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New In Comics: The Simpsons' Treehouse of Horror #20

New last week from Bongo Comics is The Simpsons' Treehouse of Horror #20.

"If you like zombies…we got ZOMBIES! It’s an all-out ZOMBIEFEST this month at Bongo! First, Homer leads an ever-diminishing group of survivors in their quest to stay alive against a marauding horde of cannibalistic zombies! And Bart and his friends must fend off the shopping dead while trapped at the Springfield Mall. Then, Homer and Bart must protect the nuclear power plant from a zombie invasion. Finally…a ZOMBIENADO strikes Springfield! (Need we say more?) It’s a lighthearted, night of the living dead, laugh riot!"

New On DVD: Collapse

New this week from Ytinifni Pictures is Collapse, written by Mike Saunders, directed by Jason Bolinger and Mike Saunders, and starring Chris Mulkey, Karen Landry, Travis Slade Reinders, and Linnea Quigley.

"When the world is suddenly filled with the undead, Robert Morgan’s (Chris Mulkey) worries are pulled away from how to keep the family farm to how to keep his family alive. With his wife Molly (Karen Landry) near the breaking point and his son bitten by one of the creatures, Robert must defend their home from the invaders. But as supplies run low and he is forced to venture out for food, Robert encounters more danger and must become even more brutal in his attempts to provide for his family. When other survivors appear, will they be able to help him, or will they turn out to be the greatest threat of all to his family?"

Collapse is available now on DVD.

New In Comics: Star-Spangled War Stories Featuring G.I. Zombie: Futures End #1

New this week from DC Comics is Star-Spangled War Stories Featuring G.I. Zombie: Futures End #1.

"G.I. Zombie stands alone against a zombie army of thousands as the U.S. military’s experiment reaches its horrifying fruition!"

Star-Spangled War Stories Featuring G.I. Zombie: Futures End #1 was written by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray, illustrated and colored by Scott Hampton, lettered by Rob Leigh, and features a cover by Dave Johnson.

New On DVD: Mummy, I'm a Zombie

New this week from Phase 4 Films is Mummy, I'm a Zombie, written by Daniel Torres, and directed by Beñat Beitia and Ricardo Ramón.

"In the sequel to Daddy I’m a Zombie, all of our favorite characters are back! The fate of the planet is once again in Dixie’s hands as she must fight to end the battle that has erupted between the living and the walking dead while balancing her newfound popularity at school and a campaign for student council."

Mummy, I'm a Zombie is available now on DVD.

New On Blu: Disaster L.A.: The Last Zombie Apocalypse Begins Here

New this week from Warner Home Video is Disaster L.A.: The Last Zombie Apocalypse Begins Here, written and directed by Turner Clay, and starring Justin Ray, Jerod Meagher, Stefanie Estes, Ron Hanks, Michael Taber, Dennis Leech, and Morgan Jackson.

"THE CITY OF ANGELS HAS GONE TO HELL STAY INDOORS. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO VACATE THE CITY. STAY AWAY FROM OTHER PEOPLE. When meteors strike Los Angeles, the massive destruction they cause is the least of the city’s worries as its inhabitants begin to fall deathly ill from the resulting smoke. But when the dead begin to reanimate and feed off the living, five friends make a run for the coast before they can be killed by the infected – or worse, by government forces who will fight to contain the situation at any cost – in this nightmarish no-holds-barred thriller."

Disaster L.A.: The Last Zombie Apocalypse Begins Here is available now on Blu-ray and DVD.

New On Blu: The Battery

New this week from Scream Factory is The Battery, written and directed by Jeremy Gardner, and starring Adam Cronheim and Jeremy Gardner.

"Two former baseball players, Ben (Jeremy Gardner) and Mickey (Adam Cronheim), cut an aimless path across a desolate New England. They stick to the back roads and forests to steer clear of the shambling corpses that patrol the once bustling cities and towns. In order to survive, they must overcome the stark differences in each other's personalities — Ben embraces an increasingly feral, lawless, and nomadic lifestyle, while Mickey is unable to accept the harsh realities of the new world. Mickey refuses to engage in Ben’s violent games and longs for the creature comforts he once took for granted — a bed, a girl and a safe place to live.

When the men intercept a radio transmission from a seemingly thriving, protected community, Mickey will stop at nothing to find it, even though it is made perfectly clear that he is not welcome."

Bonus features include an audio commentary, a 90 minute making of documentary, outtake reel, theatrical trailer and a featurette on 'The Music of the Battery'.

The Battery is available now on Blu-ray, DVD, and Amazon Instant Video.

New On Blu: The Dead 2

New this week from Anchor Bay is The Dead 2, written and directed by Howard J. Ford and Jonathan Ford, and starring Joseph Millson, Meenu Mishra, and Anand Krishna Goyal.

"In this ferocious sequel to the worldwide horror hit, The Dead, The Ford Brothers take their chilling vision of the zombie apocalypse to a different country and a whole new level: As the infectious epidemic spreads through India, an American turbine engineer (Joseph Millson of Casino Royale) learns that his pregnant girlfriend is trapped near the slums of Mumbai. Now, one man must battle his way across a 300-mile wasteland of the ravenous undead and into a nightmare city seething with flesh-eating madness. The Dead 2 puts the Ford Brothers unique apocalyptic vision on a far bigger canvas in terms of breathtaking scope, thrilling action , death-defying stunts, emotional resonance and spine-tingling fight. The Dead 2 is bigger, better and more exciting than the first, raves HorrorCultFilms. Thrilling, frightening and incredibly violent. Powerful stuff!"

The Dead 2 is available now on Blu-ray, DVD, and Amazon Instant Video.

Download Z Nation's Pilot For Free Via iTunes

The pilot episode of Syfy's new zombie show Z Nation, "Puppies and Kittens", is available to download for free through iTunes right now.

"Z Nation depicts the epic struggle to save humanity after a zombie apocalypse. The series is a dynamic ensemble drama that plunges viewers into a fully-imagined, post-zombie America, and takes them on adventures with a diverse group of richly-drawn characters. The cast includes Tom Everett Scott (Beauty and the Beast, Southland), DJ Qualls (Road Trip, Supernatural), Michael Welch (The Twilight trilogy), Kellita Smith (The Bernie Mac Show), Anastasia Baranova (The Darkness II), Russel Hodgkingson (Big Fish) and Keith Allan (Rise of the Zombies). Z Nation starts three years after the zombie virus has gutted the country, and follows a team of everyday heroes tasked with transporting the only known survivor of the plague from New York to California - where the last functioning viral lab waits for his blood. Although the antibodies he carries are the world’s last, best hope for a vaccine, he hides a dark secret that threatens them all. With humankind’s survival at stake, the ragtag band embarks on a journey of survival across three thousand miles of rusted-out post-apocalyptic America."

Download the Z Nation pilot via iTunes now.

New In Comics: Rot & Ruin #1

New this week from IDW Publishing is Rot & Ruin #1, based on Jonathan Maberry's award-winning zombie book series.

"Brand new adventures set in the world of Rot & Ruin! Written byNY Times best-selling author and multiple Bram Stoker award-winner, Jonathan Maberry, this all-new storyline continues events from the award-winning series of novels. In Rot & Ruin: Warrior Smart we meet Benny, Nix, Lilah and Chong as they travel through the Sierra Nevada mountains just one faltering step ahead of zombie hordes and one giant leap behind the plane flying through the sky that set them on their journey of discovery."

Rot & Ruin #1 was written by Jonathan Maberry, illustrated by Tony Vargas, coloring by Oliver Lee Arce, lettering by Robbie Robbins, and features a covers by Alex Ronald, Robert Sacchetto, and Ryan Brown.

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Subscription cover (Robert Sacchetto):

Retail incentive cover (Ryan Brown):

New In Comics: '68: Homefront #1

New this week from Image Comics is '68: Homefront #1.

"In 1968, the horrors of the Vietnam war invaded every American living room. On February 13th of that year, a new war began, bringing horror...and hunger home to stay. '68: HOMEFRONT returns the series to the American heartland and the small, sleepy town of Harbinger, Pennsylvania (home of the Heralds) in the first two-issue story arc, "'68: PEECE AND LOVE." Fresh accident victims sit up on morticians' slabs, a busload of visiting athletes rises from wet red asphalt to become an army of the damned, and Jenny Love--homecoming queen, cheerleader, and girl next door--prepares to reveal her deepest secret to the world. A secret in the form of leather-clad town bad boy, Johnny Love."

'68: Homefront #1 was written by Mark Kidwell, and illustrated by Jay Fotos and Kyle Charles, with a cover by Nat jones and Jay Fotos, and variant cover by Kidwell, Jones, and Fotos.

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New In Comics: Empire of the Dead: Act Two #1

New this week from Marvel is George Romero's Empire of the Dead: Act Two #1.

"IT’S ZOMBIES VS VAMPIRES VS AN INVADING MILITIA AS THE LEGENDARY GEORGE ROMERO UNLEASHES THE NEXT CHAPTER IN HIS UNDEAD EPIC! Welcome back to New York City years after a world-changing undead plague—and now outside forces are knocking on Manhattan’s walls! What’s worse, the roaming flesh-eaters who seem to be growing smarter every day...the ruling blood-suckers struggling to keep their grip on power…or the Southern army bent on pillaging the greatest city in the world?"

Empire of the Dead: Act Two #1 was written by George Romero, and illustrated by Dalibor Talajic, with a cover by Alexander Lozano, and a variant cover by Francesco Francavilla.

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New On Blu: Zombie Double Feature (Dead Season / State of Emergency)

New this week from Image Entertainment is a Zombie Double Feature disc that includes Dead Season and State of Emergency.

Dead Season was directed by Adam Deyoe, and stars Scott Peat, Marissa Merrill, James C. Burns, and Corsica Wilson.

"When a worldwide viral outbreak leads to a plague of zombies scouring the earth for the living, two survivors flee the chaos of America to a remote island, hoping for a chance to start a new life. What they find is unrelenting horror. Beyond the hordes of the flesh-hungry undead, the other people already on the island force the pair into a fight-or-die battle amongst themselves. Armed only with crude weapons, they must descend to savagery and cutthroat tactics just to make it through each day. Packed with cutting-edge action and outrageous gore, DEAD SEASON is a riveting new spin on the zombie genre!"

State of Emergency was directed by Turner Clay, and stars Jay Hayden, Tori White, Scott Lilly, and Kathryn Todd Norman.

"After an explosion unleashes the contents of a military bio-weapons plant, the unsuspecting populace is transformed into a roaming army of flesh-eating zombies. Trapped in the quarantine zone, Jim (Jay Hayden, A Warrior's Heart) finds himself cut off, confused and fighting for his own survival. Contacted by a small band of others unaffected by the toxins, Jim sets out to reach their besieged warehouse. Becoming the group's de-facto leader, he struggles to keep order as they hunker down, fortify their stronghold and arm themselves against the attacking mutants. Fragmentary radio reports from outside hint at a last-ditch government rescue plan. But can the survivors hold out until help arrives… or will they succumb to the living hell of an undead apocalypse?"

Zombie Double Feature (Dead Season / State of Emergency) is available now on Blu-ray.

Zombies! In A Volcano!

Two things are inevitable - the zombie apocalypse, and Danny Trejo fighting zombies in said apocalypse. And now he is back in action, fighting the good fight against the undead in Volcano Zombies.

This time around, "a sheriff must help an estranged family evacuate before a volcano erupts, at the same time fighting off a horde of lava-filled zombies brought to life by the cursed mountain."

Volcano Zombies was directed by Rene Perez, written and produced by Jeff Miller and Jason Ancona, and stars Trejo, Tom Downey, Moniqua Plante, Robert F. Lyons, Nicole Cummins, Kevin Norman, Julia Lehman, Kyle T. Heffner, Tom Nagel, Adam Gregor, Jenny Lin, and Morgan Lester.

The film is currently wrapping up post-production now and looking for distribution. You can follow along on the official Volcano Zombies Facebook page for updates.

New In Comics: Extinction Parade: War #3

New this week from Avatar Press is Extinction Parade: War #3.

"The war between the aristocratic vampire race and the legions of the shambling dead turns into a worldwide massacre! New York Times Bestselling Author, MAX BROOKS delivers a devastating blood-soaked new chapter in the horror event of the year! As the vampires learn toface the threat of extinction, new and frightening realizations turn their aloof attitudes to something new that they haven’t faced since their making…fear. Now the alpha species must evolve or die alongside the faltering human race."

Extinction Parade: War #3 was written by Max Brooks and illustrated by Raulo Caceres.

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The Zombie Virus Is Upon Us!

The world is rip for the rotting dead... and TOAST is letting them running amuck to spread their plague across the world in the new mobile game Zombie Virus.

And no, you are not fighting the relentless zombie hordes this time, you are helping them zombify the world.

Toast's description:

"A madman scientist with a fascination for diseases and plagues can only mean one thing: the zombie apocalypse!  
With the new zombie virus spreading from North Korea to all corners of the world, the dead are rising from their graves with a taste for human flesh.  No city will survive the zombie tsunami as it devours brains, infects the children, and farms the fallen corpses into more walking dead to join the groaning army of rotting bodies.    
Play as the deranged scientist with a mission for violence as you upgrade your virus, trigger chemical explosions, and infect every person on the planet!  The police, army, and super agents will send squads of zombie killers to stem your world domination plans, but with your own completely customizable undead crew, nothing can stop your dead march across the highway to hell!  
With over 120 different types of zombies to choose from, anything that those puny humans throw at you will be swallowed up in the sweeping undead horror.  Crush their last stand with hulking zombie wrestlers, slice through their defenses with an undead warrior, or vomit the virus with walking dead rednecks.  Each zombie in your arsenal is unique with special abilities you'll need to complete the zombie apocalypse and turn Earth into a churning, decaying graveyard." 

Zombie Virus is available now for iOS and Android.

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