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Banned Zombie Commercial Shows That When There’s No More Room In Hell, The Dead Will Sell You Things

If you’d told me when I was a weird little horror-obsessed kid that, at some point in my life, one of the most popular shows on television would be a zombie story, and that the undead would be used as spokes-corpses to hawk all manner of products, I would have laughed in your face. But lo and behold, here we are. Recently zombies have endorsed Sears, FedEx, a couple different kinds of cars, and Starbursts, just to name a few.

Still, not every attempt to corral the zombie-fan demographic is a wild success. For example, there’s this one from Norway. It isn’t necessarily a failure as an advertisement — I totally want to buy whatever the hell it is that they’re trying to sell (it has something do with sports equipment?) — but it had to go and get itself banned from the airwaves. Take a gander for yourself.

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More Love, Less World War In Zom-Rom-Com Warm Bodies’ First Trailer

That’s right, Marc Forster’s World War Z isn’t the only highly anticipated zombie novel adaptation with a new trailer. From Isaac Marion’s book of the same name, Warm Bodies is a semi-return to horror for director Jonathan Levine, the man behind the should-have-been-better All the Boys Love Mandy Lane. He’s also the director of critic hits The Wackness and 50/50, so you know he has a depth of range.

Warm Bodies predictably takes place after a zombie apocalypse, and follows the story of R (Skins‘ Nicholas Hoult), a memory-impaired member of the undead without any real knowledge of what’s happening. He “meets” Julie (Teresa Palmer), and against his instincts, saves her from other non-amorous zombies and develops human feelings for her that could possibly change the course of humanity’s recovery. Rob Corddry plays R’s best friend, M, and John Malkovich plays Julie’s father, General Grigio. I’d be lying if I said I’d be just as pleased if the film was just Corddry and Malkovich singing show tunes. But you gotta give the zombie fans what they want.

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Post-Zombie Apocalypse Corporate Logos

The impending zombie apocalypse is going to drastically change everything. That should go without saying. We’ve all seen zombie movies where the dead rise, devour the living, and generally make a mess out of things. Infrastructure will evaporate, social norms and conventions will devolve overnight, and chaos will reign over all the land. People are going to have to acclimate quickly, or face dire consequences.

One segment of civilization that will face an adapt-or-die scenario, one that most people never consider, is the marketing game. There will be fewer living consumers with fewer resources. But clever entrepreneurs may see a whole new customer base open up in front of their eyes. Here are some well-known corporate logos, reimagined by British graphic designer Ben Fellowes to attract a, how shall we put this, less life-centered clientele.

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Two Zombie Short Films For Your Post-Halloween Hangover

Zombie fans, is The Walking Dead TV show, comic, and video game not giving you enough zombies? Libraries of undead novels and anthologies not plentiful enough? What about the hundreds of zombie films out on DVD or playing on every other cable station? Well, here are two independently-produced short films to give your brains something to do besides look appetizing. I hate Mondays!

First up is a fast-paced mall massacre that’s short on time and long on violence. Filmmaker Devin Graham, in cooperation with WISH, created this homage to George Romero’s Dawn of the Dead, presenting it in one single take, as the camera creeps around our central humans as they walk through a mall, blasting holes in all the rotting flesh they pass. It looks like a serious video game adaptation of the film, whereas Dead Rising had too much dark humor going on. Watch it below.

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This Pumpkin Zombie Will Eat Your Squishy, Squishy Brains

How do you get into the world of big-time pumpkin carving? Like most non-traditional career paths, it likely began as a childhood passion, one for creating new and interesting pieces of art out of various members of the squash family. This road less traveled has taken celebrated pumpkin carver Ray Villafane to places like the White House, and led to his rubbing elbows with the likes of Heidi Klum and Martha Stewart.

Luckily for us, the crew at his Villafane Studios has a predilection for the spooky and horrific that is especially appropriate this time of year. Check out this crazy-ass life-sized zombie piece they created. This is madness. That pumpkin zombie is six feet tall, and has an intricate system of intestines falling out of his abdomen as he yanks his undead brethren out of the ground. It’s like he’s harvesting a gourd army.

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Zombie Wedding Photo Proves Romance Is Still Alive, Or Possibly Undead

I don’t have many regrets about my wedding. I tied the knot with a badass lady waaaay out of my league and managed to get through the ceremony without tripping over anything, vomiting, or accidentally calling her the wrong name. In my book, that’s a win. But if I were to pick nits and find something to frown about it’s simply that we didn’t do anything nearly as awesome for our ceremony as this, perhaps the greatest wedding photo ever. (Click the image for a larger version.)

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