Image from a zombie walk in Brooklyn, 2011 Photo by Chante Tenoso

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The Walking Dead of Mexico! Unleashed


Image by : Alfredo Estrella/ AFP/ Getty Images

People dressed up as zombies participate in a 'Zombie Walk' at the Revolution Monument in Mexico City on November 26, 2011. Organizers said that 9,600 people participated, which if true would blow away the current Guinness world record, which is held by the US. Apparently, last year, 4,093 zombies marched around in Asbury Park, New Jersey. 

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Movie Review : CORMAN’S WORLD: EXPLOITS OF A HOLLYWOOD REBEL

CORMAN’S WORLD: EXPLOITS OF A HOLLYWOOD REBEL

I have to be honest, I had heard of Roger Corman but I never realized just how much of his work I was actually familiar with. He has over 300 films under his belt and he is still producing and directing with his wife Julie. They continue to work and distribute their films outside of the studio system. What’s even more amazing than that is the fact that he has never lost money on a film.

Roger Corman is a natural rebel so when the studios all told him “NO” he decided to start his own company. His films were raw, gritty, told real stories, told fantastic stories, amazing creatures, had people being eaten alive and the list goes on and on. After seeing this documentary I can understand where directors like George Lucas, Quentin Tarantino and Steven Spielburg all pulled inspiration from Roger Corman’s work.

Many Hollywood icons appear in this tribute to Roger Corman. They give him credit for giving them work when nobody else would and for helping launch their iconic careers. There’s even a point where Jack Nicholson is brought to tears. Corman believes in capitalizing on undiscovered talent and pushing the boundaries of independent filmmaking.

    This documentary was very inspirational to me. I felt like I got to experience Corman’s drive and passion for filmmaking first hand. Along with his passion to strive for success no matter what the odds or who tells you “NO”. Failure just is not an option. 

My favorite quote is the tail end of a statement when Roger Corman says “...my mind is a boiling inferno...” and he captures what’s in his mind on film. His movies were sometimes shot in a couple days with leftover film sets from something else and zero “real” script and tons of people love those films. I personally love the original “Little Shop of Horrors”. With the puppet plant and shot in black and white. Movies where monsters were real people in suits and not just computer generated fiction. I think the actors react better to a more hands on approach versus talking and reacting to tennis balls on a stick.
Learning how Corman produces movies gives me hope for my own film ideas. That inspiration, combined with Lloyd Kaufman’s quote that “ if you have a camera you can make your own damn movie” (check out his book), I’m now wondering what’s holding me back...

Director Alex Stapleton did a wonderful job splicing together archival footage following Roger’s career, interviews with stars (such as Paul W.S. Anderson, Robert DeNiro, Pam Grier, Ron Howard, Martin Scorsese, William Shatner, and the list goes on & on...) and first hand commentary for the man of the hour himself, Roger Corman.

I highly recommend this kick-ass, bikini lady devouring documentary to every filmmaker and to anyone who has a true love for movies.

Keep on rockin’ Roger Corman!

Check out the trailer for this documentary and meet the rebel who brought his visions to the big screen.





Friday, November 25, 2011

The Daily News follow up article...link to the article under the photo



I would like to thank reporter Clare Trapasso for her great articles in The Daily News about the Queens Thanksgiving Zombie Walk 2011.

Follow up article: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/queens/hundreds-swarm-astoria-queens-thanksgiving-zombie-walk-article-1.981734

Book Review : "The Hungry" by Harry Shannon and Steven Booth

Book Review:

"The Hungry"
by Harry Shannon & Steven Booth

Joe McKinney (foreward)

Steve Hockensmith (preface)


It’s not everyday that you read a story with a strong lead character whose a woman. Let alone a story set in a world filled with hungry zombies. When I first read a synopsis of “The Hungry” I thought to myself that I have to read it! 
It’s a wonderfully gritty story filled with zombies, nasty bikers, women without underwear and rage filled erections. There are lots of little twists and turns to the story. The main woman of the hour, Sheriff Penny Miller , doesn’t lack for balls when it comes to man’ing up in any situation. Whether isn’t an onslaught of flesh hungry zombies or a wise-ass biker who thinks he’s the devil’s gift to hell, Penny handles them both with ease. Is there nothing this broad can’t handle? Doesn’t appear that way.
The way this book was done gets you right into the action and feel of the story. Not a moment is spared on frivolous conversations or details. I like the honesty of the characters throughout the book as well. Even when one of them seems to have a change of heart, it isn’t for no reason and you can understand why. 
Unlike many zombie stories this one has a past, present and possible future. What I mean is “The Hungry” gives an explanation as to why the undead rise up to feast on the living, how our survivors battleaxe their asses through hordes of zombies and what the future might hold for them if they survive. I like a story that does that. Don’t get me wrong, having zombies just show up makes my day no matter what...but..sometimes an explanation is nice.
This book didn’t fall flat in action or in zombies. If this book was a movie I would go see it more than twice. Now, I know this review is all praises but I don’t really have anything bad to say. As long as you aren’t one of those people who wants crazy, insane realism (probably shouldn’t be reading zombie books to begin with) and if you can’t handle the thought of a crazy penis erection in your head or a piss stained wedding dress while zombies have their skulls smashed to bits, well, you will thoroughly enjoy this book.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

The Queens Thanksgiving Zombie Walk in The Daily News

zombies took over Astoria today! The walk was long and it was great. This was the first walk to be put on by Zombiescantlove dot com and Zombies Worldwide ( check out their group). The next walk will be even better!!
Thank you to everyone who came out today. The portraits from the zombie walk will be up on Zombiescantlove.com later tonight!!


Friday, November 18, 2011

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Tom Savini as a Zombie


I think this cover of Fangoria is quite delicious with Tom Savini done up as a zombie.

"All hail the sultan of splatter!"- Fangoria

Sunday, November 6, 2011

THE QUEENS THANKSGIVING ZOMBIE WALK : NOV 19 2011

This is the very first zombie walk done in Astoria, Queens hosted by:
Zombies Cant Love, Zombies Worldwide(Thomas Art) and Astoria Music & Arts. 
This will be an annual event. 

There are 3 parts to this walk:

Make-up and booze:

We will begin at Club 21 at NOON. There we will have a back area all to ourselves where all the make-up will be done by professional and student make-up artists.
At that time as well, Club 21 will have $3 Zombie Cocktails and other drink specials. There will also be food for the hungry.
The make-up artists are volunteering their services. Tips and donations are welcomed.

There will also be a photographer on hand to take your zombie portrait. A gallery will be available on facebook.

Club 21 is located at: 30-09 21st Street, Astoria Queens.
http://www.club21nyc.com/

Take the N train just a few stops into Queens and get off at 30th Ave.

Terrorize Astoria:

Around 2pm, our walk will begin, heading up 30th ave... where we will take pics, shoot vids, eat people and maybe eat each other. Basically... Spread the infection of zombie fun.

WE NEED PEOPLE TO BE ZOMBIE VICTIMS ALONG THE WALK ROUTE! PLEASE MESSAGE ZOMBIES CAN'T LOVE OR THOMAS ART IF YOU ARE INTERESTED!!

Music and More Booze:

Finally, we will end up at The Shillelagh Tavern. As of right now, there are 3 bands lined up so far; ***Aaron Stoquert*** Zombie style folk, ***Thunderbang!*** - nightmare fantasy rock , ***Moniker*** - Dark Horror/Hard Rock, and ***BliminaL*** your resident house zombie band!. Nonstop to Cairo !More music to be added!
Zombie Cocktails and beer specials are on the menu here as well.

The Shillelagh Tavern is located at: 4722 30th ave, Astoria Queens
https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Shillelagh-Tavern/142825445954

Travel Directions:
Take the N train to 30th Ave Astoria.

**We have a special guest that will be walking with us: Jane Doll from The Spooky Demenseia Show. She will be filming her show thee that day so segments of our walk will be aired on her next live show. :)
http://www.spookyd.com/

This is an open event. Share and invite all your zombie friends. The walk and makeup is for all ages. The bars are 21 + to drink.

This event is very important. Lets all be thankful we have a human to eat. 



INFORMATION WILL BE UPDATED!!! ANOTHER BAR AND 4 MORE BANDS HAVE BEEN ADDED!!! COME BACK FOR MORE DETAILS!!!

SPONSORS FACEBOOK PAGES BELOW:

Zombies Worldwide - http://www.facebook.com/Zombies.Worldwide
Astoria Music & Art - http://www.facebook.com/groups/67893191336/
Zombies Can't Love - http://www.facebook.com/pages/Zombies-Cant-Love/200033923393954