Archive for the 'Zombies' Category

May 22, 2015

You know zombies have reached a point of cultural saturation when even ARCHIE faces the zombie apocalypse. But more than a goof, reviews suggest AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE is a bonafide horror series worth a read even if you’re not a fan of the classic stories of the Riverdale redhead and his gang.

The synopsis:

“Escape From Riverdale.” This is how the end of the world begins! Harvey Award-winning writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Archie Meets Glee) and Eisner-winning artist Francesco Francavilla (Batman) take Archie and the gang where they’ve never been before – to the grave and back! A horrific accident sets off a series of grim events and Sabrina the Teenage Witch must try to repair the unspeakable evil her spell has unleashed. Gasp in horror as Riverdale faces an impending zombie Arch-pocalypse in this brand-new, spine-tingling ongoing series – but be warned, kiddies, this one’s not for the faint of heart!

That Sabrina is a real menace. It was only a matter of time before she ended the world.

Learn more here.

March 30, 2015

You know how in every zombie or outbreak movie there’s a map showing a big red glowing splotch illustrating the spread of the virus?

Bye, bye, Europe. From WWZ.

Well, now you can make your own!

Cornell University graduates have created an online interactive map showing what a zombie outbreak would look like. It’s fun stuff like this that helps us understand how real outbreaks work.

You can control kill-to-bite ratio, zombie speed and number of steps. You then place your zombie in a populated area, grab some popcorn and watch the end of the world.

New York always gets it in these scenarios.

I had a little trouble getting the program to work with altered parameters. I also thought it would have been interesting to account for air travel, resulting in multiple outbreaks.

Make your own outbreak here.

March 25, 2015

EXTINCTION EVENT from Dystopian Industries is a horror web series following a band of survivors forced to navigate a hostile world in the aftermath of an apocalyptic viral outbreak. The infected have overrun civilization and among the survivors, paranoia and mistrust are rampant.

Written and directed by Rob Larkin, the first three episodes of Extinction Event star Regina Chen, Melissa Gratia and John Valley with cinematography from M. Andrew Barrera.

Below is the teaser trailer. Click here to watch the series, which I thought was pretty good. The order of episodes is Day Three, God & Country and The Cure.

Extinction Event from Dystopian Industries on Vimeo.

March 2, 2015

When Josh finds out he has cancer, he plans to kill himself. Then the zombie apocalypse kills everybody else first. He delays suicide to see what’s going on.

The thing is, the zombies think he’s already dead, so they leave him alone. And since he has already comes to terms with his death and has nothing to lose, he becomes a bad-ass zombie fighter.

Check it out here:

February 18, 2015

ISOLATED is an amazing short zombie apocalypse film about a taxi driver who wakes up in a wreck in a seemingly deserted city. The film ends too soon, leaving many questions unanswered. Hopefully, the filmmaker will do more with it.

ISOLATED from Peak Pictures on Vimeo.

January 30, 2015

Having enjoyed the zombie video game DEAD ISLAND, I picked up the new release of the makers’ DYING LIGHT, which is a bit more serious and gritty, and with more features to enhance the game experience. Now I just need a decent block of time to give it a good run.

Check some of the game play here:

January 29, 2015

Crackle.com has produced an original made-for-digital film, DEAD RISING: WATCHTOWER, based on the popular game franchise.

The movie looks to play itself firmly tongue-in-cheek, which I think works really well for zombies in a movie format (such as ZOMBIELAND) but not so well in TV (Z NATION). Conversely, I think achieving the right balance needed to do zombies as a serious drama works better in TV (THE WALKING DEAD) but not as well in movies, though there are a few notable exceptions (such as 28 DAYS LATER).

Anyway, it looks like fun. Check out the trailer below. The movie will be available for streaming March 27, 2015.

January 23, 2015

Great idea for a spinoff for THE WALKING DEAD. Show the outbreak of the zombie virus and how it slowly destroys the world from the perspective of two separate groups of people, one a dysfunctional family, and an outlying character. These are average people with problems and plans, all of which will be rendered irrelevant by the demands of survival delayed by denial.

While post-apocalypse makes for a fun story, the actual apocalypse–the slow but accelerating collapse–is much more exciting and has a lot of great potential. Count me curious.

Bloodydisgusting.com has the story here. More about the characters here.

January 21, 2015

During the apocalypse, even harder.

(This short film is in Polish with English subtitles. I could see the subtitles when I watched it on YouTube but not here as an embed at the blog. For best results, click to watch on the YouTube site.)

January 19, 2015

ZombieApocalypse.net recently reported that a ZOMBIELAND sequel might be in the works. Same director, new writer, no word yet on a return of the winning cast. I loved that movie, so here’s hoping.