Canadian horror flick Pontypool
) is a modern zombie tale quite unlike any other. Loosely based on a dense, complicated novel
by Tony Burgess and inspired by
Orson Welles' War of the Worlds
, it tells the story of Grant Mazzy, a grumbling yet likable radio host (played by veteran character actor Stephen McHattie) whose penchant for philosophical ramblings
gets him booted from Toronto to the sleepy winter pastures of Pontypool, Ontario. One bleak morning, as the outspoken Mazzy chafes against no-nonsense producer Sydney Briar, disturbing news begins rolling in
of a series of bizarre
and violent incidents sweeping the town. Trapped in their church basement broadcasting booth, Mazzy, Briar, and intern Laurel-Ann Drummond
struggle to understand the odd nature of the crisis and warn the wider world before it's too late. But this is no ordinary virus, and they find their efforts may be causing far more harm than good. You can watch the film on YouTube horror channel Dead By Dawn (1 2 3 4 5 6 7
), but if you're pressed for time you can also experience it in its more logical form: as a one-hour BBC radio drama
voiced by the original cast. And after the credits, make sure not to miss the film's playful non-sequitur coda
posted by Rhaomi
on Feb 25, 2011 -
Do you like the wholesale destruction of everything you cherish? Do you like roguelikes? Then you're in luck because two new roguelikes are yours to play, the zombie-apocalypse city survival fest Rogue Survivor
, and the Gamma Worldesque ASCII-Fallout-analogue Caves of Qud
. Both are still in beta, both will keep you away from the dinner table over the holidays.
posted by Kattullus
on Dec 22, 2010 -
A 3 hour podcast interview
here) with British comics legend Pat Mills, most famous for the anti-war WW1 strip Charley's War
, the creation 2000ad and many of the most enduring characters within it, superhero hunter Marshall Law
and numerous other comics
. His work usually combines combines dark humour, a dash of left wing politics and ludicrous amounts of violence, now as much as ever with puritan zombie hunter Defoe
. Subjects discussed in the intreview include the death of artist John Hicklenton
, being Irish-English, Sláine
and the comparitive lack of celtic heroes in modern popular culture, Oliver Cromwell and the Levellers
. Bonus link: 20 pages of Metalzoic
, Pat Mills and Kevin O'Neills "lost" story.
posted by Artw
on Dec 19, 2010 -
Once the fungus invades its victim’s body, it’s already too late. The invader spreads through the host in a matter of days. . . . Just before dying, the infected body—a zombie—grasps a perch as the mature fungal invader erupts from the back of the zombie’s head to rain down spores on unsuspecting victims below, starting the cycle again. This isn’t the latest gross-out moment from a George A. Romero horror film; it is part of a very real evolutionary arms race between a parasitic fungus and its victims, ants.
(SL Smithsonian article)
posted by bearwife
on Nov 4, 2010 -
was an edutainment game developed in 1971. Schools across America used this game as a teaching tool to prepare children for the impending zombie apocolypse and dysentery."
posted by brundlefly
on Oct 29, 2010 -
The Running of the Dead
: How the shift from slow zombies to fast zombies inverts the political statement in the Dawn of the Dead
remake, the Hobbesian influence on zombie narrative, and the implications for 28 Days Later
. In four parts.
posted by 0xFCAF
on Sep 7, 2010 -
is a fiendishly addictive and entertaining Mario Kart clone which has already taken up far too much of my week. Developers Conix Games
also made a top-down zombie shooter in the Robotron tradition called Daytraders of the Dead
, which is just about as addictive.
posted by Kattullus
on Jul 23, 2010 -
Excercise a little abstract for you? Unable to see the point of going to the gym? Try ZombieFit
and get in shape for the end of the world.
posted by The Whelk
on Jun 29, 2010 -
Thanks to a lot of what I've read on Metafilter, I've found some amazing websites (many of these have been posted before), and I've built up kind of a Sunday routine that starts at Post Secret
, then continues toTXComics
, where I check the weeks updates on Kukuburi
and The Abominable Charles Christopher
, all the while hoping that Sin Tutulo
will be back soon (Feb 28th, they say). From there I check out A Softer World
, and every once in a while, go back to check on comics that seem to have stopped, like We The Robots
and Simulated Comic Product
(which seems to have undergone some changes.
The key? I usually finish with Bob the Angry Flower
, whose recommendations are always worth a shot. Therefore, I give you Infectonator
! [more inside]
posted by Ghidorah
on Feb 27, 2010 -
The Road to Moloch
. A short film.
Will the genre of rag-tag band of (battle-hardened soldiers/sex-crazy students/escaped convicts) stumbles upon (cave in the desert/cabin in the woods/house on the hill) and unearths (unspeakable zombie terror/undead apocalypse/soul stealing demons) ever
posted by jadayne
on Aug 18, 2009 -