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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.

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Watch All The Zombie Heads Explode In This Supercut

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In the post-Romero zombie world, the headshot has become the only consistently reliable way to stop the undead. Over the years, countless zombie craniums have been blasted to bits by all manner of firearms. Some executions are graceful, gory, and convincing in their realism, while others are low budget and resemble firecrackers taped to a condom full of red paint. Either way, it’s always a lot of fun. Screen Junkies has put together a two-minute supercut of some of the more memorable zombie headshots in recent memory.

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16-Year-Old Shot While Re-Enacting The Walking Dead

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I am of the firm belief that violence in the media is not to be blamed for the violent wrongdoings of the people that may or may not intake such media. A quick look at news around the world is a good reminder that people are inherently violent. It’s evolution. You know what else is evolutionary? Stupidity. And you need not look at anything but national news to figure that out.

16-year-old Trevor Hargrove from Fort Smith, Arkansas was non-fatally shot in his upper torso on Monday. Was he saving a family member from a murderous intruder? No. Was he an intruder, shot in self-defense by a frightened victim? Nope. He was shot by his 15-year-old friend while they were “playing a zombie game” with his twin brother. Of course!

Far be it for me to tell a 16-year-old that there are better things to do than run around pretending to be a zombie – that’s what bath salts are for – but what the fuck? Hargrove was apparently aping The Walking Dead‘s Daryl Dixon by aiming an empty bow at his friend Nico Sanders, when Sanders pulled out a gun he’d taken from his mother’s nightstand and pulled the trigger, nailing Hargrove just below the neck.

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In the Flesh Will Debut On BBC America This Summer

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In the FleshNow that The Walking Dead is in between seasons — instead of just in between different halves of a single season — we’re going to need something to keep our undead fixation in check. And while we’ve given quite a bit of coverage to the recently completed BBC zombie miniseries In the Flesh, the show hasn’t actually aired in America yet. But instead of throwing a bunch of tea in the river and complaining about it, we’ve just been waiting patiently until word dropped on when we’d get to see the show ourselves. I may have thrown a pack of tea on the ground though. Just one.

BBC America announced today that In the Flesh will shamble onto American soil on August 3, 2013, four fucking months from now. I suppose I could be grateful that the show is playing here at all, and that I’m not forced to go down some dangerous back alley — i.e. one of many different websites — in order to get a bootleg copy of the airings. But I’m still a tad peeved about it. I guess I need some kind of…anger management, right? Oh wait, the show is about zombie rehabilitation, not anger management. Scratch that.

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In Case Of Zombies, Break Glass

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Zombie Weapon BoxZombies are everywhere. Not only is AMC’s drama The Walking Dead a major ratings monster, the undead are shilling everything from candy to deodorant to multiple major automobiles. It’s a thing. Walking corpses are even being used to promote public safety and disaster preparedness (though one Oregon middle school won’t offer a “zombie survival skills” class for students). If you’re seriously worried about the dead rising and trying to devour your frontal lobe, or if you just like cool stuff, check out these zombie emergency boxes.