Another Monday, another awesome Threadless shirt.
I’m, uh… I’m just gonna let this one kind of speak for itself. I’m not sure that I can find words for it, and if I could, I’m not sure they’d do it justice.
I’ve been looking forward to Dead Snow, the Norweigian Zombie Nazi movie for a while now (when you hear about a new Zombie Nazi movie, you pretty much immediately start looking forward to it).
The film was released yesterday in theaters in New York and L.A. via IFC and IFC On Demand, although since the On Demand version that’s been released is dubbed, I highly recommend waiting until the DVD to see it if you’re not lucky enough to be near a theater that’s playing it.
And although the film’s reviews so far have been mixed at best, I’m still pretty effin’ stoked about it. Which is why it brings me pleasure to say that our good friend, B-Sol over at The Vault of Horror has posted an exclusive new trailer for the flick.
Click on over to The Vault to check it out.
While the world takes note that the “King of Pop” has passed away, we, the zombies, undead and those that fight them, take note that a great creative talent has died. Despite the media circus attraction that Jackson had deteriorated into, none of us can ignore his contributions with the movie-music-videos of “Ghosts,” “Torture” and, of course, “Thriller.”
Rest in Peace, Michael Joseph Jackson. 1948-2009
Love it or hate it, Seth Grahame-Smith’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is a bonafide phenomenon. When it was released in April, it was practically an instant best-seller thanks to the hype that’d been bestowed upon it prior to its release. And the hype continues. There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t at least one “zombie” Google Alerts hit that mentions this book. (Yeah, I’ve got a Google Alert set up for “zombie.” So what?)
Now, the novel’s publisher Quirk Classics has finally realize that they’ve got a real money-maker on their hands and like any greedy corporate entity worth its weight in stock bonds, they’re taking advantage of the books popularity by releasing a new “Deluxe Heirloom Edition” of the book this fall.
Here are some of the features of the new edition, courtesy of Quirk Books:
- A fancy 4C hardcover package that will endure for generations
- In addition to the illustrations in the first edition, the expanded version features 13 new full-color oil painting illustrations – depicting all of PPZ’s most memorable moments
- A special preface from author Seth Grahame-Smith in which he describes the writing of PPZ
- Best of all, The Deluxe Heirloom Edition features 30% MORE ZOMBIES! Seth has written pages and pages of all-new (and entirely gratuitous) ultra-violent zombie mahem. If you loved the premise and zombie action of the first book, you’ll love this expanded Deluxe Edition even more.
Is this a blatant attempt to cash in on the book’s popularity? Absolutely. But if you’re a fan of the book then it looks like this is going to be a pretty kick ass version to own. The new edition will be released on November 1, 2009.
I’ve included a couple of samples of the aforementioned oil paiting illustrations after the jump.
I lost my zombie virginity at an early age to two undead. Yes, and ever since then, I’ve been a zombie slut. Hate them, loathe them but can’t get enough of them. And the more, the better.
My first zombie freak out was Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” My school friends had cable and had seen the King of Pop’s horror video on MTV. I didn’t have cable but heard how cool the video was. When I found out that it was coming on regular TV, I was pumped.
I sat in the basement on a Saturday. Michael turning into a werewolf? Cool. Chasing the girl? Exciting. Movie theatre? Okay… Cemetery…whoa…what’s that? BAM. Mausoleum opening, graves bursting forth, the blue corpse from the sewer, the guy with his arm falling off and the zombie close up at the end?
Second, circa 1980’s still, my late night, probably about 11 year-old mistake of watching too much tv and catching the commercial for “Return of the Living Dead” and seeing Tarman say “MORE BRAINS.” Yep, I was done. Scared too far to explain my fear to anyone except my older brother.
Now, I realize MJ is scary today than any zombie and I’ve recently seen “ROTLD” and realize how many different ways I would’ve kicked Tarman’s ass.
But I was ruined. I’m a zombie ho.
So, to what undead experience did you lose your zombie virginity? And were they gentle?
They started out as supernatural nightmares, rising, shambling from graves to do a master’s bidding. Then zombies moved onto scientific origins, corpses reanimating because of toxic waste or radiation. Now, the undead are losing their undead-ness and being shoved aside for infected masses, not so much reanimated corpses as they are the savage majority.
Why is the zombie population shifting from the graveyard to the lab? The two sides are represented everywhere – “Night of the Living Dead” vs. “28 Days,” “The Laughing Corpse” vs. “I am Legend” and “Resident Evil” vs. “Left 4 Dead.” Which do you prefer – actual dead corpses back up and on the prowl or your next-door-neighbor gone a little crazy?
See that zombie Lego guy over there? It’s from DYZPLASTIC and it’s a lot bigger than you think.
The latest article from Stacie Ponder (of Final Girl fame) is up over at AMC and it gives you a breakdown on all the different types of zombies you might encounter, should you, um, actually encounter some zombies. Read it. Stacie’s hilarious and way better at this writing thing than I am.
Speaking of bloggers who are better than me, The Vault of Horror’s B-Sol has written another retro review of a zombie movie, this time of Peter Jackson’s Dead Alive (aka Braindead), which is pretty much my favorite zombie movie of all time.
[lots more after the jump]