You know that thing that you believe is the coolest thing ever? Well, I hate to break it to you, but you’re wrong, because this set of prints for the Garbage Flesh Eaters, a clear zombified spoof of the Topps Company’s Garbage Pail Kids trading card series, is a thing that exists. Of course, the Kids were themselves created as a spoof of the Cabbage Patch Kids dolls that took over children’s lives in the early 1980s. So maybe a few years from now, someone will be spoofing these cards, but we’ll hold off on that until it gets here. For now, let’s enjoy the gory zombie bliss.
Movie sequels are totally old hat at this point, as are prequels, remakes of American movies, remakes of foreign movies, and reboots. Rarer but not unheard of are documentaries about subjects that already have documentaries. You can’t ever learn too much about one thing, I guess, even if that one thing is George Romero‘s seminal horror classic Night of the Living Dead, which already has a few retrospectives and documentaries out there, most notably Jeff Carney’s Autopsy of the Dead from 2009. Filmmaker Rob Kuhns (Enemies of War) will soon be releasing Birth of the Living Dead, a behind-the-scenes look at Romero’s highly inspirational film. Inspirational in the “now everyone thinks they can make a zombie movie” way.
You’ll be able to watch Birth of the Living Dead on October 15 on iTunes and possibly other VOD platforms. If you want to see it in theaters, you’ll have to wait three days longer, and you’ll also have to live in one of the select cities where the film is getting a limited release. I’m perfectly happy watching it at home, as it sounds like an interesting take on the film’s history.
Well, this is one of the more interesting crossovers I can imagine talking about. From a pop culture perspective, as peanut butter and bacon will always be the most interesting crossover. The father of the modern zombie and the comic company that turned Wolverine into a zombie are putting their minds together for an all-new tale of horror with the 15-issue miniseries Empire of the Dead.
George Romero will take his fans somewhere they’ve never gone with him before: New York City. And why haven’t we been there with him? “I could never afford to shoot there,” he joked to USA Today. And because NYC will never die, the story can take place a few years after the zombie apocalypse began, as life in the city is in some ways like it was before. But society is a fickle beast, and Romero will be taking on the social and political aspects as you’d expect. In fact, one of the main characters is the mayor.
The threat here lies in a population of wandering corpses that become gradually more intelligent, and one of the project’s larger themes involves the coexistence of humans and smart zombies. Sounds crazy, right? “These zombies are starting to show sparks of real care and concern for each other,” Romero says. “I’m not going to go all the way to Omega Man where they take over the work, but I’m having a lot of fun with it. We’ve got some new rules and some new characters, and we’re taking it in a completely different direction.”
You know, I hate how Hollywood and even indie-wood can get me all jived about certain projects and then make me want to force damnation on everything all at the same time. (Sadly, these examples are all remakes as well.) David Fincher remaking Utopia? I’m all about that. Gareth Edwards remaking Godzilla? I’m mostly on board, if only because I want to see another Gareth Edwards movie. But a remake of George Romero’s Day of the Dead? What the undead fuck, people?
I’m going to do everyone the favor of not reminding them about the depressingly bad Day of the Dead remake that already exists, directed by Steve Miner and starring Oscar-watcher Mena Suvari. (I just reminded you.) This new remake comes from the same ill-formed brainspace that gave the world the completely misguided remake Texas Chainsaw 3D, which came out earlier this year. Lati Grobman and Christa Campbell’s production company, Campbell Grobman Films, picked up the rights from that other remake’s production company, Taurus Entertainment, and are currently in the process of holding meetings with screenwriters over how to correctly come at adapting George Romero’s last great zombie movie. (His later movies were okay, not great, so keep those naysaying pants on.)