Check Out ‘PMAC: When Zombies Attack!!’ at the Con!

Chad Waters and Matt Rose return to the San Diego Comic Con to re-introduce PMAC: When Zombies Attack!! (which is amazing I might add) to the masses. Sota Toys has picked up the PMAC puppet props for distribution in August and will preview them at booth 4129 (see press release below). Chad and Matt will be on hand to talk about their puppet line and their continued work on the PMAC series, which continues to be broadcasted on MTV UK to raving fans. Check out the press release inside…



Los Angeles, CA. (4/19/04) — You just can’t keep a good zombie
franchise down. Sota Toys and Grimm Grotto Goods are releasing a line of
eerie puppets, as seen in the outrageous short film, Waker Safety (which
can be seen on-line at, from Chad Waters
and Matt Rose, the same geniuses who brought us P.M.A.C.: When Zombies
Attack!!. Officer Frank Hadley utilizes these monstrous creations to
teach young children how to avoid the horrors of a zombie (“waker”)
attack. Although only four zombie puppets were used in Waker Safety,
other puppets have been created to “flesh” out the line, including a
witch and an evil pumpkin head. The 10-inch mechanized hand puppets are
being released at the collectible suggested retail price of $12.99. The
first series of six puppets will be exhumed just in time for Halloween
2004 under the banner “When Puppets Attack!”.

What began as an improvisational aside about using puppets to educate
people to the dangers posed by “wakers”–by Frank Rydberg as Officer
Frank, in the original short film P.M.A.C.: When Zombies Attack!!–led
to the creation of another short in the series, entitled Waker Safety.
Told in the scratchy style of old reel-to-reel educational films, Waker
Safety features the zombie puppets prominently, in a cautionary tale of
young Tommy Tendertreat, who foolishly takes a shortcut through a
graveyard on his way home from school one night. The results are
disastrous for young Tommy, but the children get the message and from a
tongue-in-cheek “beginner responsibility” film, a new franchise was
unexpectedly born.

Ironically enough in this age of action figure concepts and fast food
merchandising, the creation of a new line of puppets was not the initial
reason for producing Waker Safety. Creators of the P.M.A.C. series Chad
Waters and Matt Rose had just come off a successful stint creating the
amazing make-up effects for the lead character in the movie, Hellboy,
and were ready to get back to their pet project when the idea of
creating puppets for mass consumption was introduced. “We made the
puppets as props for the video. We weren’t really thinking toys,” says
Chad Waters. “But when we went to [the San Diego] Comic Con to promote
our video, people were really interested in the puppets and we just kind
of took it from there.”

“We hope that if these puppets are popular, then people might also check
our When Zombies Attack!! film. Puppets aren’t the only thing that could
come out of it,” Waters says. “We could do action figures, video
games… Especially when we expand beyond zombies, we have vampires,
werewolves, other paranormal entities to take on. It’s up to the buyers.
If people buy these things, we’ll be able to give them more.”

P.M.A.C.: When Zombies Attack!! is an outrageous, award-winning
independent short, created by special effects wizards Matt Rose and Chad
Waters as a brilliant spoof of reality television. The film follows a
paranormal clean-up crew–the bureau of Post Mortem Animation Control
(P.M.A.C.), headed by Officer Frank Hadley (Frank Rydberg)–as they
chase down and dispose of the corporally-challenged. It has appeared on
Showtime Next as part of the multi-content series Piratenet, broadcasted
multiple times on MTV UK and can also currently be viewed at
and The follow-up short, Waker Safety can now be seen at

Creative partners for six years, at Rick Baker’s Cinovation Studios,
Matt Rose and Chad Waters share a combined total of 25 years in the
special effects/make-up field. Together, they have worked on such
memorable characters as: the mummified remains of Mother Bates in Gus
Van Sant’s remake of Psycho, the guilty space alien, Mikey, in Men In
Black, the loveable giant gorilla, Joe, in Mighty Joe Young, the corpse
of Samara at the bottom of the well in The Ring, and the big red title
character in Hellboy. Their need to produce their own work led to the
creation of the memorable characters and unforgettable stories behind
the P.M.A.C. Putting their years of combined experience to work through
the formation of Grimm Grotto Goods, not only did the duo create the
make-up, effects, props and costumes for this pilot episode, they also
wrote, produced and directed the project. They are developing further
adventures for Officer Hadley and the P.M.A.C. and are currently in
production on the next installment.

Source: Grimm Grotto Goods