TOM SAVINI’S GRANDE ILLUSIONS SPECIAL EFFECTS MAKEUP BOOKS TO GET A RE-RELEASE

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It’s book central here at Backwoods Horror today it’d seem. I’ve had a copy of both of Tom Savini’s amazing GRANDE ILLUSIONS books for some time (one signed by the man himself), having found them in a box of books donated to the library I was working in at the time. You can imagine the freak-out that followed for yourselves. It was like finding buried treasure. On the inside cover of both, it said that the books were published by Morris Costumes specifically for the costume trade and have been, for the longest time, difficult to get ones claws on. It’s always been one of the high points of my collection. Now, it would seem, the rest of you finally get your chance to check out these amazing books in a re-release that combines both books into one mighty tome you’d be proud to have on your horror shelves.

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NOTLD DOCUMENTARY BIRTH OF THE LIVING DEAD GETS A RELEASE DATE!

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In 1968 a young college drop-out and aspiring filmmaker named George A. Romero directed Night of the Living Dead, a low-budget horror film that shocked the world, became an icon of the counterculture, and invented the modern movie zombie, which has spawned legions of films, books, comics, and video games, generating billions of dollars.

Robert Kuhns’s BIRTH OF THE LIVING DEAD, a new documentary available on iTunes October 15 and limited theaters October 18, shows how Romero gathered an unlikely team of Pittsburghers — policemen, iron workers, teachers, ad-men, housewives and a roller-rink owner — to shoot, with a revolutionary guerrilla, run-and-gun style, his seminal film. During that process Romero and his team created an entirely new and horribly chilling monster — one that was undead and feasted upon human flesh.

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DAY OF THE DEAD VINYL SOUNDTRACK NOW AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER FROM WAXWORK!

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Horror Soundtrack and Vinyl fans rejoice! Waxwork Records, creators of the recently released RE-ANIMATOR green vinyl with sleeve art by Ghoulish Gary Pullin, have done it again! You can now Pre-Order John Harrison’s DAY OF THE DEAD vinyl soundtrack from the official Waxwork Records website! And, as a bonus, the first 300 orders receive a zombie flesh and blood variant!

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ROMERO TALKS FURTHER ABOUT NEW MARVEL ZOMBIE COMIC

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In October of last year, we first hinted at George Romero’s secretive zombie comic project with Marvel Comics. Since then, we’ve heard nothing on the project. He’s recently finished a new script, but in regard to the comic project he’s remained silent…until now. Talking with DailyDead, he opened up a bit more about the project…

“Max Brooks and I do these panel discussions together and he believes that humans don’t stand a chance. I don’t know… I’m writing a comic book series right now for Marvel. I can’t really say anything about the story, but I’ll just say that the zombies are advancing even a little further.”

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NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD DOCUMENTARY COMING THIS FALL!

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Source: HorrorNews.net

For those of you (like me) living in the NYC area, the IFC Center will be premiering the new Night Of The Living Dead documentary BIRTH OF THE LIVING DEAD this fall (November 6th 2013)! Check out the details in the following press release:

In 1968 a young college drop-out and aspiring filmmaker named George A. Romero directed Night of the Living Dead, a low-budget horror film that shocked the world, became an icon of the counterculture, and invented the modern movie zombie, which has spawned legions of films, books, comics, and video games, generating billions of dollars.

Night of the Living Dead is not only internationally recognized as an art film, revered for its groundbreaking treatment of American race relations and allegorical references to the Vietnam war, the film still maintains its cult status as a classic horror masterpiece. The film made history when it simultaneously screened at MOMA and the notorious grind-house theater circuit on 42nd Street. Since its release Night of the Living Dead has been selected for preservation by the Library of Congress and the National Film Registry.

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GEORGE ROMERO FINISHES NEW ZOMBIE SCRIPT!

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In some news that, hopefully, lightens the crippling burden of the post before this one, George A. Romero (director of genre classics such as Night Of The Living Dead, Dawn Of The Dead, Day Of The Dead, Martin – really, if you don’t know who I’m talking about, quit reading this and go watch some – all – of the films I mentioned above) has completed the script for a new zombie film. That’s right, the master of zombie disaster is back (we can all forget about Diary Of The Dead and Survival Of The Dead, right? Right!). Unlike his former work within (and creating) the zombie sub-genre, however, this new screenplay is an adaptation of Steven C. Schlozman’s zombie novel, The Zombie Autopsies.

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GEORGE ROMERO WORKING ON SECRET ZOMBIE PROJECT FOR MARVEL COMICS!

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Zombie film legend, George A. Romero was interviewed at the Lund International Fantastic Film Festival in Sweden by Twitchfilm, where he mentioned a little tid-bit about writing a secret book for Marvel Comics. Apparently the book does not involve any of their superheroes, so “Marvel Zombies” is off the list, but he promises it will involve zombies. He refused to comment any more on the project, but you can bet we’ll be digging.

These are the only quotes he’d give on the project:

ROMERO – I am also writing a comic for Marvel. I’m writing it now, but it’s plot is a secret.

TWITCH – Awww c’mon George, just a little nibble? A tid bit?

ROMERO – Well I can tell you it won’t involve any of their on-going characters, there will be no superheroes. But it will involve zombies!

I’m not usually a comic reader, well…unless they’re horror comics, but this is definitely something I’ll have to check out. I can only imagine the freedom he’d have in the comic format as opposed to having to deal with producers telling him what he can and can’t do. Exciting!

 

A TEASER TRAILER AND POSTER HAVE BEEN RELEASED FOR DOC OF THE DEAD, THE ULTIMATE ZOMBIE DOCUMENTARY!

FROM THE PRESS RELEASE:

THEY’RE YOU. THEY’RE US. THEY’RE EVERYWHERE…THEY’RE ALL MESSED UP…THEY’RE DEAD. DOC OF THE DEAD is the definitive zombie culture documentary and speculative chronicle of the Zombie Apocalypse. The film features appearances by Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead) and the Grandfather of Zombie-dom, George A. Romero (Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead). Others planned for the film include author Max Brooks (World War Z, soon to be a major motion picture starring Brad Pitt), Greg Nicotero (Executive Producer and make-up FX “The Walking Dead”), Charlie Adlard (Artist, The Walking Dead), Mick Garris (Stephen King’s “The Shining,” and “The Stand”), Steve Barton (Never Sleep Again, Hatchet II, Survival of the Dead, “Paranormal Paparazzi”), Alan Jones (Frightfest), and many more!

To learn more about the project and how you can help, visit the official Doc of the Deadwebsite, and “like” Doc of the Dead on Facebook! Also, be sure to check out the kickstarter page they still have running to help complete this amazing documentary!

The Zombie Apocalypse seems to be on everybody’s lips these days. Should we categorize it as fiction, dismiss it as far-fetched paranoia, or speculate about it as a plausible scenario? Doc of the Dead is brought to the screen by the creators of the groundbreaking participatory and award-winning The People vs. George Lucas – Director Alexandre O. Philippe, Director of Photography/Producer Robert Muratore, and Producer Kerry Deignan Roy. It’s co-hosted by Geekscape’s own Jonathan London and Red Letter Media’s infamous Mr. Plinkett (The Phantom Menace review), who will be sitting in his basement, far away from all the chaos.

Doc of the Dead delves deep into the myriad crevasses of zombie culture to deliver the first ever in-depth look at a contemporary social pandemic of global proportions. Shot and edited in a cinematically edgy, high-octane style, it will host a rich and entertaining dialogue with zombie experts and celebrities, seek participation from YouTubers and indie filmmakers, and examine viral cultural trends to explore the possibility and ramifications of an actual zombie outbreak with sociologists, virologists, chemists, and members of the Zombie Research Society.

In short, this is the film that zombie fans across the globe have been secretly waiting for; and because reality is scarier than fiction, prepare to be utterly and positively FREAKED OUT! And remember – always aim for the head.

Doc of the Dead is written and directed by Alexandre O. Philippe and produced by DoP Robert Muratore and Kerry Deignan Roy.

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NEW DOCUMENTARY, DOC OF THE DEAD, TO EXPLORE ZOMBIES IN FILM

According to Screen Daily, Exhibit A Pictures, the outfit behind THE PEOPLE VS. GEORGE LUCAS are currently working on a documentary that will explore zombies in-depth in all their film incarnations.

Director Alexandre O Philippe has revealed that he is already at work on DOC OF THE DEAD, a thorough new film that will explore zombies on screen in all their manifestations. Shooting is currently underway. Philippe has already spoken to SHAUN OF THE DEAD’s Simon Pegg for the film and is shortly to interview zombie guru George Romero (NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, DAWN OF THE DEAD, DAY OF THE DEAD, etc.) on camera.

It’s no secret that we here at Backwoods Horror are zombie marks (even checking out the shittiest zombie flicks ever made…like the DAY OF THE DEAD REMAKE.), and there have been various documentaries focusing on particular zombie films, and even one or two documentaries about zombies in general, but nothing that has really gone in depth and explored zombies from the very beginning and given the subgenre the respect it deserves. Fingers crossed, this will be the one.

More as it develops.

GEORGE ROMERO TO VOICE VIDEO GAME VILLAIN IN ‘ZOMBIE SQUASH’

Source: Fangoria, Zombie Squash

Last Halloween, a short demo for the game Zombie Squash was released to high praise and fan response by ACW Games owner and a former Fangoria writer Attila Juhasz. Two years in development, Juhasz is preparing to release the full version of the game this Halloween for PC and Mac. The game takes place in a world where a mad scientist named Dr. Beau E. Vil, voiced by the legendary godfather of Zombies George A. Romero, has turned formerly benign squash and other gourds into violent, zombie fiends bent on death and destruction. Players take on the character of an ass kicking rabbit by the name of Jack Stompingtail who, with an arsenal of projectile carrots, zucchinis and other garden-derived ammo, goes on a quest to stop the Zombie Squash from taking over the world.

From Fango (be sure to check out their exclusive trailer for the game here):

“I started developing ZOMBIE SQUASH two years ago,” says Juhasz, ACW Games owner and a former Fango scribe, “and released a short demo last Halloween, and the reactions have been outstanding.” Response was strong enough that Juhasz signed not only Romero to voice his villain, but music producer Roy Z. (Sepultura, Yngwie Malmsteen, Sebastian Bach) to co-write and produce the soundtrack and world-renowned illustrator Marc Sasso to create characters and the official cover. Next week, ACW will announce a ZOMBIE SQUASH Kickstarter campaign, offering rewards to backers that will include access to Beta releases, full DRM-free copies of the game, T-shirts, CDs, sponsorship and associate producer opportunities and more. An official press release will be out next week with more details; in the meantime, you can visit the game’s official website.