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Minecraft Creator Developed This Zombie Shooter In Just Seven Days

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If I tried getting into the game Minecraft at this point, it would take me less than a week to get completely invested. I would put the rest of my life on the backburner, and split my time between actual campaigns and building a replica of my hometown out of blocks. During that same week, Minecraft creator Markus “Notch” Persson could put together an entirely new game, such as this first person zombie shoot-em-up Shambles, which he designed in approximately seven days. My own aspirations are dulled in comparison.

No stranger to making games in limited timeframes, Persson created Shambles for the 7DFPS (7 Day First Person Shooter) design challenge. While it doesn’t feature multi-branched RPG elements, or giant complicated boss battles, it’s still an impressive feat, and you’ll be surprised just how addictive the game can be. Plus, you can play it from your browser, so there aren’t any downloads needed. Just click the link above and get to blasting.

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The Scooby-Doo Gang Invades Walking Dead And Firefly

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Cue the organs. It’s a z-z-z-zombie! It doesn’t work quite as well as g-g-g-ghost, but ghosts aren’t really anyways. The undead, however…those guys are legit. And while the gang from Scooby-Doo isn’t accustomed to taking on valid threats, artist/photographer Jeff Zoet recently set up a gorgeously crafted photo shoot which sets the gang in the middle of a zombie infestation. Granted, it isn’t really in direct reference to The Walking Dead, because if that happened, we’d be reminded of just show inferior that show’s characters are when compared to Shaggy and Scoob. You know what Scooby Snacks are really made of? Carl fucking Grimes.

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Star Wars Parkour, Because The Alliance Isn’t Dangerous Enough

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So, you’re a Jedi who’s just looking to have a lazy Sunday (or whatever they call it), when all of a sudden you find yourself under attack from an enemy threat. Not a great day to have left your landspeeder at home, but fear not. All you have to do is focus on the part of the Force that turns you into an amazing Parkour-style free runner. That’s what stunt coordinator Ronnie Shalvis had his stunt team do for the above video, which is nearly as awe-inspiring as anything from Lucas’ latter trilogy.

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Movie Review: Frankenstein’s Army Is The Giddy, Monsteriffic Madness Your Summer Is Missing

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frankenstein's armyWhen trying to recommend Richard Raaphorst’s Frankenstein’s Army to others, it’s almost necessary to use words that may make modern-age moviegoers wary. It’s a found-footage-style indie horror where zombified monsters are being created by a Nazi mad scientist. This is not a description likely to be repeated at any prestigious awards ceremony at the beginning of 2014, but I have no doubt this flick will have amassed an enormous audience by that time. Mark my words, however: this is the best found-footage-style indie horror where zombified monsters are being created by a Nazi mad scientist. I’m certain I won’t have a better time with a horror film this year. Sorry, James Wan.

For his first feature, Dutch director Raaphorst takes viewers back to the final days of World War II, as a small Russian military squad crosses into enemy territory, picking off the few Nazi stragglers still left fighting. Following them with camera in tow is Dimitri (Alexander Mercury), a non-soldier tasked with documenting the unit’s final mission for posterity’s sake. Mother Russia will be so proud! The soldiers themselves are luckily distinctive enough to avoid becoming mere horror movie pawns, though they can easily be described in few words. Novikov (Robert Gwilym) is the gruff-and-ready commander. Sergei (Joshua Sasse) is his more level-headed second-in-command. Vassili (Andrei Zayats) is the gun-happy, testosterone-laden bully. Ivan (Hon Ping Tang) is just as testosterone-laden, but with more discipline. The mousy Sacha (Luke Newberry) has a bravery that belies his wide-eyed staring. And finally there’s Alexei (Mark Stevenson), who is admittedly the most generic one of the bunch.

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QED Acquires 19, A Youthful Spin On The Zombie Genre

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zombiesIn your mind, I’d like you to think of all of the different upcoming movies that you hear about, and I’d like you to come up with five of the most common ideas behind them. If you said zombies and young adult novel adaptations, you win! What do you win? About 200 more of my words to read. Hooray! (The other three acceptable answers were: Nicholas Sparks novels, movies where Channing Tatum doesn’t wear thick layers of clothing on his upper body, and movies produced by either J.J. Abrams or Guillermo del Toro.)

QED International is going on out an undead limb to try and combine the worlds of zombies and young adults in a way that hasn’t quite been done before, and could end up becoming something interesting. They’ve pre-emptively acquired 19, a pitch from screenwriters Jim Agnew and Sean Keller, who co-wrote Dario Argento’s Giallo together, as well as the upcoming Nicolas Cage thriller Tokarev. The film will be produced by Film 360 and Wonderland Sound and Vision.

Attached to direct is newcomer Jeff Chan, best known for two pretty excellent fan-made shorts for the Call of Duty games, as well as a zombified riff on the “Charlie Bit My Finger” viral video.

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American McGee’s Wizard Of Oz-Meets-Zombies Video Game Is Cooler Than That Reductive Description

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OZombiesIf you’re unfamiliar with video game designer American McGee, then you’ve missed out on some truly wicked gaming experiences. McGee darkened up Lewis Carroll’s Alice and Wonderland with American McGee’s Alice and Alice: Madness Returns, released in 2000 and 2011 respectively. He was also responsible for the episodic game series American McGee’s Grimm, in which the main character’s goal was to make lighthearted fairy tales less happy and more in tune with their original forms. The guy clearly has a knack for modernizing classic beloved stories for today’s audiences.

Since L. Frank Baum’s Wizard of Oz tales are back in fashion — were they ever not? — with Sam Raimi’s Oz: The Great and Powerful and the upcoming 3D re-release of Victor Fleming’s original film, it seems only fitting that McGee would bring his story-morphing talents to that body of work. And wouldn’t you know it, he’s also throwing zombies into the mix for a project called Ozombie, which just recently began a Kickstarter campaign to get some funding assistance. Earlier this year, McGee ran another campaign for the Little Red Riding Hood-themed Japanese action game Akaneiro: Demon Hunters, which successfully reached its $200,000 goal.