Saturday, March 8, 2014
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Hi all this is George Cook of the deadwarseries.com. Please check out my interview with Tyler Glodt, the director of the recently released zombie comedy Buck Wild. Check out the crazy trailer first and then read our interview below.
TDWS (The Dead War Series): Please let us know a little about yourself and how you came to do a zombie comedy?
TYLER: Matt (co-writer and 'Craig' from the film) and I are longtime friends from Texas. He was in my first short film, A GLARE. Since that time, we've been making movies, shorts, music videos, you name it with each other. Several years back we made a feature on his ranch and learned a lot of hard lessons about filmmaking. After the experience was over, we were infinitely wiser and naturally wanted to make another film. So on a Wednesday night in 2010, Matt and I met at an International House of Pancakes on Sunset Boulevard in the heart of Hollywood and formulated the story using locations we knew we had and characters we either personally knew or had met and thus, BUCK WILD was born. We love comedies...especially buddy comedies and knew that that is what we wanted to do. We really wanted nothing to be off-limits (comedically speaking) so we threw in slap-stick, blue humor, farce and lots and lots of male nudity. We're also huge fans of Dead Alive, Evil Dead, Shaun of the Dead, Dawn of the Dead, etc.
Actor's Jarrod Pistilli ('Jerry') and Mark Leslie Ford ('Billy Ray') inspired their own characters. I met Jarrod Pistilli several months before that fateful Wednesday night at IHOP via Craigslist. I was in search of a roommate and Jarrod showed up in a tweed coat with leather patches on the elbows. Needless-to-say, he's a character. Don't believe me...watch BUCK WILD because in a lot of ways...that's Jarrod. By-the-way...as I type this I can hear him in his room playing some sort of Native American flute...I kid you not!!! Mark Ford was in our previous film and being British, struggled with his accent. He was such a trooper on our first movie (at one point wrangling cattle that production had accidentally let loose) that we had to ask him to be in BUCK WILD. We thought it would be a fun reversal to make him British which was great for Mark and his accent.TDWS: Without giving away too much give us a synopsis of the movie.
TYLER: Craig Thompson's idyllic hunting trip with his two buddies and unstable cousin is wrecked after hearing that his fiancée and best man-to-be have been cavorting behind his back. To make matters worse, Craig's cousin appears to be on the verge of a murderous rampage, while a rapidly spreading Chupacabra virus is transforming locals into the undead. After taking drastic measures to protect themselves, the boys must put aside their differences to survive an insidious hillbilly gang and impending zombie melee.
TDWS: The trailer for the movie is crazy. For those that have not seen the movie does it live up to or surpass what's in the trailer?
TYLER: The trailer is a pretty good representation of what you're gonna see in the movie. However, there are some great moments that didn't make it in the trailer that you can only see in the film.
TDWS: Was there anything that was originally supposed to be in the movie that was taken out because it may have gone too far?
TYLER: There were a couple scenes that were left out but not because they went too far. There was a great scene between Jerry and the Chupacabra that found it's way on the cutting-room floor. I believe it might be in the deleted scenes section of the DVD.
TDWS: How did you go about getting the movie together when it comes to financing and casting?
TYLER: Matt and his father had some investors initially interested in the film. They really liked the Texas-vibe as well as the Chupacabra element in the script. However, there was still a lot of favors and begging. :-) Casting was pretty straight forward. Once we raised the budget, we began casting. We had written the roles of 'Jerry,' 'Billy Ray' and 'Craig' for Jarrod Pistilli, Mark Ford and Matt respectively. Jarrod introduced us to Dru Lockwood ('Tom') who introduced us to Isaac Harrison ('Lance') who introduced us to Meg Cionni ('Candy'). We knew we were going to be roughing it out in Texas, so we really wanted the cast to be friends...on top of all being excellent actors.
We had trouble casting the role of 'Clyde' and hadn't hired someone up until a week before shooting. We wanted an actor with bravado and an authentic Texas flair that could be both funny and scary. One of the crew members knew Joe Stevens and sent him the script. He put himself on tape and completely nailed it. it was a no-brainer after that. For 'Billy Ray's' posy Matt had some friends from college in mind that were perfect. I wasn't originally supposed to play 'Officer Shipley' but Matt pushed me to do it as I occasionally acted in some of the things we did together.
TDWS: The movie has already been released, how is it doing?
TYLER: I'm not really sure! :-) It's been positively received. Hopefully more and more people will check it out in the coming months.
TDWS: Where can people see the movie?
You can buy/rent it on Amazon , iTunes as well as other online rental services. It will continue to be rolled out in the coming month.
TDWS: Is there anything you would like to say in closing?
TYLER: Final words...GET BUCKED UP AND SEE BUCK WILD!!!
Sunday, March 2, 2014
After Brandon sees his mother save her water-logged cell phone in a bag of rice, he tries the same when he finds his little brother blue in the bathtub. At first he believes his brother is dead - no breath, bluish skin - but when his mother returns home and he opens his eyes, they rush him to the hospital where he stays overnight for observation.
A night nurse checks on the boy to find him sitting up in bed. Everything seems fine until that first bite...
Follow this harrowing horror tale as a city comes under siege by the Empty Ones. Told from alternating points of view between the main characters who end up converging in Chicago as the outbreak happens, this zombie novel has all the elements of a thrill fest: Pop science, gore, tension and a glimpse into what happens to humanity when humans transform into ravenous walking dead.
One medical student braves the chaos to search for a cure...
One former captain tries to right the wrongs of his past...
One serial killer in the making sees it as a chance to release his dark yearning...
One city battling for survival in CHICAGO FELL FIRST.
Saturday, March 1, 2014
The Walking Dead is an episodic video game series based on Robert Kirkman’s award-winning comic books. Season One of The Walking Dead won over 90 Game of the Year Awards.
Season Two continues the story that began in Season One. You are Clementine, a young survivor in a world gone to hell. The dead have risen to feast on the living, and the living cannot be trusted.
The story you experience in The Walking Dead Season Two is driven by the choices that you make. Because of that, your story could be very different from someone else’s. If you played Season One and the DLC episode ‘400 Days’, the choices you made there will affect Season Two.
While you don’t have to play Season One or 400 Days to enjoy Season Two, we recommend that you do in order to get the most from the story.
Your decisions and actions will change the story around you, in this sequel to 2012’s Game of the Year. Check out the trailer below and you can buy the game here: http://www.telltalegames.com/walkingdead/
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Every where you look right now there are zombies. Zombie movies, TV shows, commercials, comic books, and of course books/ebooks seem to have taken over in popular culture right now.
Of course most of this is driven by the phenomenal success of AMC's The Walking Dead. Of course The Walking Dead comics are hugely successful and that's not to mention the success of The Extinction Parade by Max Brooks or George A. Romero's Empire of the Dead when it comes to comic books.
There will be a sequel to World War Z and there will be a Pride , Prejudice, & Zombies movie
But just because that show and movies like World War Z have been successful doesn't mean that we might be reaching the over saturation point with zombies. If you do a search for zombie books on Amazon right now there are 9,055 results at the moment I am writing this post.
TV shows such as the BBC's In the Flesh have already joined the market and shows such as Helix have zombie elements. ( Okay the infected elements ) NBC is set to produce Babylon Fields a series that started out seven years ago as an CBS project.
If you have Netflix or check out YouTube you are already aware of the thousands of zombie movies out there and trust me there are thousands more to come.
This leads me to ponder just how much zombie themed entertainment can the market bare. Are we reaching the point of over saturation. Even hardcore zombie fans most be wondering the same thing.
So what do you think? Are zombies overexposed right now?
Saturday, February 15, 2014
So are games where the presence of zombies is the defining feature are, pardon the phrasing, dead? Not exactly. Cavender says that Telltale Games' adaptation of The Walking Dead, a 2012 Game of the Year winner at Spike's Video Game Awards, remains popular.
That game "kind of changed the way we want to see a story told and it hit a lot of people in a lot of ways," he says, referring to the game's unusual mechanics. Telltale's The Walking Dead isn't a shooter so much as a third-person graphic adventure where choices (rather than a controller) determine outcomes.
The first-person zombie thriller Dying Light releases this year, and could bring back the "zombie shooter." Source: Techland.
Fortunately, The Walking Dead isn't the only option for those who just want to destroy zombies. Cavender also cites Outlast, Left for Dead 2, and Dead Rising 3 for Xbox One as existing titles that deliver for fans of the genre. Yet all three might pale compared to a new Techland game called Dying Light.
Read more here: What's Next for Zombie Video Games?
Saturday, February 8, 2014
As preposterous as the title sounds and the obvious fact that the film is a ripoff of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter this is actually a pretty decent zombie flick.
The movies title pretty much says it all. President Abraham Lincoln and a group of Secret Service agents fight zombies in an attempt to keep the infection from spreading.
That being the plot one has to temporarily ignore the fact that sending in a company of troops would have worked much better. Also there's no way in hell anyone would have let the President of the United States lead an attack against the living dead even if that President is Abraham Lincoln.
Now as for the acting, it sucks. Except for Bill Oberst who portrays Abraham Lincoln no other actor in the movie should quit their day jobs. That does not take away from the movie though which moves at a brisk pace and actually has one or two genuine scares. There is plenty of zombie action but maybe not as much gore as some would like. As for the zombies these zombies tend to "sleep" even when humans are around at times. If seems as if the script dictates when the zombies are aware of the humans.
To me what makes this movie fun is the historical figures that it works into the script. Theodore Roosevelt, Stonewall Jackson, John Wilkes Booth, and Pat Garret (look it up). It's amusing to see little nuggets dropped here and there about things that later or said or done by historical figures. The writers Richard Schenkman, Karl Hirsch, and Lauren Proctor were very clever in this regard.
I strongly recommend that you check this movie out. Abraham Lincoln vs Zombies is a fun, quick, and enjoyable way to spend 90 minutes.