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Death Troopers Launch a Halloween Attack In Star Wars: Commander

Halloween just wouldn't be the same without zombies on the loose, so the makers of Star Wars: Commander have unleashed Death Troopers into the mix for a new campaign called "The Sickness."

"The dead have risen for a new limited-time campaign called “The Sickness” in the popular mobile combat strategy game Star Wars: Commander. An army of Death Troopers has been unleashed on Dandoran due to an outbreak at a secret Imperial research facility. Commanders will need to fight to survive and locate the source as the Rebellion, or keep things under wraps as the Empire. No matter which side a player is on, they will need to figure out a way of keeping this outbreak of undead troopers from spreading across the galaxy."

"The Sickness" is a limited-time campaign so hunt those zombie stormtroopers while you can.

Star Wars: Commander can be found in the App Store, Google Play store and the Windows Phone Store. More info about the game is available on StarWars.com.

Horror Movie Sale On iTunes

Just in time for Halloween, iTunes is a having a horror movie sale that includes a few zombie films. For a limited time, for just $9.99, you can get HD downloads of Zombieland, 28 Days Later, Shaun of the Dead, The Cabin in the Woods, and the unrated 2004 version of Dawn of the Dead.

New In Books: The Art of Eating Through the Zombie Apocalypse: A Cookbook and Culinary Survival Guide

New this week from Smart Pop Books is The Art of Eating Through the Zombie Apocalypse: A Cookbook and Culinary Survival Guide, written by Lauren Wilson and illustrated by Kristian Bauthus.

"You duck into the safest-looking abandoned house you can find and hold your breath as you listen for the approaching zombie horde you’ve been running from all day. You hear a gurgling sound. Is it the undead? No—it’s your stomach.

When the zombie apocalypse tears down life and society as we know it, it will mean no more take out, no more brightly lit, immaculately organized aisles of food just waiting to be plucked effortlessly off the shelves. No more trips down to the local farmers’ market. No more microwaved meals in front of the TV or intimate dinner parties. No, when the undead rise, eating will be hard, and doing it successfully will become an art.

The Art of Eating through the Zombie Apocalypse is a cookbook and culinary field guide for the busy zpoc survivor. With more than 75 recipes (from “No Knead To Panic Bread” and “Apocalypse Soup for the Survivor's Soul” to “Pasta Aglio et Oh No!,” “Down and Out Sauerkraut,” and “Twinkie Trifle”), scads of gastronomic survival tips, and dozens of diagrams and illustrations that help you scavenge, forage, and improvise your way to an artful post-apocalypse meal. The Art of Eating is the ideal handbook for efficient food sourcing and inventive meal preparation in the event of an undead uprising.

Whether you decide to hole up in your own home or bug out into the wilderness, whether you prefer to scavenge the dregs of society or try your hand at apocalyptic agriculture, and regardless of your level of skill or preparation, The Art of Eating will help you navigate the wasteland and make the most of what you eat.

Just because the undead’s taste buds are atrophying doesn’t mean yours have to!"

The Art of Eating Through the Zombie Apocalypse: A Cookbook and Culinary Survival Guide  is available now in paperback and Kindle editions.

New On DVD: Zombie Hood

New this week from BRINKvision is Zombie Hood, directed by Steve Best, and starring Edward Nudd, Jade Blocksidge, Tom Murton, Richard Lee, O'Donnell, Harry Keeling, Alexandra Lyon, and Alice Joyce.

"The initial infection begins after the virus spreads through a nightclub and is quickly transmitted throughout the city. After a night of disturbances across the whole of the United Kingdom, the police and emergency services lose control of the situation, with hospitals overrun and the dead coming back to life to attack and devour the living. With the cities now the domain of the undead, the survivors flee the built up areas and take refuge in the countryside and small villages. Zombie Hood follows the story of a small group of survivors who are thrown together in the outskirts of Nottingham. Like Robin Hood and his merry men, the rag tag band look to Sherwood Forest for sanctuary, but soon find out that even the countryside isn't a safe haven."

Zombie Hood is available now on DVD.

New In Comics: Rot & Ruin #2

New this week from IDW Publishing is Rot & Ruin #2, based on Jonathan Maberry's award-winning zombie book series.

"The dead rose, we fell. The zombie apocalypse happened fifteen years ago, when Benny Imura was just a baby. Now he and his friends are witnessing the horrors of what happened to the world after doomsday. NY Timesbest-selling author and multiple Bram Stoker award-winner, Jonathan Maberry, continues an all-new tale set in the world of the Rot & Ruin!"

Rot & Ruin #2 was written by Jonathan Maberry, illustrated by Tony Vargas, colored by Oliver Lee Arce, lettered by Robbie Robbins, and features a cover by Alex Ronald, and a subscription variant cover by Robert Sacchetto.

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New On Blu: Life After Beth

New this week from Lions Gate is Life After Beth, written and directed by Jeff Baena, and starring Aubrey Plaza, Dane DeHaan, Molly Shannon, and John C. Reilly.

"Zach (Dane DeHaan) is devastated after his girlfriend Beth (Aubrey Plaza) dies unexpectedly. After Beth suddenly and mysteriously returns to life, Zach is overjoyed to have the second chance to prove his love for her. But when Beth starts developing some bizarre tendencies—including a rather disturbing taste for flesh - Zach has to confront facts. Can love survive among the living dead? Find out in this hilariously funny zom- com."

Life After Beth is available now on Blu-ray, DVD, and Amazon Instant Video.

New On DVD: Z-War: Our Future Is Dead

New this week from Eagle One Media is Z-War: Our Future Is Dead (formerly released as Zombie Apocalypse: Redemption), directed by Ryan Thompson, and starring Fred Williamson. 

"Legendary action star Fred 'The Hammer' Williamson leads one of the last remaining ragtag group of human survivors in a zombie apocalyptic world. When his group saves a mysterious wanderer with an unknown past, they must come together to protect their outpost from hordes of flesh eating zombies and even deadly human raiders bent on their destruction. In the tradition of World War Z, Dawn of the Dead, 28 Days Later, and even some Zombieland thrown into the mix."

Z-War: Our Future is Dead is available now on DVD.

New On Blu: Juan of the Dead

New this week from Entertainment One is a Blu-ray edition of Juan of the Dead, directed by Alejandro Brugues, and starring Alexis Diaz de Villegas, Jorge Molina, Andros Perrugoria, Andrea Duro, and Blanca Rosa Blanca.

"It's equal parts splatter and laughter in this doomsday romp with a decidedly Cuban touch. When Havana begins to fill up with bloodthirsty zombies, Juan, a forty-year-old slacker, is left with no choice but to become a hero, save his country and protect his family on an island that has turned into a real bloodbath."

Juan of the Dead is available now on Blu-ray, DVD, and Amazon Instant Video.

New In Comics: Extinction Parade: War #4

New this week from Avatar Press is Extinction Parade: War #4.

"New York Times Bestselling Author, Max Brooks delivers a scathing commentary on the privileged lives of vampires in this blood-soaked new chapter in the horror event of the year!At long last the parasitic vampire race has begun to act of its own accord against the rising tides of the subdead hordes.  Taking up swords, and guns, and fists they have amassed an Army of the Bloodlines.  And as each devastatingly powerful vampire adds their distinct prowess to the fight, the destruction of the enemy becomes almost within their grasp."

Extinction Parade: War #4 was written by Max Brooks and illustrated by Raulo Caceres.

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New In Comics: '68: Homefront #2

New this week from Image Comics is '68: Homefront #2.

"Horror haunts the heartland in this action-packed conclusion to the '68: PEECE AND LOVE story arc. Harbinger, Pennsylvania, home of the Heralds, transforms from peaceful American small town to undead slaughterhouse as a pep rally becomes a battleground, a family doctor stands guard over his personal gateway to hell, and a teenage couple fights for love and each other amongst monsters both supernatural and all too human."

'68: Homefront #2 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 Kyle Charles and Jay Fotos.

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New In Comics: Empire of the Dead: Act Two #2

New this week from Marvel is George Romero's Empire of the Dead: Act Two #2.

"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! • While the zombies battle in the arena, death rains down from above! What is this new threat to NYC? • 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 #2 was written by George Romero, and illustrated by Dalibor Talajic, with a cover by Alexander Lozano.

New On DVD: The Dead and the Damned 2

New this week from Inception Media Group is The Dead and the Damned 2, directed by Rene Perez, and starring Iren Levy, John J. Welsh, Richard Tyson, and Robert Tweten.

"From the Director of "The Dead and the Damned" comes a high octane sequel in a savage land where zombies roam freely - Lieutenant Colonel Sawyer is armed with machine guns, body armor and courage. He is on a mission to give his family a burial at sea. To reach the coast, he must enter a quarantined infected zone and fight through hordes of bloodthirsty zombies. There he encounters a group of survivors including a young woman who is a target of both the male survivors and the ravenous zombies. To protect the last non-infected humans and complete his mission, Colonel Sawyer must face, the Dead, the Damned and the Darkness."

The Dead and the Damned 2 is available now on DVD and Amazon Instant Video.

New On DVD: In The Flesh: Season 2

New this week from BBC Home Entertainment is In The Flesh: Season 2, created by Dominic Mitchell, and starring Luke Newberry, Harriet Cains, Marie Critchley, Emily Bevan, and Steve Cooper.

"In season two of the critically acclaimed series, the living and undead of Roarton have reached an fragile peace. Kieren Walker, a recovered zombie (Partial Deceased Syndrome sufferer) is desperately keeping his head down and squirreling money into his escape fund for Paris. But on the wider world, fear is in the air as radical parties of both parties vie for power. As Kieren finds himself in the emotional crossfire, will he ever be able to lead a quiet life."

In The Flesh: Season 2 is available now on DVD and Amazon Instant Video.

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