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Tuesday, March 5th, 2013
2:01 pm
I don't know if there's anybody out there, let alone anyone who can access this forum, but I think we've made a breakthrough.
Monday, May 7th, 2012
3:38 pm
Walking Dead Meets Love Actually Shirt

(If she's cool like that ha ha)

Etsy Shop: Nude and Loitering Tees
Sunday, February 5th, 2012
2:47 am
I've no idea if anyone's still out there, so I'm likely talking to myself...

Through an interesting chain of events, I'm actually working an assignment at the Castaic Power Plant in real life. That was the place my character in the Great Zombienet Experiment eventually fled to... it's not as fortified as I thought it'd be, back then, but it'd work!

Just thought I'd share... :-)
Friday, January 15th, 2010
5:06 pm
New Zombie Simulation
Hey, thought this might be interesting to some people:

“They were burning bodies in the quad. I could smell it. A bit like barbeque, almost, though more sickly sweet.”

So begins “Consuming Flesh,” a zombie apocalypse simulator currently under development by MEET Studios. You are a college student who, either through luck, ingenuity, sheer willpower, or as combination of the three somehow managed to organize an entire university to repel the zombie hordes in the midst of the zombie apocalypse. Your goals are simple. Stay Ready. Stay Alert. Stay Alive.

Saturday, December 12th, 2009
6:02 pm
Friday, June 5th, 2009
1:20 am
Pride And Prejudice And Zombies!
This week I have been mostly reading: Pride And Prejudice And Zombies by Jane Austen & Grahame Smith.

"It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains will be in want of more brains."

How awesome is that?!

Jane Austen's comedy of manners is still present and correct and it is greatly improved by Grahame Smiths' undead, brain-munching hordes. I cant wait to see whats next. Thomas Hardy? Dickens? Shakespeare?

Is there anything that cant be improved by adding zombies?!
Thursday, April 30th, 2009
12:19 pm
Saturday, April 25th, 2009
10:15 am
Hello....is there anyone out there?
Saturday, April 11th, 2009
5:50 pm
Discounted Jupiter Hotel Reservations for Prom Night!!
Jupiter Hotel Reservations for the night of the prom
The Jupiter Hotel is giving prom attendees a very VERY special rate for this week only!!! So, if you know someone coming in from out of town for the prom or you just want to get a room to avoid drinking and drivng, the Jupiter is very close to us.

You could walk to the prom!



Current Mood: excited
Thursday, April 2nd, 2009
8:10 pm

Current Mood: excited
Friday, March 27th, 2009
9:16 pm
Fistful Of Brains: Review
A while ago I went to a book signing - Al Ewing was signing copies of his book "I, Zombie." I blogged an entry here as I usually do but found myself considerably shocked next time I logged in to find he had replied to my entry. I know on one level this is the internet (a fairly public place) rather than a lockable private diary but I was still surprised that anyone other than a close circle of friends had read something I wrote, particularly a published author whose book I had just bought.
This was topped a few months ago when I wrote an entry giving some very brief reviews of a handful of zombie movies I had recently seen. Christine Parker, the director of one of them also replied to my entry. She thanked me for the honest review and offered to send me a copy of her new film to see if I would like to write a review for that too.
So I finally got around to watching the film today, and what follows will be my thoughts about the film. There is a degree of pressure this time around as there is a huge difference between writing a glib review that only your mates will see and writing a review of someones work when you know they will be reading your words. The deal was that I will be honest though, so I will strive to be that.

Christine Parker's second outing (this follows The Forever Dead) is the third Zombie Western Ive seen but the first to get both the tone and the setting right. "Undead Or Alive" was a comedy more akin to Jackie Chan's "Shanghai Noon" while "The Quick And The Undead" had very much the spaghetti western tone but had a contemporary rather than period setting.
The pacing in the first 1/3 of the film lets it down a little. Some scenes are brushed over far too quickly robbing some sequences of their full potential in terms or both drama and (possibly more importantly) their full horror. Other scenes are left to drag somewhat and unnecessarily delay the arrival of the action. Before we hit the halfway point the film finds its own rhythm and it marches along quite nicely right to the end.
Some of the acting performances vary wildly. Often the standards seem to be of daytime soap-opera quality, but equally there are many game characterisations and the impression is very much created that everyone on screen was there very much because they wanted to be there.
Some of the characters come across as a little 2-D but all the great Western stereo-types are accounted for (from mule skinners to whores). The presence of the zombies help keep everyone interesting though. You will have seen versions of these characters dozens of times before but you will never have had to see them react to zombies before, which I guess is partly the reason why a zombie-western is such an exciting proposition.
This film is a huge improvement on "Forever Dead." Higher production values are present in many forms but are most visible in the form of decent sets. Too many independent zombie films are set almost entirely in empty warehouses. "Fistful" also has its fair share of good horror set pieces. The ripping out of a man's (intact) rib-cage and the biting off of a very fake looking breast are two of the highlights but are also fairly representative of what I'm learning is the trademark Parker humour.
Its always great to see independent zombie films being made, and this is head and shoulders above most of the ones I have seen. When watching it I found myself caught in the dichotomy of both admiring its independent and inventive production while simultaneously imagining what the finished product would have looked like if it was backed by Hollywood blockbuster levels of resources. I cant really answer that question but the gap between the two was considerably smaller on this film than in "Forever Dead."
I would have no problem in recommending this film to other zombie freaks like myself. I guess the more telling question is would I recommend the film to people who are considerably less into zombies then me (i.e. most normal people)? The answer is probably yes. If I was trying to impress a non-zombie fan this may not be the first film I would reach for but its definitely something I would put on the table. its independent production being part of what makes it so positive rather than the excuse why it isnt actually better.

As a P.S. I would say that the one thing I did miss from the first film was the zombie bunny. Tonally there was no space for that in this film but I think the production company is missing a trick not having the bunny in its production somewhere, either like the MGM lion in the start of its movies or just in the logo somewhere. Just a thought.

Current Mood: impressed
Thursday, February 26th, 2009
12:48 pm
The Day Of The Dead
Its taken me a while but Ive recently caught up with the remake of Day Of The Dead. If this movie had a cinematic release in the UK then I must have blinked and missed it and the universally foul reviews Ive read have put me off getting the dvd until I found an uber-cheap copy.
As zombie movies go I would say its probably just about average (but in a genre befouled with cheap nastiness thats not a brilliant compliment). It makes some mistakes tonally (adding humour where its really not needed and not even that well) but would otherwise be just a very forgettable, straight to dvd genre piece.
The problem, which would have been very easily avoided, is claiming this film has any connection to the Romero classic. The script, the characters, the setting and just about any measure you want to make are at least 99% different from the original film. There was no need to draw a comparison with the original Day of The Dead film but in doing so the makers invited a comparison and came up wanting. I think this is why the film received such a critical mauling from zombie fans and can only be motivated by the desire to make a few more bucks. Without the Romero remake angle this would have just been an average and anonymous zombie movie (assuming it got made at all) but now looks all the worse for it.
Dawn of the Dead was a superb effort, I thought. It was still inferior to the original but managed to balance keeping the same setting while trying to do something new. The Italian Job also springs to mind. The remake could have been an okayish (but probably anonymous) heist movie, but by calling it a remake of the original classic - when it had almost nothing in common apart from the mini's - just made it look very poor by comparison. Its all worth it if it gets those few extra dollars it seems.

This week I have been mostly reading: Blues For Bird by Martin Gray

Current Mood: annoyed
Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009
4:17 pm
Fistful Of Brains (apologies!)
When I typed in this link I put in the letter O rather than the number 0. I blame my eyesight...Bring on the zombies!


but if all else fails go google Fistful Of Brains & Christine Parker.

Current Mood: embarrassed
3:37 pm
Fistful Of Brains
At last! A zombie Western!


This week I have been mostly reading: America Unchained by Dave Gorman

Current Mood: optimistic
Monday, January 26th, 2009
12:50 am
Night Of The Living Dead (again)

When I recently posted about this Saturdays screening of Night Of The Living Dead I gave out the wrong phone number. Tickets are actually available from 0207 819 1190, but are also available now from the Prince Charles cinema directly on 0870 811 2559.

The screening is due to start @ 6.30pm


Current Mood: ditzy
Monday, January 19th, 2009
9:59 pm
Night Of The Living Dead - Screening
Not widely publicised yet, but worth sharing:

There will be a special screening of Romero's Night Of The Living Dead on 31st January @ Prince Charles cinema in London. Award-winning leftfield author China Mieville will be introducing the film. Tickets should be available from the cinema soon or you can book on 0207 819 1179. Tell 'em Vince sent you. See you there?

Current Mood: excited
Wednesday, December 24th, 2008
4:02 pm
Mail Order Zombie: Episodes 046-048
Episode 046

There are Headshots a'plenty in this week's episode of Mail Order Zombie. Brother D takes a good and hard (and sometimes mean) look at the movies Zombiez, Catholic Ghoulgirls and Zombie Apocalypse before diving into this week's Feedback Discussion with Miss Bren. We'll also sneak in a few diary entries into the mix - Zombie Farmer submitted a few days' worth of journaling detailing how she would handle living in a zombie reality.

Special thanks to everyone who called in to wish Brother D a happy birthday this week. At the time of Episode 46's recording, we'd received email greetings, a Disneyland recording from Need-a-Nickname Scott (from The Disney, Indiana Podcast), forum posts, Tweets, voicemails, an E-card and even a special message from one of the lead actors from an Uncle Romero classic!

Episode 047

We lost track of how many headshots we gave out this week on Mail Order Zombie! Brother D reviews John Saxon's only turn in the director's chair when he takes a look at Zombie Death House, and then Miss Bren fires off some headshots of her own when she joins Brother D for a discussion of Dead Set. Mail Order Zombie Family members Jay and Mathew also send in reviews of their own (taking a look at Resident Evil: Degeneration and Waxwork II: Lost in Time respectively). But it's not just movie reviews this week - Billy Garberina, actor-director of the 4-Headshot-rated Necroville spends some time with Mail Order Zombie this week to talk about movie-making, why no-budgetters might be drawn to zombies and how you can't always trust the IMDB. The winners for the trade paperbacks of The Walking Dead are announced as well.

Episode 048

Happy Holidays, everyone! In Episode 48 of Mail Order Zombie, after Brother D hits the weekly zombie news and sightings in the Zombie Beat, he and Miss Bren catch up on Feedback that's been building up at MOZ Central over the past few weeks. In the midst of this Feedback Discussion special, Brother D announces a new contest for the Mail Order Zombie Family.

Email us at MailOrderZombie@gmail.com or call us at 206-202-2505!

Vote for us at Podcast Alley - http://www.podcastalley.com/one_vote2.php?pod_id=53902

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008
6:21 pm
Mail Order Zombie: Episode 045
Mail Order Zombie: Episode 045
Mail Order Zombie: Episode 045.5 - Zombie Beat

This week on Mail Order Zombie, the movie Day X steps up for its MOZ treatment, and instead of a second movie review, we review a comic. Miss Bren just read Volume 1 of The Walking Dead trade paperbacks, so she sits down with Brother D to talk about it (as well as sneaking in a few words about what she's read of Volume 2 so far!). The contest for The Zombie Diaries has come to an end, and the winners are announced, and because we like giving things away (and we have very generous members of the Mail Order Zombie Family who have hooked us up with such great swag!), we'll slip in the launch of a new contest this week, too! We go over the week's emails and voicemails in the weekly Feedback Discussion and add another country to the MOZ World Domination plans when we hear from a new listener in a country we've not heard from before. We also learn why Brother D has started carrying a screwdriver with him everywhere he goes.

Email us at MailOrderZombie@gmail.com or call us at 206-202-2505!

Vote for us at Podcast Alley - http://www.podcastalley.com/one_vote2.php?pod_id=53902

Thursday, November 27th, 2008
10:38 am
Mail Order Zombie: Episodes 043 & 044
Mail Order Zombie: Episode 043

Brother D uses the words "bunny rabbit" way too much this week in Episode 43 of Mail Order Zombie. A bunny rabbit makes its way through one of the three movies he reviews - The Forever Dead, Storm of the Dead and Dead Country. Two members of the Mail Order Zombie family contribute reviews of their own, bringing the review total to four-and-a-half (!) this week. In the middle of all these reviews, Brother D talks about how to get the most amount of movies for the least amount of money, and we launch a new contest in this episode! We have four copies of a 5-Headshot-rated movie to give away! Miss Bren also swings by for the weekly Feedback Discussion, and we're still accepting answers for the current Zombie Aptitude Test question. Can you handle the bunny rabbit? Can you handle the zombies? Can you handle Episode 43?

Mail Order Zombie: Episode 044

Two more movies and a videogame get some attention this week in Episode 44 of Mail Order Zombie. Many, many moons ago, a member of the Mail Order Zombie Family asked Brother D about a movie he found in the discount bin at his local Wal-Mart. The movie? 2004's Death Valley: The Revenge of Bloody Bill. And this week, Brother D finally reviews it. And more recently, another MOZ Family member asked about the movie Rome Against Rome, so Brother D reviews this movie this week as well. A new contributor joins the family to review the videogame Left 4 Dead, and Miss Bren does her best to keep a straight face when she gets a series of strange phone calls while reading emails in this week's Feedback Discussion.

Oh, and Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Friday, November 14th, 2008
7:06 pm
Mail Order Zombie - Episodes 038-042 (including Munchies 001!)
(While I kept the show going week-after-week, I fell behind on announcing them here. No time like the present to catch up!)

Episode 038

Brother D is doing his best to not become a zombie himself, so while he's fighting off the crud that has taken residence inside his nasal cavity and throat, Miss Bren steps up and runs the show! Both Brother D and Miss Bren were guests at the 2008 Revenant Film Festival, so you will hear a little bit from Brother D as he covers that event (with a special guest appearance by another Northwest podcaster!), and Miss Bren takes this opportunity to clear through the backlog of emails and voicemails here at MOZ Central. She also announces the winner of The Vanguard DVD contest, and announces the next Mail Order Zombie contest starting with this week's episode. The current Zombie Aptitude Test answers are revealed and a new ZAT question is posed to the Mail Order Zombie family. (And thanks to Corey Graham of The Midnight Podcast for sending in a recording that does nothing but further the Is-He-Or-Isn't-He? discussion!)

Episode 039

Miss Bren rocked it last week, didn't she? She kept the show going and microphone warm, and now Brother D is back, firing on almost all cylinders and rocking Episode 39 of Mail Order Zombie. The review content is high this week: Miss Bren and Brother D review Episodes 2 and 3 of Zombie Hunters: City of the Dead, Dave from the Cheap and Dirty Podcast reviews the comic Dead Space, the movies Zombie Wars and Dance of the Dead get the Mail Order Zombie treatment, and four listeners submit reviews of their own as well! Answers for the current Zombie Aptitude Test are still being collected, as are entries for the contest to win your own copy of the book Zombie Movies: The Ultimate Guide by Glenn Kay. Check it out!

MOZ Presents: The Munchies 001 - The 2008 H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival

For Brother D, October doesn't "officially" start until the weekend of the H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival. In this one-part review, one-part blog, he reflects on the festival, talks about what he liked, what he didn't like, and what he hopes to have happen between now and next year's festival. Oh, and he tells you what not to order at Tony Starlight's. Ia! Ia! Cthulhu f'thagn!

Episode 040

Another week, another episode of Mail Order Zombie! This week, Brother D pushes the limits and explores all new depths in zombie cinema when he reviews House of the Dead, House of the Dead 2: No Guts, No Glory and the Director's Cut of House of the Dead, the Funny version . . . all at once. To try to keep his sanity, he also (inspired by the award-nominated Outside the Cinema podcast) presents his Top 5 List of Best Zombie Movies to Play at Your Halloween Party (and then Bill from Outside the Cinema decides to drop by with a list of his own!), and if that's not enough to help keep Brother D straight, one of the MOZ Family helped out by calling in a quick review of a kinda-sorta zombie movie released by Full Moon a few years ago. Maybe that wasn't enough to keep Brother D level-headed because he does make a phone call this week (NOT to Netflix!) that may get him in trouble down the line! Miss Bren drops by for the weekly Feedback Discussion, and the answers to the current ZAT question are gone over before a new question is posed to the family. Also, we're still running that contest to give away one of three copies of the book Zombie Movies: The Ultimate Guide by Glenn Kay - listen to the episode to learn how you can win!

Episode 041

In this week's episode of Mail Order Zombie, Brother D tries to wash the taste of House of the Dead out of his mouth with two more DVD reviews. The DVD releases of Zombie Strippers and Hoodoo for Voodoo are reviewed this week, and Brother D and Miss Bren venture away from the TV screen for some theatrical kinda-sorta zombie action when they finally watch Quarantine and share their thoughts with the Mail Order Zombie family (pay attention - Brother D and Miss Bren disagree on a key point about Quarantine!). We finally announce some contest winners - three listeners will walk away from this episode of Mail Order Zombie with their own copies of Zombie Movies: The Ultimate Guide by Glenn Kay. Even though we had to record this week's Feedback Discussion earlier than normal, we have plenty of material to get through, and we've got all the other features and fun you've come to expect from Mail Order Zombie. Let's do it!

Episode 042
A Mail Order Zombie first! A zombie moviemaker swings by for an interview when co-writer/co-director of The Zombie Diaries Michael Bartlett swings by for a chat with Brother D. We also discover that country music is truly evil when we review the movie Trailer Park of Terror and watch Trace Adkins play the devil! Our Feedback Discussion runs a bit longer than normal this week because we had so many birthday wishes from the Mail Order Zombie family to Miss Bren! Thanks for sending those along! The submitted answers to the current Zombie Aptitude Test questions are reviewed, and a new ZAT question is posed to the Family this week, and we have the week's zombie news in the Zombie Beat.

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