Coming in May this year will be Mike McPadden’s Heavy Metal Movies, a book that connects the world of heavy metal with some of the most intense, visceral cinema experiences that have been offered. Film genres range from “Undead gut-munchers”, such as Zombie and Dawn Of The Dead, to “Post-nuke dystopias” (Mad Max, Blade Runner) and “Midnight mind-benders”, which will tackle films like Caligula and Eraserhead. It will also look at cameos from metal musicians such as Ozzy Osbourne, Alice Cooper, Cannibal Corpse, Iron Maiden, and much more.
The critically acclaimed Vietnam War/zombie series from Mark Kidwell is back again with another miniseries this April. “’68: Rule of War” brings us to Cambodia to follow Declan Rule and his dog Nero as they hunt down a particularly sinister doctor.
Look for “’68: Rule of War” #1 in shops on April 2, 2014. READ MORE
In the indie horror game Contagion, you’re tasked with teaming up with your friends to survive a zombie outbreak. Sounds familiar, I know, but this game is good. It strives for realism, and that means you can’t take many hits, there’s no on-screen reticle and all resources are precious, whether that’s health — an extremely rare item — ammunition, or other goodies.
Event Horizon, “Nip/Tuck” and Vampire Academy beauty Joely Richardson, pictured, will play Arnold Schwarzenegger’s wife in the Henry Hobson-directed Maggie, a zombie thriller beginning production in New Orleans, TheWrap first reported.
She’ll join Schwarzenegger and Abigail Breslin, who plays the titular teenage girl and Schwarzenegger’s daughter.
Schwarzenegger and Richardson spend the movie trying to help their daughter, a 16-year-old girl who has been infected by a zombie virus.
Amy Brassette, Aiden Flowers, and Rachel Whitman Groves also star.
John Scott 3′s script made the 2011 Black List of the film industry’s favorite unproduced screenplays. READ MORE
Capcom is investing a lot into their Xbox One launch title Dead Rising 3. They recently confirmed the in-game world will be much larger than the combined size of the gameworlds from the first two, and at a recent Xbox One event in Sydney, Capcom producer Mike Jones sat down with CVG to discuss some of the more exciting things they’re introducing to the series.
One of these additions is procedurally generated zombies, a feature that guarantees you won’t see the same beautiful undead face twice. Details after the jump.
After waiting for what seems like forever, Scream Factory has finally unleashed their Collector’s Edition of George A. Romero’s Day Of The Dead. After having a joygasm from Anchor Bay’s old SE release ten years ago (yes, I’m one of those beloved “trolls” that Romero lovingly calls fans of this movie), I was stoked with the notion of seeing Romero’s underappreciated gem in high definition with a brand new transfer, complete with some new goodies. How good is it? Let’s chow down.
After the events of Dawn Of The Dead, zombies have pretty much overrun the US coast. Tensions are high between a scientific-military partnership formed to study and combat the disease. Sarah works alongside Dr. “Frankenstein” Logan and Dr. Fisher in hopes of curing the disease that causes the walking dead, while nutbar Captain Rhodes and his equally-deranged unit get closer to abandoning the group in their underground facility. Caught in the middle of the two groups are helicopter pilots John and McDermott, trying to stay out of the way. Tensions start to ramp up even more once it comes to light Dr. Logan’s work shifting towards zombie domestication and his prize specimen, Bub.
I admit that when I first saw Day Of The Dead all those years ago, I wasn’t immediately drawn to it as I was with Dawn Of The Dead. Then again, a lot of people were like that. Today though, I consider it one of Romero’s best efforts. It doesn’t surpass Dawn Of The Dead, but it’s still something that many people come back to, especially now. Whereas Dawn was a commentary on consumerism, Day is a commentary on humanity and values, and nowhere is this better represented in the conflict between the scientists and the army. It makes for a great story, even now.
Acting wise, the three major players are Richard Liberty, Joe Pilato and Sherman Howard. Liberty is amazing to see as Dr. Logan, putting love into the role and it shows, as Logan is completely immersed in the science of zombies as well as his pet project to domesticate them. Taking on the father role, it’s completely out of left field for him to be doing this with dead bodies, but it works! On the other side of the coin is Joe Pilato as Capt. Rhodes. Man, if there was ever an award for Biggest Dickhead in a Horror Film, he’d win it, hands down. It also helps that Rhodes is practically insane and played so over-the-top by Pilato. I love the stuff he spits out. Classic. Then there’s Bub. Before Fido, before Warm Bodies, there was this guy. Howard manages to convey a childlike personality and emotions without even speaking words. The scene with Bub and Dr. Logan interacting with each other is amazing to see.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a George Romero zombie movie without Tom Savini doing what he does best. And man, what’s here is bloody goodness. As mentioned in the documentaries (new and old) for the film, this is probably considered the height of Savini’s genius. Be it the Dr. Tongue zombie briefly seen at the start of the film, the exposed brainstem in Logan’s lab, the shovel gag and more, Savini wows and repulses with his craft. It’s especially unnerving when you find out about a certain scene where the guts used had, shall we say, “gone off”, and they were used anyways. It makes the scene more disturbing. Even today some of the effects still get me wincing. It’s all about that screaming that gets progressively higher as the guy’s head gets ripped off…
The film does have it’s flaws, some of which caused people to dismiss the film when it was released. First off, the film is bleak. It’s not the fun time that was had in Dawn Of The Dead, or the isolated incident in Night Of The Living Dead. It’s down in an underground mining facility while the rest of the world up above is crawling with zombies. It doesn’t make things any better when you boil the military characters down and you realize that they’re all one-note cutouts. Yeah, outside of our main protagonists, the antagonists aren’t given much in terms of development (save for Rhodes). The other thing is that the film feels smaller in scale when compared to Dawn. Mainly it’s due to the budget, but Romero still makes the best of it, which is still great.
While Day Of The Dead isn’t as revered as the previous film, it still holds up well, and delivers the entertainment and gore that we’ve come to know Romero’s zombie films. While it’s not flawless, there’s still more than enough here that the film is a worthy conclusion to Romero’s first trilogy. If you’re one of the people who years ago swore off Day after initially seeing it, you owe it to yourself to watch it again and see just how good it is.
Scream Factory presents Day Of The Dead in a brand new 1.78:1 1080p AVC transfer. Looking back, the old Anchor Bay transfer was good at the time, but was drab and lacked texture. Luckily, the new transfer improves on the old Anchor Bay disc immensely. Colours pop and there’s a healthy grain in the picture that had been wiped away in the old release. Unfortunately, there’s still not any improvement in fine details, but that’s more in line with the film’s low budget. But by far, this is the best that the film has ever looked on home video.
Some fans were displeased with Anchor Bay’s SE disc and it’s audio. Anchor Bay had used an alternate audio track, omitting some profanities and shortened a gunshot. It wasn’t noticeable for me, but some fans were miffed. Luckily, Scream Factory remedies it with a new DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono track, which retains all of the original sound effects and dialogue. John Harrison’s Caribbean-infused score comes through loud and clear, as do the moans and screams. Surrounds are adequate, given the monaural track, but overall matches the video in quality.
Fortunately, most of the extras from Anchor Bay’s SE disc have been ported over, starting with the two Audio Commentaries. The first features director George Romero, Tom Savini, actress Lori Cardille and production designer Cletus Anderson. The group spend their time catching up and talking about the fun times had on the set, what it was like working in the mines, the movie’s reception and other goodies. The second commentary has Roger Avary, a fan of Romero’s work. His enthusiasm is well-noted, but at times it feels like he struggles with things to say, and some of the anecdotes he uses fall flat. It’s like having a friend come over and talk about their favorite film while you’re watching it. Still an interesting track to listen to.
Also ported over is Behind The Scenes Footage from Tom Savini’s archives. This was shot on handheld, and features Savini working on effects and makeup, including applying Sherman Howard’s makeup for Bub, and the infamous rotten guts scene with Pilato. I love these types of extras, since it gives you insight into how stuff was pulled off, as well as the amount of skill and effort that goes into it all.
To quote a famous TV duo from the 90s, “Nobody has any balls anymore.”
Okay, while that may not be entirely true, it does feel like a lot of directors, both indie and established, don’t exactly take many risks when it comes to certain projects. Too often nowadays it seems like every other film derives it’s plot from genre clichés that when piled up, make the film look, well, derivative and tired. With The Demented, writer/director Christopher Roosevelt enlisted the help of Steven Monroe (director of the I Spit On Your Grave remake and it’s sequel) to hopefully inject some fresh ideas into a film that boils down to the old “college kids traveling together to a remote locale for the weekend” trope.
Zombie games are everywhere, it seems, but the genre really hasn’t saturated the arcade market as deeply as it has retail. State of Decay, which may or may not release around June 5, is one promising title, and now we have another. It’s called How to Survive, and it takes place on an island that’s crawling with the living dead.
Thankfully, you’re given a handy survival guide to help you learn how to survive, scavenge for items, and craft a shelter, tools, and weapons. There will be a single-player campaign, an online multiplayer and a series of challenge modes. Check it out after the break.
With Revelations coming to nearly every console on the planet in just three short weeks (May 21), I’ve been thinking — what are the best Resident Evil games? I wanted to rank the entire series, but then I remembered there are significantly more games in Capcom’s legendary horror franchise then there are in Silent Hill. I’ll also freely admit I haven’t played every game released to-date, nor do I have the time (or the will) to go through the few I missed to see where they place.
So, out of sheer laziness, I decided to choose the five best games and rank them from “worst” to best. Check out my list after the break, and feel free to disagree and offer your own in the comments! READ MORE
With tons of zombie thrills and machete action, ’68: Jungle Jim #2 dives into the bloody goods and never looks back. The undead are about to meet their match in the sweltering heat of the jungle. In a confrontation you would never expect, a tiger takes on an army of zombies in the”’68″ series. READ MORE
Airing this coming Sunday, March 31 is the season finale of “The Walking Dead”, episode 316 “Welcome to the Tombs.” In the episode, Rick and the group have to seriously consider if the prison is worth defending as the Governor’s impending attack looms over their heads. Check out the promo for the big finale below, as well as a trio of exclusive first look stills that include new walkers, as well as stars Tyreese (Chad Coleman) and Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green).
“In the ongoing third season, Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and his fellow survivors continue to seek refuge in a desolate and post-apocalyptic world and soon discover that there are greater forces to fear than just the walking dead. The struggle to survive has never been so perilous. Season 3 also introduced new characters, including the Governor (David Morrissey) and fan-favorite Michonne (Danai Gurira), along with her zombie pets.”
The show was recently renewed for its fourth season. READ MORE
If you’ve ever wondered what a zombiefied Iron Man would look like then wonder no more. Someone has actually created a zombie Iron Man cosplay, and it’s easily a runner up for most amazing thing I’ve ever seen. I’ve seen great Iron Man cosplay, some talented folks have even gone so far as to create a (mostly) functional suit with LED lights and that badass visor that drops over the face. That’s great and all, but this gets bonus points for including zombies — because everyone knows zombies make everything better. Check him out after the break.
That’s right. Perhaps the most controversial game of 2012, The War Z has returned to Steam after it was
removed by Valve when fans realized it didn’t have the features it promised. Two months later and like a particularly feisty zombie, it’s back and hungry for your brains — err, money. If you’ve been waiting for The War Z, it’s patched and ready for you. Before you get your wallet out, you should know it’s awful.
Ever wonder what some of your favorite video game protagonists — or in the case of Slenderman, antagonists — would look like on an NES? Wonder no more, as Deviant Artist MelolzuGaming has taken it upon himself to answer that very own question. Among his gallery of 8-bitified video game characters are Isaac Clarke from Dead Space, Halo’s Master Chief, Street Fighter’s Ryu, a lone zombie, and Slenderman of… well, pretty much every indie horror game coming out in the near future, actually. I have only one complaint about the characters so far, but let’s take a look at them first before I get into that.
If I had to choose two things I love the most, I’d probably pick zombies and pretty pictures. Give me a zombie picture book and I am in heaven. Lately, I’ve found myself thinking about what would happen if I were to combine my two loves, so eventually I decided to answer that burning question. After I did some research and spent a night slaving away over a hot keyboard, because a few hours of heavy Photoshoppery turns my laptop into a scalding hot demon machine that incinerates flesh while roaring like a freight train — yeah, I’m in the market for a new computer — and Voilà! I had myself a fancy (read: gritty, bloody) infographic.
We like zombies here at Bloody Disgusting, and we’re also pretty fond of informative jpegs. If you are too, I highly recommend aiming your mouse pointer on the Read More link below so you can get a dose of both!
In theaters February 1 from Summit Entertainment is Warm Bodies, a new kind of zombie film from All the Boys Love Mandy Lane and 50/50 director Jonathan Levine.
Starring Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, Rob Corddry, John Malkovich and Analeigh Tipton, “The story centers on an existentially tormented zombie who begins an unlikely friendship with the girlfriend of one of his victims and starts a chain reaction that will transform him and his fellow zombies.”
Back in October of 2011 I visited the set in Montreal and really dug what I saw. I’ve been a fan of Levine’s work for some time, but have to admit that I was iffy on this particular concept. But between reading the book and seeing what the cast and crew were up to, I’m very optimistic that this movie will be a lot of fun. Plus, I got to be a zombie (along with several other journalists)!
Norwegian advertisers Storm Studios has out together an absolutely amazing commercial for the sporting goods store XXL.
The below TV Spot features humans grabbing nothing but sports equipment to take a stand against a massive horde of the undead. Dig on it below! READ MORE
It’s Friday and it’s time to get twisted! This week’s Twisted Music Video Of The Week is none other than the smash hit “Zombie” from The Cranberries. This song appeared on their 1994 album No Need To Argue and is about struggle and strife in Ireland, particularly the death of two children from an IRA bombing. The video was directed by Samuel Bayer (who also directed Metallica‘s “Until It Sleeps”, which bears undeniable visual similarities) and mixes band performance, gritty military footage, and Biblical imagery similar to Bosch’s “The Garden Of Earthly Delights”. Check it out below!
As always, feel free to leave a comment with a suggestion for next week’s video! READ MORE
The countdown continues! Yesterday, we took a look at six upcoming (and a few that are already out) zombie games that you should definitely be excited about, and today, I have even more. If you ever needed proof that the zombie isn’t just alive, but thriving, this should do the trick. Looking back, this year was actually pretty incredible for horror fans, with Amy, four episodes of Telltale’s The Walking Dead, and three Resident Evils (Revelations, Raccoon City, RE6) — but I think there’s a very good chance that things will only be getting better over the coming year. More after the jump.
Zombies are on their way out. We’ve all heard someone predict the nearing end of the popular genre at some point. Whether it’s been to our face, or whispered in dark alleys, for some reason, people think zombies are going somewhere. What we know that they don’t, is the zombie genre is only getting bigger. Never before have the undead permeated every facet of entertainment so thoroughly, from books, to films, video games, and even Detroit. There’s a lot going on right now when it comes the hungry undead and their seemingly bottomless appetite for all things human, but we’re here to touch on the video games. Read on for the definitive list of the twelve most exciting upcoming zombie games.
The wait is finally over. What has already been a stellar year for horror fans is about to get even better with the long awaited Resident Evil 6. Capcom’s “throw everything and see what sticks” approach has resulted in four different campaigns that practically feel like their own games, the return of the highly addictive Mercenaries mode, and a new competitive Agent Hunt mode. Either this strategy has paid off, giving fans of the series a variety of different ways to enjoy this ambitious game, or everything could buckle under the weight of its lofty goals. Let’s find out.
Like surprises? I sure hope so, because this one’s a doozy. This is like asking Santa for a video game and waking up Christmas morning to see a zombified Ninja Gaiden waiting for patiently you under the tree. Just replace Santa with me — though really, wouldn’t you rather sit on my lap, anyway? — and the tree with Bloody Disgusting, and you have pretty much the same scenario. All this is a long-winded way of saying that zombie game with ninjas that Mega Man Keiji Inafune is taking the ninja part seriously. The game’s full name is Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, and before you ask: yes, this is a Ninja Gaiden spin-off.
In case your mind was just blown, don’t worry, this game has zombies that are more than willing to clean that up. More after the break.
I won’t go making any proclamations about whether or not Human Element will redefine the genre, because we won’t see it until 2015, but when it comes to ambitious titles, this game stands is trying its damnedest to stand above the rest. For the unfamiliar, Human Element is an upcoming zombie game that takes place nearly four decades after the apocalypse. It’s still very early in development, having only begun pre-production this April, but developer Robotoki already has big plans for the title, including a single player mode, co-op, and some sort of multiplayer component. Despite a project with a release date that’s set pretty far into the future, Robotoki is also hard at work on an episodic prequel to the game that will be released on the open-source, Android-powered Ouya console. More after the break.
The Third Season of “The Walking Dead“ almost done shooting – and begins airing in just two short months. But, if you can’t wait that long for some zombie action, we’ve got a clip that shows Rick and the survivors (including Shane), in a gunfight with the undead.
The show, “tells the story of the weeks and months that follow a pandemic zombie apocalypse. County Sheriff Rick Grimes travels with his family and a small group of survivors, constantly in search of a safe and secure home. But the constant pressure of fighting off death on a daily basis takes a heavy toll, sending many to the lowest depths of human cruelty. As Rick struggles to keep his family alive, he will discover that the overwhelming fear of the survivors can be far more dangerous than the mindless walkers roaming the earth.”
Head inside to check it out! READ MORE