Jun 25

pride and prejudice and zombies for iphone

It is a truth universally acknowledged that iPhone users must be in search of zombie games. This game looks like a fun zombie killing side scroller with a little Regency era eye candy. I haven’t played it yet, but it’s available in the App store for $2.99.

Check out the gameplay in this IGN video:


Video from IGN

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Jun 21

narwhal kills zombie
Image from tinaseamonster

We stopped by tinaseamonster’s etsy shop today, where they’re selling this narwhals vs. zombies t-shirt. It turns out that Narwhals have some zombie killing game, but we’re still a little worried about the possibility of zombie narwhals. The oceans will never be safe again. Continue reading »

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Jun 17

Zombie Adolf Hitler

Zombie FUBAR is a forthcoming comic anthology of World War II zombie stories expected in Fall 2010. Considering the awesome World War II zombie art already featured on the website, this is going to be a spectacular read.

just another old fashioned zombie love song - FUBAR

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Mar 29

The book trailer for the P&P&Z prequel, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls came out recently and it’s all kinds of awesome. I personally hadn’t decided whether or not to check out the book — this just might just have won me over.

EW.com has a great interview with Dawn of the Dreadfuls author Steve Hockensmith, who discusses the mixed critical reaction to the first Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith):

You see the lovahs and you see the hatahs. And yeah, there were definitely some haters out there, and I’m sure they’re still there. It’s something that I can totally understand, it’s not something I look askance at, at all. Somebody having a cynical reaction when they find out that something that really means a lot to them, their beloved ex, is about to be lovingly satirized. I can understand how people can be a little defensive about things that they feel are near and dear to their hearts, but I would say, having thrown all that out there, that I think a lot of those people were actually won over when they read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Not all of them. I would hope, actually, that some of the folks that weren’t won over, would actually respond better to my book, because it isn’t a mash-up. [From EW.com]

Hockensmith makes an excellent point: Most of the hatas were not fans of Jane Austen, and therefore hated the prose. Or, they were huge Austen fans, and hated zombies. If someone isn’t open to both aspects of the mash-up, it’s lost. Dawn of the Dreadfuls is a new thing entirely: Historical zombie fiction. Oh yes.

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Dec 01

Update, 12/3/09, 12:50PM: Our suspicions that this report was a little shady are confirmed. Author Seth Grahame-Smith confirms that the rumor is false and the adaptation of P&P&Z is to be a feature film. Either way, we are still hoping for some parody of the BBC miniseries — possibly the infamous lake scene? [The original post follows.]

According to reports based on the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Twitter feed, the zombie-romance-classic mashup will be adapted into a 6-part miniseries. As P&P&Z fans, we can’t wait to see this Regency-ninja-zombie thing done right!

The miniseries will evidently be produced by Deadline Productions, which seems relatively legit. We are, however, calling the report unconfirmed, since we’re unsure of the Twitter page‘s authenticity. But IMDB and P&P&Z author Seth Grahame-Smith have mentioned a P&P&Z adaptation, and the Twitter page does have some pretty great concept art (as seen on the left of this post) — so, we’re going to go ahead and celebrate.

Anyone who is a fan of P+P-Z (i.e., the original Pride and Prejudice) knows that the most beloved adaptation is the 6-part 1995 Pride and Prejudice BBC miniseries starring Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle.

This begs the question of whether the miniseries will be produced as a parody of the much-loved BBC miniseries. We say, bring on the critical disdain!

Related: Check out our review of P&P&Z and our other P&P&Z-related posts.

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Apr 21

BreathersThe biggest problem with Breathers, a great new zombie book released last month, could be that no one knows what genre it belongs to. It’s about zombies, but it’s not exactly a horror book. It has romance, but it’s no love story. It’s a dark comedy, sure, but it’s more than that. Some reviews are calling Breathers a Rom-Zom-Com, short for a zombie romantic comedy, but even that seems like a stretch.

Breathers is contemporary, humorous and sophisticated. If it weren’t for the zombies, this book would be on the shelf next to Nick Hornby‘s latest and Fight Club. Why? Because I’m going to go out on a limb and say that the genre it belongs to is the poorly understood male ennui: A bored man struggles through a depressing existence, eventually learning how to take back his own life. Except the main character is a zombie, so he’s actually taking back his undeath.

And there’s no mistaking it — Breathers is definitely a zombie book. The story is told in first-person by Andy, a rotting corpse that lives in his parents’ wine cellar after reanimating, wandering out of the mortuary and getting locked up with the other itinerant undead at the SPCA. Between dull days and nights of watching bad television while drinking expensive wine and shampoo, Andy commiserates with other zombies at Undead Anonymous. Hilarity and poignancy ensue.

Breathers is cool and fresh new fiction. It’s the kind of zombie book you could loan to your mother. As long as your mother is okay with a little violence, irreverence and necrophilia — assuming it’s necrophilia if both parties are dead. Or undead. Whatever.

I’m giving Breathers five brains, then subtracting a half brain because, like zombies, the book starts off a tad slow but will get you in the end.

4.5 out of 5 brains

Further reading: Breathers has a pretty cool web page, Undead Anonymous, which has some good literature on coping with undeath.

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Mar 26

Dead Set Zombie Davina

Dead Set, a “reality” TV show where zombies invade the set of Big Brother, debuted in the UK last October and was rebroadcast this January. There’s still no word on when this (or any UK zombie show) will hit primetime in the US, but the show has been licensed by four international TV stations in Sweden, Spain, Africa, and Australia.

Can’t wait to see some reality TV divas get their ribcages torn out by zombie hordes? Find some clips on E4′s website and YouTube, or get the DVD box set from Amazon.co.uk.

(Via Zombie Reporting Center)

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Mar 25

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies has illustrations! Check out the first, where we’re guessing the Bennet sisters are slaying some zombies at the Meryton Assembly.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Illustration 1

The book comes out this April 8, 2009! We have pre-ordered our copies and we’re all over this book like Caroline Bingley after some Darcy lovin’.

(Image is via Irreference, the book’s publisher.)

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Mar 06

William Shakespeare’s Land of the Dead is “a true and accurate account of the Elizabethan zombie plague.” The play was the best attended performance at last year’s Minnesota Fringe Festival and is coming to Philadelphia this March 12-28 via the Plays and Players theater company.

The Plays and Players website features this chilling short documentary, which explains more about the background, impact, and scientific basis of the 1599 zombie plague:

Minnesota’s Walking Shadow Theatre Company promoted their performance with this more personal account of the zombie uprising from William Shakespeare himself:

If you’re in Philadelphia, also check out this Friday’s Zombies vs. Vampires Party. You’ll probably find members of the play’s cast and crew there — and maybe you can kick some vampire butt, too.

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Feb 24

Zombie Jesus! (2007) is a short film that explores the Jesus zombie lore (as we explored in a previous post) in a typical Midwestern US B-movie setting. The main character returns to her tiny hometown and teams up with a local Jew named Isaac to save the town from the cold, dead hands of Zombie Jesus.

We haven’t seen the movie, which has yet to come out on DVD, but some reviewers are lauding the awesome terribleness it contributed to the 2007 Toronto Film Festival, so we’ll stay tuned.

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