ZOMBIE UNDEAD SLATED FOR NORTH AMERICAN RELEASE ON DVD & VOD

Source: Shock Till You Drop

Hive Films has announced that MVD has picked up North American DVD rights for British independent horror ZOMBIE UNDEAD. Produced and Directed by Rhys Davies, from a script by Kris Tearse, ZOMBIE UNDEAD is a tense and claustrophobic horror. Following a terrorist’s biological attack, a plague of the living dead is unleashed and a small band of survivors battle against the toughest odds.

Two years in the making, it was shot in England by first time film makers driven by a love of classic horror. A small central cast plays alongside the hundreds of extras who make up the zombie hoards.

Rhys Davies says: “All we had at the start was a vision. A vision to produce, as first time film makers with no budget, a great looking cinematic zombie film. Securing this distribution deal vindicates the dream. Hive Films and everyone involved with Zombie Undead is delighted to be working with MVD and to see our film released in such a key territory as North America.”

Zombie Undead was selected for screening on the opening night of FANTASPORTO 2011, which described the film as “The purest British gore you can find.”

ZOMBIE UNDEAD is slated for released on DVD and VOD this month.


SYNOPSIS:

A car roars through the darkened country roads. Inside, a distraught Sarah is holding her stricken dad, Mark, desperately trying to stem the flow of blood. Having been re-directed to an Evacuation facility on the edge of town, Steve, an off-duty Paramedic is in a race against time fully aware that Marks chances of survival are rapidly slipping away. The scene that greets them on arrival is one of chaos. The floor, awash with blood, is covered with the bodies of the dying and injured, doctors dart back and forth, clearly overwhelmed. A violent convulsion causes Mark to lose consciousness, heart stopped he slumps to the floor. As the adrenalin needle slams into her Fathers heart Sarah stumbles back and her world fades to black. Upon regaining consciousness Sarah is greeted by the uneasy silence of a seemingly deserted building. Bleeding and dazed she stumbles through the darkened corridors unaware of the fate that awaits her…

 

ZOMBIE DIARIES BETTER THAN DIARY OF THE DEAD?

More than likely.  As much of a Romero mark as I am, I can’t get behind his latest effort Diary Of The Dead.  It, well, it was just awful and it didn’t really FEEL like a Romero Zombie flick.  The characters weren’t well defined and the social commentary that generally permeates the original trilogy, one of the aspects that made them so damn good, was just slapping you in the face on this one.  Sorry Uncle George, that one was a real stinker.

Dimension Extreme, the company that brought us Diary of the Dead on DVD is also bringing us another film in the same vein, the UK’s ZOMBIE DIARIES, and I’ve got to say, this one looks like a winner.  It’s being hailed as the best zombie flick to come out of the UK…ever (let’s remember that 28 Days Later was NOT a zombie movie, it was a plague movie).  This is what Dread Central got out of Co-Director Michael Bartlett:

“Instead of making it a ‘documentary,’ we felt the Blair Witch format worked better — i.e., people trying to hurriedly document what they could for posterity. We saw a lot of areas that could be improved with this format, too.

For example, our film has music (which seems initially counter-intuitive but works a treat) and does not have annoying sequences with characters constantly arguing with each other. We also broke the story up and shot in Pulp Fiction style. It jumps across time lines and stories and does a pretty neat job of keeping the viewer’s attention, which we felt one single story wouldn’t achieve.

I made sure we did lots of [rehearsing] for this film and combined [that] with complete back-stories for the characters, as well as improv based around a script.

 

We also then cut the film to pieces in the editing suite. Kevin is a fantastic editor, and we put our egos aside and made sure we were blunt with one another from the scripting right through to the editing. Any dodgy exposition had to be axed. This had to be so real that you felt you were in this genuine ‘zombie world.’ Obviously we had to strike a balance, as at the end of the day this film is entertainment. I think we did that well, but time will tell if we did a good job. We had Mike Peel (The Descent) working on our special effects with two other great artists, and [everything] certainly comes across as very believable, even under the unforgiving eyes of a DV camera.”

This is the summary from Shock Till You Drop: Set in England during a world-wide viral infection, this documentary-style frightfest records the rise of the undead from the videocams of several survivor groups. As each struggles against the flesh-eating hordes, an even more horrifying fate lurks among them.

Granted, I’ve only seen the trailer and some stills, but it looks pretty damn kickass.  Take a look at the trailer and poster below. 

Release Date is set for November 18th, 2008, so mark your Zombie calendars!  And While you’re here, be sure to click the link to your right for The Backwoods Horrorshow podcast!

Keep it creepy!