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Screamfest L.A. 2014: Guy Pigden Talks Premiere of I Survived a Zombie Holocaust

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With New Zealand filmmaker Guy Pigden’s L.A. Premiere of his feature I Survived a Zombie Holocaust screening this coming Saturday, October 18, at 10:00 pm at the Screamfest Film Festival, read on for our exclusive interview, and have a look at some stills and a trailer for the flick.

Written and directed by Pigden, the narrative of I Survived a Zombie Holocaust (according to the official synopsis) revolves around the following:

The crew of the New Zealand low budget zombie film ‘Tonight They Come!’ are filming in the middle of nowhere. The troubled shoot goes from bad to worse when key cast and crew are struck down by a mystery illness. The replacement runner, Wesley Pennington, arrives on set fresh out of film school and bubbling with enthusiasm just in time for the mystery illness to start turning zombie extras into real, shuffling un-dead zombies.

Produced by Zoe Hobson, the film stars Harley Neville, Jocelyn Christian, Ben Baker, Mike Edward, Reanin Johannink, Mark Neilson, Patrick Davies, Simon Ward and Andrew Laing.

Chatting with Pigden, he stated of his inspiration for his directorial debut (he’s currently in post-production on his second feature, Older), “I’m a huge fan of zombie films ever since I started playing the Resident Evil (video) games around fifteen, and at nineteen I was writing my first zombie script, which had a much different concept (demons possessing dead bodies to work for the government). But within that other film, the characters (did) stumble across a director and his assistant filming a zombie film as these real zombies attacked them. It was just one scene, but it was the most original and interesting part of that script, and that idea stayed with me for years. So eventually I kind of expanded out that idea to become I Survived A Zombie Holocaust.”

As for the principal photography, “The film was shot in Dunedin, which is a smallish city at the bottom of the south island of New Zealand,” Pigden told us. “It’s also my hometown,” he continued. “It was filmed for twenty-seven days over a five-week shoot schedule. We also shot a few days of pickups later on, and we filmed on the Panasonic AF100 using old Zeiss Prime Super speed lenses.”

Regarding the previous sub-genre works which he found influential, Pigden allowed, “I think the Resident Evil films were, New Zealand’s own Braindead which I love, Romero’s original zombie trilogy, and of course Shaun of the Dead. But perhaps the biggest influence was The Return of the Living Dead. It was very ahead of its time and was one of the first zombie films to introduce black humor to the genre.”

Concerning his filmic approach, “For me I wanted to move away from the shaky-cam super-human, super-fast zombies which had been done to death recently, no pun intended, and I wanted to go back to the retro 80’s style of zombie film and try and make something old feel new again. Because I’m such a fan of the genre, I was simply asking myself, ‘What haven’t I seen in a zombie film?’ And then, ‘What do I want to see? How can I subvert expectations and tropes of the genre but also pay tribute to them?’ I did not want it to become predictable so those thoughts were at the forefront of my mind both in the writing and shooting of the film.”

We queried Pigden regarding the effects, a hallmark of the sub-genre.

“The zombies’ look was created by Brae Toia, who was the head makeup artist, and Julie Clark, who is our SFX makeup artist,” stated the filmmaker. “The VFX was spearheaded by the incredibly talented Sam Scott and his team,” he continued. “The zombie look was built around the concept that all these zombies were very fresh (and) recently infected individuals, so there are no highly withered, decayed corpse-style zombies for the most part.”

Pigden is currently in discussions with several distributors regarding I Survived a Zombie Holocaust.

To purchase tickets to the Screamfest premiere of I Survived a Zombie Holocaust, go here, and for more info “like” the film on Facebook.

Screamfest runs from October 14th to the 21st.

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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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