16 items from 2016
The Walking Dead's sixth season kicked off with the most walkers in any single episode, but when the show returns on Sunday, that previous record of around 300 zombies will be greatly surpassed by the legion of living dead invading Alexandria. In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, executive producer and special effects makeup guru Greg Nicotero discussed directing the walker-packed mid-season six premiere.
Speaking with EW's Dalton Ross, Nicotero talked about how Episode 609, aka "No Way Out", is an "unprecedented" entry in the series:
"And episode 9, basically, takes all of these various storylines and slams everything together in an epic man against the undead battle that is unprecedented in the history of The Walking Dead."
Nicotero went on to discuss how the mid-season six premiere will feature the highest number of walkers and kills in the show's history:
"The record that we had established in episode 1 of season 6 will »
- Derek Anderson
Part one of our series of interviews with horror filmmaker Gary A. Sherman. Since its formative years of 1930s’ Universal Studios monster flicks, 1950s’ giant radioactive creature features and George A. Romero’s genre-defying seminal zombie opus, Night Of The Living Dead, horror has always been founded on the sociopolitical issues that pervade the societal landscape…
- Chris Alexander
Zombies. The damn things are everywhere now, the last 12 years filling the screens big and small , carried on the rotting backs of Shaun of the Dead and the Dawn of the Dead remake (both 2004). The Walking Dead is one of the biggest shows on TV, and films ranging in quality from great to Netflix saturate the market. But let’s go back to a time when the zombie film as we know it (the Age of Romero) was in its infancy. Jorge Grau’s The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue (1974) acts as a bridge between two seminal George Romero films, Night of the Living Dead (1968) and Dawn of the Dead (‘78), and rightly stands as one of the finer Euro horrors. If you haven’t seen it, it’s definitely worth the trip.
Released in 1975 in North America as Don’t Open the Window, this Spanish/Italian coproduction was frequently paired »
- Scott Drebit
George A. Romero's classic zombie film is fleshed out further in Double Take's Ultimate Night of the Living Dead comic book universe, which continues next month with ten #3 issues. Ahead of the upcoming new releases, Double Take has made all of their #1 and #2 issues (20 total comics) available to read for free online:
Press Release: (New York- January 29, 2016) Double Take has announced that starting today all 1st and 2nd issues of their 10 inter-connected stories based upon the 1968 cult classic film Night of the Living Dead will be offered free of charge via their website: www.doubletakeuniverse.com. 3rd issues will be available in stores starting 2/24 both individually and through their very popular Super Pack which allows the reader to collect all 10 titles for $20.
“In my days at Marvel we sampled over 6 million physical copies of Ultimate Spider-Man, today, the most efficient and effective way of promoting a new comic book is through digital sampling. »
- Derek Anderson
Zombies and vampires will sink their teeth into the silver screen at this year's April Ghouls Drive-In Monster-Rama, as the event will feature 35mm screenings of four living dead movies and four bloodsucking flicks over the course of two days in late April.
A companion marathon to September's Drive-In Super Monster-Rama (one of Daily Dead's favorite events of the year), the April Ghouls Drive-In Monster-Rama takes place April 29th–30th at the Riverside Drive-In Theatre in Vandergrift, Pa.
Tickets are $10.00 per adult each night, with children 12 and under admitted for free with an adult guardian. Beginning at dusk and stretching into the late hours of the night, here's the complete feature film lineup for the event:
Friday, April 29th:
Saturday, April 30th:
To learn more »
- Derek Anderson
Gambitious Entertainment has been busy creating trailers for three of its upcoming games, including the updated Hard Reset Redux (PC, PS4 & Xbox One), Crush Your Enemies (PC, Mac, Linux, iOS & Android), and Zombie Night Terror (PC, Mac).
Let’s start with Hard Reset Redux, which is a remastered version of a formerly PC-exclusive game, which is now coming to consoles with extra bells and whistles. Its press release offers some great information, including:
The world as we know it has ceased to exist. Surrounded by vast, hostile wastelands, the remnants of humankind’s dwindling population live within the closed city of Bezoar, but the walls have been breached. As a Cln soldier, you are all that stands between the hive mind machines of The Sanctuary, and total extinction.
Combining unapologetically over-the-top destruction and a dark cyberpunk setting, the breakout Fps from Flying Wild Hog (Shadow Warrior 1 & 2) gets reenergized for modern »
- Chad Goodmurphy
This is my film review and it Freaks Me Out! Girlie-art legend Russ Meyer and then- tyro critic Roger Ebert fashion the most garish, vulgar and absurd satire of wild Hollywood that they can think of, a camp vision of joy straight from the dizzy imagination of a breast-obsessed glamour photographer. All your favorites are here -- Erica Gavin, Dolly Read, Marcia McBroom, Cynthia Meyers, Edy Williams. Beyond the Valley of the Dolls + The Seven Minutes Region B Blu-ray + Pal DVD Arrow Video (UK) 1970 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 109 min. / Street Date January 18, 2016 / Available from Amazon UK £17.99 Starring Dolly Read, Cynthia Meyers, Marcia McBroom, Erica Gavin, John Lazar, Michael Blodgett, David Gurian, Edy Williams, Phyllis Davis, Harrison Page, Duncan McLeod, Charles Napier, Haji, Pam Grier, Coleman Francis, The Strawberry Alarm Clock. Cinematography Fred J. Koenecamp Editors Dann Cahn, Dick Wormell Original Music Stu Phillips Written by Roger Ebert, Russ Meyer Produced and »
- Glenn Erickson
20th Century Fox
When American cinemas began midnight programming in the 1970s, they typically scheduled films that were either too weird for the mainstream or so bad they really were worth watching. In those pre-internet, pre-vcr days, a midnight movie was something illicit, a chance to watch something you might never see again.
Matinee screenings might’ve featured Charlton Heston saving a stricken airliner or surviving a Los Angeles earthquake, but the night belonged to El Topo, Alejandro Jodorowsky’s weird Western, and Night Of The Living Dead, which ushered in the era of grim, downbeat horror pictures.
Decades later, despite the competition from home entertainment, the midnight movie was alive and well and playing at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, Texas, where James Nguyen’s Birdemic was revelling in its newly-acquired status as one of the worst films ever made. The movie proved so popular during its limited theatrical run that a sequel, »
- Ian Watson
The wait is almost over, Ultimate Night of the Living Dead #3 issues will be released on February 24th. Also in this round-up: details on The X-Files UFO event, Shudder's partnership with Sundance Film Festival, two Doctor Who Blu-rays, Yoga Hosers comic, and House Shark.
Ultimate Night of the Living Dead #3: "For those of you that have been looking for our 3rd issues, your patience will be rewarded. Issue 3 Super Packs and individual titles will be released on February 24th, 2016.
Follow as Evans County continues to fall into the grips of an undead invasion. See the invasion from 10 different perspectives.
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- Tamika Jones
Hey, let's dig up a rotting corpse, just for fun! A group of crazy Florida theater students plays a group of crazy Florida theater students in Bob Clark's no-budget, spirited attempt to ride in the wake of Night of the Living Dead. An hour of bad jokes is capped by a satisfying zombie onslaught that got the film a major release and launched a career. That's how a score of good directors got started in the 1970s. Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things Blu-ray Vci Entertainment 1972 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 76 min. / Street Date February 23, 2016 / 24.99 Starring Alan Ormsby, Valerie Mamches, Jeffrey Gillen, Anya Ormsby, Paul Cronin. Cinematography Jack McGowan Film Editor Gary Goch Art Direction Forest Carpenter Original Music Carl Zittrer Special Makeup Creator Alan Ormsby Written by Bob Clark, Alan Ormsby Produced by Gary Goch Directed by Bob Clark credited as Benjamin Clark
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
Hitting film school, »
- Glenn Erickson
Urban Distribution International has acquired world sales rights to animator and illustrator Arthur de Pins’s debut feature Zombillénium, a 3D horror picture aimed at children.
The story – featuring a gallery of monsters, zombies, vampires and werewolves — is based on a trio of comic books by de Pins which have sold more than 300,000 copies worldwide and been translated into nine languages.
It is the director’s first feature-length work after a series of animation shorts including The Crab Revolution, which won the audience award at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival, and Geraldine.
The series is set against the backdrop of an amusement/terror park in northern France where zombies, vampires, werewolves and other demons work scaring and thrilling visitors.
It is the only place the monsters can live on earth in plain sight of human »
The zombified night from George A. Romero's classic 1968 film is expanded and explored in Double Take's Ultimate Night of the Living Dead comic book series. After debuting last September with ten #1 issues, the interconnected series continued in November with a round of #2 issues. We've been provided with a Super Pack of each ten-issue batch to give away to one lucky grand prize winner.
How to Enter: For a chance to win, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Ultimate Night of the Living Dead Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.
Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am Est on January 19th. This contest is only open to those who are eighteen years of age or older »
- Derek Anderson
George Romero’s Night Of The Living Dead may have invented the flesh-eating zombie genre, but it was Dawn Of The Dead’s success a decade later that led to a flash flood of clones and cheap knock-offs. Most of these came out of Italy, and in amongst acknowledged classics such as Lucio Fulci’s Zombie Flesh Eaters were films so mind-numbingly awful you’d swear they’d been made as a drunken bet.
Produced for chump change, starring nobody you ever heard of and horribly dubbed to boot, these films were fit only for riffing on Mystery Science Theater 3000. You know the drill: zombies in poor make-up snack upon bad actors until the announcement that the zombie virus has spread across the globe leads to a freeze-frame ending and the threat of more sequels to come.
The cycle kicked off again in 2002 with the release of 28 Days »
- Ian Watson
If nothing else, the golden age of exploitation allowed horror filmmakers the freedom to push the envelope, though the innovation didn’t come from the major studios but from the independent sector. Produced for chump change, movies like Night Of The Living Dead, The Last House On The Left, The Texas Chainsaw and Halloween tore up the rule book and set the genre on a new course.
That all ended in the 1980s with the collapse of the exploitation circuit and the dominance of multiplexes, which the studios rushed to fill with unchallenging uniform product. There was nothing remotely terrifying, for instance, about watching Jason Voorhees go to Manhattan or seeing Freddy Krueger attack a victim with the bon mots “Kung Fu this, bitch!”
Every success launched a cottage industry of clones: Scream began the trend for “hip” horror, The Blair Witch Project kick-started the “found footage” subgenre and »
- Ian Watson
Displaying a transparency that few filmmakers of his fame and / or caliber would even bother with, Steven Soderbergh has, for a couple of years, been keen on releasing lists of what he watched and read during the previous twelve months. If you’re at all interested in this sort of thing — and why not? what else are you even doing with your day? — the 2015 selection should be of strong interest, this being a time when he was fully enmeshed in the world of creating television.
He’s clearly observing the medium with a close eye, be it what’s on air or what his friends (specifically David Fincher and his stillborn projects) show him, and how that might relate to his apparent love of 48 Hours Mystery or approach to a comparatively light slate of cinematic assignments — specifically: it seems odd that the last time he watched Magic Mike Xxl, a »
- Nick Newman
“If you have a gun, shoot ’em in the head. That’s a sure way to kill ’em. If you don’t, get yourself a club or a torch. Beat ’em or burn ’em. They go up pretty easy.”
With 8-years olds watching The Walking Dead today with Mom and Dad today, it’s hard to convey just how grossed out and appalled people were when Night Of The Living Dead started popping up on movie screens back in 1968. Variety wrote back then: “No brutalizing stone is left unturned: crowbars gash holes in the heads of the living dead, monsters are shown eating entrails, and – in a climax of unparalleled nausea – a little girl kills her mother by stabbing her a dozen times in the chest with a trowel.” Yep, Night Of The Living Dead »
- Tom Stockman
16 items from 2016
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