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Trust the Japenese to start creating genres like this ;)

First we had 2001's "Stacy: Attack of the Schoolgirl Zombies":

www.imdb.com/title/tt0368296/
www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000096 ... enantmc-20
www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0000 ... ntmagaz-21

and now the same director is filming "Zombie Defence Force" which has lots of Japanese zombie schoolgirls (hopefully with chainsaws again):

December 21: STACY director unleashes more schoolgirl zombies!

Japanese moviemaker Naoyuki (STACY) Tomomatsu has a new living dead flick in production, titled ZOMBIE DEFENCE FORCE. Knowing a good thing when he sees it, Tomomatsu has once again filled his movie with flesheating schoolgirls. Fango’s Japanese correspondent Norman England sent us a news report from the location:

"I just spent the weekend up by Mount Fuji in a resort being utilized by the ZOMBIE DEFENCE FORCE crew. I had a great time on the set, and while it’s ultra-low-budget, I was impressed with ZOMBIE’s crew, cast and the fun story—not to mention that Tomomatsu fully understands the zombie genre. I think this will be a lot more fun than STACY, maybe even a winner. ZOMBIE DEFENCE FORCE is awfully bloody, but not in a morbid or perverse way."

Our scribe also got in on the gory action. "On Sunday I was tapped to appear in the film as an English teacher at an all-girl high school," England tells us. "While en route to Mount Fuji, we encounter a UFO and our bus gets overturned. We return later as a group of zombies staggering down a highway with Mount Fuji behind us.

"I was the envy of the entire male cast, as I got to spend the day with 15 high-school girls," England continues. "I had a blast with them getting made up, teaching them about zombies and genre history and just enjoying the total wackiness of it all while at the foot of Mount Fuji, which just made the experience all the more unreal." ZOMBIE DEFENCE FORCE should be completed by spring and playing in Japan as a limited theatrical/DVD shortly thereafter. —Tony Timpone


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Trust the Japenese to start creating genres like this ;)

First we had 2001's "Stacy: Attack of the Schoolgirl Zombies":

www.imdb.com/title/tt0368296/
www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000096 ... enantmc-20
www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0000 ... ntmagaz-21
I was meaning to return to this. The DVD insert for Stacy is by Patrick Macias who wrote Tokyoscope: The Japanese Cult Film Companion:

www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1569316 ... enantmc-20
www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/15693 ... ntmagaz-21

which discusses "moe" the obsession and fetishisation of something - usually imaginary characters or schoolgirls - it is furhter discussed here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mo%E9

It is part of the underpinning if Stacy but there are deeper and darker undercurrents. Stacy was originally a novel written by Kenki Otsuki who used to be in a rock band is also known as a ufologist. It was the director Naoyuki Tomomatsu that took things in their own weird and bloody direction and this is partly due to moe and partly due to the fact that he is an enormous weirdo:

So what sort of directorial mind would dare to take the opposite approach and pile on the puppets and George Romero references? Naturally, a dangerous one.

Naoyuki Tomomatsu first found notoriety through his well-received 1997 pink film EATING KO-GAL; Osaka Telephone Club Version (Ko-Gal Kui Osaka telekura hen), a horror-fantasy about a boy who kills for a girl he meets over the telephone. Tomomatsu then embarked on a string of V-cinema features and AV (Adult Video) pornography titles. It was while working on one of the latter that he became infatuated with a then-unknown actress whom, when she wasn't performing sex acts on camera, was still attending high school. A tumultuous affair unfolded. They became lovers. They broke up. And Tomomatsu embarked on an epic campaign of stalking his ex.

If all of this sounds like third-party slander and hearsay, rest assured that it isn't. In Tomomatsu's autobiography "Pure Love War Chronicle," every aspect of the aforementioned events are written about in fetishistic detail, from harrowing internet message board postings to various restraining orders from lawyers. The book is his version of "the greatest story ever told," and he's already announced his intentions to film it.

The psychic backwash of such things surely lurks at the core of STACY.
While you could see schoolgirl zombies being cut up with chainsaws and chained to walls with pool ball gags as somehow cathartic (I suppose the director hasn't actually killed any schoolgirls which is a good thing) it certainly adds more distrubing aspects to the film (which is pretty weird to start with).

Here is a review of his earlier film mentioned above:

www.monstersatplay.com/review/dvd/e/eat ... olgirl.php

What intrigued me so much about this film was the almost indescribable description from the box cover, and it goes a little something like this...

"Eat The Schoolgirl is a very disturbing film from the director of 'Stacy,' Naoyuki Tomomatsu. Two young guys in their twenties are doing odd jobs for a sleazy yakuza gang. One of them is a nerdish sexfiend. The other is addicted to telephone-sex and traumatized by a shocking event he witnessed while he was a young child. He now has visions of an angel-like creature that tells him to go out and kill..."
IMDB:
www.imdb.com/title/tt0450004/
 

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This UK production will beat Romero's "Diary of the Dead" to the screen...

http://www.myspace.com/thezombiediaries

In the early part of the 21st Century, an unknown virus began spreading among the populous. Within weeks it had engulfed the entire planet, from the smallest rural communities to the greatest cities. Upon the death of its host, the virus would reanimate the corpse until it was no longer able to support itself. Soon the planet was infested with a new threat - the undead. So begins our journey into the dystopian world of The Zombie Diaries.

Three compelling video diaries chart the early days of the plague, right through to the last days of the apocalypse:

A documentary film crew travel to the countryside to make a movie about the virus. Unaware of what is happening around the country, the team is accidentally caught up in the outbreak. They later take shelter in a nearby wood, where a much more sinister fate awaits them.

A husband and wife escape London and pick up a mysterious hitchhiker as they scavenge the remnants of dead towns, unaware of the dangers that wait for them in the shadows.

A group of survivors flee to an old farm to seek refuge, only to find themselves under siege from creatures that attack in the dead of night.

Watch the devastation unfold through the eyes of those who were there...

And there's a promotional Zombie Walk too!

So, I've mentioned this to one or two people now, and everyone seems to think it's a good idea, so it's time to put some plans in motion and get to work on trying to make the World Record for the biggest ever gathering of Zombies (currently standing at 894 I believe, for a gathering at the Monroeville Mall).

On the Monday of FrightFest (27th August), The Zombie Diaries will be screening at 11am, and to celebrate the screening, I'm currently trying to organise a huge Zombie Walk which will lead straight into the screening.

I'm still working on all the details, but the walk will take place from 9.30am-10.30am, finishing with a mass gathering in Leicester Square.

The idea hopefully, is that most FrightFesters will come to the event that day in zombie make-up (as elaborate as you like, from full on latex designs, all the way down to basic white face paint and a spot or two of blood).

I'm currently approaching all the UK zombie groups too (from terror4fun.com through to fleshmob.co.uk - check them out for make-up ideas), and am receiving a lot of positive response, so thought it was time to make the official announcement on the Frightfest boards (Paul, Ian and Alan all know and are all behind the idea).

I'll be finalising the details over the coming weeks, but in the meantime, please feel free to spread the word (through myspace and any other means necessary), and hopefully together we can make the World's largest ever gathering of zombies, and bring some added publicity to both The Zombie Diaries and FrightFest, and with a bit of luck, even make it onto Channel 4....!
http://www.larrytech.biz/frightfest/viewtopic.php?t=1460&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0
 

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Zomi diary:

Monday: Staggered from grave, ate brains, rotted a bit, crawled back into grave
Tuesday: Staggered from grave, ate brains, rotted a bit, crawled back into grave
Wdnesday: Staggered from grave, ate brains, rotted a bit, crawled back into grave
Thursday: Staggered from grave, ate brains, rotted a bit, crawled back into grave....
 

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CANNES -- A budding British director is enjoying success on a shoestring at Cannes with "Colin," a new zombie feature that cost a scarcely believable $70 to make.

Japanese distributors are currently in negotiations for the rights to the film and buzz around the no-budget zombie chiller has attracted interest from some major American distributors -- all of which is a very nice surprise for the team behind "Colin."

"We were almost fainting at the list of people who were coming to the final market screening of the film]," said Helen Grace of Left Films who is helping the film's director Marc Price publicize the film in Cannes. "Representatives from major American distributors -- some of the Hollywood studios..."

"When we say it's a low budget film, people presume a couple of hundred thousand [dollars]. People can't figure out how it's possible. What Marc's achieved has left people astonished."

It was by advertising for volunteer zombies on social networking site Facebook, borrowing make-up from Hollywood blockbusters and teaching himself how to produce special effects that thrifty director Price was able to make the film for less than the price of a zombie DVD box set."
More at http://edition.cnn.com/2009/SHOWBIZ/Movies/05/21/Colin/index.html

Clip at http://www.nowherefast.tv/index2.html

$70..? or El Mariachi-style hype?
 

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It's probably a misquote or something and the true figure is $7000 or $70,000

Either way a new zombie film is always welcome :D
 

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Seen the story here too ,Wales Today it's actually 45 quid, shot it on his digital camcorder and blagged the rest for free...the trailer looks a bit Blair Witch Project with zombies...

Actually having done el cheapo film making, it's getting prints made that's expensive, even if you do get everything else for nothing. I think we can assume that the 45 quid doesn't include getting a print made, or DVD copies if he's intending to distribute it that way.
 

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Well done to the fella then.

No doubt Hollywood has already lined up a remake costing around $80,000,000
 

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Wasn't Bad Taste reputed to be a no-budget movie? I know Jackson made it using lots of friends and often the same people repeatedly behind the alien masks, and that all the guns in the film were apparently carved from wood(!)... but that aside, there's a few bits i'm not entirely convinced are budget free, particularly some the the rpg scenes.
 
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Cuba shoots its first zombie movie Juan Of The Dead
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-11867532

Juan Of The Dead Juan Of The Dead: Cuba's answer to Shaun Of The Dead

Blood-spattered, flesh-eating monsters have been roaming the Cuban capital, Havana, in recent months - all part of filming for the country's first zombie movie.

Bearing a similar title to Britain's 2004 comedy horror Shaun Of The Dead, Juan Of The Dead's plot is actually closer to the 1984 ghoul classic Ghostbusters.

In the film, an entire city is overrun by zombies while Cuba's Communist leaders insist it is just a plot by US-backed dissidents to bring down the government.

So it is left to hero Juan - played by Cuban actor Alexis Diaz de Villegas - to rid the island of the undead for money.

But as the zombie outbreak begins to spread, he is left with no choice but to fight for his own survival.

The film, due for release later this year, was written and directed by 34-year-old Alejandro Brugues.

“Cuba has a great history of cinema and they've always been avid filmgoers”
John Landis Director of An American Werewolf In London

It is only his second movie since graduating from Cuba's International School of Film and Television.

"It's a zombie film but it's about Cubans and how we react in the face of a crisis because we've had a lot of them here over the last 50 years," Brugues told the BBC World Service's The Strand.

"It is a social comedy, it has a bit of everything. It has horror, it has action and it pretty much laughs in the face of problems."

The movie is a joint Cuban-Spanish production with much of the funding coming from overseas.

It is the latest in a wave of independent cinema which has been struggling to find its feet after state funding all but dried up following the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.

Strawberry And Chocolate, which dealt with gays rights at a time when homosexuality was still illegal in Cuba, was the last film to enjoy international success after it was nominated for an Oscar in 1994.

Although Cuban cinema has been struggling in recent years, for many decades it was a flourishing industry.
Art-house classics

Shortly after the Cuban revolution in 1959, leader Fidel Castro created the Cuban Film Institute, known as ICAIC.
Zombie in Juan of the dead Will Juan of the Dead been successful in and outside Cuba?

He believed that cultural and political change should go hand in hand.

As a result, many films such as the 1966 movie Death Of A Bureaucrat and 1968's Memories Of Underdevelopment, both directed by Tomas Gutierrez Alea, became art-house classics.

Humberto Solas' Lucia, which explores the lives of three women living through the country's political and social revolutions at three different points in history, is also considered a landmark in Cuban cinema.

It won the Golden Prize at the 1969 Moscow International Film Festival.
Cinema history

US director John Landis, who made the 1981 comedy horror classic An American Werewolf In London, in November visited the international school where Brugues studied.

He hailed the country's history and passion for film.

"Cuba has a great history of cinema and they've always been avid filmgoers," Landis said.

"After the revolution, Cubans used to steal prints from Miami and they'd have first-run movies. So movies would play in Havana before they'd play in LA. How did that happen?"

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He added: "Cuban cinema has always been interesting and what is fun now is how they make political films because they always disguise it."

While there seems to be a sense of excitement building around Juan Of The Dead in Cuba, Brugues believes the industry needs to move with the times if the rest of the world is to sit up and take notice.

"At the moment there are two trends, films produced by the Cuba's state production company and films made outside of that," he said.

"There needs to be a balance but I think the two will eventually merge. When this happens I think this will produce the best Cuban cinema."
 

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The only other Cuban horror movie I can think of is Vampires in Havana, and that was a cartoon. Are there any others?
 

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And a first for Falmouth too!

Brad Pitt to film zombie tale off Falmouth
8:27am Tuesday 12th July 2011

Hollywood heart-throb Brad Pitt is to film off Falmouth next month - and local residents are being given the chance to appear as extras in the movie.
He is filming World War Z, a tale of a global battle against zombies.

It is believed the filming will take place during Falmouth Week, between August 6 and August 14, and will include some shots aboard ship.
There will be open casting sessions at Truro School this weekend for anyone aged over 16.
The sessions will take place between 10am and 5pm each day.

http://www.falmouthpacket.co.uk/news/fp ... _Falmouth/
 

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rynner2 said:
There will be open casting sessions at Truro School this weekend for anyone aged over 16.
The sessions will take place between 10am and 5pm each day.

So, you're going, right?
 

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SHAYBARSABE said:
rynner2 said:
There will be open casting sessions at Truro School this weekend for anyone aged over 16.
The sessions will take place between 10am and 5pm each day.
So, you're going, right?
Well, I'm in the right age bracket! ;)

And it wouldn't take much make-up to turn me into a zombie.... :(

Having once failed to become a film extra in my teens, I think I'll give it a miss this time round. 8)
 

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Brad Pitt zombie film 'brilliant' for Cornwall economy

A new film being shot in Cornwall and starring Brad Pitt will be "brilliant" for the Cornish economy, a town centre manager has said.
Scenes for zombie thriller World War Z are being filmed in Falmouth just weeks after Paramount chose the location.
About 500 local people have been recruited as extras after taking part in auditions in July.
Some of the filming will take place on board a ship which will be moored in Falmouth docks.

Richard Gates, Falmouth Town Manager, said: "The whole turnaround has only been a few weeks, it's really been that quick.
"It's brilliant for the town, brilliant for the economy, everything."

Amanda Griffiths, the manager of St Michael's Hotel in Falmouth, said: "We're having to speed up a gear.
"The film coming to us, the crew being with us, we're obviously full to capacity.
"It just creates a bit of energy."

Cornish resident Henry Davies, who will play a US Navy pilot in the film, said: "It's going to be really exciting.
"The scale of the production is enormous."

Falmouth Harbour Commissioners said a 20m (66ft) exclusion zone would be set up around the ship during filming.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cornwall-14375711

I suppose I should gen up on Brad Pitt (etc) or I might pass him in the street and not realise - well, it's unlikely anyway, and I'm not into celebs. But I suppose I might get a candid photo I could sell to the tabloids... :twisted:
 

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Filming starts in Glasgow for Brad Pitt zombie movie

Parts of Glasgow are being turned into war-torn ruins for the next two weeks as filming for a new Hollywood blockbuster gets under way.
World War Z is a post-apocalyptic zombie movie starring Brad Pitt.
A cast and crew of about 1,200 people will be involved in shooting scenes in George Square and other city centre locations.
An open casting was held last month to recruit local people to star as zombie extras.

Although shot in Glasgow, the film is set in Philadelphia, so false shop fronts will be brought in and American cars will take to the city's streets.
Glasgow City Council said the impact of the production on the local economy is likely to be in excess of £2m.

Glasgow Film Office has been working with the production over the past few months to help secure locations in the city and co-ordinating arrangements with council departments and other public bodies to ensure minimal impact on normal business and access.
A number of roads in the city centre will be closed to traffic, with full details on the council's website, and there will be restricted pedestrian access.
The location manager for World War Z said Glasgow had been chosen because of its architecture, wide roads and grid layout.

Gordon Matheson, leader of Glasgow City Council, said: "We are ready to welcome the World War Z production to Glasgow.
"There is great anticipation in the city ahead of such a huge film coming here."

The film is based on Max Brooks' 2006 novel World War Z: An Oral History Of The Zombie War, which is set in Philadelphia in the aftermath of a war between humans and zombies.
Some filming for the Paramount Pictures movie has already taken place in Valletta in Malta and in Falmouth in Cornwall.
It is due to be released next year.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-g ... t-14523503
 
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rynner2 said:
Filming starts in Glasgow for Brad Pitt zombie movie

Parts of Glasgow are being turned into war-torn ruins for the next two weeks as filming for a new Hollywood blockbuster gets under way.
World War Z is a post-apocalyptic zombie movie starring Brad Pitt.
A cast and crew of about 1,200 people will be involved in shooting scenes in George Square and other city centre locations.
An open casting was held last month to recruit local people to star as zombie extras.

Although shot in Glasgow, the film is set in Philadelphia, so false shop fronts will be brought in and American cars will take to the city's streets.
Glasgow City Council said the impact of the production on the local economy is likely to be in excess of £2m.

Glasgow Film Office has been working with the production over the past few months to help secure locations in the city and co-ordinating arrangements with council departments and other public bodies to ensure minimal impact on normal business and access.
A number of roads in the city centre will be closed to traffic, with full details on the council's website, and there will be restricted pedestrian access.
The location manager for World War Z said Glasgow had been chosen because of its architecture, wide roads and grid layout.

Gordon Matheson, leader of Glasgow City Council, said: "We are ready to welcome the World War Z production to Glasgow.
"There is great anticipation in the city ahead of such a huge film coming here."

The film is based on Max Brooks' 2006 novel World War Z: An Oral History Of The Zombie War, which is set in Philadelphia in the aftermath of a war between humans and zombies.
Some filming for the Paramount Pictures movie has already taken place in Valletta in Malta and in Falmouth in Cornwall.
It is due to be released next year.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-g ... t-14523503
Strangely enough some of the scenes are round the corner from where I lived in Glasgow on the Paisley Road West. My sister's church was contacted as possible wardrobe store/make up/changing room area. As I recall from my earlier life growing up in Glasgow...they'll no need that much make up!
 

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Public access warning over World War Z filming

Filming of Hollywood blockbuster World War Z starring American actor Brad Pitt will result in a number of street closures over the weekend.
The A905 (Wholeflats Road) in Grangemouth will be closed from 20:00 BST on Saturday until 07:00 on Monday.

In Glasgow, George Square will be shut on Sunday and there will be restricted pedestrian and vehicle access around the area throughout the weekend.

The public is also being warned of limited opportunities to see filming.
A statement from Glasgow City Council said: "Pedestrian access on George Square will be limited this weekend as the production will use most of the square.

"People considering coming to the centre of Glasgow over the weekend to see the production should be aware that there will be very limited opportunities to watch filming.
"In addition, people who do come to the square may be asked to move on or stop by stewards to allow filming to take place."

A cast and crew of 1,200 has been shooting scenes in Glasgow since Wednesday. More filming for the movie will take place in the city until 31 August.
American cars, street lights and signage have been brought in to resemble Philadelphia, the film's setting.

Work on the Paramount Pictures movie, which is based on the Max Brooks novel World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, has already taken place in Valletta in Malta and in Cornwall.

Falkirk Council said that it would be closing Wholeflats Road, between the Wholeflats Roundabout at Grange Road as far as the Inveravon Roundabout (at the junction of the A904) on Saturday evening.
In addition, there will be no access to or from Wholeflats Road, from the Jinkabout Bridge, as well as from and to Inveravon Rd.

Insp Ian Scott from Central Scotland Police said: "We recognise that there may be significant local interest in this filming taking place and would urge members of the public to take extra care on the roads and for drivers to be aware there may be pedestrians in the area."

The film crew is scheduled to be in Scotland until 31 August and Glasgow Council said that the deal to use the city was likely to generate in excess of £2m to the local economy.

[more details]

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-14599425
 

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:eek:


Sudbury Ontario is -- very, very slowly -- becoming Canada's premiere city of zombie films.


First, in 1974, there was the not-quite classic horror film, The Corpse Eaters.

"The Corpse Eaters" link




And now, in 2012, there is the "rom-zom-comedy" film, A Little Bit Zombie.

"A Little Bit Zombie" link




Trivia: Some scenes of "A Little Bit Zombie" were filmed in my sister's office building.


:?
 

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A review from fangoria.com.


Posted by Kelly Michael Stewart May 17, 2012

Making its way to Canadian theaters for a limited run beginning today, director Casey Walker's rom-com/horror flick A LITTLE BIT ZOMBIE recently won the Gold Remi Award for Best Dark Comedy at the WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival and Best Feature Film at the Canadian Film Festival.

The movie starts off with the classic zombie-hunter setup of older, rough-looking, trigger-happy Max (Stephen McHattie) and young, sexy scientist Penelope (Emile Ullerup) fighting off a group of attacking ghouls. During the altercation, a mosquito draws some blood from one of the flesheaters; the film then imaginatively switches to the point of view of the infected insect looking for a victim, ultimately encountering four young people going to a cabin retreat for the weekend. The group consists of mild-mannered groom-to-be Steve (Kristopher Turner) and his Bridezilla-to-be Tina (Crystal Lowe from BLACK CHRISTMAS and WRONG TURN 2), joined by his best man Craig (Shawn Roberts) and his sister Sarah (Kristen Hager). Craig and Sarah basically hate Tina, but are trying to be good sports for the wedding and the weekend getaway. Soon Steve is infected by the mosquito and starts to turn into a zombie…but just a little bit. He still is very much alive, he's just developed an overwhelming need for brains. Soon his friends are in on what has happened to him and do their best to help him find a freshly dead human meal; after all, nothing is going to stop Tina from getting the wedding she wants!

Some people might be thrown off by the intentionally hammed-up performances, but if you can get on board with the broad comic tone, you’ll have a good time with A LITTLE BIT ZOMBIE. There are no big surprises in the performances, but they each hold down their corner of the film well, with Roberts given the best lines and pulling them off with great comic timing. McHattie is terrific but generally underused as the zombie hunter, and it would have been nice to see his part beefed up more. The film's best sequence by far sees the two young ladies sexy themselves up to try and find some brains for hubbie-to-be at a local bar; former wrestler Robert Maillet (300, MONSTER BRAWL) shows up here in a great bit part as a drunken hillbilly.

What's great about this particular zombie film is that it actually makes a good date movie, especially if your date isn’t into typical flesheater fare. A LITTLE BIT ZOMBIE doesn’t break any radical new ground, but the clever script by Christopher Bond and Trevor Martin makes for light, fun entertainment...even for a little bit. Click here for showtimes in Canada; U.S. dates are to be announced soon.



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A zombie movie set at CERN, made by physics PhD students, free on the internet?

Oh yes!

Trailer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luNueXoAw3I&hd=1

Full movie at http://www.decayfilm.com/

DECAY is a zombie film made and set at the LHC, by physics PhD students. It will be released free online, under a Creative Commons license.

Trapped underground at the world's largest particle accelerator, a group of students make a deadly discovery.

This film has not been authorized or endorsed by CERN.
 
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GABRIEL CONROY’S ZOMBIE MOVIE MANIFESTO

John Sinclair author Gabriel Conroy talks about his love affair with zombie movies

Hardly anything gives my heart more joy than the sight of zombies eating people. I can’t seem to get enough of it. My love of the horror genre, and the zombie genre in particular, has always been a dirty little secret of mine, for almost as long as I can remember. And yet, I’ve always been of two minds about the genre. On the one hand, I recognize its frequent artistic shortcomings and follies. There’s much to criticize – laughable characters, clunky dialogue, rigid story structures, embarrassing sexism. The list goes on.

And yet, the horror genre addresses something within me that is critic-proof. It addresses primal fears. A good horror story is, for me, a very deep and highly emotional experience. It’s like strenuous exercise, which I find torturous. And yet, mysteriously, I keep coming back. Perhaps I’m a masochist – that too – but there is something else. It feels absolutely glorious when it’s over and the agony stops. After the suffering, it’s as if I’ve somehow relieved an existential burden. I feel giddy, I feel reborn. And this is what a good horror story does to me. Horror, for all its flaws, helps me confront my daily fears – bills, deadlines, what have you – by making me look at deeper fears. A good (or bad) horror story will take me on an emotional rollercoaster ride and leave me shaking, exhausted and feeling wonderfully alive by the end.

And this is why zombie movies are my absolute favourite film genre. In any other film genre, you see, I tend to value quality. I like almost any kind of movie, from crime thrillers to Bollywood musicals to sci-fi-superhero extravaganzas – but I want them to be good. It’s not too much to ask for, is it? I like a movie that has clever dialogue, a solid story and believable characters. But in a zombie movie, I couldn’t care less. ...

http://www.scifinow.co.uk/books/gabriel-conroys-zombie-movie-manifesto/
 
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Dead Rising: Watchtower: Opens with a childrens TV ad for Zombrex, which will stop you from turning into a Zombie. Cuts to our hero: trapped between a Zombie Co, Zombie clown and a horde of Zombies kept back only by a gate secured by a screwdriver. Cut to news report which yells us that this is the third Zombie Outbreak in ten years. Cut to the Metrodome in East Mission where people are being assembled prior to occupation. Our hero is an Indy vid journalist: Lets make this story go viral! He discovers that the Zombrex isn't working and soon Zombies overrun the stadium. Mranwhile a biker gang is looting the city.

A perfectly passable film with conspiracy undertones.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3816458/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

 
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Battle of the Damned: A Zombiesque film perhaps as one of the characters insist the creatures are not Zombies as its just their higher brain functions which are dead. Anyway its a quarantined city where "Zombies" rule after a pathogen escapes from a Bio-Lab. Dolph Lundgren goes in with his trusty squad to rescue a girl. Dolph meets up with her and more survivors.

Another passable Zombie film which even has robots.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2210463/

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Zombie108: A violent adult Zombie film, definitely not for the squeamish. Zombie virus outbreak in Taipei, police and army combat zombies but then come under attack from gang members. Theres even a serial killer who takes advantage of the situation. The film is somewhat confusing as the dialogue is in English, Mandarin and Japanese without subtitles but generally you can follow whats going on.

Diehard Zombie fans will like it.

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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2328841/
 
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