Archive for the ‘Zombies’ Category

Monstrous Swedish TV Spot

Monday, May 25th, 2009

The full article from SVT, Zombievandring i mörkret is online! The TV spot features my ever-frightening vampiric and zombified friends Märta and Clara (V’s), Tom and Amanda (Z’s). Notice Tom’s vacant hungry stare, you wouldn’t want to meet him alone in the dark forest…

Swedish Zombie Zine

Monday, May 25th, 2009

Check out this great online Zombie comic by Amanda C (aka Apocalypse Amanda), who when she’s not drawing ghouls stars as a Swedish zombie extraordinaire in my upcoming performance Undead in the Night.

Especially note the exposed guts of Santa zombie who clutches our heroine’s highlighted hair. It’s a lot less scary if you can’t read Swedish…

Zombie POV

Sunday, May 24th, 2009

At the top of a list of notes about the zombie film I want to make one day is this sentence, “film from the zombie’s point of view” which as far as I know was not done before at any length – until now. Enter Colin, a new British horror flick that does just that. My friend Ellen Pearlman was the bearer of bad news.

From the press release:
“Our hero Colin is bitten by a Zombie; he dies and returns from the dead. We
follow him as he wanders through suburbia during the throes of a cadaverous

Mark Price who wrote and directed Colin, claims on CNN the film cost $70 to make through Nowhere Fast Productions, his own outfit. That seems highly unlikely and more of a publicity quote than anything. According to CNN, American and Japanese distributors at Cannes are vying for the prize – look for it soon!


The battle scene or us vs. them. In this case, it’s a question of who is who:

Full of love for my Swedish zombie and vampire friends

Saturday, May 23rd, 2009

Undead in the Night Jillian Mcdonald Malmo

In case you thought this performance wouldn’t be scary…here are just two photos featuring vampire Emma and victims Mathias and Mikael, all non-professional and amazing actors. (Photos by Petter Pettersson…press quality available at Lilith’s website).

Undead in the Night Jillian Mcdonald Malmo

…we’ll see you in the forest after dark…

Horror Makeup

Saturday, May 16th, 2009

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Undead in the Night sold out in only a few days, wow ~

Not wanting to give anything away, I will post photos of the actors in full makeup after the performance is over … but here is a tiny taste of what we’ve been up to this week at Lilith Performance Studio …

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rehearsals jillian mcdonald undead in the night

makeup jillian mcdonald undead in the night

Swedish People

Friday, May 8th, 2009

Here is an article by Mirjam Johansson about my upcoming Malmö performance, in Sweden’s People magazine – it’s a few pages in, use the right arrow to get there.

Auditioning the Undead

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

For the past 2 days we auditioned many zombies, vampires, and victims in small groups, for Undead in the Night at Lilith Performance Studio, Sweden.

Pictured below is a particularly energetic group of young women working with Artistic Director Elin Lundgren, who together hunted mercilessly and attacked their helpless victim (photos Petter Pettersson):

Read more about the auditions at
, by Karin Arbsjö. The article is in Swedish only, but includes a slideshow and sound “bite” (pun intended) of the auditions.

Labour of Love

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

field of the undead video still

Field of the Dead and Undead is a video that I am slaving over working on since last fall. It is all rotoscoping, which at the worst of times is obsessive, slow and labourious, and at the best of times highly meditative. Sometimes something surprising happens, like the layers go missing, creating magic accidental images:

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Upcoming Performance in Sweden

Sunday, April 19th, 2009

If you find yourself in Malmö, Sweden in late May, please plan to attend Undead in the Night, a performance with Lilith Performance Studio!

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Undead in the Night dares you to enter the forest for a walk in the dark. Be very very quiet, you are not alone.

Zombies and Vampires are radically different yet universally recognizable archetypes of horror film monsters who rarely if ever appear together. They share the evil power to turn victims into monsters, and caught in the unknowable position between “alive” and “dead” they have the power to fascinate and terrorize. Placing them together in this performance, I violate the codes and boundaries of horror genre and create an impossible scenario.

Zombies moan as they stagger stiffly and unconsciously in packs towards their single goal – to catch and consume the flesh of the living. Gruesome and rotting, they are ordinary people reincarnated as characterless and soulless ghouls. Although they are brutish, vile, and almost unstoppable, they are neither resourceful nor clever, and are imminently expendable.

Vampires slink and pose with agility as they move towards the forest’s edge. Aristocratic, powerful, seductive, exotic, elegant, timeless, and mysterious, they have a rich immortal life and feed off human blood. Victims sometimes beg to be “turned” into these exotic and fascinating creatures.


…If you want to be in the performance, see details here.


Zombies vs Vampires in Malmo: May 2009

Friday, March 27th, 2009

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MALMö, Sweden
Calling all prospective Zombies and Vampires for a performance deep in a Swedish forest, after nightfall.

Zombies vs Vampires (working title) is an artwork where groups of the two “undead” monster archetypes – local people as actors – enact horror film scenes in the woods at night. Audience members make their way along the path in complete darkness. Interested actors need not be professional but must be comfortable in the woods and the dark, serious, and available for auditions, rehearsals, and the performance (all in May).

In popular film lore Zombies and Vampires have their own iconographies and characterizations. Rotting zombies moan as they stagger slowly, clumsily, and unconsciously. They don’t sneak and they travel in groups. They have only one goal – to catch and consume the flesh of the living. Despite being terrifying, they are neither resourceful nor clever and are imminently expendable.

The elegant vampires slink and pose with agility as they move. Catlike, they are very flexible and thirsty. Perceived to be sexy, beautiful, exotic, and mysterious, they have a rich and immortal life and feed off human blood.

Both archetypes bite their living prey and the two rarely if ever appear together in films.

Auditions begin May 6th and the performance will take place in late May. Contact Jonna Ölund jonna [at] lilithperformancestudio [dot] com for more info!