April 8, 2017

So long and thanks for all the Brains!

This post is fairly long overdue, but after three years of inactivity I think it's finally same to say that The Zed Word: Zombie Blog is dead and finally buried.

In 2008, I started The Zed Word to share my love of the zombie genre. I was two years out of University with a lot of time to kill, and the zombie pop-culture craze was just about to explode. I had recently re-discovered my love of George A. Romero's original zombie series and was beginning to explore the extent to which the Romero zombie archetype had influenced horror culture.  This lead me to becoming a follower and occasional contributor of Derek Koch's Mail Order Zombie podcast, which directly inspired me to create my own online outlet to express my love of zombies.

Operating The Zed Word was always meant to be hobby, but I could not have anticipated the way it would shape my life. From giving me the opportunity to meet wonderful zombie movie celebrities and creators as well as attend such great events as the annual Toronto After Dark Film Festival, The Zed Word was a way of getting my foot into the door of communities and events that I adored. I never made any real money off The Zed Word, but the experiences and friendships that resulted were invaluable.

So why close up The Zed Word? I think I've said all that I wanted to say about zombies and the zombie genre. Even before the over-saturation of zombies in the media propelled by The Walking Dead's popularity, I knew that it was time to move on. Lately, my efforts have been focused on my family, my day job, and the always involved process of running the annual Hexploitation Film Festival. After so many years devoted to writing and discussing the works of others, I think it's finally time I try creating something of my own.

To all of you who have enjoyed The Zed Word over the years or contributed to this little space of zombie love on the internet, I want to thank you for taking the journey with me. The website will remain up as I archive and move my reviews and original content to other places, but like all things, it's already starting to show some decay.

So long long, and thanks for all the brains. It's been fun.

July 29, 2014

[REC] 4: Apocalypse to screen at TIFF's Midnight Madness

Today, the it was announced that Spanish zombie/demon film [REC] 4: Apocalypse will be making its World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival's MIDNIGHT MADNESS programme.

The fourth and reportedly final installment in the franchise that began with Paco Plaza and Jaume Balagueró's 2007 POV zombie flick [REC] catches up with the heroine of that film, Angela Vidal (Manuela Velasco), as she wakes up in a high-security quarantine facility at sea. But what does she remember of the horrific supernatural events that overtook her? Is she carrying a virus? Distrust spreads through the isolated facility while new, even more deadly forms of evil spread even faster.

After [REC] and [REC] 2 (review), co-directors Plaza and Balagueró decided to ditch the POV gimmick and break up the directing duties for the rest of the franchise. In 2012 we got to see Plaza go solo in the delightfully funny and gory [REC] 3: Genesis (review). We can only speculate what apocalyptic developments we'll see as the franchise culminates in Balagueró's [REC] 4 when it premieres this September at TIFF's MIDNIGHT MADNESS.

For the full MIDNIGHT MADNESS lineup visit http://www.tiff.net/festivals/thefestival/programmes/midnight-madness

April 1, 2014

DOC OF THE DEAD to Infect Hot Docs Film Festival

What better place than Toronto -- the home of the first ever recorded "zombie walk" -- for a documentary about zombie culture to have its International Premiere?

Alexandre O. Philippe's "definitive zombie culture documentary" Doc of the Dead will be infecting the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival and raising corpses from their graves for its International Premiere: Saturday, April 26th at 12am midnight.

Brought to the screen by the makers of THE PEOPLE vs. GEORGE LUCAS and shot and edited in a cinematically edgy, high-octane style, DOC OF THE DEAD hosts a rich pop culture dialogue with zombie experts and celebrities, such a George A. Romero and Simon Pegg, and investigates the possibility and ramifications of an actual zombie outbreak.

*Attending Hot Docs: Director Alexandre O. Philippe*

Premiere - Sat, Apr 26 - 12:00AM Midnight - Bloor
Screening 2 - Sun, Apr 27 - 9:30PM - Hart House
Screening 3 - Sat, May 3 - 9:45PM - Royal

Doc of the Dead will have a special 1-week digital release on iTunes 24 hours after it's Hot Docs premiere on Sat, April 26.

Order your tickets now before they're swallowed up by a horde of the undead! Visit www.hotdocs.ca

January 8, 2014

WIN Zombie Night on DVD

To celebrate the Canadian release of the ZOMBIE NIGHT -- the new film from Feast and Piranha 3DD director John Gulager -- we're giving away two copies of the film on DVD courtesy of Video Services Corp.

With this latest gore-fest from The Asylum, creature feature specialist John Gulager is back doing what he likes best – killing monsters and re-animating careers. Zombie Night stars Anthony Michael Hall (The Dead Zone TV series), Daryl Hannah (Kill Bill), Shirley Jones (The Partridge Family), and Alan Ruck (Ferris Bueller's Day Off) as victims of a zombie uprising attempting to survive the night with flesh-eating ghouls on their door steps. Bonus material includes a featurette, gag reel, and trailers


Email zedwordblog@gmail.com with the subject ZOMBIE NIGHT and include your name and mailing address. Two winners will be chosen at random. Open to residents of USA and Canada only. One entry per email/address. Contest closes at 12am on January 9, 2014.

December 8, 2013

NO VACANCY - 2014 Gorgeous & Gory Zombie Pin-Up Calendar

It may be winter now, but 2014's going to be hot! Especially if you're kicking off the new year with NO VACANCY: the Gorgeous & Gory Zombie Pin-Up Calendar.

Staged within a sexy roadside motel hell, NO VACANCY is twelve months of searingly seductive zombie pinups featuring alluring tattooed vixens in various states of vintage undress and decomposition. Order yours in time for Christmas.

Created by Dead Flesh columnist Jessica Rajs and designer Sean White, Gorgeous & Gory gives new meaning to the word "ravishing." The models look good enough to eat......eat you, that is. Artist and zombie walk icon Sarah White as well as team of makeup artist graduates from the Tom Savini Makeup Effects Program also help bring this new for 2014 calendar to life.

Each calendar is 12"x 24" when stretched out and held by black metal binding.
Get yours, as well as any of the previous year's calendar sets, at www.gorgeousandgory.com