“Rather than diving into flesh eating ghoul territory, Moody’s AUTUMN takes a more patient and scientific approach. In many ways, this is a thinking man’s zombie flick with some fun performances and decent effects… AUTUMN makes for a damn fine zombie experience… definitely worth seeking out for the geek in search of genuine scares and interesting takes on the sub-genre.”
As luck would have it, those of you in the UK can catch the movie on TV again in the early hours of Friday morning. It’s also available on DVD in various countries. Click here for more information.
I mentioned in a recent post that I’ll be trying a few different things this year, but that doesn’t mean I’ll be completely turning my back on the post-apocalyptic tales of doom which have served me well so far! I wanted to start 2012 by formally announcing a project which I, along with several others, have already been working on for some time.
If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll probably have heard me describe myself as a frustrated film-maker. I’ve made no secret of the fact that film is something I’ve long wanted to get more involved with, and in 2012 that’s going to happen.
ISOLATION is a film project I’m working on with Will Wright. Will and I met a couple of years back and, born of a mutual desire to make a certain type of zombie movie, we immediately started plotting. We now have a script, a strategy, and a number of industry professionals ready to help us turn our story (actually stories) into a unique movie.
I’m not going to tell you very much more just yet, other than the fact we’ll be filming in and around Birmingham, UK, this summer. So why I am telling you this today instead of waiting until we’ve got something more tangible to show you? The answer’s simple – we want you involved from the outset. We want you to help shape this project. Over the coming weeks and months we’ll be revealing more and more about ISOLATION and asking for your feedback and ideas. If you’re a designer, musician, make up artist, actor, stunt person, promotions expert etc. etc. then we want to hear from you. If you’re a zombie fanatic who has very definite ideas on the kind of zombie movies you’d like to see, then we want to hear from you. If you just like the idea of playing dead on film, then we want to hear from you!
More to come very soon. In the meantime, follow ISOLATION on Twitter and Facebook, join the mailing list, and keep an eye on the website. Until then, here’s DefDFires zombie-themed video for The Palace, directed by Will.
I’m ashamed to say I haven’t read nearly enough of The Walking Dead (I’m currently working my way through this little beauty), but I was a big fan of the first season of the TV show. It’s great to see another zombie story which focuses on the characters and situations more than on the living dead. This trailer for season two looks absolutely incredible:
By the way, here’s an interesting fact for you: Glen Mazzara, lead writer for season two, wrote the original version of the script for the HATER movie. Hope to have some news on that project for you soon…
I’ve been doing a lot of press for DOG BLOOD recently and I’ve regularly been asked about my favourite movies. As you’ve probably guessed from my books (it doesn’t take a genius!), post-apocalyptic films are my thing.
My brain needs some serious recharging right now, and talking about all those classics has made me want to watch them again. So that’s what I’m planning to do. And I’ve decided I’ll write something about each of them for this site: what I liked about them, what I didn’t like, how they’ve been an influence etc. etc. etc.
There are many comprehensive lists around the internet (such as this one over at www.quietearth.us), but I was thinking – what are your favourite apocalyptic films? I’m always on the lookout for new films or ones that I’ve missed, so please leave a comment and recommend your top end of the world movies. As a starter, here are the first few I’ve got lined up:
The AUTUMN movie gets another DVD release in the US this week. There’s a nice little article on Fangoria.com about the experiences of Diane Salema, a presenter on MTV Canada who appeared in the film (under a ton of make-up) as Mrs Evans, i.e. David Carradine’s mom.
I don’t know how many of you are like me… thirty-something (very close to forty-something) and UK based. If you’re not then this post may not be relevant. Sorry about that, but this is something I’m passionate about!
But, without anyone really noticing, the Horror Double Bills died out, and were replaced, on the whole, with blandness: reality TV shows, endless repeats, 24 hour news etc. etc.
I was really pleased to hear that a campaign to bring Classic Horror back to BBC TV in the UK has been started, and I wanted to ask all you UK readers to show your support. There’s a website, a Facebook page and even a petition. Please add your voice!
This isn’t just a nostalgia trip for old buggers like me. These films really were instrumental in switching me on to horror, and I don’t think I’d be writing the books I write today if it hadn’t been for those Saturday nights spent creeping back downstairs to watch TV after my parents had gone to bed, or staying up late in the school holidays and being scared half to death by Quatermass, Captain Kronos, Doctor Phibes and the like. Let’s get these films back on the box!
There’s a nice mention of the AUTUMN movie in Kim Newman‘s column in the July 2010 issue of Empire. “…surprisingly downbeat and intelligent, with a strong performance by Dexter Fletcher as a bewildered survivor and a showy ham cameo from David Carradine…”
Less than a week to enter the competition to win my copy of the AUTUMN movie on DVD. Here’s the question again (now removed as the competition has closed). Entries close on 31st May when a winner will be selected at random.
Things I’ve found out this week #1: the UK DVD release is region free so anyone can watch it.
Things I’ve found out this week #2: if you’re in the UK and you want to see the film today, it’s being shown on the Horror Channel again tonight at 9:00pm.