Archive for the ‘Zombies’ Category

Monsters on our Minds

Saturday, August 8th, 2009

There is a lot of writing in the press these days about Zs and Vs:
For those who need an infusion of pop-monstrousness…check these links:

In the Blood: Why do vampires still thrill? by Joan Acocella

A Trend With Teeth By Ruth La Ferla

Zombie Films as Liberal Parables in The New York Times’ blogs.

Poor poor modern vampires, stuck merely “hot and bad” while zombies are busy enacting “progressive ideals of common cause and collective action”. If, like me, you’re jaded by the beautiful immortal Twilight and True Blood variety of pouty hero-vamps who aren’t even dangerous drinkers – one is “vegetarian” and the other sips synthetic blood substitute, though you know they both want the real (pretty young) thing – check these new creatures. Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan’s novel The Strain and Park Chan Wook’s film Thirst, below, offer monsters you can really sink your teeth into, or vice versa.

the strain

Undead in the Night Slide-Show

Saturday, July 11th, 2009

Lilith Performance Studio posted a slide show of our recent forest performance collaboration, Undead in the Night on their website. Check it out; crank the volume!

Zombies in Condoland documentation!

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

At long last, the documentation is completed! It’s also on Youtube…
Note: the sound doesn’t start right away.

Installation at Rosenthal Gallery

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

Jillian mcdonald rosenthal gallery

My show, Monstrosities, looks great thanks to Michael Rosenthal and his wonderful staff – especially Maureen and Caitlin! Many happy zombies were made the night of the opening, I hope no one was eaten. If you’re in San Francisco come to my talk tomorrow night at 7!

Zombies Trump Vampires in Time Magazine

Friday, June 19th, 2009

Time magazine is also comparing Zombies and Vampires. Lev Grossman (ironic name for a man writing about zombies) points out the obvious fact that no one wants to sleep with Zombies. I would add with the exception of Zombie Honeymoon and Otto, but who could resist those mighty cute zombie boys?

In Zombies are the New Vampires, Grossman declares Zombies the official monster of the recession, after all “what monster could be better suited to our current level of ecological anxiety? Zombies are biodegradable, locally sourced and sustainable — they’re made of 100% recycled human.”

Bruce and Bruce: Zombie Night in Canada

Friday, June 19th, 2009

PontyPool, tag line “Shut up or Die”, is a film from Canadian director Bruce McDonald [2008]. Zombies invade a town in Ontario and the only human defense is utter silence, the zombie virus spreading via language. Read more on the use of silence in horror film, specifically in The Descent. It’s a tricky concept considering our natural impulse to scream or yell when startled by excessively violent creatures or threatened with extreme bodily harm. Not to mention the convention of sound overuse, especially as shock effect, in many horror films. In PontyPool much of the horror is not seen by the protagonists or the audience, but rather described to the radio show staff core characters, via the helicopter weather guy.

In other 2008 Canadian zombie news from directors named Bruce, Bruce laBruce’s Otto or Up with Dead People is a film with a cute gay goth boy zombie protagonist. The trailer claims it “Brings Sexy Back…From the Dead”. This one looks more funny than scary – at least from the trailer.

Good night Ivar

Saturday, May 30th, 2009

Clara Isaksson, the wonderful super-intern for Undead in the Night at Lilith Performance Studio made Godnatt Ivar as her first stop-motion film in school. It’s excellent, and has a horror theme!

More press for Undead in the Night

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

1. De ska skrämmas i skogen by Yvonne Erlandsson in SkÃ¥nskan.se / Nöje. If you don’t read Swedish you can enjoy the great photos by Lars-Erik Gille!

2. Blodsugare i skånska skogar by Johanna Forsberg in EfterArbetet.

3. Döden lever sitt eget liv by Ingrid Stigsdotter at Sydsvenskan.se.

4. Vad är det som finns i skogen? by Ann Heberlein at Sydsvenskan.se.

Living Dead

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

Ulf Kristiansson wrote an article called Livs levande döda for the Helsingborgs Dagblad newspaper. It includes great photos by Sven-Erik Svensson. Check it out!

Covergirl

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

amanda apocalypse

Yesterday I mentioned Amanda Apocalypse: a self-professed “zombie nerd” who stars as one of the zombies in Undead in the Night.

Today, after her stellar performance for the media conference, she is the Malmö Lund City Paper cover girl! Judging from the published photos which entirely ignore the stunning vampires who lurked around the press, “zombies” are the sexier creature these days, at least for the author who erroneously conflated my definitions of vampire and zombie – a difficult mistake to make.

Download the pdf file – 2 pages including cover.