Saturday, February 12, 2011

Killer Kool Aid and Other Zombie Nonsense

I haven't been to bed yet, so it's still Saturday to me, no matter what it says on the post date. Anyway, here's a silly bit of Zombie Ink to start us off this week, via Ugliest Tattoos. Regular readers know that Uncle P has a few tatts of his own (and will likely get a few more before he's worm food), though I doubt I would get anything quite like the one pictured here. 

First I have to ask, "WTF?" The irony of the friendly anthropomorphic Kool Aid Pitcher as a zombie doesn't escape me. Nor the fact that he is bursting through flesh, rather than the traditional brick wall. Still, it boggles my mind that someone would actually have this image permanently inked on his torso. And it doesn't help that Kool Aid Man is bursting through an obviously labial wound, bringing both menses and infection to mind with one fell swoop. I will, however, admit to liking the skull ice cubes floating atop the pus green contents of K.A.'s pitcher. And I suppose it's better than this Infected Zombie Bite tatt on what I must assume (and hope) is someone's shoulder.

If you must express your love of Zombies in public, then I suggest you do so less permanently with some fabulous Zombie Fashion, as in these shoes found on If Style Could Kill:

Splattered with "blood' and featuring just a glimpse of the zombie who may or may not have done the splattering, they're perfect for the Ghoul on the Go wanting to make a statement on the Blood Red Carpet.

And since I've mentioned Red Carpets, the Oscars are almost here, and while it is exceptionally unlikely that a Zombie Film will ever win Naked Gold Man, it doesn't mean the genre is any less valid than any other. And a Golden Globes nom for "The Walking Dead" this past year may well elevate the genre just  bit (but Pia Zadora has a Golden Globe, so so much for their credibility). And while I would like to say that there are tons of great Zombie Films coming out in 2011, most of the ones I have come across seem to be listed on IMDb as "in development," so who knows if they'll ever come to fruition. 

They include, but aren't limited to: Cell, an adaptation of Stephen King's take on the genre, once attached to Hostel's Eli Roth; Evil Dead IV, director Sam Raimi's long-rumored fourth entry in the franchise that made him famous; I Walked with a Zombie, a remake of the Val Lewton-produced classic about Haitian-style zombies; Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which seems to change attached directors every two months or so; Virulents, about U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan stumbling across a nest of zombie vampires and of course, Zombieland 2. I'm not holding my breath for any of these projects, though I'd say a production company couldn't go wrong with a certain Anti-War Zom-Rom-Com that's available for production at a reasonable price...

And since its been a very long while, this week's Zombie Clip of the Week is Episode 8 of "Zombie College:"

More Southern California Post-Punk Zombie stylings, soon.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Let Them Eat Cake

Sorry I've been away from the Zone for a while, but there really has been so very little Zombie News to report of late. And while I do still intend to talk about upcoming Zombie Films, this week I thought I'd start with some Zombie Pastries. The photo above is actually a cake (via) by Barbara Jo found  on Full instructions can be found here. Regular readers know that Uncle P's sister has a side business making custom cakes for all kinds of occasions. Sis came North last year for a change, but I'm still hoping that when I go south this spring, she'll have a special zombie cake just for me. And I''ll be sure to post pictures of it here when she does.

In Zombie TV, AMC continues to post interviews with the cast and crew of their hit series "The Walking Dead." An interview with cast member IronE Singleton can be found here, while an interview with Season 1 crew can be found here. Meanwhile, on the heels of AMC's surprise hit, several other networks are developing their own zombie series. First (via) comes news of the CW series "Awakening" about "two sisters who come of age and face off against one another amidst the zombie uprising." Meanwhile, NBC is developing the totally ridiculous-sounding "Zombies Vs. Vampires." Uncle P thinks this is definitely a case of genre overkill and predicts a very short run, should the show actually make it to air.

And finally, in advance of my post about upcoming Zombie Films, comes the Zombie Clip of the Week, a (you should excuse the expression) short about the making of Night of the Little Dead, a film which features "The Cape" co-star Martin Klebba and whose title which will make itself apparent as you watch the clip. Enjoy:

More Melting Heads, soon.