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

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Monday, January 30, 2012

Dead Meat Walking: A Zombie Walk Documentary

Dead Meat Walking a documentary about zombie walks...

A real-life zombie epidemic is spreading. Inspired by the increasing popularity of zombie movies and television shows, men, women and children from all walks of life use gruesome makeup and costumes to become a rotting mass of zombies moaning and staggering through city streets for Zombie Walks across the globe. 

In Dead Meat Walking, filmmaker Omar J. Pineda takes to the streets to document the Zombie Walk experience, from the average, small town Zombie Walk to a big city Zombie Pub Crawl (complete with zombie burlesque show!). He examines the Zombie Walk phenomenon from its inception at small events that included only a handful of zombies to larger, record-breaking events with thousands of participants. The film follows organizers of zombie walks in several US cities who, in the age of Facebook, Twitter and MySpace, are able to spread the zombie plague at a record pace.

www.deadmeatwalkingmovie.com


Wednesday, January 18, 2012

PART 35 - A new dawn for the children

Image by Martin in Germany, Bunkerbewahrer.com

Part 35 - A new dawn for the children

His mouth still tasted like maple syrup and pancakes. He had fallen asleep in a really cute kids room with flowers on the walls. His mom was in the bed next to his. At least that was the reality he fell asleep in. He tried to roll over in the direction where his mother should have been peacefully sleeping. Instead he found his hands were restrained and his ankles were strapped down too. His eyes slowly fluttered open and there were no longer flowers on the walls around him. 
A series of chains and handcuffs lined the wall to his right. On the left different gardening tools, cooking utensils and strange makeshift things hung from metal hooks. The air smelled stale and putrid. It smelled like decaying garbage and despair. It smelled like THEM. Those things that people started becoming. 

He remembered how he used to play video games at his best friend's house. They would sneak into the older brother's room and play all the games that "weren't meant for kids". A bunch of those games had THEM as targets. You would shoot and they would disappear from the screen. In the video game world it was so easy and the best part was that you couldn't smell anything. In the real world they didn't go down so easy and there wasn't a pause button to hit when you got tired. 

He was eleven but small for his age. Some of the kids at school would tease him. It wasn't easy being one of the youngest in middle school but to add his small stature to the equation made school almost unbearable. Little had anybody realized that his small frame is what saved his life and helped him escape the undead at his school.

Right now though, he was strapped down to a hard wooden table, almost like a huge chopping block. He heard footsteps outside the door. He hoped it was his mom, Grace, coming to get him. To save him. Instead Frank walked in the door wearing a heavy rubber butchers apron and holding a hot cup of coffee. The combinations of smells, coffee and death, made little Thomas throw up over the side of the table. 

"I want my mom." He gagged on the little pieces of food lodged in his throat and nose.

"Oh, boo hoo, you want your mommy? YOU WANT YOUR MOMMY??" Frank slammed down the coffee mug on the table and screamed at Thomas. A few drops of hot coffee splashed onto Thomas's arm and he flinched in pain. 

"Where's my mom?" Thomas asked again.

"Shut up you little brat. I know your type. You seem all innocent as a child, then puberty hits and then you're just looking to hurt and damage someone else's daughter! SHUT UP YOU LITTLE BRAT!" Frank's face was so close to Thomas's that he could feel little drops of saliva hitting his face and his breath was hot and rancid. He looked like he had never brushed his teeth in his life.

Thomas held his tongue and just stared at Frank, holding back tears. His mom would have never left him. This crazy old guy must have her hidden somewhere in the house. But was he even still in the same house he had fallen asleep in? He couldn't tell. He was a smart kid and he had to get out of here, somehow.

Frank stood up and took a sip of his coffee. A huge grin came over his face. All of the sternness disappeared. If he had a big white beard on he could have been Santa Clause preparing to hand out gifts. This new expression was more terrifying than when he had been yelling.

"I'll be right back little Thomas. I have a friend I want you to meet. I think the two of you will get along famously. Plus I want to see if you have the same genetics as your beloved little mommy." Frank left the room.

Thomas pulled and pulled at his restraints. He couldn't quite figure out how they were attached. It felt like rope and leather or vinyl or....he just couldn't tell. But he knew they weren't metal at least. Maybe he could loosen them enough...if he just kept wiggling... The door opened again and Frank walked in with a woman on a leash. She looked really sick and her skin was a weird grey, blue tint. It looked like someone had clawed down the left side of her face. Her eyes already started to have that milky white tint of the undead. It was his aunt.

"Auntie Liliane!" Thomas yelled out.

She flinched at the sound, looked at him and moved her head side to side in a very slow "NO" motion. Frank yanked on the leash and she fell to the ground out of sight. 

"Liliane, of course, that's your name. I was so interested in Grace that I didn't even bother remembering your name. How rude of me. Get up Liliane, your nephew wants to see you." Frank pulled her up by her throat. He stuck her face next to Thomas's. They were eye to eye. She winked at Thomas and crossed her eyes. A little gesture that always made Thomas laugh. This time he held his laughter and winked back. 

"Your Auntie here doesn't seem to have the same immunity trait your lovely mama does. I had her bitten a couple hours ago and you can already see she's starting to change." Frank dragged Liliane over to the wall on the right and chained her up with her arms behind her. One of her arms dislocated in the process and she didn't even notice. It wouldn't be long before his aunt was dead and her body would re-animate into one of THEM.

"Now Liliane, be a good girl and bite your nephew." Frank drew up Thomas's pant leg exposing his skin. Liliane began to drool a little and turned her head away. Frank punched Thomas in the face. Liliane tried to say something but couldn't. She had lost the control of her vocal cords already. 

"Every time you tell me no Liliane I'm going to torture little Thomas here...until you either bite him or I kill him. It's up to you. Either way I will find out if he's immune." Frank raised his hand to hit Thomas again and Liliane leaned forward with her mouth open, her eyes stared to swell with tears. She bent her head and bit her nephew's leg. He yelled out in pain and Frank laughed. Liliane fell back against the wall. A solid bite mark laid outline on Thomas's leg, a small trail of blood started to form.

Frank pulled Liliane's chains taunt against the wall, still not realizing that her arm was dislocated. He put a bandage around the bite wound and tole Thomas he would be back in a few hours to see how he was managing. He could take that time to say good bye to his aunt. She would be a zombie before he came back...

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Johnathan of California

I saw this guy on the street and I had to stop him. His tee shirt is great!


Zombies are Everywhere!!

I looked over at the gumball machines at my grocery store and look what I found. Zombies!!

Zombies are taking over, even if they aren't walking through your windows and front doors...yet.


Thursday, January 5, 2012

Zombies in San Diego, CA



I saw this guy walking down the street in San Diego, CA and I had to stop him. His tee shirt is great! He told me his name was Jonathan and that he was going to be making these shirts very soon to be sold online.

I hope he gets in touch with me to let me know where I can get my hands on one of these shirts...

Thanks for letting me take your picture Jonathan.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

DARKMASS : A monster race of motionettes!






















I'm proud to present the Dark Mass monsters from Darkmass.com. In particular, I'm proud to present their newest undead member, The Zombie! I recently had the pleasure of chatting with the creator of these moving works of art, David Martino. A self-employed mortician with a band called " Vincent Price is Right". Here's what he had to say to Zombie Can't Love and a bonus video from his band and their first title track " Miss Zombie Beauty Pageant". Enjoy the interview...

For those of us out there who don't know...what is a motionette and how did you get inspired to start making them?


Mechanical monsters have been around forever. the early versions were paper machee. in the late 70's early 80's ( 80's was the horror golden age) Topstone (known for their masks and sculps) began putting out their 4 monster line. Dracula, Witch, Gorilla, Ghost. Then along came TELCO. They coined the word "motionettes" .

Their 1988 line of original characters were the absolute best. I compare them to volkswagens because they were built well on the same platform. They had mail order catalogs and were sold in stores like Harrows, Walmart, Sams Club, & Sears.

Collectors like myself go absolute ape shit for these items because they emit a creepy nostaligia due to their 2ft stature. They were made on wooden bases, had one or double arm motion, light up, and some had sound.

very cool...

The rare models are very hard to come by and are worth small fortunes on Ebay.

So how did you become a creator of these little members of the monster world?

  • Glad you asked. Once commercialized the quality and originality of the monsters went down. They were made cheaply and were soon licensed through Universal, which i believe is where they lost their appeal.
  • As a kid ( born 1980) i remeber being dragged through Harrows on L.I. with my grandmother during the holidays. On one of those occasions a huge orange box with a REd 2 ft Devil caught my eye! As I got closer i realized that there was an entire cast of ghouls boxed and ready to be carried out of the store. After pleading my case for buying a 2ft Devil, I left the store empty handed. The prices varied from $80 - $200. Which is an extremely hard sell for an 8 year old with a lust for the Devil! Now as an adult ,or at least i think , I stumbled across them on the internet and eventually hunted them all down one by one at all costs.

    Telco was based in Hicksville long island and went out of business in the 90's...I've always thought that someone should pick up where they left off. But with superior character sculps and quality materials. That Red Devil today can fetch up to $2500. I wish my grandmother was alive today so we could have a good laugh together.

    What else do you do besides make awesome monster motionettes?

    I am currently a self employed MORTICIAN, but always have tried to find my way back into the arts which is my true passion. These guys have done that for me. Through creating the MONSTER RACE line I have found a way to give people my art through these very cool and usual collectors items that are sure to cause a SCREAM. My first creation: "the zombie" is the ressurection of everything i have ever loved about horror and the 80's.

    How long have you been collecting them?

    I have been collecting them for 6 years now, but I started taking them apart and eventually learned how to repair them. They made so many different variations, so i began to realize which ones were made the better. It then dawned on me that i need to make my own, especially since I collected them all. My prototypes took up a good chunk of 2011. I set a goal to have them finished by Halloween 2011, which i did. Now they are center stage for Halloween 2012.

    What type of zombie is your based on? The walking dead or the infected?

    I tried to create the essential zombie.

    What is the essential zombie to you?

    I would say that my zombie is a cross between Lucio Fulci's classic and the 1990 romero remake of night of the living dead
    • along with whatever i sketched out originally.




      what is the best way for people to get their hands on one of your zombies or other monsters?

      I am currently in production and will have more details soon. I plan to sell them on my site and possible ebay. I would also like to get them in local shops that support independent artists, as well as good friends with internet stores of their own as well.

      Can you tell me a few details of the zombie motionette itself?

      He is 2ft tall. Once poured in vinyl his brain will glow as well as his eye. 
      • Double arm motion, classic rocking head motion, electric plug in, wood base with a collectors box.


        AWESOME!...

      Is there anything else you would like to add about your company or about zombies in general?

      CONSIDER IT AN HONOR TO STAND WITH MY ZOMBIE COMMUNITY! OFCOURSE, I CHOSE THE ZOMBIE DUE TO HIS INFAMOUS HORROR STATURE. BUT ALSO BECAUSE I WANTED TO PROVE THAT JUST BECAUSE SOME THINGS ARE OVER DONE, DOESNT MEAN THAT CANT BE DONE, AND DONE THE RIGHT WAY!

      For more information go to : http://darkmass.com/Home.html



    Hope you enjoyed this interview...stay tuned for more interviews from artists doing great things with the undead.