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Review of the movie: “The Dead”

The Dead is a zombie movie made with the traditional fan of George A. Romero’s work in mind.  This story offers nothing new to the zombie genre from the standpoint of the undead.  In fact, it goes old school, with slow moving ghouls that require damage to the brain to put them down.  For those fans who prefer their zombies fast moving, like you find in movies like Resident Evil, 28 Days Later, and the remake of Dawn of the Dead, this tale might seem agonizingly slow.  For those who love the older Romero flicks or who consider themselves equal opportunity zombie fans who love all rotters no matter what speed they move at, this one is worth checking out.

The premise is almost painfully simple.  Air Force Lieutenant Brian Murphy is a survivor of an airplane crash that was supposed to be the last plane out of undead-plagued Africa.  After a narrow escape on the beach where the crash occurred from numerous zombies closing in, he makes his way inland in an effort to find safety and perhaps an airfield with a plane that he might be able to fix up to escape.  His journey is filled with an endless supply of the undead-for the most part they are spread apart enough that there are no hoards to deal with.  Individually, these slow moving monsters are easy to handle or avoid, but when Brian is forced to stop for any reason, they begin to methodically swarm his position and rapidly become a major menace.  After he manages to get an old, beat up truck running, it becomes clear that the dead are popping up everywhere, which makes it virtually impossible to stay in one place for very long.  It’s at one of these times when Brian is forced to stop and almost gets torn to pieces by a steadily growing pack of the undead that he is saved by Daniel, a soldier who is looking for his son who managed to escape the massacre of their village by the undead.  The two men agree to join forces to find Brian a plane and to get Daniel closer to where he believes his son might be-with other soldiers in an encampment to the north.

The Dead is a moody, atmospheric piece that uses the rural African environment to full advantage.  For what seemed like a relatively low budget film the cinematography was well done and the special effects were more than adequate.  There is no complicated plot or massive character development here, but for the most part, less is more in this tale.  Except for a couple of scenes filled with hordes of the undead destroying everything in their path, even the zombies were sparse, showing up as they do in dribs and drabs, until there are more of them closing in than someone can handle, when just seconds before they thought everything was under control.  This is one of the most low-keyed, subtle zombie flicks I’ve seen; definitely worth checking out for most zombie fans out there.

The Dead can be found here: http://www.amazon.com/Dead-Rob-Freeman/dp/B006BZ8NXY/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1330155218&sr=8-3


Night of the Living Dead: Reanimated

For Immediate Release:

Night of the Living Dead: Reanimated Screening and Panel at Comic-Con

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Night of the Living Dead: Reanimated ( http://www.notldr.com ) has proven itself to be one of the most experimental projects to hit the horror genre in recent memory. Taking the existing film, Night of the Living Dead (1968), gallery curator/ experimental animator, Mike Schneider, extended the invitation for anyone in the horror community to take scenes from this seminal work and respond to them through their art. As Schneider explains, ‘We, as fans, accept the film as an absolute. Changes would be alienating and copying would be pointless. Instead, what we have done is what artists have always done.. responded to the world around us and offered others the chance to see it as we do.’

With nearly 150 artists and animators taking up the cause, thousands of pieces of art and segments of animation were created through media ranging from oil paintings to comic illustrations and digital animation to sock puppets. Night of the Living Dead: Reanimated forgoes the dubious comforts that a singular style may provide for the chance to showcase the wide spectrum of visual media. The resulting collection was then hung directly on top of the original film leaving the its audio track and story completely unmodified.

Since it first screened in September 2009, Night of the Living Dead: Reanimated has shown in venues including film festivals, theaters, colleges, cinema bars, museums, horror conventions, and even in virtual spaces like the Facebook Comic-Con and in the Phantasmagoria Theater (a virtual movie theater build within the MMORPG, Second Life). Perhaps most notably, Night of the Living Dead: Reanimated has quickly become a favorite amongst TV and web based horror hosts with many of them presenting it to their local audiences via streaming and public access shows. As the project finally nears its long awaited DVD release ( http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003GUGB8G ), Neoflux Productions is pleased to announce Night of the Living Dead: Reanimated will be screening this year at San Diego Comic-Con ( http://www.comic-con.org/cci/ ).

Join a panel of contributing artists as they screen Night of the Living Dead: Reanimated on Thursday July 22nd at 9:30pm in Room 5AB at Comic-Con. Directly following the screening, the contributing artists will hold a panel discussion covering their varied media and involvement in NOTLD:R. They will also be taking questions and signing autographs. Confirmed panelists include : John Chesnut and Josh Barnett ( claymation and cut-out animation), Jacquelyn Bond ( watercolor paintings ), Grant Fuhst (mixed-media artwork ), Sean Williams ( hand drawn animation ), Zina Lahr ( toy modification/ experimental animation ), Brad Uyeda ( stop-motion animation ), Anthony Amos ( digital animation ), and Eric Schock ( comic book illustration ).

What Comic-Con event would be complete without swag to giveaway?

The giveaways at the screening/ panel include:

– Pre-Release Night of the Living Dead: Reanimated DVD’s by Wild Eye Releasing ( http://www.wildeyereleasing.com )**

– DVD’s of Monster Madhouse presents NOTLD:R ( http://www.monstermadhouse.com )

– DVD’s of Friday Night – Fright Night presents NOTLD:R ( http://www.fridaynight-frightnight.com )

– DVD’s of World of Weird Monster Show presents NOTLD:R ( http://wowmonstershow.com/ )

– LTD Edition NOTLD:R Teaser Poster 1 (  )

– LTD Edition NOTLD:R Teaser Poster 2 (  )

– LTD Edition NOTLD:R DVD Poster (  )

– Special Edition (SDCC Exclusive Cover) Comic: ‘Sick as a Dog’ Mike Schneider/ Terry Callen

– Buttons, Pins, Keychains, and other NOTLD:R materials provided by contributing artists

Please note, many of these giveaways are in strict limited editions so get there early and stay alert as they will be given away throughout the event. So remember, the Night of the Living Dead: Reanimated Screening and Panel is Thursday, July 22nd at 9:30pm in Room 5AB at San Diego Comic-Con.

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**Night of the Living Dead: Reanimated

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003GUGB8G

Produced by Neoflux Productions

Released by Wild Eye Releasing

Release Date: 7/27/2010

Night of the Living Dead: Reanimated is a collaborative artistic mash-up of George Romero’s cult classic. Nearly 150 International artists and animators chose their favorite scenes and re-envisioned them through their own artwork, with no restrictions on style, media or process – resulting in an eclectic ‘art show’ interpretation of the seminal 1968 film, all placed over the original’s audio. With work ranging from oil paintings to comic illustrations and sock puppets to CGI and stop-motion – NOTLD:R not only pays the respect due to this most important work in horror history, but encourages viewers to experience the film in a brand new light that bursts with the humor and horror of a new generation of artists. Art is dead…yeah, it’s all messed up.

DVD Special Features:

– DVD Cover Art by Mike Schneider

– DVD Label – Functioning Phenakistoscope ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phenakistoscope )

Layout: Mike Schneider Animation: Calum MacAskill

– Liner Notes by Peter Gutierrez ( Rue Morgue )

– DVD Hosted by Legendary Horror Host, Count Gore De Vol ( http://www.countgore.com )

– Commentary 1: With Guests Peter Gutierrez and Stoker Award winning author, Jonathan Maberry ( http://jonathanmaberry.com/ ) ( Patient Zero; Zombie CSU; Marvel Zombies Return )

– Commentary 2: With Guest Corpse S. Chris ( http://www.horrorhostgraveyard.com )

– Documentary about the various PD releases of Night of the Living Dead entitled ‘Boxart of the Dead’ by Rob Hauschild

– Surreal Animated Short, ‘Silo’ by Anthony Amos

– Zombie Cartoon, ‘ Ape of the Dead’ by Andres Silva

– Pacman Parody, ‘ Night of the Gaming Dead’ by Voodoo Velvet

– Demonstrated Animation Processes by Calum MacAskill, Mike Boas, and Ryan Sigg

– Zombie Encounter Panel with horror authors including Jonathan Maberry and Dr. Kim Paffenroth ( Gospel of the Living Dead )

– Artist Slide Gallery

– Call-In Messages from 28 of the Contributing NOTLD:R Artists

– Select Uncut Scenes

– Short Horror Comics (by NOTLD:R artists)

– and more…

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Contact press@notldr.com for interview, questions, or review copies.

Contact robjh@wildeyereleasing.com to inquire about the NOTLD:R DVD.

Contact screenings@notldr.com to setup a screening near you.

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