. 
Ghost House Pictures is producing the much anticipated remake of Sam Raimi's 1981 cult-hit horror film The Evil Dead the film that effectively launched the careers of Sam Raimi (Spider-Man franchise), Rob Tapert (30 Days of Night) and Bruce Campbell, who played the Ash character and was co-producer of the original. They are now back to produce an Evil Dead for today's audience that's high on the horror, gore, plot twists, and more from a screenplay written by Fede Alvarez and Rodo Sayagues. Executive producers are J.R. Young, Nathan Kahane, Joseph Drake, and Peter Schlessel. 
Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) and FilmDistrict have partnered with Ghost House Pictures on a worldwide deal - excluding the UK and France - for Sony Pictures to distribute the remake of Evil Dead. 
Five twenty-something friends become holed up in a remote cabin where they discover a Book of the Dead and unwittingly summon up dormant demons living in the nearby woods, which possess the youngsters in succession until only one is left intact to fight for survival. 
A core cast of young, fresh talent includes Jane Levy ("Suburgatory") as Mia; Shiloh Fernandez (Deadgirl, Red Riding Hood) as David; Lou Taylor Pucci (Carriers) as Eric; Jessica Lucas (Cloverfield) as Olivia, and Elizabeth Blackmore (Legend of the Seeker) as Natalie.
“This cast of burgeoning talent share the same spirit we had when creating the original,” says Tapert. “The desire to deliver an unexpected and outrageously scary movie experience for the audience.” 
Evil Dead marks director Fede Alvarez's feature debut. Originally from Uruguay, Alvarez studied filmmaking and communications, later opening his own production and post-production company. In 2005 he won a scholarship to complete a masters in screenwriting in Amsterdam. In November 2009 he posted his four-minute short Panic Attack!, which became an instant viral internet phenomenon prompting intense interest from Hollywood and Ghost House Pictures in particular. 
“We found a brilliant artist in Fede Alvarez. As a director he understands what makes a story work and how to put the pieces together,” says Raimi. “I'm really excited to see this story, that I care deeply about, retold by such a fine storyteller.”

The Rise Of The Zom-Com

The Guardian has an article about the rise of zombie comedies as a subgenre of our favorite films. From that article:
Zombies are the 99%, the proletariat of the undead – and so the perfect vehicle for detailing fears about mass civic breakdown. There was always grotesque humour in even the most serious zombie films, and the renaissance of the last decade has made the comedy dominant. In the true tradition of the decadent frisson, we're loving the grisly spectacle of our decline. John Wyndham's "cosy catastrophe" – the genre of literature in which the breakdown of civilisation is weirdly good to the protagonists – has been superseded by the carnival catastrophe, à la Zombieland.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

7 Weapons That Will Get You Killed By Zombies

Check out this list of weapons you should not reply upon during a zombie apocalypse.
Zombies are the best imaginary enemy because they let you indulge in psychotic fantasies while still pretending to be the good guy. You're not a demented serial killer, you HAVE to slaughter your way through the crowds of people you see every day! Except they're all brain-damaged and incapable of teamwork! That's less sporting than an ice hockey team versus a figure skater, and even more fun. But it's only fun because, like all daydreams, you only imagine the good bits. Very few people daydream about their own failures and pointless unnoticed deaths (and those that do are safely channeled into reality TV). Here's how seven spectacular anti-zombie weapons will get you killed.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Kindle: Lots Of Zombie Books For $0.99!

Check out this list of books available on Amazon. And keep checking back as the prices go live: if you don't see one you want to get for under a dollar, then wait and its price may drop since the prices are changing throughout the day.


Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Albert Wesker On "The Walking Dead"

Well, not exactly Wesker, but D.C. Douglas, who provides the voice for him. Fans of both RE and TWD are petitioning to have Douglas do a guest spot on the AMC series.

If you haven't played Resident Evil 5 but plan to then you might want to skip the press release below and go right to the petition site.

The petition reads:
Actor and voice over artist D.C. Douglas is known in the horror-zombie genre for voicing "Resident Evil" villain Albert Wesker for several games. Since it's apparent the character of Wesker will not be in the upcoming "Resident Evil 6″ game, fans on Twitter have started an online petition to get Douglas, who is also an on-camera actor, a guest star spot on AMC's cult hit, "The Walking Dead." 
Douglas, who is also known as the voice of Legion in "Mass Effect" 2 and 3, has been a film and television actor for over 20 years. Most recently he appeared on NBC's "2 Broke Girls," ABC's "Castle," and TV Land's "Hot in Cleveland." He guest stars on CBS's "NCIS: Los Angeles" May 8th and Comedy Central's "Workaholics" in June. 
"I have no idea if it will work," says Douglas, "but I'm tickled some of my twitter fans are augmenting my agent's job! They have a special place in my cold, black heart. Zombie fans unite!"