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R.I.P. Clayton Hill 1931-2009

Posted in in the news, On the Web on July 30, 2009 by leighcifer

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I just read on Vault of Horror that Clayton Hill, aka “sweater zombie” passed away at age 78 on Saturday due to complications from pneumonia. Hill’s zombie claim to fame was his role as the white sweater vest wearing brain-eater in the Romero classic Dawn of the Dead.  Hill leaves behind his wife Sharon Ceccatti, who played her own memorable zombie role in DotD as “nurse zombie”.

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Clayton and Sharon were often seen at horror conventions together, signing autographs for all of us crazy zombie fans.

Rest in peace, Clayton. Thank you for being a part of zombie pop culture.

Harvard Psychiatrist Explains Zombie Neurobiology

Posted in in the news, On the Web on June 11, 2009 by leighcifer

Dr. Steven C. Schlozman is an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and a lecturer at the Harvard School of Education.  See? Zombie fans come in all shapes and sizes! According to this article from io9, Dr. Schlozman lectures on the human brain, using zombie references to help drive his points home. Now that’s a lecture I might not fall asleep during!

You can read all about Schlozman’s concept of how a zombie would be, including frontal lobe activity, mirror neurons, and other smart stuff here.

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1936-2009

Posted in in the news on June 4, 2009 by Justin
R.I.P. David Carradine

R.I.P. David Carradine

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Music Video: “He’s Behind You, He’s Got Swine Flu” by The Streets

Posted in in the news, Videos with tags , , , on May 11, 2009 by Justin

Sharing this video with your would be an excellent opportunity to let you know about this hilarious article detailing a new strain of the Swine Flu, known as H1Z1 that has the ability to turn victims into flesh-eating zombies.  An excerpt:

The Netherlands confirms its first case of zombie swine flu, in a three-year-old boy recently returned from Mexico. After passing away early this morning, he rose from the dead and lunged at his mother.

What’s so great about it is that the website looks exactly like a legic BBC News page, so if one were to not look at the URL (which is based at bouncewith.me.uk), the article could pass for an actual BBC News entry.

But surely, everyone who read this would know that it’s just a joke, right?  Right?

::crickets chirping::

Oh.  Hm.

Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ coming to Broadway?

Posted in in the news with tags , , on April 12, 2009 by Justin

ThrillerI just read a very interesting article over at Time entitled “Zombies Are The New Vampires.”  I decided to not post it here simply because a lot of it is re-hashing stuff you already know, and the entire article is a thinly-veiled promotion of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which we’ve already talked about in length here on Send More Cops*.

However, during the article’s rundown of the various pop culture entities that are involved in zombiedom, there was a brief mention of a bit of news that I somehow missed when it was originally reported back in January:

Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” is coming to Broadway.

This isn’t just some off-the-wall article either.  According to Playbill, the rights to take the song/video to the stage have been bought by Nederlander Organization, who’s responsible for bringing The Who’s Tommy to Broadway, as well as the upcoming Julie Taymor-directed Spider-Man show (with music by U2… for real) to the stage.

Says James L. Nederlander: “I love the idea of making ‘Thriller’ a musical. Girl meets boy, they fall in love, boy has big secret, now what…”

And we all know what that big secret it.  I think this could actually be a pretty great idea, if it ever actually comes to fruition.  Despite the fact that in recent years, he’s gone batshit crazy, Michael Jackson still has obsessive fans all over the world, and a show with this kind of universal appeal is something that Broadway could really use right now in a time when shows are closing in record numbers due to poor ticket sales (thanks, Recession!).  Save us, Little Mikey, with your zombie hoards.

My only regret is that I still couldn’t afford a ticket.  At what point in zombie blogging to people start sending me free stuff?

*I’ve got no problem with this, as I’m rooting for the book and the author’s success — we need more zombie love in the world — but it seemed a bit redundant for me to post.

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Pittsburgh Zombies Protest Comcast.

Posted in in the news, YouTube on February 11, 2009 by jenn voorhees

Yet another reason that Pittsburgh remains the Zombie Capital of the World…

Traffic Delays for Road Work, Not Zombies

Posted in happenings, in the news on February 5, 2009 by Natalie
Published: February 5, 2009
Pranksters in at least three states are corrupting electronic road signs meant to warn drivers of road work. The latest breach came Tuesday during the morning rush hour near Collinsville, Ill., where hackers changed a sign along Interstate 255 to read, “Daily lane closures due to zombies.” A day earlier in Hamilton County, Ind., the electronic board in a construction zone warned drivers of “Raptors ahead — Caution.” And signs in Austin, Tex., recently flashed: “Zombies in area! Run.” The authorities have not figured out how the signs are being reached. (AP)