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This is top ranking re-imagining of the walking dead in a George A. Romero and Lucio Fulci inspired zombie horror adventure. Get yourself a bargain here.

The dead have returned to life…

The world’s focus is on the city of Ravenswood and the once idyllic town of Farmore as platoons and scattered survivors fight the hordes of the dead, unbeknownst one of them holds the key to end the undead’s reign of mayhem.

Across the city at a body disposal plant a small group take shifts on the ‘death watch’. Their hopes hinge on the soldiers of Farmore to rescue them. But with no contact for months, no food and surrounded by the dead, have they got what it takes to survive?

With death at their door, only time can tell…

*Spoilers ahead*
An alliance of sorts is formed so that the group can tow their armoured vehicle from a horde of the dead drawn to the sound of its horn.

Despite a post murky filtering tinkering, episode 3 of season 4’s Fear the Walking Dead gains momentum, this is another strong episode from the underdog. The previous 3 series has debatably worked best when it’s not trying to walk like The Walking Dead notably early outbreak city setting, a boat, a villa and hotel respectively. When avoiding The Walking Dead military The Warriors gang tropes is seems to fare better. A jump in time in season 4 has helped usher in Morgan Jones but trading off that interesting earlier outbreak vibe.

The acting in this episode is particularly strong. Garret Lee Dillahunt’s John Dorie is on tracker form, along side Walking Dead’s Lennie James who portrays stick wielding Morgan. Here Jones gives some good advice to Nick and gifts him his little book of peace. We find member Maggie Grace’s Althea holds a journalist secret. Kim Dickens as Madison Clark appears in Nicks flashbacks which become poignant in retrospect. Colman Domingo is on usual problem solving form as Victor.

This is a stand out episode most notable for selfless recovered heroin addict Johnny Depp-alike Frank Dillane’s Nick Clark meeting a surprise death! After fittingly exacting revenge, his untimely demise is by the hand of child. Shot dead! Dillane is excellent durning blood curdling death scene and actor Alycia Debnam-Carey shines as Nick’s sister in his final moments.

While a strong game changing curve ball episode it’s a shame such an interesting and great character wonderfully played is shockingly killed off, that said, there’s plenty more life Fears back to basics and grounded character approach. Let just hope that Fear doesn’t become a one gang verses another gang show.

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Hey, I haven’t shared my comments on a zombie film for, oh, about two minutes now, so here’s another one:

*** This review may contain spoilers about zombies that you probably already knew***

A loan man survives a zombie-like outbreak and finds the perfect hiding place, a military compound.

Extinction successfully borrows and merges from the best trying to appease all walks of zombie fans, there’s slow walking, fasting running, hibernating, green and red blooded infected. 

It’s dark, gloomy with the solid cinematography, a muted colour palette and style reminiscent of 28 Days/Weeks Later and Mutants to name a few. Thanks to a minimalist script the acting for the most part is pretty naturalistic. The mix of different foreign English accents gives it a worldwide edge. 

The story works with the initial military base set up where Tom Keller sets up home, what follows is an exposition flashback then flash forward back to the present. There’s voice over narration by actor Daniel Buder who plays Keller who also makes diary logs to a web-cam throughout. Tobias Kay is particularly notable as laid back Max Fischer and the supporting cast including Luise Bähr’s Sattler and sharp shooting Lee Rychter as Luke who are all effective enough. 

With some good effects and a complementary score it then takes a different direction when Keller finds other survivors, brings them back to the base and they then try to get to a bunker. There’s not as much tension as it could have but it blows away most modest budget zombie films. Director Niki Drozdowski offers a well made zombie drama with some good action setups and periodic fighting scenes on the doom and gloom atmospheric backdrop. 

It’s a solid serious entry to the genre and although it breaks no new ground and can be a little sluggish its one of better zombie films doing the rounds.


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Put a note in your diary of the dead!Blood Hunger topped the kindle horror charts last month now the zombie Dead Pulse is totally free this Halloween and Day of the Dead season. Grab yourself the ultimate walking dead bargain!*
When being dead no longer means the end…

With a staple on George A. Romero’s dead mythos while paying homage to his ‘rules’,  Dead Pulse gives an insight into the zombies food pecking order, their thought process and how they actually function.

Dead Pulse also explores what it truly means to survive a zombie apocalypse through the harshest seasons on the land, sea and air over an intense 12 months. Of course there’s all the zombie action you’d expect from the genre and more.
*update 03/11/2013 Dead Pulse made the top 40 horror ebook chart #39. Thanks to all.
 

Death does not discriminate…

Remember Dead Pulse is totally free this Halloween and Day of the Dead season, but if you can wait its out now from a variety of online stores, including Amazon US and Amazon UK you can also order it from your local store. Also if you get your undead hands on the paperback edition the Kindle comes free.

Check out Dead Pulse’s “calm before the storm” trailer:
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With the release of Day of the Dead Blu-ray (Collector’s Edition) (1985) from Shout! (Scream) Factory. I thought I’d revisit Romero’s zombie Classic (film review below), I loved the Arrow Blu-ray edition, some may like Shout! Factory ‘s new colour, you can find a comparison here and there’s a new documentary ‘World’s End: The Legacy of Day of the Dead’.

That’s said it’s personal preferences I have no idea at all which is more accurate to what Romero indented as both we remastered from an original and the Arrow Ed. was also loaded with extras and Docs.

Here’s the walking dead bad news for many – this new Collector’s Edition is region A locked, so if you have a European player that isn’t multi-region you’re dead out of luck.

P.S more bad news – if you’re interested in the 2014 Day of the Dead Remake and whether or not Lori Cardille will appear, I caught up with Lori and sadly she advised me that no one has got in touch yet not even for a cameo. (There’s still a chance though, I hope.)

Set a reminder! Put a note in your diary of the dead!

The zombie good news is that Dead Pulse is totally free only kindle worldwide this Halloween season (31st Oct-3rd Nov) More info on Dead Pulse below.

DAY OF THE DEAD (1985)

A small group of military officers and scientists reach breaking point in the confines of a bunker as the world above is overrun by zombies.

The first two scenes set precedence that the rest of the film can’t equal. The jumpy dream sequence is followed by and eerie deserted city during the day that soon comes to ‘life’ with the walking dead. The city scene creates tension, the howling wind and echoing voices.

Lori Cardille acting is excellent as Sarah, as too is Terry Alexander, as realist pilot, John. Jarlath Conroy is the alcoholic radioman William McDermott, however, after this strong introduction and the movie looses it lustre and wider audience as it goes into the underground bunker.

From here on in, we’re treated with a great performance from Sherman Howard as the ‘thinking’ zombie Bub and a fantastic monologue from Alexander, this is where the film finds it feet. There are fantastic special effects by Tom Savini, who fine-tunes what he did in Dawn’ and adds some more gore into the mix. Over the years the score by John Harrison has really grown on me and given the film a memorable lost hope feel.

There are other fine moments in Romero’s script, Miguel Salazar’s break down, Sarah’s struggle and some memorable on liners mostly from Richard Liberty’s Logan and Joseph Pilato’s Rhodes. However, what lets this film down slightly is some uneven acting. That said, John Amplas underrated and overlooked subtle performance as Dr.Fisher is a hidden gem and Johns monologue at the ‘Ritz’ is Oscar worthy.

Day of the dead is a tight zombie film, and debatably a classic but even if you disagree it’s worthy enough to enjoy time and time again.

When being dead no longer means the end…

So with a staple on George A. Romero’s dead mythos while paying homage to his ‘rules’ I wrote my second novel Dead Pulse which gives an insight into the zombies pecking order, their thought process and how they actually function. Dead Pulse also explores what it truly means to survive a zombie apocalypse through the harsh seasons on the land, sea and air over an intense 12 months. Of course there’s all the zombie action you’d expect from the genre and more.

  Death does not discriminate…

Dead Pulse is out now from a variety of online books stores, including Amazon US and Amazon UK you can also order it from your local store. Remember the e-book free this Halloween. Also if you get your undead hands on the paperback edition the Kindle comes free too.

Check out Dead Pulse’s “calm before the storm” trailer:

When being dead no longer means the end…

As civilian and military conflict of interests reach their peak Quaid Stockwell, Frank Marshal, Jayne Reed and Karen Stockwell go head-to-head in fight for survival against an army of undead flesh eaters. Dead Pulse not just as a novel but is a downloadable e-book, sadly there’s no prelude film as with Blood Hunger but Dead Pulse has ‘the calm before the storm trailer’ which can be viewed below.

What different about Dead Pulse?
We are given an insight into the zombies pecking order, their thought process and how they actually function for the first time while paying homage to George A. Romero’s ‘rules’. Dead Pulse explores what it truly means to survive a zombie apocalypse through the harsh seasons on the land, air sea and air. Of course there’s all the zombie action you’d expect from the genre and more.

The world’s focus is on the city of Ravenswood and the once idyllic town of Farmore as platoons and scattered survivors fight the hordes of the dead, unbeknownst one of them holds the key to end the undead’s reign of mayhem. Across the city at a body disposal plant a small group take shifts on the ‘death watch’. Their hopes hinge on the soldiers of Farmore to rescue them. But with no contact for months, no food and surrounded by the dead, have they got what it takes to survive?
With death at their door, only time can tell…
Click on the link below to enjoy the opening of Dead Pulse.

DEAD PULSE OPENING 

Dead Pulse the horror adventure is out now from a variety of online books stores, including Amazon US and Amazon UK you can also order it from your local store.

Check out the Dead Pulse trailer:

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The dead have returned to life…
The world’s focus is on the city of Ravenswood and the once idyllic town of Farmore as platoons and scattered survivors fight the hordes of the dead, unbeknownst one of them holds the key to end the undead’s reign of mayhem. Across the city at a body disposal plant a small group take shifts on the ‘death watch’. Their hopes hinge on the soldiers of Farmore to rescue them. But with no contact for months, no food and surrounded by the dead, have they got what it takes to survive?
With death at their door, only time can tell…
In Dead Pulse I refine the zombie mythos and add a twist to the George A. Romero inspired horror adventure.
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 An interesting story was brought to my attention this morning, Shock Till You Drop talks about what Frank Darabont envisioned in Season 2 Walking Dead, this originated from a communication to Aint it Cool News.
 
‘Darabont’s’ idea mirrors my zombie horror Dead Pulse. Granted Dead Pulse is a homage to Romero, but Dead Pulse is an original piece of work. I should also mention I’ve never read the Walking Dead Comics.
Before I go on here’s a little background to what happened last year. After the Comic Con in 2011 Ben Davis, AMC vice-president of scripted programming, gathered the cast together for a meeting. In this meeting, he told that Darabont had been fired. Saying “This isn’t working.” And Darabont was ‘let go’.
 
Part of Darabont’s concept explained to Ain’t It Cool News is a follows:
 
“We’d start with a squad of maybe seven or eight soldiers being dropped into the city by chopper. They have map coordinates they need to get to; they’ve been told to report to a certain place to provide reinforcement. It’s not a special mission, it’s basically a housekeeping measure putting more boots on the ground to reinforce key intersections and installations throughout the city. And we follow this group from the moment the copter sets them down. All they have to do is travel maybe a dozen blocks, a simple journey, but what starts as a no-brainer scenario goes from “the city is being secured” to “holy shit, we’ve lost control, the world is ending.”
 
Our squad gets blocked at every turn and are soon just trying to survive. I wanted to do a really tense, character-driven ensemble story as communications break down, supply lines are lost, escape routes are cut off, morale falls apart, leadership unravels, mutinies heat up, etc.” and goes on to say,
 
“So the story follows these soldiers through hell as the city falls apart and the squad implodes, with Sam’s soldier being the main character and the moral center of the group. He becomes the last survivor of the squad, and he finally gets to the map coordinates they’ve been trying to get to from the start.”
This raises some questions given that my story was banded around ‘Tinsel Town’. Prior to the zombie boom!
It’s odd that through a series of unfortunate events that my story (written in 2007) that contains the above was erroneously published in 2009, I would mention the book because I wouldn’t want any one to purchase it in that state, it’s unedited and incomplete (and goes for around $156 – Do not buy this!)
 
In March 2011 Dead Pulse was published on paperback and on a variety of e-book platforms and contains the very same segments from the 2007 albeit expanded, edited correctly and this time authorised. Anyone who has read Dead Pulse will immediately realise that Frank’s description bares an uncanny  striking similarity to the Ravenswood massacre chapter where a small group of the soldiers are sent  to the city on what should be a simple mission to retrieve information and goes terribly wrong.
 
The cast of The Walking Dead were told Frank was fired by ‘scripted programming’ section. By default see why ‘his’ wild card’ didn’t make it into Season 2.
 
To get a feel of Dead Pulse’s tone and to see some of the similarities here’s the trailer or for curiosity get the book free with Amazon prime here: