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The zombie sub-genre of horror has seen every possible evolution that could be imagined. That is, until Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse is unleashed into theaters on October 30. Now we’ve got a whole new twist on the zombie universe. To celebrate, we’ve conjured up some of our favorite unconventional zombies throughout the years.

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Fido – Fido
Oh, what a concept. So let’s say the zombie apocalypse finally breaks out as we all know it will sooner or later. But instead of letting cities crumble like Atlanta in “The Walking Dead,” why can’t we get in front of this thing and use it to our advantage? And that’s exactly the concept we see in Fido.

There’s really nothing outwardly unique about Fido as a zombie. He’s a flesh-eating undead walker, but thanks to the smarts of humanity, he’s been corralled by a collar that controls his less desirable traits and makes him downright handy to the family that owns him, as is the case with many of the zombies that survived the “Zombie Wars” that occurred before the film started. The only problem is if that damn collar happens to break down or slip off.

And, of course, that damn controlling collar does happen to go haywire, and off Fido goes onto a flesh-devouring killing spree. But what else would you expect a zombie to do? When we start domesticating the undead and having them do our laundry and wash our cars, there can only be bad things coming in the future. But we must say, Fido is a landmark monster. Never before have we seen the undead put to such fantastic good use.

Pet Sematary – Winston Churchill
Although Stephen King never calls the things that come back after being buried in the Micmac Burial Ground zombies, they are indeed some form of that. Easily one of the most underrated and least spoken of Stephen King books and movies, Pet Sematary is an absolute nightmare, and it all started with Winston Churchill.

Not the world leader Winston Churchill, of course, but a scary grey cat that carried his name. Of course the Creed family called him “Church” for short, and this ferocious feline was nothing if not another worldly, undead terror. Church was the first thing that Louis Creed buried in the unholy ground shown to him by Jud Crandall, but it wasn’t the last. As all fans of the film know, Louis kinda went overboard burying dead family members up there, and that’s even after Jud told him about how Timmy Baterman came back all jammed up.

Scout’s Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse will undoubtedly bring us more new and memorable zombies to talk about. In fact, the film has its own herd of zombie cats to deal with. If you think Church was bad, imagine a group of them, with nothing but bad news on the mind. Check out the clip below to see the zombie cats on the prowl in Scout’s Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse.

Return of the Living Dead – Split Dog
Return of the Living Dead is an iconic zombie film. No, it’s not the serious, thought-provoking masterpiece that George A. Romero gave us with Night of the Living Dead, but Return of the Living Dead is so strong for so many reasons. It’s hilarious, it’s over-the-top, and it’s the film that originally kicked off the idea that zombies eat brains. Up to that point, zombies were pure flesh-eaters, not distinguishing between brains and the rest of the body; but when Tarman arose and uttered his unforgettable line, “More brains,” the horror community was hooked!

But within the insanity that is Return of the Living Dead, we see some great alternative zombie action. In addition to all the madness that breaks out, we see some really unique zombies. One of the main highlights is the little person zombie that appears just after the undead call for more paramedics, but the most outrageous has to be the zombie half-dog.

Viewers will undoubtedly remember the scene at the Uneeda Medical Supply warehouse that featured many some of the supply company products coming to life, the most memorable of which was an undead half-dog that had been bisected for medical research reasons. Once reanimated, the dog moved and yipped and made for a most memorable prop. One of the most unique and unorthodox zombies ever created.

Day of the Dead – Bub
A more humanistic zombie you’ll never find! Bub, played by Howard Sherman in the original Day of the Dead, is a memorable zombie for the ages. He is unique as no zombie has been before or since. He uses the phone (kind of), salutes, and even remembers how to fire a gun when the shit hits the fan at the end of Day of the Dead.

Yes, the split dog in Return of the Living Dead was awesome, but Bub is on another level. He’s the first hero zombie we’ve ever seen, and I can’t think of another one since. Bub should have worn a cape with a big letter “B” on his chest because he was indeed one of the good guys once he was able to shake off a little of that undead haze.

Day of the Dead was a landmark for zombie films because of how it raised the bar on so many levels. The special effects were absolutely stunning and perhaps unmatched to this day as far as practical work goes. And one unforgettable zombie named Bub helped to entrench the film in our hearts.

Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse is in theaters October 30th. To create your own badges, watch exclusive video, and get tickets, head to ScoutsAndZombiesMovie.com.

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Buy Stuff From Eibon Press, Get More Stuff For Free

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Eibon Press have announced that they’re starting Black Friday a day early and will be running their specials for almost a week, through November 28th. This year, they’re doing something a little different, a little more interesting. Rather than reduce prices on their inventory, they’re doing a deal where depending on how much you buy from their store, you’ll get a certain amount of free swag in addition to your order.

The first tier sees anyone who makes a purchase getting two double-sided mini-posters featuring art from their upcoming Bottomfeeder and Maniac and The New York Ripper series. The second tier sees anyone who spends at least $30 getting a free copy of their VHS Comics titles Laserblast plus the mini-posters. The final tier is for those who spend $50 and more and that will net the mini-posters, the #1 issue of Laserblast, and a free copy of Lucio Fulci’s Gates of Hell #2.

Lastly, five random people will receive an extra bonus gift, which they won’t reveal but promise that, “…you’ll love it!

All order cans be placed via Eibon Press.

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KISS Meets Army of Darkness in New Comic Miniseries!

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Dynamite Entertainment just announced that they are planning to bring two of their bestselling brands together in “KISS/Army of Darkness #1”. The new comic book series will unite the rock band with none other than Ash for some Deadite ass kicking.

The series will be written by Chad Bowers and Chris Sims and illustrated by Ruairi Coleman. And the debut issue of “KISS/Army of Darkness” features three art covers from Kyle Strahm, Goni Montes, and Ken Haeser.

You can find all three covers below along with quotes from the creative team. After looking through all of that make sure to hit us up and let us know how excited you are about this new hybrid comic series in the comments below or on social media!

With Ash vs. The Army of Darkness, Chris and I were given kind of carte blanche to do whatever we wanted to the world of AOD, and we went for broke,” Co-writer Chad Bowers says. “We introduced some new characters and concepts, and built a legacy for Ash’s comics adventures that I’m immensely proud of, but not in a million years could I have guessed we’d get to continue that momentum with the added bonus of tossing the world’s greatest rock n’ roll band into the mix! I’ve been in the tank for KISS since I was in middle school. I remember buying the KISS tribute album, KISS My Ass for the Lemonheads (they covered Plaster Caster), which lead to me picking up Greatest Hits, and so on. But when I found out there was a KISS comic with blood in it, I signed up for life! Of course, I adore the songs (literally listening to Do You Love Me right now), but I’m just as obsessed with the way KISS transcends the music to become something of a genre themselves. It’s something I think about a lot, honestly, so no surprise, it’s a big part of our story too!”

“When it comes to Army of Darkness, I guess you could say that Ash is a bit of a gambler, but he’s nobody’s fool,” Co-writer Chris Sims says. “And since our first story was set back at Alan Shepard High, we’re looking forward to showing him some things that you can’t learn in school. Okay, okay, I’ll stop with the deep-cut lyrics now, but for real — if you thought Deadites at Homecoming and the Supernatural Military-Adjacent Response Team were taking Ash in a new direction, just wait until you see how we team him up with the Starchild, Space Ace, the Demon, and the Catman. In the grand tradition of the film, we’re tearing up the entire space-time continuum and if you think you know how weird this is gonna get… well, you sure know somethin’!”

“Having done some work for Dynamite in the past, I’ve really been wanting to get my foot in the door here for a long time so I can play in the sandbox of the amazing licenses they have,” Artist Ruairi Coleman says. “Chief among those, and high up on my bucket list, is Army of Darkness: Hail to the king, baby! So, when I was offered the job of drawing the KISS/Army of Darkness crossover, I couldn’t believe my luck! The concept is totally bonkers, but in a way, that would make complete sense in the world of Army of Darkness. Thinking about it, I’m surprised it hasn’t been done already and I’m honored (and more than a little intimidated) to be the guy who draws it.”

“After a more than 40-year career, KISS continues to be one of rock’s most celebrated bands, while Army of Darkness continues to be a staple in the comic book industry. We’re both honored to have the opportunity to work so closely with Gene and Paul to bring their world-renowned alter-egos to comics alongside our very own Ashy Slashy,” says Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite Entertainment. “The raging guitar chords and pyrotechnic spectacle of their stage shows could have come straight from the pages of the Necronomicon, and this epic battle between The Demon and Deadites will appeal to the hellions in all of us!”

Issue #1 will be available on digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Kindle, iBooks, Google Play, Dynamite Digital, iVerse, Madefire, and Dark Horse Digital.

The KISS/Army of Darkness miniseries event hits February 2018.

Synopsis:

KISS is on top of the world and rocking faces until the night disciples of The Destroyer show up and the band disappears. With the tour canceled, a young Ash misses one of the most important events of his life that will change his destiny. Now the Chosen One has to get back on the right path and join the KISS ARMY OF DARKNESS!

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Jason Lives Director Pitched Follow-Up: Jason Vs Cheech and Chong

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One of my favorite entries in the Friday the 13th series is director ‘s Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives. The mixture of old-school gothic horror and comedy is always a welcome treat around these parts.

But why wasn’t McLoughlin asked to write and direct the follow-up?

Actually, it turns out he was asked to follow up Jason Lives, McLoughlin recently told Mick Garris on the Post Mortem podcast.

But his pitch – Jason vs Cheech and Chong – didn’t go over so well…

“[Frank Mancuso Jr.] wanted me to do another film after we did Jason,” McLoughlin says. “And I said, ‘What are you thinking? I don’t know what it could be now.’ And he said, ‘Well, what do you think about Freddy (Krueger) and Jason?’ And I go, ‘But Freddy’s at New Line and the guys at Paramount have [Jason].’ And it’s like, ‘Well, we’re going to try and see if we can work something out.’ So, I started thinking about that, going, It doesn’t make sense. I mean he lives in one realm and — you know, I take this stuff very seriously, what realm a monster’s supposed to stay in. And he came back, he goes, ‘Eh, forget it, it’s not going to work anyway.’ And I said, ‘You know what? You guys own Cheech and Chong. What if we do Cheech and Chong-meets-Jason? They’re like camp counselors or something. It’s like, ‘Hey, man, I saw Jason out there.’ ‘No, man, that’s a myth.’ But he said, ‘You know what? No.’”

Too bad. While I don’t know how well a Cheech and Chong/Friday the 13th flick would go, with McLoughlin at the helm, the film would have at least been funny as hell.

Plus we already got these two knuckleheads in Part III.

Are you upset we never got Tom McLoughlin’s Jason vs Cheech and Chong? Make sure to let us know in the comments below or on social media!

You can buy Friday the 13th: Part VI – Jason Lives on Blu-ray HERE.

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