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Event Report: ZombieFest ’08, October 24-26



World Zombie Day - October 26, 2008Monroeville, PA, is no stranger to zombies, especially at their fabled mall where, in 1978, the original (and still best) Dawn of the Dead was filmed. Now, thirty years later, the shambling dead once again invaded for a three-day event which culminated in a good charitable cause. More on that later. ZombieFest, the annual event, was one hell of a good time, and if you missed it, you should promptly go and kick yourself wherever is most tender.

Friday night the fest kicked off at the Churchill Valley Country Club with the Zombie Ball. Costumes were optional, but well received, as the evening included a costume contest, a silent auction (the proceeds from which went to breast cancer research), and a fifty-fifty drawing in which the lucky ticket holder got half the money taken to purchase the tickets; the rest also went to breast cancer research. Amid all the fine surroundings, the cash bar, and the shambling undead, special convention guest Ken Foree greeted every guest as they walked in. Later, Foree was joined by Day of the Dead star Joe Pilato in judging the costume contest.

ZombieFest continued the next day inside the mall, where admission was free, starting with a welcome by ZombieFest promoter and host of Pittsburgh’s The It’s Alive! Show, Professor Emcee Square (Mark Menold). What followed were makeup demonstrations by the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Q & A sessions with Ken Foree and the cast of The It’s Alive Show, movie reviews by Tim Gross, and top-notch performances by bands The Jason Martinko Revue, Venus in Furs, Eric Boyd & His Machines, The Devilz in the Detailz, and The Legendary Hucklebucks. In an empty storefront of the mall, fans were treated to readings by some of horror’s truly talented authors, such as Travis Adkins, Bowie Ibarra, JL Bourne, Glenn Kay, Mike Arnzen, Ryan Mecum, Steve North, Kim Paffenroth, Gregory Lamberson, and D. Harlan Wilson. There were also screenings of movies such as The Incredibly Strange Creatures who Stopped Living and Became Mixed Up Zombies and Night of the Living Dead, along with a screeing of The It’s Alive! Show’s Best of Mother and Urnie DVD.

Sunday was when all hell broke loose. The first year of the Monroeville Mall ZombieWalk, more than seven-hundred shambling rotten corpses showed up to raise awareness of hunger and to donate food for local food banks. It set a world record that year, only to be beaten the next year with more than a thousand. This year, more than 1300 zombies gathered at the mall for a historic walk coordinated with more than fifty cities worldwide. Once we were done shambling through the mall, amid news cameras and gawkers (referred to as “bait”), the whole group was treated to a concert performance by The It’s Alive Show’s house band, Deathmobile.

The rest of the day featured the finalist shorts chosen from the Pittsburgh Post Gazette’s Scary Shorts contest, another showing of Night of the Living Dead, and the Vincent Price classic Last Man on Earth. Following was a final author panel discussion consisting of myself, Gary Braunbeck, and Tim Wagoneer. The day also held zombie costume contests, a jello-brain eating contest, live segments of The It’s Alive Show, and even a “zombieoke” with Library of the Living Dead podcast host, Dr. Pus. Also featured at the fest was a “zombie museum” hosted by the mall’s “Toy Galaxy” store, and a “coffin ride,” in which folks would climb into a real coffin and experience what it is like for the corpse having a bumpy ride to the cemetery.

What struck me the most was the amount of effort put into the costumes some of the zombies created. We had zombie-majorettes, zombie-Palins, bleeding aborted fetuses and Jesus among others that truly made the event spectacular. Ken Foree took the time to guide tours around the mall of shooting locations, and I’m pretty sure he shook the hand of every guest. Also particularly impressive were the efforts of Menold, the cast of The It’s Alive Show, and the volunteers (who are members of the show’s bulletin board and call themselves “The Lifeless”), whose combined labors made ZombieFest ’08 one of the best, and most-professionally-run conventions I’ve ever been to.


Scott A. Johnson

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Edward James Olmos Says Shane Black’s The Predator is Really Funny, Yet Deadly



When we first heard that writer-director Shane Black (Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Band, The Nice Guys) and his main collaborator Fred Dekker (Night of the Creeps, The Monster Squad) were going to be taking on a big-budget reboot/sequel of Predator we were excited as hell. As we’re sure you were as well.

We knew the film was going to be, at least in some aspects, the funniest Predator film we have seen thus far. I mean with Black and Dekker penning the script how could it NOT?

But just how funny will The Predator be?

Well, if we are to believe ScienceFiction.com and co-star Edward James Olmos, the movie is going to be hilarious… yet still deadly.

The Blade Runner actor was recently out and about promoting the new Disney film Coco, and dropped some all-new info on Shane Black’s The Predator.

“Oh, my goodness. That’s an interesting story,” Edward James Olmos told the site. “I haven’t seen any of it, but it’s gonna be funny. The kids in the thing. Yeah, the humor. Huge. Huge. I mean I was in shock, because, you know this is a really intense franchise, and it still is. Don’t get me wrong. You’re gonna be inside of it. But the characters are… what he did — Shane is an incredibly gifted writer, and he’s a great director, and so he ended up getting an incredible ensemble, and when I reached it they had already been filming for three months so they were a unit. So I jump in as the General and there were some moments where I just had to laugh in the scene and I couldn’t be laughing in the scene. ‘I’m sorry guys. Really, I’m sorry.'”

“Keegan (Michael Key) and Thomas Jane, they’re paired off in groups of three groups,” he continues. “Six guys. The way they work, they were all post-traumatic stress disorder guys who were inside of an insane asylum. A mental hospital. Then they put the lead character in there to kind of make them disappear, because they want them kind of out of the picture. And so he gets involved and then boom, the world goes crazy and these kids are released. But out of a freaky incident with some of the Predators. It’s crazy. It’s so crazy. I’m excited for it, and I don’t know what’s gonna happen. I got a good feeling about it. I mean if it’s really funny, and yet deadly like Predator is.”

I’m not surprised at all that the film is going to be funny, and the thought of a humorous Predator movie doesn’t worry me in the slightest either. I have utter faith that Black and Dekker will give us one of the best Predator films in the franchise.

What do you think? Let us know below!

The Predator stars Thomas Jane, Edward James Olmos, Sterling K. Brown, Trevante Rhodes, Boyd Holbrook, Jacob Tremblay, Olivia Munn, Alfie Allen, Yvonne Strahovski, Augusto Aguilera, and Keegan-Michael Key.

Black is directing from a script by Fred Dekker. John Davis, Joel Silver, and Lawrence Gordon — who produced the original — are producing.

The Predator comes out August 3, 2018.

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The Girl in the Spider’s Web Snares It’s Bad Guy



A few months back word dropped that “The Crown” star Claire Foy would be taking up the role of Lisbeth Salander in director Fede Alvarez’s The Girl in the Spider’s Web.

The movie is a sequel/reboot to David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and before all of this gets too confusing, it breaks down like this:

There were a series of books based on Lisbeth Slander called the Millennium trilogy a few years back. The books were called “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”, “The Girl who Played with Fire”, and “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest.”

These were made into a series of Swedish movies with Prometheus star Noomi Rapace as Salander.

The first in a planned trilogy of American remakes was produced by Fincher and starred Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara as Lisbeth. But the American version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo wasn’t a smash success so all future installments were abandoned.

In the meantime, a new trilogy of Lisbeth books were published over in Sweden and the first was called “The Girl in the Spider’s Web”… and now Sony is just skipping all the other books and jumping right to the new trilogy for a reboot.

Make sense?

I know, it doesn’t but whatever. For the time being, let’s just call this new flick a sequel/reboot to David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and leave it at that.

Anyhow, today’s news concerns the new film’s villain who will be played by Claes Bang (The Square). On top of that, Sylvia Hoeks (Blade Runner 2049) has also joined the cast as Salander’s twin sister.

The new installment is directed by Fede Alvarez from a script by Steven Knight and Fede Alvarez & Jay Basu, based on the book by David Lagercrantz

The film begins shooting this January in Stockholm before hitting theaters Oct. 19, 2018.


She is the girl with the dragon tattoo — a genius hacker and uncompromising misfit. He is a crusading journalist whose championing of the truth often brings him to the brink of prosecution.

Late one night, Blomkvist receives a phone call from a source claiming to have information vital to the United States. The source has been in contact with a young female superhacker — a hacker resembling someone Blomkvist knows all too well. The implications are staggering. Blomkvist, in desperate need of a scoop for Millennium, turns to Salander for help. She, as usual, has her own agenda. The secret they are both chasing is at the center of a tangled web of spies, cybercriminals, and governments around the world, and someone is prepared to kill to protect it…


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Check Out the Opening 2 Minutes of Another WolfCop



It was just earlier today that we brought you guys The Dude Design’s the newest poster for writer-director Lowell Dean’s horror-comedy sequel Another WolfCop.

And now we have the movie’s opening 2 minutes!

The clip showcases the new flick’s villain trying to sell us on his “Chicken Milk Beer” before losing his cool and taking it out the commercial’s crew. We then cut to a ragtag group of criminals, dressed as homeless Santas trying to outrun the cops.

A fun two-minutes if you ask me!

You can check out Another WolfCop‘s opening scene below and then make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think in the comments below or on social media!

The film is written and directed by Lowell Dean, produced by Bernie Hernando, Deborah Marks, and Hugh Patterson, and distributed worldwide by Cineplex.

Another WolfCop co-stars Amy Matysio, Jonathan Cherry, and Serena Miller. The film also features special appearances from Canadian music icon Gowan and legendary filmmaker Kevin Smith. It was executive produced by Sean Buckley, J. Joly, Bill Marks, Brian Wideen, Michael Kennedy, and Michael Hirsch.

The film is slated for a wide Cineplex theatrical release on Friday, December 8, 2017, with the film seeing a Blu-ray/DVD/Digital home entertainment release through A71 and Black Fawn in 2018.


A month has passed since the eclipse transformed hard-drinking Officer Lou Garou into the crime-fighting hellion WolfCop. Although the Shape Shifters controlling the town have been extinguished, Woodhaven is far from returning to normal. Lou’s liquor-fueled antics and full moon outbursts are seriously testing his relationship with Officer Tina Walsh – the new Chief of Police. An old friend has mysteriously reappeared with a truly bizarre secret to share, and a homicidal new villain has emerged from the shadows looking to finish what the Shape Shifters started. To defeat this lethal adversary, it will take more than a lone wolf packing a pistol.

Prepare for the next chapter of WolfCop that will be more dirty and hairy than the original! Consider yourself warned.

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