16 items from 2015
Think of a teeming metropolis like New York City. Now double that in size. If every single person who lived there, every hot-dog vendor, third-grader and euphoric Mets fan, was in fact a flesh-eating zombie, that would roughly equal the 17.3 million people that tuned into last October's fifth-season premiere of AMC's The Walking Dead, the most-watched episode of anything in cable history. Those are blockbuster numbers and they occurred week after week. The demand for the show has become so huge that a prequel spinoff, Fear the Walking Dead, debuts this Sunday. »
Does Hollywood try to remake/sequelize/franchise-extend every single one of its successful movies? Sometimes it feels that way, but there’s a little more nuance to studio practices than that. If you’re looking for meaning in this summer’s blockbuster season – not always easy – you could call it Dr. JurassicMax or How Hollywood Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Reboot. Rebooting franchises isn’t as common, well-received, or lucrative as you might think. Today let’s look briefly at the history of the reboot – and how this summer changed it.
First, what technically counts as a reboot? One school would say that anytime the cast shuffles, it’s a reboot, meaning we’re now on the second reboot (and third iteration) of Spider-Man films. That’s pretty rare; far more often, duration between films is the deciding factor, and it just doesn’t feel right to slap »
- Daniel Smith-Rowsey
ABC Family has found its Gorgeous Morons. Christopher Russell (Land Of The Dead) and Dylan Playfair (Mr. Hockey: The Gordie Howe Story) have been cast as the male leads in multi-camera comedy pilot Gorgeous Morons, from ABC Signature. The project, co-created by Lee Eisenberg, Gene Stupnitsky and Danny Chun and written by Chun, focuses on Madison and Aj, played by Russell and Playfair respectively, two stunningly handsome but ridiculously simple brothers who find their… »
Shout! Factory TV is spreading fear all summer long with a plethora of classic films including John Carpenter and Tobe Hooper's Body Bags. Also: a Cthulhu Vinyl Bank from Diamond Select Toys and Blu-ray and DVD release details for The Last Survivors.
Shout! Factory TV's Summer of Fear: Press Release: "This July, summer hats up with a plethora of new programming on Shout! Factory TV that is sure to beat those binge cravings. Shout! Factory TV is unveiling Summer of Fear, a fright fest sure to please! A collection of classic horror films debut this month, featuring Body Bags, Day of the Dead, Night of the Demons, Q: The Winged Serpent, The Final Terror and many more.
Shout! Factory TV grants an insider’s insight into these films with the premiere of audio commentaries on the streaming service. This month, directors John Carpenter, George A. Romero, Kevin Tenney, »
- Tamika Jones
Written by Ananth Panagariya, Yuko Ota | Artwork by Ian McGinty | Published by Titan Comics
I’ve long maintained that of the many and various comics based on licensed properties, the Adventure Time publications are perhaps among those that best capture the spirit of the title on which they’re based. As well as its Adventure Time ongoing series, Kaboom! (who first publish the comics in the Us, before Titan release the collected editions over here in the UK) haven’t been particularly shy about dipping into the land of Ooo, with titles such as Banana Guard Academy, Flip Side and the recent and decent Marceline Gone Adrift being just a couple of examples. The cynical amongst you might look on this as cashing in on a highly lucrative brand, which is true to an extent, however when the levels of quality are as consistently high as these titles invariably are, »
- Jack Kirby
We’re undoubtedly in the golden age of the comic book TV show, with everything from The Walking Dead to Daredevil - via The Flash, Lucifer, Powers and many more – now making the leap from the page to the screen.
The latest comic to be announced for small screen treatment is an interesting one to choose – George A. Romero’s Empire Of The Dead. The 15-issue run was entirely written by horror icon Romero, with illustrations by Alex Maleev, Dalibor Talajic and Andrea Mutti.
The comic – published by Marvel Comics – only came out last year, but Demarest Films (Tusk, A Most Wanted Man) have been quick to pick up the rights. Romero is believed to be writing the television version, with help from Peter Grunwald (a producer of Romero’s Land Of The Dead, »
It looks like another zombie series is heading to the small screen, and this time it’s from the mind of George A. Romero, granddaddy of the genre.
Demarest Films has snapped up the rights to Romero’s Empire of the Dead, a Marvel Comics series which serves as a loose continuation of his Night of the Living Dead feature film series – with added vampires! Here’s the official synopsis for the first issue, which was released back at the start of last year:
Welcome to New York City years after the undead plague has erupted—but just because Manhattan has been quarantined, don’t think that everyone inside is safe! Not only do flesh-eaters roam within Manhattan, but there’s another ancient predator about to take a bite out of the Big Apple!
Romery is set to write the new series with Peter Grunwald, who served as producer on »
- Gary Collinson
At long last, George A. Romero will bring his brand of zombies and vampires to the small screen. A TV adaptation of Romero's Empire of the Dead comic book is in the works at Demarest, and Romero is teaming up with Peter Grunwald to pen the series.
Variety reveals the Empire of the Dead news, mentioning that in addition to co-writing the Empire of the Dead TV show, Romero and frequent producing collaborator Grunwald (Land of the Dead, Diary of the Dead, Survival of the Dead) will also executive produce the series, along with Sam Englebardt and William D. Johnson from Demarest. Stay tuned to Daily Dead for more updates on this exciting news.
A limited comic book series from Marvel, the first issue of Empire of the Dead was published in January 2014, with the 15th and supposedly final issue slated for release this October. Empire of the Dead is separated into three acts. »
- Derek Anderson
Are zombies really that memorable? When you think about it, today’s undead munchers are not exactly an interesting crowd since all they do between meals is wander around in a trance. The pre Romero vegetarians are even worse, as they spend most of their time under the thumb of a zombie master, although on the odd occasion they do rebel against their tyrannical leader.
Zombie movies are a dime a dozen these days, and apart from a few moderately successful variations, they haven’t progressed beyond the flesh-eating antics of Night of the Living Dead (1968). But on the odd occasion a couple of zombies stand out from the faceless crowd of walking corpses, and what some these ghouls lack in personality, they make up for in other ways.
So here’s a list of ten memorable zombies that stood out for me, as an avid horror movie fan.
Classic adventure-puzzler Grim Fandango has returned from the past in Remastered form. Here are five things Emma learned from it...
Back when Grim Fandango was first released in 1998, I was just nine years old and all I wanted to do was eat crisps and play Banjo Kazooie. As a result of this, I missed out on Tim Schafer's much-loved adventure game, and fell in love with Walkers Square Crisps instead.
We currently live, however, in a world full of remasters, where even games from just a few years ago are brought back and remade for another lump of cash. Of course, companies sometimes add in some Dlc and make their games look more shiny, but I just can't see how some remasters are worth the repeated payout. Grim Fandango, however, was different, partly because I'd never got a chance to play it first time around and partly because playing »
Chicago – Playing “Dying Light” in co-op mode began a tale of two different gamers with two different lives and two different tastes. My co-op partner, Matt, is an Internet networking guru with a brand new Xbox One and not much to play on it beyond “#Idarb” (which is fantastic and free). He sunk his teeth into it like like an Asgardian at an all-you-can-eat buffet. He loved the open world, the graphics and the gruesomeness.
Video Game Rating: 3.5/5.0
The odds are most people reading this are more Matt than me. I’m… tepid. “Dying Light” hasn’t grabbed me, and a dozen or so hours in, forcing myself to play more of Techland’s zombie adventure would have only negative consequences on my feelings toward it.
“Dying Light is now Available on Xbox One, PS4, and PC.”
Image credit: Techland
Dying Light’s a value play like seemingly every major »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
In 1998, developer Tim Schafer's "Grim Fandango" was embraced as one of the best adventure games of all time. Set in the Mexican Land of the Dead, the story revolved around the experiences of a grim reaper-cum-travel agent named Manny Calavera who helped newly departed souls find travel packages to help them on their journey to the land of eternal rest. Rendered in gorgeous 3D graphics, the game borrowed as much from film noir as it did from Mexican folklore, as Manny himself launched an epic journey to the afterlife in search of a woman wronged by his company's corrupt schemes. With eloquent odes to "Chinatown" and "Casablanca," the game developed a greater cinematic eye than one usually found with the adventure game genre — even in the nineties, when developer LucasArts had been making them for years. Schafer himself had been at the helm of treasured adventure games such as »
- Eric Kohn
Stars: Tom Sizemore, B.J. Hendricks, Ian Hutton, Madeline Merritt, Eli Jane, Matt Mercer, Ace Marrero, Hannah Dawson, Lucy Dawson, Elina Loukas, Val Mulligan, L. Stephen Phelan | Written by James Cullen Bressack, Jd Fairman, Michael Sean Gomez | Directed by Cameron Romero
Filmmaker baggage doesn’t come much heavier than having a world famous dad in the business. As horror names go, George A. Romero is about as big as they get, being director of the iconic Night of the Living Dead, Dawn and Day of the Dead, plus underrated gems like Monkey Shines, Martin and Land of the Dead too. Son of the great man, director Cameron Romero attempts to step out of his shadow with Auteur, a found footage film-about-a-film in which an aspiring documentary maker attempts to track down an elusive, now-missing horror director.
It’s a more promising concept than Romero Jr.’s clichéd, forgettable Staunton Hill – done well, »
- Joel Harley
Sure, it’ll be Valentine’s Day in about one week, but Halloween is less than nine months away, so it’s definitely not too early to start thinking about costumes and cobwebs, even as you chow down on candy hearts and foil-wrapped chocolates.
The folks at Trick or Treat Studios are definitely in the fall frights spirit, as they recently unveiled their entire 2015 lineup of masks, including some familiar faces from AMC’s The Walking Dead, Clive Barker’s Nightbreed, Lucio Fulci’s Zombie, John Carpenter’s Halloween II, Topps’ Garbage Pail Kids card line, George A. Romero’s Land of the Dead, Steven Spielberg’s Jaws, Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story: Freak Show, and many more.
- Derek Anderson
These days, developer Tim Schafer is known for his indie studio Double Fine, which has produced a diverse body of work, ranging from Psychonauts to Brutal Legend, both Costume Quest games, and recently the Kickstarter-funded Broken Age. However, the roots of Schafer’s development career go back to the 80s and 90s, when he worked at the now-defunct LucasArts and helped create iconic point-and-click games like The Secret of Monkey Island, Full Throttle and Day of the Tentacle.
One of Schafer’s final titles from his LucasArts tenure is also considered by many to be one of his best, that being 1998’s Grim Fandango. Besides being the company’s first adventure game to fully utilize polygonal graphics, the title was lauded for providing a rich cast of characters, as well as a very solid plot to back them up.
Over the years, it’s become trickier for modern gamers to »
- John Fleury
Zombies vs. Robots #1
Illustrated by Anthony Diecidue, Ashley Wood, Val Mayerick
Zombies are dead but haven’t stopped moving yet. Just like zombie fiction
Enter Idw’s new, ongoing Zombies vs. Robots series, which places the same old zombies onto a post-nuclear apocalypse Earth that’s under observation by extra-terrestrial intelligence. It’s zombies….in the fuuutuuuure! That the Walkers are arriving en masse from another time stream by way of a portal left open when the nukes fell is the closest it comes to innovating. The zoms are also developing intelligence, which would be novel, but for the fact that George A. Romero, father of all that has come since Night of the Living Dead, covered that rather well a decade ago with Land of the Dead.
- Steven Fouchard
16 items from 2015
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