Tagged: Zombies

ZomBCallZomBcall unveils the “ZomBcall zombie sound vocalizer” device designed to allow users to create zombie sounds similar to those used in movies and TV shows such as “The Walking Dead”. The “zombie vocalizer zombie sound device” is the brainchild of James Villepigue and Christopher Oliver, serial entrepreneurs and avid zombie enthusiasts.

“With the massive popularity of zombie apocalypse based TV shows and movies like A&E’s The walking Dead, World War Z, Zombieland, Day of the Dead, 28 Days Later, Shaun of the Dead, Return of the Living Dead, Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, Warm Bodies and more it is no surprise that many zombie enthusiasts find themselves considering preparations for a potential zombie apocalypse. At ZomBcall we understand this and want to help. The ZomBcall zombie sound vocalizer enables the user to make zombie sounds. Theoretically these sounds could lure zombies in to traps or entice them into specific areas if indeed someday zombies were to actually exist. ZomBcall is all about being prepared, because if you are not prepared, you’re not gonna make it!”, says Christopher Oliver, co-creator of the ZomBcall zombie sounds vocalizer device.

Villepigue and Oliver have hinted that they intend to launch a massive “zombie apocalypse” style marketing drive to raise awareness of their soon-to-be launched Kickstarter crowd funding initiative. While a specific launch date for the ZomBcall zombie sound device Kickstarter promotion was not disclosed Villepigue and Oliver hinted that it was imminent.

“We only as that everyone remain calm. We understand that many people believe a zombie apocalypse could break out any day now, but it is important that everyone remain calm. ZomBcall will be available soon and we look forward to your support in our ZomBcall zombie sound device Kickstarter campaign,” says James Villepigue, co-inventor of the ZomBcall device.
For more information about the ZomBcall zombie vocalizer and the imminent Kickstarter funding drive visit ZomBcall.com.

Action-Packed Zombie Comedy Makes Summer Camp An Unforgettable Ex-Fear-Ience

BunksWelcome to Camp Bushwhack – a place where campfire stories blaze to life. Debuting on Disney XD on Monday, June 16 at 6:00 PM ET/PT, Bunks is an original zom-edy (zombie comedy) that follows the troublemaking brothers, Dylan and Dane O’Reilly, as they escape the punishment of a military bootcamp to the idyllic S’more-smacked shores of Camp Bushwhack and accidentally trigger a curse that brings a campfire zombie story to life.

This coming of age adventure set in the great outdoors will follow the brothers as they pose as camp counselors, fumbling their way through summer camp favorites such as canoe trips and dodgeball disasters, all while looking after a cabin full of rowdy 11-year-olds. The real trouble begins when the mischievous pair accidentally unleashes a curse that brings ghoulish campfire stories to life and sets a massive zombie outbreak into motion. Dylan and Dane will learn to become true leaders as they team up with their campers and develop a battle plan against the undead in an effort to save Camp Bushwhack.

“Bunks is destined to become the most awesome summer camp movie ever,” said Bob Higgins, Executive Producer and Executive Vice President, FremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment. “It’s the perfect combination of ghoulish and spooky, all in a fun and zany family-friendly package.”

“Fresh TV has crafted a really funny horror movie specifically for the Disney XD audience,” added Executive Producer Tom McGillis. “The scares are real and the laughs are epic!”

Bunks stars Dylan Schmid (Once Upon A Time) as Dylan O’Reilly and Aidan Shipley (Flashpoint) as his brother, Dane. The cast also features Atticus Mitchell (My Babysitter’s A Vampire) as Wookie; Christian Potenza (Total Drama Island, 6TEEN) as Crawl; Emilia McCarthy (Hemlock Grove) as Lauren; Zane Davis as Genius Bar; Drew Davis as Grinsberg; Michael Levinson as Hollywood; Nicholas Bode as Twilight; and Grant Westerholm as Cheeseburger.

Bunks was created by Fresh TV’s award-winning team of Tom McGillis and Jennifer Pertsch and produced by Brian Irving, creators of My Babysitter’s A Vampire. Tibor Takács (The Gate, The Gate II: Trespassers, Sabrina The Teenage Witch) served as the director. Bunks was developed by Fresh TV and Inferno Pictures in association with Disney XD Canada and FremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment.

ZOMBEAVERS is an action-packed horror/comedy in which a group of college kids staying at a riverside cabin are menaced by a swarm of deadly zombie beavers. A weekend of sex and debauchery soon turns gruesome as the beavers close in on the kids. Riding the line between scary, sexy and funny, the kids are soon fighting for their lives in a desperate attempt to fend off the hoard of beavers that attack them in and around their cabin.

Director: Jordan Rubin
Writers: Al Kaplan, Jon Kaplan
Cast: Chad Anderson, Lexi Atkins, Brent Briscoe

Logan_MillerActor Logan Miller is joining Paramount‘s upcoming Christopher Landon horror comedy Scouts vs. Zombies. Miller, whose credits include two seasons on Disney XD’s I’m in the Band, Cinedigm’s Night Moves and Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring, plays Carter, a class clown who yearns to get out of the scouts so he can join his place alongside the popular kids. After returning from a camping trip with his troop, he learns that his small town is under attack by zombies, and he’s forced to defend it with his fellow scouts. Scouts vs. Zombies is scheduled to start lensing in May.

iZombieEntertainment Weekly reports the CW has given a pilot order to iZombie, a project based upon a DC Comics title with the same name.

The plot of iZombie is: “A med student-turned-zombie takes a job in the coroner’s office to gain access to the brains she must reluctantly eat to maintain her humanity, but with each brain she consumes, she inherits the corpse’s memories. With the help of her medical examiner boss and a police detective, she solves homicide cases in order to quiet the disturbing voices in her head.”

It’s showrunners are  Rob Thomas (Veronica Mars) and Diane Ruggiero.

iZombieRob Thomas, the creator of shows like Veronica Mars and Party Down, will adapting Chris Roberson and Mike Allred’s iZombie.

Based on Vertigo Comics’ iZombie, the project is in development at The CW. It is described as a supernatural crime procedural about a med student-turned-zombie who takes a job in the coroner’s office to obtain the brains she must eat to maintain her humanity. However, with every brain she consumes, she also inherits the corpse’s memories. In order to silence those disturbing voices in her head, she solves homicide cases along with her medical examiner boss and a police detective.

Both Thomas and Rugierro would serve as executive producers on the project, along with Danielle Stokdyk and Dan Etheridge (Party Down). This is just one of several projects in development at The CW with ties to DC Comics, following the possible Arrow spin-off The Flash and Hourman. The CW has had success with DC with both Arrow, now its second season, and Smallville, which ran 10 seasons.

Rifftrax: Night of the Living DeadNCM Fathom Events, RiffTrax and IGN Present Hilarious Commentary on the 1968 Zombie Flick in Select Movie Theaters on Oct. 24

Centennial, Colo. – Sept 3, 2013 – The “RiffTrax Live” cinema series has been racking in the “LOLs” and “ROTFLs” with its celebrated comedic treatment of films since 2009. This fall, the stars of RiffTrax—Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett (best known for the groundbreaking “Mystery Science Theater 3000”)—are back for a hilarious never-before-seen take on the George Romero zombie movie “Night of the Living Dead.” Movie theater audiences will witness shambling zombies (and lead actors alike) meeting their end via razor-sharp mockery, as NCM Fathom Events, RiffTrax and IGN present “RiffTrax Live: Night of the Living Dead” on Thursday, Oct. 24, live at 8:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. CT and tape delayed at 7:00 p.m. MT / 8:00 p.m. PT/HI/AK.

Night of the Living Dead 01Tickets for “RiffTrax Live: Night of the Living Dead” are available at participating theater box offices and online atwww.FathomEvents.com.  The event will be broadcast to more than 600 select movie theaters across the country through NCM’s exclusive Digital Broadcast Network. For a complete list of theater locations and prices, visit the NCM Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).

“Halloween is a time to celebrate the simple things: neighbor kids begging at your door, cleaning splattered eggs off your car window, and of course, laughing along with the classic zombie movie that kick-started the genre. We’re thrilled to be riffing along with a great print of this much-loved film!” said Michael J. Nelson, RiffTrax creator and former host of the Emmy-nominated, Peabody Award-winning “Mystery Science Theater 3000.”

A classic horror film, 1968’s “Night of the Living Dead” kicked off the ubiquitous zombie craze. The movie begins when Barbara and her brother Johnny travel to the countryside to visit their father’s gravestone. In the cemetery, Johnny is murdered by a peculiar man and Barbara must flee to an abandoned farmhouse. Also hiding from the zombies in the house is Ben, who boards up the doors and windows. After listening to the radio and learning that a satellite returning from space has reanimated the dead, Ben and Barbara discover five additional survivors hidden in the basement. Harry—one of the ragtag band of survivors—disagrees with Ben’s leadership, and the tension between the two men intensifies. As the group waits out the apocalypse, the house is besieged by an increasing throng of living dead.

“An evening at the movie theater with RiffTrax Live is always a hilarious and fun experience,” said Shelly Maxwell, executive vice president of NCM Fathom Events. “Seeing the guys fire their wisecracking commentary at ‘Night of the Living Dead’ on the big screen is a must-see for everyone’s Halloween to-do list.”

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The modern summer blockbuster has come to mean a movie with a ton of action, and a barrage of explosions topped off with awe-inspiring special effects.   World War Z is no different.  In fact if those elements were all that was needed to make a great movie, World War Z would be one of the best.

World War Z is visually stunning with some of the best special effects money can buy.  The shot of thousands of zombies piling on top of one and other to get over the top of a massive wall and into one of the last safe enclaves on Earth is as breathtaking as it is horrifying.  This zombie behavior is such that we have not seen on screen before and it could be the stuff of which nightmares are made.  But if you expect more from the movie than things that go boom and cool computer graphics, World War Z absolutely disappoints.

Zombie movies, like any other genre, should be about telling a great story.  That story can be funny, suspenseful or horrific but the best stories are character driven.    WWZ opted out of all of these choices.  In an effort to secure Hollywood’s current ‘holy grail,’ the PG-13 rating, every choice was watered down, every punch was pulled.  Most of what could have added to the horror took place just off screen, unseen by the audience.  There was no suspense built because every zombie attack happens just when you expect it to and in the way you expect.  As for comedy, there are a few laughs, but mostly due to asinine plot holes and terrible dialogue.

Since director Marc Forster opted out of making a horror movie, a suspenseful thriller or a comedy, that just leaves a character driven drama.  This would have been a great concept; however, the characters were all two-dimensional, stock characters who show absolutely no ability to grow.  Brad Pitt takes this opportunity to recall some of his earlier acting styles and portrays his character with just one emotion.  Pitt in the role of Gerry Lane, a retired UN spy, shows no passion, anger, humor, angst, desperation or even boredom;   Lane is just some guy doing a job.  And when that job is done, he is the same guy he was when he started.  He did not grow in any way or learn anything about himself because WWZ is not about characters; it is about eye poping special effects and some neat makeup.

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All of this would be forgivable if there were an interesting plot to tie it all together.   WWZ uses a ridiculous conceit that, of course, we can cure any viral infection if we can just find “patient zero.” So they find the one true bad-ass secret agent, who had to be pulled from retirement (because aren’t ALL the best secret agents retired at 40?), and send him out to find the origin of the virus. There is a reference to some incident which convinced Lane to ‘get out of the game,’ but we never find out what it was. (Hate to add unneeded dimensionality to the character)    This mission implodes at the first stop when the one and only virologist on the planet who can make a cure gets whacked, but our hero keeps going. Lane chases clues to finding “Patient zero” all over the globe.

Early on we learn that zombies are attracted to sound and very attracted to loud sounds.  But nobody thinks to use sound to herd the pesky little critters into holding pens or some big zombie grinder.  Even in the climactic scene when Lane is attempting to infiltrate a zombie infested building, nobody thinks to use the phone system to attract the zombies away from the areas our hero is headed into.

During his world tour, Lane notices there are some people who the zombies do not attack.  All of these people are very slow moving or not moving at all.  So of course, based on no other information than this observation, from a distance, Lane assumes each of these people had a terminal bacterial infection so the zombie virus found them to be unacceptable as a host.  Of course it is not that the undead zombies are fooled by objects that stand still; it is that their virus can tell if you have an infection!  The long sought after solution to this zombie apocalypse is to give every person on the planet a terminal disease!  Nothing could go wrong with that.

The saving grace of this movie is the outstanding visual effects.  But every second worth seeing is in the trailer.  Save yourself two hours and ten bucks just watch the trailer, at least it doesn’t have plot holes you can drive a truck through.

My apologies for the spoilers, but really, this film was spoiled the moment Forster shouted “Roll ‘em!”

The Verdict

2Terrible

The Good: Visual effects

The Bad: The plot, acting, writing, directing and characters