New On DVD: The Returned

New this week from Phase 4 Films is The Returned, directed by Manuel Carballo and starring Kris Holden-Ried, Emily Hampshire, and Shawn Doyle.

"In a post-zombie world, the infected live normal lives by taking a valuable retroviral drug every 24 hours. However, with supplies of the drug quickly running out, those who have returned are being targeted by violent anti-zombie protesters. Kate and her Returned husband Alex decide to flee the city, but with the zombie population rising, the government closing in on them, and their supply running out, they become more and more desperate as they search for a way for Alex to survive."

The Returned is available now on DVD and Amazon Instant Video.

Kickstarter: Under The Flesh #1

It's time to break out the wallet to help kickstart Under The Flesh, a new zombie comic book that the creator is describing as "a Grindhouse mashup of Captain America, Y: The Last Man, and The Walking Dead."

It looks like they put a lot of blood, sweat, and tears into completing the first issue, both literally and figuratively, and now they need a little help in getting it printed.

"UTF is set in a post-apocalyptic world. It's a gritty blast of sex, horror, sci-fi, and dabbles in various sub-themes like evolution, spirituality, and transhumanism. A comic that strays away from the traditional viral story by accentuating a premeditated reason behind the virus, as opposed to leaving the origin of the outbreak as a common question mark. The pathogen also presents a rather unique trait: it only infects males!"

Under The Flesh was created and written by Gilbert Deltres and illustrated and lettered by J.L.Giles.

You can check out the Under The Flesh pitch on Kickstarter and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

New In Books: The Last Infection

New this week from Severed Press is The Last Infection by Michael W. Garza.

"The Last Infection chronicles the fall of civilization and the rise of the dead and the evolution of the infected. The infection swept across the country like a tidal wave. Survivors cling to life as the infected own the night and the dead walk the streets. Chris has endured on his own and bumping into Jake and Alicen weren't in his plans. The young brother and sister have plans of their own, but Chris has heard too many promises of sanctuary and infection free zones. Jenn's arrival turns his attention to the one thing he never thought he would face again, hope. They make a pact to reach the kids safe haven, but only time will tell if anyone can survive the last infection."

The Last Infection is available in paperback now.

Last Chance To Take The Dead Island 2 Community Survey

From figurines to an art book to a zombie flag of California and even a 'Ricky Furry super cuddly plush toy cat', Deep Silver wants to know what you want in a Dead Island 2 Collector's Edition.

Midnight tonight (Pacific Time) is your last chance to let your preferences known by taking the Dead Island 2 Community Survey.

New In Comics: '68: Rule Of War #4

New this week from Image Comics is '68: Rule of War #4.

"After a month imprisoned in a tiger pit, Agent Declan Rule faces his last torture session with the mad doctor Than Morneau. On Pitt Island NJ, the Kuens begin to get curious in the shadow of a serial killer, and in Vietnam, a psychotic madman named War-Face leads a rotting army of the dead toward Heaven. The only thing standing in his a man they call JUNGLE JIM!"

'68: Rule of War #4 was written by Mark Kidwell, illustrated by Jeff Zornow, colored by Jay Fotos, with a cover by Nat Jones, and a variant cover by Riley Rossmo.

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The Walking Dead Scores Two EMMY Nominations

The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced their nominees for EMMY awards this morning and, shockingly, The Walking Dead did not receive a nomination for Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Miniseries, Movie, or a Special.

However, the Lifetime movie Anna Nicole did.

Let that sink in for a moment.

Other nominees in the prosthetic makeup category are American Horror Story: Coven, Boardwalk Empire, Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, and The Normal Heart.

It also did not receive a nomination for Outstanding Special and Visual Effects. Those nominations went to Almost Human, COSMOS: A SpaceTime Odyssey, Game of Thrones, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and The 100.

Oddly, The Walking Dead received a nomination in the Outstanding Special and Visual Effects in a Supporting Role category, with acknowledgement going to Victor Scalise (VFX Supervisor), Darrell Dean Pritchett (Special FX Supervisor), Matt Robken (VFX Producer), Gary Romey (VFX Coordinator), Martin Hilke (Lead 2D Artist), Diego Galtieri (Senior 2D Artist), Michael Cook (Lead CG Artist), William L. Arance *Senior CG Artist), and Dylen Vasquez (2D Artist). They're up against Black Sails, Da Vinci's Demons, Hawaii Five-O, Mob City, and Vikings.

The Walking Dead also received a nod for Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series, with acknowledgement going to Jerry Ross (Supervising Sound Editor), Michael Baber (Music Editor), Tim Farrell (Sound Effects), Lou Thomas (Dialogue Editor), and Clayton Weber (Foley Artist). They're up against Black Sails, Boardwalk Empire, Breaking Bad, and Game of Thrones.

The Walking Dead did not receive any acting, directing or writing nominations nomination.

New In Comics: Zombie Tramp #1

New this week from Action Lab Entertainment is Zombie Tramp #1, a relaunch of the series.

"She used to be Hollywood’s hottest high priced call girl until the bite of an undead john changed her into something deadly different! Now Janey Belle - the street walking dead with supernatural abilities - roams the country searching for answers as… ZOMBIE TRAMP!"

Zombie Tramp #1 was written by Dan Mendoza and Jason Martin and illustrated by TMChu.

New In Comics: Extinction Parade: War #1

New this week from Avatar Press is Extinction Parade: War #1.

"Jump on here, as the epic conflict continues right after Vol 1 with a super-sized battle issue!  MAX BROOKS returns to the frightening world of zombies versus vampires in his groundbreaking follow up series: Extinction Parade: War!  Well known for his breathtakingly original fiction, Brooks pushes the limits of the horror genre with his trademark meticulous research and vision for the next evolution in zombie storytelling.  The subdead were always a joke to the aristocratic vampire race.  Just a spec on the radar of their immortal lives, nothing worth even a moment’s notice in their quest for self-gratification through the veins of their host, the human race.  But at last they have been pulled from their ignorance into the reality of the world.  The human race is facing extinction and should they succumb so too shall the vampires disappear beneath the waves of rotting walking dead.  Extinction Parade: War opens the doors to the next violent chapter in Brooks’ epic tale with an oversized issue starting the all-out battle for the survival of the races!  Available with Regular, Wraparound, End of a Species, Leather, and Bloodwashed and Pure Art  Retailer Order Incentive covers, all by series artist Raulo Caceres."

Extinction Parade: War #1 was written by Max Brooks and illustrated by Raulo Caceres.

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New In Comics: 64-Bit Zombie #1

New this week from Antarctic Press is 64-Bit Zombie #1.

"When a desperate game developer needs some enemy code for his new super-spy shooter in a hurry, he decides to steal it from a Geo Neo cartridge he's found. Zilla and Dee Dee have to help Her Majesty's Secret Server before the zombies prove "You only live twice" means nothing! It's a program pogrom of pixels and polygons alike in 64-Bit Zombie, brought to you by Fred Perry and Zechary Gray!"

64-Bit Zombie #1 was written by Fred Perry and illustrated by David Hutchinson.

Soccer + Zombies = Goal Of The Dead

With the World Cup in full swing, what could be more appropriate than mixing soccer and zombies together?  Here's a look at Goal of the Dead, the French horror comedy directed by Thierry Poiraud and Benjamin Rocher, and starring Alban Lenoir, Charlie Bruneau, Tiphaine Daviot, and Ahmed Sylla.

"First half: For the Olympique de Paris soccer team, this away match scheduled against Caplongue was merely supposed to be one last chore before the end of the professional season. Yet no one could ever have imagined that an unknown rabies-like infection was going to spread like wildfire, turning this small town’s inhabitants into ultra-violent and highly contagious creatures. 
For Samuel, the former golden boy who is nearing retirement, Idriss, the arrogant wunderkind, Coubert, the team’s depressed coach and Solène, the young ambitious journalist, this will turn into the most important confrontation of their lives. 

Second half: While the rabid supporters prowl about Caplongue, which is in a state of ruin, another nightmare begins for Sam. Barricaded in the police station with other survivors, he has to face the young Cléo, his grumpy father, and Solène, who hasn't forgotten him this time. Meanwhile, Idriss and Marco, hidden in the stadium and looking for a way to escape, are also settling a few scores along the way."

Goal of the Dead was released in France on February 17, 2014. A North American release is still to be determined.

Morgan Freeman Narrates The Zombie Apocalypse

For his show on the Science Channel, Through The Wormhole, Morgan takes on the living dead in an episode called "Is A Zombie Apocalypse Possible?".

"It is a nightmare that has stalked us for centuries: hordes of human beings transformed into mindless, cannibalistic monsters. Could this civilization-ending nightmare become reality? Scientists have discovered pathogens that turn insects into the walking dead. New strains of viruses are attacking humans every day. Mathematicians have calculated the likelihood of surviving a zombie virus outbreak: they’re not hopeful. Now neuroscientists are discovering how easy it is for us to lose conscious control of our bodies. Are we at risk of becoming puppets? If we were in the middle of a zombie apocalypse, would we even know it?"

Through The Wormhole airs on the Science Channel on Wednesdays at 10pm ET.

New On DVD: The Coed and the Zombie Stoner

New this week from Asylum is The Coed and the Zombie Stoner, directed by Glenn Miller and starring Catherine Annette, Jamie Noel, Grant O'Connell, and Ben Whalen.

"When a nerdy sorority girl falls in love with a zombie, it's only a matter of time before a zombie apocalypse is unleashed on campus. The sorority girl discovers that weed is the cure--now she must smoke out the entire school before it's too late."

The Coed and the Zombie Stoner is available now on DVD.

Zombieworld Deadline Is Tomorrow!

if you have not entered your zombie short already, the deadline to submit your film for consideration for inclusion in the Dread Central / Ruthless Pictures anthology film Zombieworld is tomorrow, June 20, 2014.

Submit your film here: SUBMIT WHILE YOU CAN!

From the official press release:

Image Entertainment, an RLJ Entertainment (NASDAQ: RLJE) brand, has acquired Ruthless Pictures' no-holds-barred zombie fest ZOMBIEWORLD, in association with Image Entertainment’s Vice President of Acquisition Mark Ward made the announcement today.

“We’re eager to distribute this project because it embodies what independent filmmaking is all about: passion and creativity,” said Ward. “We’re always looking for new talent, and ZOMBIEWORLD takes storytelling to a new level that horror fans will not only enjoy but also surely rally around and support.”

ZOMBIEWORLD is a horror anthology focusing on survivors across the world as they struggle to overcome horrifying circumstances when a pandemic brings forth a zombie apocalypse. The collection of blood, guts, and mayhem will be brought to life by a group of new and up-and-coming directors from around the world that Ruthless Pictures and Dread Central will handpick from short film entries received between April 21 and June 20, 2014, on Dread The work of each chosen director will be featured in the film and will bring his or her take to a world now populated with flesh-eating corpses. Among the brilliant shorts to be included in ZOMBIEWORLD is Peter Horn and Jared Marshall’s "Dark Times," a blood-splattered scamper through the woods shot entirely in POV, where zombies, aliens, and even Santa Claus make an appearance.

“As a fan of the zombie genre, I’m thrilled to be part of this film,” said Ruthless Pictures producer Jesse Baget. “ZOMBIEWORLD will showcase the unique visions of young talented filmmakers and inject fresh new blood into the genre.”

“Jesse Baget and Ruthless Pictures burst onto the scene, opening big doors for young filmmakers,” said Dread Central’s Steve Barton. “Dread Central has always been an incredibly indie-friendly site among the major genre outlets, and we’re excited to help give up-and-coming filmmakers a platform to get noticed. Image Entertainment is a go-to source for quality horror entertainment, and with Image ZOMBIEWORLD will have the opportunity to be shown worldwide.”

The deal was negotiated by Image Entertainment’s Jess De Leo and Grace Feeney and Jesse Baget on behalf of the filmmakers.

New In Comics: George Romero's Empire Of The Dead: Act One #5

New this week from Marvel is George Romero's Empire of the Dead: Act One #5.


Beware NYC's growing zombie evolution-and its new leader . . . Xavier!

Meanwhile, which strange bedfellows are scheming to take down Mayor Chandrake?

Plus: It's a terrorizing team-up in variant cover form when the Zombie Godfather George Romero unites with the Zombie King Arthur Suydam!"

George Romero's Empire of the Dead: Act One #5 was written by George Romero and illustrated by Alex Maleev, and with a variant cover by Authur Suydam.

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