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Stalled: A Zombie Comedy Coming To A Theater (Restroom) Near You

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stalled world war Z posterAn obvious parody of the poster for Marc Forster’s big budget zombie epic World War Z, the image above is from a zombie flick with a much smaller budget and a much more claustrophobic location. It’s for the horror comedy Stalled, the second feature directed by Christian James, which recently premiering at the U.K. Film4/FrightFest (where it was given an extra screening due to popular demand). Indie distribution company Uncork’d Entertainment just nabbed the North American rights to Stalled, and they plan on flushing this ridiculous-looking movie into theaters this October, starting at the Alamo Drafthouse outside Dallas. They’ll probably also be putting it out on VOD and Blu-ray/DVD very soon afterward. It just isn’t Halloween if you don’t have a zombie movie that takes place largely inside a restroom.

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Tom Savini Needs Your Help To Make The Next Great Zombie Movie

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death islandAll you have to do is mention legendary horror icon Tom Savini’s name and you’ve got my instant attention. Savini’s lone full directorial effort was the awesome 1990 remake of George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead, and he’s long made it clear that he wouldn’t direct another zombies movie until he came up with a way to make them deathly scary again. And now he has, with a project called Death Island, and he’s looking for your help to fund it through Indiegogo. For the bargain basement price of $1 million, we can all be a part of the film that may remind people why zombies were scary in the first place, something The Walking Dead amiably tries to do between fifteen minutes of expository dialogue.

Some of you may hem and haw about dropping more than a couple of bucks on another zombie movie when the world is already so full of them. But this is Tom Savini, the man who made his name working on Romero’s Martin and Dawn of the Dead, the most quintessential undead flick that’s ever existed. Not to mention his amazing work on Day of the Dead, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 and Monkey Shines. And Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter to a lesser extent. He was Sex Machine in From Dusk Till Dawn, people! Savini is a god!

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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.