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Monday, October 25, 2010

REDRUM! REDRUM!!

This weekend continued my horro movie countdown with some more classic films.  The Shining probably is one of the most iconic films (and not just in horror) to grace the screen, and is probably one of Jack Nicholson's most famous roles.

Set in the mountains of Colorado, The Shining details the descent of Jack into madness as he attempts to kill his family.  Whether this is brought on by supernatural forces or the stress of the cabin feaver he is thrust into is part of the charm of the film. What's real? Is that a ghost? Or, is it his own manifestations?

It was quite a treat to revisit this classic, and even more fun to look up people's interpretations afterwards! I still need to read the book however, especially since Stephen King said this was one of the only film adaptations of his book that he doesn't like. If that's the case, the book must be quite the doozy!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Groovy!!

I haven't been keeping up with my Horror List postings, but I have been watching some classic films in preparation for Halloween! Last night, I watched one of the best: Evil Dead.
Groovy.

If you youngin's don't know, Evil Dead is one of the all-time cult classic horror films ever made. Starring b-list actor Bruce Campbell as Ash, Evil Dead is the perfect mix of 80s horror gore and humor. Fans were treated to a remake in Evil Dead II and Army of Darkness, as they followed Ash with his classic chainsaw and boomstick.

I hadn't watched this film in a long time, and was super excited to watch this last night.  It did not disappoint that's for sure.  Make sure you add this to your Halloween film list for a classic trip down horror lane. Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

The Walking Dead - Issue 78 Preview

Drowned a bit in the hype of The Walking Dead television premier, the comic which it is based on continues!  Thankfully, AMC is giving credit where credit is due and hosting a preview of issue #78. I can't wait for the next issue and have frantically been rereading all the past ones in anticipation of the television premier.  One thing we know is that I'm sure the series isn't going to disappoint, but there's nothing like getting back to it's roots....

Look for issue #78 soon, and catch a preview here!


P.S. I've entered into the Spread the Dead Contest for The Walking Dead, so help a fellow zombie fan out :).

Dead Season


Good Afternoon Indigene readers. On my radar today comes this independent Zombie flick called Dead Season.  Directed by Adam Deyoe, the film chronicles the the experiences of two zombie apocalypse a year after the initial outbreak.  These two survivors have fled the mainland by boat and happen to find themselves on an island seeking refuge, but everything is not as it seems. What they discover is going on at the island refuge causes them to attempt a daring escape. 

This doesn't sound like your run of the mill zombie film, which could be really awesome or really bad.  However, given the statements by the director in an interview, it might worth be checking out!
"This movie has zombies in it, but this is not a tradition zombie movie by any means," Semmens said in an interview with Rabid Doll. "In fact, I cannot think of one zombie movie out there that deals with the issues that we address. And because of that it makes it much more realistic. We get way more into the personal decisions and how your morals are tested in a post-apocalyptic society and what you have to do … to survive.
"It has more of a story element than most zombie films. For that reason, I think it's one that people can relate to more. It's more exciting to put yourself in these 'what if' scenarios. There are always a place for the shoot-them-up, kill-a-million-zombies movies in this world, but we think audiences will enjoy saying 'Wow, if I was in this person's shoes would I be doing the exact same thing just to survive?'"
Definitely keep this on your radar and catch a screening if you can. If you are in Tampa, FL, you're in luck with a pre-release screening on Sept. 28th. Check out their website here. Enjoy!


Dead Season Trailer 1 from enzosauce on Vimeo.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Listen, I know I like zombies...

....but at least I'm not this obsessed! Lol. Check out this guy's super sweet obsessive zombie tats! He has The Walking Dead comic frames across his leg. Pretty interesting decision is you ask me!!

The Walking Dead Review


io9.com has a wonderful preview of AMC's highly anticipated The Walking Dead series.  Don't worry, the review is completely spoiler free so feel safe knowing that you won't have the beans spilled.

Here is a sample of the awesomeness to be had:
Still, every time Darabont strays from the basic story line of the comic book his plot decisions are backed 99% by common sense and very real consequences. Case in point: the character Glen looks for an escape route through a sewer pipe. A handful of the survivors are right on Glen's back, readying themselves to scurry down the dark tunnel after him. Glen stops the group before going any farther and throws down some rules. Only one person can go down with the dark tunnel with him at a time. Why? Because if there's something down there, he doesn't want a frightened, human pile-up that results in his death. Glen wants a quick escape route at the ready. Yes. This makes perfect sense. Just about every single moment that veers off of Kirkman's original path works this way. And it's great to watch — in fact, you'll have to watch it twice, because too many times the first time around, you'll find yourself nudging the person next to you exclaiming, "Exactly, that's just what I would do!"
Catch the premier of The Walking Dead, Halloween night on AMC.

And we're back!!

Good Morning Indigene. Please excuse my lack of posting the past few days. As I suspect, not many of you are on during the weekend; nonetheless I was unavailable to post during my roadtrip. But now that I'm back, look forward to some more great zombie posts!!

First thing I want to tip you guys off to is a chance to win The Walking Dead posters! All you have to do is submit your email and you're entered to win!  Check out the contest here, and the sweet posters below:

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Zombie Walk Fundraiser for Brain Damage (FAIL)


A big oops coming today out of New Zealand. Apparently organizers of a charity event to raise money for victims of brain injury didn't make the connection that holding a Zombie Walk could be problematic. 
"The charity and the event's organisers have come under fire after inviting participants to dress up and 'channel their inner zombie", declaring 'seeing zombies have been eating brains all these years, we figured it's time we gave back'."
Oops, is right.  Haha I can think of tons of similar analogies that are hilarious and innappropriate. Oh well, next time you organize a Zombie Walk, make sure its not for brain patients!

See the article here.

World War Z


Good Morning Indigene Readers! Sorry, for my absence I am on the road, but as promised at least some new posts!

What does every good road trip need? An equally good book! And what better book to take along for the ride than Max Brooks' World War Z. I have already read through this amazing work of zombie fiction, but decided to take it for another spin quite literally.  

If you don't know about World War Z, this piece along with The Walking Dead graphic novel series, probably have established themselves as the hands down, no contest cannon of Zombie Literature.  World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War is a collection of personal fictional accounts of a zombie apocalypse that has devastated the world. Extremely intelligent in his writing, Max Brooks not only satisfies the gore that any zombie head is looking for, but carefully constructs scenarios that seem complete plausible if the Zombie Apocalypse were to ever happen. From government responses, to even issues of black market survival opportunities; Max Brooks figures our how zombies play into all of these things.  

If you have never read this book, stop what you're doing and go...read this... NOW.

I leave you with a sample of the awesomeness that is World War Z, enjoy:

[A former soldier describes the Battle at Yonkers, NY ] "We could have stopped them, we should have, one guy with a rifle, that's all you need, right? Professional soldiers, trained marksmen... how could they get through? They still ask that, critics and armchair Pattons who weren't there.  You think it's that simple? You think that after being 'trained' to aim for the center mass for your whole military career you can suddenly make an expert headshot everytime? You think in that strait-jacket and suffocation hood it's easy to recharge a clip or clear a weapon jam? You think that after watching all the wonders of modern warfare flat on their high-tech hyper ass, that after already living through three months of the Great Panic and watching everything you knew as reality be eaten alive by an enemy that wasn't even supposed to exist that you're gonna keep a cool fucking head and a steady fucking trigger finger?" - World War Z

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The Walking Dead - Mini Documentary



Good Morning Indigene readers! I grace you today with an awesome look at AMC's highly anticipated The Walking Dead series. If you can't seen my other posts on TWD, make sure to visit the "Time Machine" and get caught up.

Premiering Halloween Night, The Walking Dead is the realization of Image Comic's hit comic book series.  Although this is a television series, expect lots of gore, an amazing storyline, and visuals that will give an modern day Zombie flick a run for its money. It won't get any more awesome than this.

The 17 minute documentary above is an excellent look at the creation of the series with commentary from the original comic book writers, the director and many of the actors we will get to know in a few weeks.

Enjoy!!!

P.S. To my readers, I will be on the road the next few days. So the posts may be slow, and not in the morning. But nonetheless please keep an eye out as I plan to do all I can to get you guys new material!!! Thanks for your support.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The Walking Dead - ComicCon Panel

The Walking Dead's director, writer and producer Frank Darabont, producer Gale Anne Hurd and producer, writer and comic book creator Robert Kirkman were apart of a panel today at New York's Comic Con.  

When asked about the gore allowable on AMC, they replied:
 "What we saw right now is nothing. There's way cooler stuff in the show that blows me away. I think people will be shocked with the level of what we're able to get away with."
 How can you not be excited for this?

I don't want to give away to many details, but be warned SPOILERS AHEAD.  Check out the full panel here.

The Walking Dead Novel



News out of New York's Comic-Con: the super amazing The Walking Dead series will inspire three original novels that are set in the "The Walking Dead universe".  Comic writer Robert Kirkman will be working with Jay Bonansinga to create these sure to be great works of Zombie literature.

However this isn't the first time that The Walking Dead has made a leap out of comics. As many of you know, Halloween Night premiers the AMC's live adaptation of The Walking Dead, but our beloved zombies have also appeared elsewhere:
"The novels will mark the second time the world of The Walking Dead has appeared in prose: Kirkman contributed a short story, “Together, Alone,” to the zombie-fiction anthology The Living Dead 2, published last month. "
Keep an eye out for these books that will appear sometime in 2011! Also, issue no. 78 comes out next month!!

The Empire Strikes Back could have really sucked...(UPDATED)

As apart of the 30th Anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back, Lucasfilm has released a new book The Making of Star Wars-The Empire Strikes Back by JW Rinzler detailing all the behind the scenes goodies of the second (fifth) film of the Star Wars masterpiece.

What io9 reveals its a top ten list of things we didn't know about the making of the film. What is disclosed is that The Empire Strikes Back could have really, really sucked!  Some revelations include:
"Darth Vader would have had a castle. And it would have been an evil fortress — in some versions, it's surrounded by lava, and full of gargoyles who are Vader's pets."
"And then there's the challenge of Yoda — as we reported the other day, they considered everything from a monkey in a mask to a small child or little person to play the Jedi sage, before deciding to go with Frank Oz's puppetry."
Well maybe not so much as sucked, but it definitely would not anywhere be near the original version we all love.  Check it out if you get a chance! A definite must for any hardcore Star Wars fan, and at least a good flip through on your next visit to the bookstore. Enjoy!

UPDATE: There's a good interview in Vanity Fair with author JW Rinzler about the filming of Empire Strikes Back.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Zombie Zune Contest!!


Want to win this Zune emblazoned Zune HD? Sign up at Kotaku for a chance to win!! I know I already have :)!

Zombies! And GI Joes..and Star Trek..and Transformers...and Ghostbusters..

IDW's Infestation: Ghostbusters, G.I. Joe, Star Trek, and Transformers vs. Zombies


News today from io9.com that IDW Publishing will soon be releasing its Infestation Series detailing the Zombie close encounters of are beloved characters from GI Joe, Star Trek, Transformers, and Ghost Busters.

This has the opportunity to be really awesome, or really stupid. Stay tuned for more details.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Calvin and Hobbes - The Twilight Zone


Ever wondered what Calvin and Hobbes would be like if they mixed with the Twilight Zone? Well you're in luck!  Catch more of the awesome user submitted catchups at io9!

Have a great weekend!!

Friday, October 8, 2010

The Walking Dead

We are getting ever closer to what is billed to be as one of the most epic Zombie television series of all time! Today, a new trailer was released for AMC's series The Walking Dead. 

I know where I'll be on Halloween night... right in front of the damn tv!!

World Zombie Day


10-10-10 Marks world zombieday as thousands of zombies will take to the streets around the world! Many are independently organized, but most are apart of an effort to assist foodbanks in their local communities. As long as the donations don't include brainz, thats just fine with me!

Check out this website that lists many of these zombie walks occuring in major cities.  If you attend a Zombie walk, let me know how it goes!!

Back in the Saddle

Good morning readers! I apologize for my absence yesterday. I was completely swamped, and wasn't able to get to a computer! Some good posts to be had today, so stay tuned.

But, because I want to make up for being gone yesterday I will present you all a token of my appreciation.

#1: Boxhead - Zombie Wars. Need to "kill" some time? Have some fun :)!

#2: Zombie Wallpaper! Enjoy :)

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

The Comprehensive Halo Reach Review

A little divergence from the other posts, but this is the only review you need to see:


Hahaha, I couldn't resist.

Atlanta Zombies (UPDATED)


In or near Atlanta? Amazing! You should then go experience the live action 35 acre Zombie experience entitled: Atlanta Zombie Apocalypse. I wish I lived near this because I would definitely try this out.

Apparently, whoever is putting this on has done a fantastic job of recreating an infected town, completely with motels, restaurants, businesses, truck stops, you name it.  You are apart of a group of survivors led my Sgt. John McKinsey who with other survivors defend you with their guns.

This sounds totally awesome! There is even a section where you get to shoot zombies with paintball guns. Narly! The only thing better would be them giving you foam bats or something for some melee action.  This isn't just for anyone and the out of shape, as in the FAQ it says you will be required to run around and up stairs: Zombie Rule #1 Cardio.

SOMEBODY down in the area PLEASE go check this out and tell me how it is. Even better, sneak in your camera and take some pics!!!

Enjoy!

UPDATE : Found this video from Atlanta news. Also check out their Facebook page! Has some reviews from people who went. Looks sooooo awesome.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Twitter Zombie

You think when the zombie apocalypse comes, YOU will be the only thing affected? Wrong - FAILWHALE! Or shall I say... ZOMBIEWhale?  Lol.

Check out this cool shirt I found today!

 Buy yours today!!

Apocalypse Food - On sale at Costco

Yum! Survival Food.
Add this to your grocery shopping list: Costco online has a year's worth of dehydrated and freeze dried food for the low, low price of $799!

Anyone who is preparing for life after the zombie apocalypse or surviving post 2012 end of the world theories should definitely add this purchase to your to-do list. How awesome is this? Some food items to take with you into the apocalypse include: chocolate milk, tacos (gotta have those), macaroni, pancake mix, and bacon! Not too shabby Costco.

Or, if you're lazy you could use this purchase and knock out your grocery list for an entire year. You could actually save some bucks!!

As long as your basic food group post-apocalypse doesn't turn out like below, you're pretty good:

Meteorite Aww of the Day

Good Morning Indigene readers!

I wanted to start your morning off with a cute little animated short I came across called Fallen.  Check it out! More posts to follow!!


A little meteor learns the biggest lesson of life on it's way down to earth.

Realized by Wolfram Kampffmeyer and myself.
Compositing by Sebastian Nozon.
Music and sound design by David Christiansen.
Produced by Stina McNicholas at Filmakademie Baden Württemberg.

Monday, October 4, 2010

The Colony

This past weekend I finally caught up with The Colony season 2 and the final episode. Although absent of any horror themes or zombies, The Colony actually details many of the experiences someone might face in a post-apocalyptic situation.  This has been probably my favorite show the past two months.

If you have never seen an episode or even heard of this series, Discovery Channel pits a group of "survivors" in a post-catastrophe survival simulation.  The setting of this season had the survivors dumped off in a still abandoned area of the New Orleans Ninth Ward.  They are dropped off under the premise that a disease has infected the global community and that they are to survive until rescue comes.  They must survive and protect themselves by whatever they can scavenge in the surrounding abandoned neighborhoods.

You might be thinking, "Oh, we've seen this before. No one dies or gets seriously threatened." Which to some extent is true, but from what I could tell they actually really roughed it out there and were as close to a simulation as one could reasonably get.  Even to the point of getting into physical altercations with other survivor groups sent in as part of the experiment to test their security. 

Most impressive was the groups ability to recreate essential tools we take for granted in everyday life.  For example, the group built a humongous windmill that they placed atop their house that turned an alternator from a scavenged engine that was then used to charge car batteries to power tools and lights. How awesome is that?  If you were stuck in a post-apocalyptic situation, could you fathom an idea like that or have the skillset to create such a contraption? I know I can't.

Check it out if you get the chance on reruns or online.  You might have to dig around online, but they're out there.

You might find some tips that might be useful in any zombie outbreak or post-apocalyptic situation!!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

October Horror Collection

So the other night, my girlfriend and I came up with a list of Horror, or Horror related films that we want to try and get through before the end of the month.  Many of these we have seen before or heard about. By no means is this a comprehensive list or "best of" list; just films we could come off the top of our head with and wrote on a napkin. I will detail some of the good ones in later posts.

So, if you could suggest a horror related film to watch, what would you recommend?

Already viewed this Month: 
  • Devil
  • Colin
  • The Terror
The Watch List
  • Halloween - The series
  • Texas Chainsaw - The original
  • Night of the Living Dead - Revisions '68, '86, '97, and '04
  • Poltergeist
  • Paranormal Activity - And PA2 coming later this month!!
  • The Fourth Kind - Our attempt at a scary Alien flick
  • The Exorcist
  • Nightmare on Elm Street
  • Signs - Okay, okay so shoot me.
  • The Blair Witch Project
  • Mothman Prophecies - Is this supposed to be scary? I dunno.
  • The Shining - Heeeeeerrrrrrreeeeee'sssss Johnny!
  • The Oprhan - Another recommender from a friend.
  • Silence of the Lambs - I don't know if this counts as Horror, but whateves.
  • House of 1000 Corpses
  • The Devil's Rejects
  • The Strangers
  • From Dusk Till Dawn - Cheech is the man.
  • Evil Dead - Evil Dead 1, 2, and Army of Darkness!
  • REC - The Spanish version
  • Dawn of the Dead - and subsequent Romero takes.
  • Shutter Island
  •  Sean of the Dead
 What else do we need to add?

The Terror


Last night was a two for one deal: I went to an indi-theatre to see Colin and got home in time to catch Elvira's Movie Macabre showcasing the god awful horror film The Terror.


Starring a young, young Jack Nicholson The Terror follows Nicholson as a young French Soldier seperated from his unit who happens upon a beautiful young maiden who he comes infatuated with.  Soon, Nicholson finds himself at a mysterious castle where an ancient Baron holds a secret about the young maiden that drives Nicholson mad.  Long story short, the maiden isn't actually real and is the reincarnation (DID SOMEONE SAY ZOMBIES?) of the Baron's wife whom he murdered many years earlier.

Sounds pretty decent right? Well the only "terror"of this film was the horrendous acting and terrible plot. Not to mention there was actually no "terror" to be had! I fell asleep around 3/4 of the way through. Definitely skip out on this one.  But, I guess that's the point of Elvira's Movie Macabre, showcase some classics and the worst of the worst...

A Zombie Named Colin - Review!

I actually went! Title shot.


Good afternoon blogosphere, back in the posting saddle today and I my first priority is to let you all know my thoughts of the highly anticipated Indigéne review of Zombie indi-film Colin

Colin follows the experiences of a zombie as he lumbers around a post-apocalyptic UK.  A rather interesting take on the zombie genre, since nearly all films have been the opposite: the experiences of the living in the post-apocalyptic world. Zombie aficionados might recognize an attempt at this in 28 Weeks Later where we touch upon a similar concept as the father becomes zombified and is established as the antagonist.  Colin on the other hand attempts to set up a young man named Colin as the protagonist of the film as it details his transformation into a shell of his former self.

One of the ways in which the film was billed was that it was filmed on a budget of around 45 pounds, or $75 dollars.  Going into this film, you definitely have to keep this in mind and maybe a little more.  The camera work is shoddy sometimes, but I think that is part of the charm the film attempts to leave you with as your imagination has to fill in parts.  Don't be expecting hundreds of zombies a la Dawn of the Dead, etc.

However, I did take satisfaction in Colin and its refreshing take on the concept of a "zombie". Colin's character is set up almost as an innocent bystander and product of the surroundings he has been thrust into.  This leads to some comedic relief as Colin attempts to chase survivors but gives up because they are too fast; and is startled when hearing music from headphones while chewing on the ear of a victim.  The viewer is left as an observer as Colin bears witness to the acts of inhumanity around him by both the living and the undead.

If you get a chance, go check this one out. Don't go in expecting the greatest zombie tale ever.  But it will leave you satisfied with a new perspective and maybe a little bit of sympathy for our Zombie friends. Cheers!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Saturday Funday!

Good Morning loyal readers! I hope this post finds you stupendous and zombie free!

I just wanted to make a quick post to let you know that I probably won't be updating till later today.  However, I will nonetheless check in to respond to any comments and view my followers.

Stay tuned, because tonight I am going to the showing of Colin, a day in the life of a zombie.  So stay tuned for a review!

Also last night I kicked off my ghoulish October with a late night viewing of M. Night Shamalamadingdong's Devil.  It wasn't too bad, and entertaining enough for the money. I think he finally took all the criticism and gave the viewers what they wanted.  The acting at times is spotty, but it actually lends itself to break the tension. There are going to be some greate internet memes to come out of this one, especially surrounding "jelly toast". I'll let you figure out that one.



Enjoy your saturday, and review my old posts for movies and games to keep you busy today!

For your saturday enjoyment:

Friday, October 1, 2010

Left 4 Dead - The Sacrifice

If you saw yesterday, I posted a web comic for Valve's hit series Left 4 Dead.  Next week introduces the latest downloadable content for Left 4 Dead 1 and 2! The Sacrifice follows the story of the first set of survivors as they fight their way to the second group from L4D2.

I don't know about you, but I can never have enough Left 4 Dead maps and missions. Check it out!!

Happy October!



Good morning blogosphere! I just wanted to pass on a Happy October first to you all. Since we now begin our ghoulish countdown to Halloween, you may have noticed that Indigéne has gone ORANGE!

Stay tuned for more great posts, and thanks for your support!
P.s. That's my attempt at Jack Skellington from last year's halloween.