Tuesday, February 18, 2014

When Hell is full of snow, snow zombies will roam the earth


Get ready for zombies from the 1950's!



Here's the press release I received:

Writer/director Thomas J. Churchill's (Syfy's Monster Man, Emerging Past) 1957 styled zombie film Lazarus: Day of the Living Dead tells the story of the beginning of the zombie apocalypse and is scheduled for a July 2014 summer release through Origin Releasing.
Established in late 2012, Origin's team of executives have over 100 years of experience in distribution, production and acquisitions for disc distribution, VOD, television and theatrical. “We are very excited to be working with Thomas and his team at Church Hill Productions and look forward to being a part of the distribution of his films,” stated Brian Jaynes, COO at Origin.
"The film will be available everywhere, including but not limited to Redbox and all wholesale stores such as Walmart and Best Buy and will also be available on all major cable and satellite providers for VOD, including Netflix, iTunes and more," stated Churchill.


Produced by Churchill and David M. Parks with cinematography by Wolfgang Meyer, Lazarus revolves around the character of George Lazarus (Ray Capuana), an insurance investigator who schedules routine interviews with twelve employees of the Deadly Sin Cigarette Company upon the receipt of a rather suspicious insurance claim. In the process, he learns that all twelve had recently been fired for being sick at the job, and then subsequently and without a trace, they disappeared. Two weeks later, with Lazarus now a missing person, his heart-sick fiancée Bethany Loomis (Natalie Victoria) and Chip (Kevin Franklin) undertake the task of finding him. While retracing his steps, they learn that what was initially regarded as a simple fraud investigation case may actually be the beginning of the end of the human race.
Set in Hollywood in 1957, the film also stars Stephen Geoffreys (Fright Night), Brooke Lewis (iMurders), Josh Hammond (Jeepers Creepers 2), James Duval (Sushi Girl), Brian Andrews (Halloween), Janet Tracy Keijser (House on Haunted Hill), Kenneth J. Hall (The Puppet Master), Krista Grotte and Taylor Morgan Lewis. Roy Knyrim’s SOTA FX provides the special effects, with Clayton Brickert and Robert Giddens assisting.
"What we are hoping for audiences to take from their viewing experience of the film," explains Churchill, "is that we want them to say, 'If Hitchcock told a zombie film, this would be it.' I think it's a very intense, graphic and fresh entry to the zombie genre, and we want them to want more as this is the first in a proposed Lazarus trilogy."



Check out this $14,000 Zombie Apocalypse Cabinet!




If you believe that the zombie apocalypse is coming, then it’s time to save up for the Wolfram Cabinet aka the Zombie Apocalypse survival cabinet that is filled to brim with everything you need to survive. The steel-walled cabinet measures 43″ (W) x 65″ (H) x 18″ (D) and comes stocked with 170 items that includes tools, cooking utensils, camping supplies, water, food, and emergency supplies, among others.
The price? $14,500, but the retail value of all its contents combined are probably equal or more than that value. The complete list of items included can be found here, in case you’re interested.



~hazelchua/ohgizmo.com

Meet Japan's Zombie Idol




For Akari Aoki, a turning point in her decade-long quest for fame and respectability came on a recent elevator ride.
She was dressed in her trademark grisly “zombie” outfit — a get-up that makes her appear like an extra from “Night of the Living Dead” — when a mother came on the lift with her young daughter. Ms. Aoki tried to hide in the corner “because it’s just not right for children to see things like that.” But the mother approached her, excited, saying ‘I saw you on TV,’ and introduced her–frightened–daughter.
It was, for Ms. Aoki, affirmation that she had successfully climbed into that class of Japanese quasi-celebrities, sometimes branded as “aidoru,” or “idols.” They populate the endless hours of low-budget television shows of groups of people in the studio, talking about their lives or current events. Their TV appearances give them a measure of public recognition that allows them to sell books, or music, and earn them more TV appearances.
The 29-year-old Ms. Aoki seems, in many ways, to be a good representative of the idol class. She has devoted her whole adult life to trying to be famous, but, by her admission, has no special talent or training. The success she has found has come, as much as anything, from her decision to talk and write extensively about her failures. Curious to learn more about how — or why — somebody would become a Japanese idol, JRT caught up with Ms. Aoki one recent afternoon in a coffee shop in a Shibuya to hear her story.
Ms. Aoki’s quest for fame started right after high school. She signed up with a talent agency that encouraged her to publish a book in 2003 of photos of herself wearing an apron. More than half the books were returned by stores. The CDs she recorded of her singing failed to sell. So did a DVD showing her touring statues of Buddha. She spent three months in Taiwan hoping to get fame there.
“Being unsuccessful, I felt like an unnecessary piece of the world,” she says. “I felt like I could die anytime.”
And that’s how she came to her epiphany, of becoming a “zombie” character. She spent her days watching horror movies, and decided to make herself appear to be a kind of living dead.
“When I saw myself as a zombie in a mirror, I felt I was complete,” she says. “I call this zombie therapy,” which she describes as a Buddhist-like experience that frees her from guilty feelings.
She walked the streets of Tokyo in her zombie persona. She got bit parts in horror movies. Her big break came in December when she was invited to appear on a popular Sunday night show, “Ariyoshi Hanseikai,” hosted by a famous comedian on national broadcaster Nippon Television9404.TO +0.18%. On the show, celebrities apologize in a humorous way for something they’ve done in their careers.
“It was completely by accident when we found her on the Internet,” says Ken Miyahara, a director of the program. “Her career is interesting and she looks strange. But she acts smart and could make something big happen. One way of our casting is to feature somebody new who could be a star.”
In her 10-minute segment, Ms. Aoki apologized “for hanging on to the edge of show business even after becoming living dead.” She performed her zombie act, and recounted her long string of failures.
The appearance seems to have changed her life. She published her second book earlier this month, titled “My Diary of How I Failed to Become An Idol,”  a 250-page diary-style essay describing a life of setbacks and disappointments. The book reached No. 3 on Amazon Japan’s list of books by TV stars.
She now gets at least three zombie jobs a month — bit parts in TV shows, movies, photo shots, or special events — up from one every three months before her television breakthrough.
And on Feb. 11, a national holiday, 300 people crammed into a crowded room at an Akihabara bookstore to meet her and get autographed copies of her book. Most were men in their 20s, 30s, and 40s, but some women came, including one carrying an infant.
Yoshihisa Hattori said he took an overnight bus from his home in Shiga prefecture, near Kyoto, just to catch the event, and was planning to take another home that night. He said he went to Ms. Aoki’s book reading in Osaka a few weeks earlier, and owned three copies.
“It was more than seven years ago when I first learned about her,” Mr. Hattori told JRT.”I was reading somebody else’s blog and she was there, and she looked somehow funny so I checked out her blog as well…. She was creepy and it was shocking that someone who is trying to become famous by being cute is doing such a weird thing.”
Despite her newfound success, times are still hard for Ms. Aoki. Since most zombie-related gigs are low budget, the pay isn’t great. She said she lives on less than Y100,000 ($980)  a month, well below the Y167,000 average for single-person households in the Kanto region, according to a government survey. She keeps her spending down by using everyday goods, like flour, for her zombie make-up.
But she doesn’t care, Ms. Aoki said, because zombie acting is her life’s calling.
“I call it ghoul Japan, as opposed to cool Japan,” Ms. Aoki said. “What I want is to share the zombie therapy experience.”


~blogs.wsj.com

Check out “The Walking Dead Meets Seinfeld”



                               To watch, click here!


The walking dead: 4 brain-blasting thoughts on zombies


Zombies are no passing fad or Halloween conceit.

They’re a $5-billion industry, with fans from Rio to Moscow, from outport Newfoundland to downtown Toronto, the birthplace of a now-international phenomenon, the Zombie Walk.
There are movies, children’s books, video games and music dedicated to the subject. But zombies are much more than a commercial opportunity. These pustulating shamblers are really you and me, and have a lot to tell us.
With AMC airing new episodes of the popular TV series The Walking Dead starting this Sunday, CBC Radio’s The Sunday Edition offers you four brain-blasting thoughts about zombies.

1. Any one of us could be a zombie


One of the recurring themes of zombie entertainment is that it’s blind to gender, race and class distinctions, says Chris Alexander, filmmaker and editor-in-chief of Fangoria magazine.
He cites George Romero’s 1978 film Dawn of the Dead, where “we see nun zombies, Hare Krishna zombies, Little League baseball players, clowns — every walk of life that you can imagine… meets their end in some way and comes back as the living dead.”
The result, for the viewer, is an even greater sense of unease, as so many symbols of a secure, happy existence are shown to have been compromised.
“It’s that dichotomy, that feeling of attraction to something, and you get too close to it, and immediately you’re repulsed by it.”
The nun, for example, “is a symbol of safety, of grace, of a higher power, if you will. And yet you get closer and there’s chunks of human flesh wedged between her teeth, her one eyeball is missing, half of her cheek is torn off, she’s staring at you hungrily and now suddenly is perverted and threatening and horrifying.”

2. Zombies are all our anxieties bundled into one package


One thing that zombie mania has shown us is that the walking dead make a convenient metaphor for all sorts of manmade ills, says Andrew Watson, a Ph.D candidate in environmental history at York University in Toronto.
He points out that George Romero’s first film, Night of the Living Dead (1968), was about a zombie epidemic that was unleashed when a probe returned from outer space.
“So this first movie is really a reflection of people’s anxiety during the 1960s about nuclear fallout and radiation, that kind of thing,” he says.

Romero’s next film, Dawn of the Dead, tapped into the nascent environmentalism of the 1970s: “It’s very much of a reflection of people’s concerns with overconsumption, overpopulation and the finite resources of the earth.”
Watson says after the 9/11 attacks, the films took yet another thematic turn. Movies such as 28 Days Later and the 2004 remake of Dawn of the Dead showcase a more threatening type of ghoul: fast-moving zombies.
These are “zombies that can run really quickly, can climb fences, break down doors more easily,” he says.
These post-9/11 zombies are in a lot of ways “a reflection of our fears about the idea that you might find yourself in a situation where you’re surrounded by people trying to be violent against you. It’s a response to the kinds of anxieties that people had after 9/11 about crowds and terrorism.”

3. It’s the humans who are scary, not the zombies


Zombies are frightful, but they’re also a reflection of our own greed, selfishness and stupidity, says Fangoria’s Alexander.
“The zombie is, plainly put, [a] shadow of what we were now coming back to consume what we are, and I can’t think of anything more horrifying than that,” he says.
“What’s really interesting is that in the best zombie movies, indeed when you look at the humans versus the zombies, you start to question who the monsters are,” he says.
The humans are “the guys that let ego get the better of them, that let their own insecurities and anxieties get the better of them. They’re the dudes that always end up plugging each other, killing each other, fighting with each other, segregating each other and usually it’s them that bring about their own demise, not the zombies.
“The zombies are just kind of the afterthought. They’re just the guys who are sitting there, waiting for their cue. Again, zombies are death, but death is brought upon by many factors, and it’s always the humans who screw things up.”

4. The zombie world can actually be a comforting place


Yes, it’s possible to find solace in the living dead — just ask Thea Faulds, a.k.a Thea Munster, the founder of the Zombie Walk, a street celebration that was launched in Toronto and now takes place around the world.
“I think the idea of the zombies was really appealing to me because I was an only child,” says Faulds, an avowed horror fan.
“I always think of myself as kind of a loner, and that’s why I related to monsters in the first place. And when I saw zombies, it was just a number of monsters together who were outcasts who came together to form a group. And to me that was a very attractive idea. I wanted to find that sense of community.”




~cbc.ca

A message from CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden on Global Health Security




"Dear Friends and Colleagues:

I'm pleased to share with you that this morning the United States, through the work of CDC and other parts of the Department of Health and Human Services, alongside the Departments of Defense, Agriculture and State, will join with more than two dozen partner countries and key international organizations to launch the Global Health Security Agenda, an international effort to accelerate progress toward a world safe and secure from the threat of infectious disease.

Please take a look at this blog on the launch on CNN's website today. I look forward to working with you to make a safer country and a safer world a reality.

Dr. Tom Frieden 
CDC Director"



From Hasbro: Nerf's Zombie Strike!



Nerf has finally jumped on the zombie bandwagon and has released its own line of zombie weapons! 

It's never too soon for the kids to learn what to do in case of a zombie uprising!

Remember! Children are our future!

Check out the sweet collection of weapons from Nerf here!



Check out this version of the game of "Life" by Max Evry!




Check out more of Max's artwork at Nextmovie.com.


FREE ZOMBIE EBOOK! THE LIVING DEAD BOY BY RHIANNON FRATER!




SYNOPSIS:
Josh Rondell is twelve years old and known as the “living dead boy” due to his rampant love of all things zombie. As the head of the Zombie Hunters Club, he’s obsessed with preparing for the zombocalypse.
Though no one around him really believes that zombies will one day rise to devour the living, Josh is convinced it just might happen.
When zombies do shamble into his schoolyard, Josh finds himself the leader of the dwindling band of zombie hunters, and he is charged with protecting them all. Josh’s baby brother, his closest friends, and the love of his young life try to survive as the undead take over their town.
Trapped in his treehouse and surrounded by the dead, will Josh be able to save them all?


A gripping horror tale for zombie fans of all ages!

To get your free copy, click here.

You will need a Kindle device or Kindle app to read it. This novel is an Amazon.com exclusive, so it will only be available there.

The free promotion will end on February 20, 2014

Be sure to check out Rhiannon's website here!

Monday, February 17, 2014

The Walking Dead TV Series 5 Action Figure Set Available Now!




The Walking Dead TV Series 5 Action Figure Set


  • Series 5 Walking Dead TV action figures!
  • Includes Zombie Merle from The Walking Dead TV show!
  • Set includes 5 individually packaged 5-inch tall action figures.
  • Interchangeable accessories and multiple points of articulation.
Based off fan-favorite characters from the AMC TV version of Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead, these 5-inch scale action figures sport interchangeable accessories and multiple points of articulation. Collect every blood-curdling one!

This Series 5 set contains 5 individually packaged figures (subject to change):
1x Glenn
1x Merle Walker
1x Maggie
1x Tyreese
1x Charred Walker

With his uncanny ability to move in and out of perilous situations, Glenn has become Rick's "go-to-town" expert. Throughout the apocalypse Glenn has proven himself a vital cog to the survival of the original Atlanta group. Through his bravery and selflessness, Glenn has also caught the eye of the Hershel's daughter, Maggie. This action-figure comes with approximately 22 points of articulation, handgun with leg holster, knife with hip sheath, broken bloody pipe and alternate head with bloodied face.

Out of food, supplies and options, Tyreese is forced to lead a small band of survivors into the walker-infested landscape of Atlanta in search of provisions and safety. With his sister Sasha by his side, Tyreese and his group stumble into the prison where they are rescued and taken in by Rick's son, Carl. This action-figure comes with approximately 22 points of articulation, hammer, shotgun and a silenced pistol that fans will instantly recognize.

Maggie is the eldest daughter of Hershel's daughters, and it is apparent she is not your typical girl from the farm. Beautiful and headstrong, her qualities quickly attracted Glenn's attention and he wasted no time making his feelings known in this new unpredictably dangerous world. They proved that even in a zombie apocalypse, love can flourish. This action-figure comes with approximately 22 points of articulation, knife with hip sheath, assault rifle, and pistol.

It is now clear what it takes to take down a Walker…Destroy the brain! Anything short of that could be a death sentence for any living human. As the Governor's Woodbury camp and Rick's group engage in full out warfare, one of the Governor's main weapons is sabotaged by fire and gasoline when his screamer pit is ignited in a ball of flames! But fear not, with brains intact this Charred Walker's taste for flesh continues! This action-figure comes with approximately 5 points of articulation, gas can, and disk base.

After being left for dead in Season 1, Merle Dixon, brother of Daryl, made his return as The Governor's left-hand man (he lost his right) in Season 3! After reuniting with his baby bother, Merle began searching for redemption, but instead met his demise. Daryl eventually finds his brother converted into a bloodied walker. This action-figure comes with approximately 22 points of articulation and a prosthetic arm with prison shiv.


Size: 5-inch scale






Official trailer for Zom-Com 'Zombeavers!'






Zombies take on The Big Apple!




As if suffering through a polar vortex wasn’t bad enough, now New York City residents are enduring zombie attacks.
AMC’s The Walking Dead staged a prank in Union Square that put the undead under a sewer grate to scare unsuspecting pedestrians (video below). According to AMC, all the victims were indeed regular people, not actors.
The stunt was to promote the return of the hit drama series Sunday night and marks the latest example of Hollywood using viral prank marketing, particularly for horror projects. 
For the remake of Carrie in October, marketers staged a telekinesis stunt in a coffee shop (54 million views), and for the film Devil’s Due last month, pranksters unleashed a possessed “baby” in a remote controlled stroller (41 million views). Also, LG pranked job applicants in Chile in September with a “window” that was actually an 82-inch TV screen showing a world-ending meteor attack outside.
Here’s the newly released Walking Dead video. One suspects the actors were kept beneath the sewer grate for their own protection!







Get ready for "Zombie, Indiana" from Scott Kenemore




Synopsis:
In the third book of his Zombie series, Scott Kenemore brings the explosive horror thriller of an undead outbreak in the city of Indianapolis. Zombie, Indiana takes place during the same timeline as the outbreaks in his books Zombie, Ohio and Zombie, Illinois, and has the same punch as the previous two.
Zombie, Indiana tells explores the impact of an invading zombie horde on a trio of Hoosier protagonists . . . each of whom have some dark secrets to keep. When the governor’s daughter mysteriously disappears on a field trip, IMPD Special Sergeant James Nolan, scholarship student Kesha Washington, and Governor Hank Burleson must all come together not only to find the governor’s daughter, but also to undertake a quest to redeem the very soul of the state itself . . . all while under constant attack from the living dead.
With humorous, memorable characters, tense action sequences, and brutal zombie violence,Zombie, Indiana will put readers in mind of some of the most compelling works of popular fiction. At once a mystery, a thriller, and a horror novel, Kenemore strikes again with this rollicking tour through America’s heartland that is nothing but a tour de force for zombie fiction fans!

Coming this May!!


Don't forget your Zombiepalooza Radio shirt!!





Zombiepalooza Radio is probably one of the most unique radio programs on or off the internet. Although most of the material is zombie themed the actual content is about the authors, actors, musicians, artists and the entire spectrum of entertainment venues this encompasses.

If you've been a guest on Zombiepalooza, you know that they don't do it for the money. They do it because they have a sincere desire to support the artistic community at large.

They've helped so many of us gain exposure, all the while footing the entire cost of show production themselves. Let's 'get our zombies on' and give a little back!




www.teespring.com/zombiepalooza




And here we go!!




Can you survive this 'Toxin ?'




Director: Tom Raycove
Writers: 
Brian Edward Watson
Colin Yardley
Tom Raycove

Cast:
Doug Chapman
Kyra Zagorsky
Karina Carreck
Giles Panton

Synopsis:
Lieutenant John Paxton wants revenge against the government he and his men swore their lives to defend. The very government that abandoned and betrayed him, leaving him to die after a secret biological warfare experiment went horribly wrong. John will discover revenge is a journey that will ultimately leave millions infected, countless dead, and the lucky few survivors struggling to find the last safe corner for humanity.





DON'T FORGET! THE 'SAVE ZOMBIEPALOOZA RADIO' AUCTION IS STILL GOING!



All bids need to be in by 12am EST Feb 19th / 9pm PST Feb 18th.

Get those bids in. If you do not know what to do. go to photos on this page and put your bid under items you want. Again if you do not know how to make your bids or you do not know where items to bid on are. PM me. I will walk you thru it. 


Again, thank you all for doing this for ZPR!

WINNING BIDS will have to get money in by Friday night before the show starts at 8pm EST. if not, it will go to the bid behind them. 


AUCTION LINK HERE!





Saturday, February 15, 2014

Zombie sports pic "Goal of the Dead" lands distribution



Synopsis:
The film centers around a French Olympic football team who visits a small village in Northern France to play a crucial game in the run-up to the World Cup. But as the Apocalypse looms, an epidemic quickly spreads and transforms the players, spectators and inhabitants into strange and enraged creatures.

According to Variety, the movie should be out sometime in June, to coincide with the World Cup. (How's THAT for a tie-in?)



Friday, February 14, 2014

CLEANLINESS IS NEXT TO...




"SAVE ZOMBIEPALOOZA RADIO" has launched a teespring campaign!!




Zombiepalooza Radio is probably one of the most unique radio programs on or off the internet. Although most of the material is zombie themed the actual content is about the authors, actors, musicians, artists and the entire spectrum of entertainment venues this encompasses.

If you've been a guest on Zombiepalooza, you know that they don't do it for the money. They do it because they have a sincere desire to support the artistic community at large.

They've helped so many of us gain exposure, all the while footing the entire cost of show production themselves. Let's 'get our zombies on' and give a little back.



www.teespring.com/zombiepalooza



TONIGHT ON ZOMBIEPALOOZA RADIO 2/14/04



Check out tonight's line-up!

1st HOUR Friday 2/14/14
8:00-8:30 Intro Jackie and Deaddoor along with K. R. Chin author of Survivors of the Apocolypse vol 1 & vol 2.

8:30-9:00 
David Youngquist
2nd Hour Friday 2/14/14
9:00-9:30 Author Keith Milstead 
http://www.amazon.com/Keith-Milstead/e/B00FH7PTN4

2nd Hour Friday 2/14/14
9:30 - 10:00 Writer/Sound Engineer -- Tracy Fitzgerald Poist 
https://www.facebook.com/groups/ZBotMC/

3rd Hour Friday 2/14/14
10:00-10:30 CosPlay Coordinator: Michael Aguirre 
www.facebook.com/Azcorpsecrew

3rd Hour Friday 2/14/14
10:30-11:00 Author Bryan Way
http://tinyurl.com/nkabeuw

4th Hour Friday 2/14/14
11:00-11:30 Dustin Perrin 
https://www.facebook.com/groups/LongshotsCommunity/

4th Hour Friday 2/14/14
11:30- 12:00am Producer: Rick Danford

5th Hour Friday 12/14/14
12:00-12:30am Zombie Artist: Rob Saccheto

5th Hour Friday 12/14/14
12:30- 1am OPEN CALL 330-974-1679
DEADDOOR & JACKIE CHIN 


Feb. 14- 16 Let's save Zombiepalooza: Dead Again Radio show directed by Jackie Chin!!!!! We will be holding an auction for prizes as well as hosting different Zombie authors that will come on & talk w/fans through out the event! Please help us save Zombie Palooza Radio Show!!! Who's w/us? We will have authors, artists, editors, bloggers, columnist, & more hosting throughout the 3 days! be sure to stop by & show them our love!!!!!!

TO LET EVERYONE KNOW WHAT THE MONEY IS FOR. IT IS TO PAY FOR "ZPR" EQUIPMENT AND SERVICES NEEDED TO RUN THE SHOW. ALSO TO PUT SOME $ ASIDE FOR TRAVEL $ FOR BOTH JACKIE AND DEADDOOR. SO THEY CAN SHOW UP IN YOUR CITIES.

If you are interested in how to listen to Zombiepalooza Radiogo to this link: www.livestream.com/zombiepalozaradio


To chat while the show is going, go to this link here: http://ztalkradio.com/listen-live-chat/







HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!


















Sunday, February 9, 2014

Walking Dead Zombie Bites




In honor of the return of the greatest show on television, I have made you zombie bites.
 Note: Don’t get bit. Even if you chop off your own leg after, the likelihood that you’ll actually survive for long is slim. But DO indulge and imbibe. Enjoy one of these babies. 
It’s essentially a pomegranate mojito. A bit of simple syrup, some lime and a healthy dose of pomegranate juice and pulp to give it an extra zombie-ish appearance. Rim the glass in red sugar for a great, eerie look. Enjoy. 
Drink them while watching Walking Dead. If you have enough of them, it might just turn into a comedy show.

Walking Dead Zombie Bites
Recipe type: cocktails
Prep time:  
Total time:  
Serves: 2
 
Ingredients
  • 2 ounces light rum
  • 2 ounces pomegranate juice
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 6 to 8 mint leaves
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges
  • lemon-lime soda
  • For rim: 2 Tbsp. sugar, 2 Tbsp. pomegranate juice
Instructions
  1. At the bottom of a cocktail shaker, muddle sugar, leaves and limes. Do not crush completely, just muddle gently. Add in rum and pomegranate juice.
  2. Shake vigorously until well combined.
  3. Strain into two glasses. Top with lemon lime soda.
  4. To rim your glass, combine sugar and pomegranate juice until completely combined. Run the rim of your glass with water, then press it into the sugar until coated.


~feedmeseymourblog.com