"...In this iteration, the Bennet girls are Shaolin-trained warriors, schooled young to battle the zombie menace. But, as the film puts it, “zombies or no zombies, all women must think of marriage,” and so the story follows the familiar paces of Austen’s 1813 novel, complicated – if not exactly enlivened – by so many undead..."
"...The Zombies, known for Sixties hits “Time of the Season,” “She’s Not There,” and “Tell Her No,” return locally after a starring set at Austin Psych Fest in May. The floral pop immortals co-headline the British Invasion concert at the Moody tonight with Animals frontman Eric Burdon..."
"...In the first two dueling, ultimately converging plot lines, Hardiker and Treadaway are Terry and Andy, a pair of brothers who hatch a bound-to-be-botched bank job in order to save their grandfather’s retirement home from the wrecking ball. As fate would have it, their scheme goes utterly awry just as the developer’s backhoes unearth a plague of zombies in East London (shades of Hammer’s 1967 classic Quatermass and the Pit)..."
"...Dying is easy, as the saying goes, but comedy is hard. So what about jokes about the undead? Writer/director Burr Steers had a simple rule when adapting Seth Grahame-Smith's 2009 parody novel, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies..."
"...In the decades they were absent from the scene following their breakup in 1968, the Zombies retained a powerful mystique. The original UK quintet’s autumnal, baroque-pop masterpiece Odessey and Oracle continued to gain prestige amongst a growing legion of admirers...."
"...It speaks to hip-hop’s deeply ambiguous commercial moment that Flatbush Zombies, a trio of chittering alt-rap mutants, can convincingly fill a festival slot without a tangible release. The traditional path looks pretty quaint in 2013..."
"...Amidst technical difficulties and a Travis Scott no-show, hip-hop barkers entertained an energetic crowd Wednesday night at the Austin Music Hall. Future singles and trap-rap anthems kept the full house engaged between performances by the Flatbush Zombies, Kevin Gates, and surprise guest Wale...."
"..."We haven't really done anything like this before, so it's a bit of a journey into the unknown for us," Zombies frontman Colin Blunstone says of his band's South by Southwest debut...."
"...Look, it's easy to kvetch about found footage, but, just like Jeremy Gardner proved with zombies in The Battery, there are still as many ways to do something fresh with the trope as there are directors: From the zany (Frankenstein's Army) to the postmodern (the upcoming Found Footage 3D) to the fourth-wall-warping (Mr Smith). Unfortunately, Willow Creek gets sucked into one of the most tedious conventions of the trope – the locals giving vague warnings about something horrible in the backwoods – and insists on pounding the audience over the head with it for 50 of its 82-minute run time..."
"...• After some fairly comical morning debate on whether costumed Halloween parties – including celebrants dressed as zombies accompanied by the occasional skeleton – constitute disrespect for the dead or innovative outreach for city-owned cemeteries, Council voted to approve a $1.6 million renovation of the Oakwood Cemetery chapel, overdue for repairs and planned for eventual public events...."
"...While Nicotero made his reputation as a film FX guy, more recently he's become a household name for his astounding, gruesome and grisly depictions of another form of the undead: The Walking Dead's eponymous zombies. Weird coincidence time..."
"...I'm in Blackmail, too, moving slowly through Gail Chovan's tony emporium of all things dark and beautiful. I'm moving slowly, my preteen daughter limpeted to my side, because it's packed in Blackmail tonight, people milling thickly about, shuffling like vaguely purposed zombies among the bright and elegant displays..."
"...Let's face it: Zombies are assholes...."
"...It’s nail-bitingly tense at times, although these well-executed moments mix with others that are too much of a murky jumble to follow with any precision. (How much of the murk is due to the unnecessary 3-D, which always casts a pall over the screen image, and how much is due to the ineffectual direction of action by Marc Forster (Quantum of Solace, Finding Neverland) is unclear to me from this viewing.) As for the zombies, they are terrifying for the most part, but at times they seem too much like a CGI fiction..."
"...“What am I doing with myself? Why can't I connect with people?” These are the sort of questions that turn humans sleepless and despairing. The twist of Warm Bodies is that the same questions keep zombies up at night, too...."
"...Starring: Milla Jovovich, Sienna Guillory, Oded Fehr, Thomas Kretschmann, Jared Harris and Mike Epps. Mindless zombies are back in fashion, apparently..."
"...Kurtz. "Look, they’re obviously zombies," notes one perceptive character, "so the sooner we accept that fact, the sooner we can get on with our lives." Amen to that..."
"...Until, that is, his mad Uncle Prenderghast (Goodman) informs him that only he, Norman, can save his Salem-esque township from a long-dead witch's curse. Zombies, comedy, and a surprisingly touching dork/jock alliance (via Norman's buff older bro Mitch, voiced by Affleck) ensue...."
"...BookPeople hosts a reading tonight for local author BJ Burrow, whose novel The Changed is about an ordinary guy who becomes a leading agent in the fight for undead rights. You know what that means, right? Zombies at BookPeople!..."
"...Scriptwriter James Moran has two films at Fantastic Fest – horror comedy Cockneys vs. Zombies and urban thriller Tower Block – running through their ruins..."
"...If this bloody Halloween marathon taught us anything (other than that Austin has too much going on), it's that if the flesh-eating zombies don't get you, not pacing yourself will. There's nothing like an orgy of dangling body parts and blood-spattered everything to remind you that you're getting long in the tooth (and that zombies will eat anything)..."
"...Nazi zombies are not a new idea: The Reich's hideous record of human rights crimes disguised as research has long been processed by pop culture into Frankenstein-esque plots of undead Wehrmacht. Of course producer J.J..."
"...Certainly Quarantine, which takes the kaiju eiga (monster) verité of Cloverfield and repurposes it in the service of baser, gooshier thrills, has more startles per sequence than you'd expect given that it's been unceremoniously dumped into an abysmal thriller market with precious little fanfare. With all the film's running around in the dark shot from POV angles, it does come off as 28 Weeks Later meets David Cronenberg's Rabid or, alternately, an un-fun-house mirror image of Night of the Living Dead with the zombies barricaded inside with you..."
"...The filmmakers score an A+ for the title, a pop-culture mash-up guaranteed to tantalize and evoke a knowing laugh. It’s reflective of the movie’s tongue-in-cheek tone, which takes neither zombies nor strippers too seriously but exploits their commercial possibilities to the max..."
"...Let’s just cut to the chase straight off, okay? If you play the video game Doom – that’s the one that popularlized this whole "first-person shooter" thing way back in the mid Nineties – then chances are you’re going to want to see this film. It’s a generally accurate representation of the gaming scenario, and a chief component of the film’s final reel is an actual cinematic doppelganger of home play: The audience views the onscreen action via the first-person viewpoint for four uninterrupted minutes as Marine badass Reaper (Urban) blows all manner of creepy zombies and hybrid slug-lamprey beasties to hell..."
"...Starring: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Kate Ashfield, Dylan Moran, Lucy Davis, Bill Nighy and Penelope Wilton. You don’t have to be a fan of the zombie epics of George Romero (Night of the Living Dead) to enjoy this supremely engaging and jaw-droppingly (literally) hilarious "romantic comedy … with zombies," but it couldn’t hurt..."
"...When it’s not busy seeming like every other hip-hop parable ever made, Dickerson’s film is wallowing in the kind of "bitches and ho’s" misogyny that – even when it’s coming from a nasty character like King David – makes you wonder about the filmmaker’s own feelings on the subject. If Never Die Alone had even a smidgeon of comic relief (or even, say, a bunch of zombies) to offset some of its relentlessly downbeat brutality, it might have been at best tolerable..."
"...Gorehounds watching this low-budget Japanese splatterfest will think they’ve died (in a, no doubt, spectacularly bloody way) and gone to heaven, so breathtaking are the movie’s nonstop violence and hemorrhaging bodies. There is very little plot or dialogue involved in this yakuza zombie movie, but, honestly, shouldn’t the idea of yakuza zombies be enough to tantalize the senses? During the movie’s prologue we are told that there are 666 portals that connect Earth to the other side..."
"...Leave it to an Atom Egoyan regular to be at the crux of small-town America's mental health problems: Greenwood (The Sweet Hereafter, Exotica) is on board as school shrink Dr. Caldicott, whose radical experiments in teen-behavior modification have resulted in this cadre of hot-wired, kill-happy zombies who go in for such buoyant after-school specials as murder, rape, and grocery-store defenestrations..."
"...In between nifty fight sequences, Li finds time to become romantically entangled with a young thief, and serve as a bodyguard to a local bigwig. New Legend of Shaolin offers nothing new and generally suffers from poor plot construction, but it's hard to deny the appeal of a film this loony: Kung fu zombies, deadly needlepoint skills, and a spear with more gadgets than the last two James Bond movies put together are sure to keep audiences entertained and bewildered..."
"...No horror writer could imagine a fate as ghastly as that suffered by ants at the mercies of Ophiocordyceps unilateralis. That's a fungus that grows in their brains, turning them into what even researchers call zombies...."
"...It's hard to remember a time when zombies weren't ubiquitous. But in 1972, when Alan Ormsby starred in Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things, it was all fresh meat..."
"...South by Southwest continues stocking up for next month’s convergence. Today’s new batch of 147 acts, featuring the return of 2015 buzz band Børns, downer folk favorite Sun Kil Moon, PCP-laced rappers Flatbush Zombies, and first wave German krautrockers Faust, brings the Music conference total to 1,559 – about three-quarters of its full firepower...."
"...The Reverberation Appreciation Society opened its stash box just now to reveal 43 acts playing Austin Psych Fest 7 at Carson Creek Ranch May 2-4. A quick scan of the names, including Primal Scream, the Zombies, and Loop, is all it takes for the psychedelics to start taking hold...."
"...Psychic tires, South African zombies, Australian cop-killers and kung fu extravaganzas: With the announcement of the first 13 films for its 2010 lineup, Fantastic Fest is delivering the gruesome goods...."
"...Fantastic Fest has announced its second round of films, and boy, are zombies back in style. Not that they ever went out of style: just twenty minutes ago we were walking our fourpaws down Sixth Street and relishing the balmy aftergoo of our recent thundershowers when -- we kid you not -- a real, live (or not) zombie shambled past us...."
"...Of the innumerable scriptures that compose the rock & roll bible, Zombie Heaven is one of the most prophetic and divine. British invasion goth pop that left its minor-key mark on all subsequent waves of progressive, psychedelic, and UK mope, with "She's Not There," "Tell Her No," and "Time of the Season," the Zombies also plagued the U.S., a multigenerational swath spanning Elvis to The Simpsons...."
"...Hell, forget about the Greasers and Socs or learning how to navigate the uniquely terrifying world of sanitary napkins that you read about when you were a kid. These days, teen lit is all about vampires, zombies, angels, and unicorns, but it's also about hate crimes, homosexuality, rape, and dystopian nightmares...."
"...Back in the day, zombies were creepy flesh-eaters that attacked their human prey with the speed of a drippy faucet. Contemporary audiences are much less patient..."
"...Perhaps it's prankishly appropriate in the time of viral video "2 Girls 1 Cup" that what we actually get for our ticket to Diary of the Dead is not exactly a new Romero flick but rather The Death of Death, a polemical, media-obsessed student video from inside Romero's bloody, funny B-movie universe – tacky horror repurposed as documentary of the apocalypse when zombies attack. That the director himself turns up – in an emergency broadcast as a military officer presenting zombie attack footage altered for some nefarious purpose we'll never know – only adds to the film's pleasurably disconcerting unreliability..."
"...Meanwhile, zombie series The Walking Dead is another hit for AMC, also drawing 6-million-plus viewers (mostly men, according to The Hollywood Reporter online). Zombies are scary..."
"...Thunder's Mouth Press, 288 pp. $13.95 (paper) Zombies are inherently boring..."
"...'Tis the season when much attention is given to what is born – the Son of Heaven, on Earth as man; the sun in heaven, returning with spring – but I didn't expect this year's births to include singing and dancing zombies...."