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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

The Original Walking Dead is Back for Season 6

Todd Jepperson

If you've been spending your Sunday nights wandering aimlessly through station after station of mindless evening television, this post is for you. The Walking Dead has shambled its way back and from what we're hearing, it's bringing more zombies with it than ever.

Although Fear the Walking Dead has been fun while we've been  waiting, the kickoff to this new season of the real deal was a 90 minute Ricktopian visit to Alexandria where peace has more-or-less settled on our favorite little band of survivors.

We're not in the business of spoiling things, so for episode recaps you'll have to ride the link over to We just wanted to let you know that you can bring your weekends to a comfortable, plague-ridden close once more.

Friday, August 28, 2015

The Undead to Hit the High Seas!

Todd Jepperson

Have you ever woken up one morning and thought to yourself, "You know what I'd really like to do? I'd love to be locked in a 13 story floating tuna can with about 1,000 hungry zombies." No, I'm not talking about a movie here, I mean, yeah, that's been done before, but did you think you could really jump on a boat and sail it straight to hell?


Well, this is awkward.

Anyway, I guess there's this new thing now where all of these cruise lines are booking zombie themed cruises of the damned and it's kind of awesome. Check it out. It kinda started last year when Royal Caribbean International lost their Allure of the Seas cruise liner to the legions of hungry dead in November. The ship sailed for 7 days and spread the infection from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to Labidee, Haiti and Fallmouth, Jamaica. On-board were a bunch of notables in the zombie world ranging from groups like Zombie Squad, friends of Z&T, including author Jonathan Maberry, makeup artists Shallyn Bodnar and Kelly Smith who both graduated from the Tom Savini Special Makeup Effects school of hard knocks, and even fitness trainer Lisa Johnson so that you could get yourself in run for your life shape.

Some of us missed out on that one, so then comes the Walker Stalker cruise and we were all excited. $750 gets you on board the Norwegian Pearl with your favorite stars from AMC's production of Bob Kirkman's The Walking Dead. This one is a three-day trip from Miami to Nassau with live panels, photo ops, makeup experiences, and all of the food and drink you can stuff in your ravenous gullet. Although you haven't missed the boat yet, all reservations for this one are full already. However, you can jump in on a waitlist just in case there is someone who comes to their better senses and backs out of their spot.

Now's the good news.

We're talking zombies here. Infection. Pestilence. Spreading of pathogens.

It caught on. Now, through a company called LashCon Cruises, zombies are sailing all over the world. Their Euro Zombie Cruise can be booked all the way up until January 1st, 2016 and will be crashing places like Barcelona, Rome, Capri, Southhampton, Paris, and Bruges. Also, the Zombie Island Cruise is scheduled for a March 2016 departure out of Orlando. Details about this one are scarce, but there is a really cool chance to win a "Zombie Edition" 2016 Kia Soul.

From the website:
"Seventeen years ago, the apocalypse occurred, changing life on Earth, forever. The global zombie infestation spread rapidly, overwhelming any attempts by the Center for Disease Control. The undead now populate the earth with an undying hunger for human flesh. We must return to our origins, we must return to Zombie Island 

While mindless and concerned only with consumption, these creatures are clever and diligent in their pursuits. Your mission is to destroy all zombies and save the few remaining humans that might aid in your fight. Travel through many lands to rid the world of this new species and try to save the human race.

While on the ship the Captain told us that there might be survivors on an uncharted island, in 3 days we will send a team to check it out, we will report back to the ship of our findings."

So, grab your gear, jump on board, and sail the seven seas with all of this zombie cruise mayhem. 

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Step Right Up!! This Way To The Zombie Circus!

Matt Boiselle


There's a cold wind blowing through the fairgrounds, chilling the body to the bone, and far across the midway is the sound of howling, groaning and assorted noises...could be screaming. Now for those who possess the guts to investigate, you'll be greeted at the ticket gate by an usher who'll escort you through the blackened swamps of New Orleans and into one of the most frightening circuses you could NEVER have hoped to witness. So who'll be the first to come forward and experience this macabre mix of undead clowns, magicians, and various allotments of rotted talent?

From artist and writer Barry Barnes comes "Zombie Circus" - a children's book that is meant for adults (I mean you could show your child if paying for years of therapy is your thing). The book is actually a tale about lost love, and the creation of the circus, spanning from the bayous of NOLA, to the theaters of New York City. This small hardcover copy contains numerous illustrations of the show's performers and has some frightening yarns to keep the fans of the fetid aptly satiated, and is prefaced by an introduction from William Stout.

So, if a trip to the carny's compound is in the cards for you, then feel free to glide on over to to grab your copy - there are two versions available: the hardcover book itself, and a limited edition that comes with an assortment of deadly fun goodies (greeting cards, gift tags, a circus brochure, and tons more) - the site also sells things like decorative silk screens and wooden purses for that favorite dead chick in your life (or afterlife). So what are you waiting for? Drag your bones on over and pick up some goodies...unless you DON'T want to leave the circus?

Friday, April 3, 2015

Zombies Now Using the Living as Shields

Todd Jepperson

We've heard of the emerald cockroach wasp and other real life zombie nightmares, but according to National Geographic, there’s a new player on the Z team and they’re using live bodies as shields.
It’s terrifying, but it’s worse than you think… maybe.

First, let’s talk about ladybugs. Cute, right? Innocent, right? Harmless? Apparently, not so; these little guys are the Bengal Tigers of the insect world killing and eating thousands of smaller, more helpless bugs at a time. They first detect the invisible chemical distress signals given off by plants under attack, and then they turn on their Predatory style bio-sensors before going full homicidal and shredding everything in sight.

But wait! There’s more.

If you’re expecting the knight in shining armor to ride in and save the poor aphids in distress, you’re about to be terribly disappointed. As a horror movie inspiring defense, the cute little ladybug bathes in its own blood as a defense mechanism to drive predators away.  It’s not only intimidating, but it apparently tastes pretty bad too.

That is until this cute little ladybug becomes host to Dinocampus coccinellae, the nasty little newcomer to the zombie wasp party. These little monsters lay their eggs inside the living body of the ladybug, where the rotten little offspring feeds on the fluids that fill the ladybug’s body cavity. Eventually, they get too big for their living host’s body, and they crawl out to cocoon for metamorphosis

And this is the good part.

While cocooned, the little parasite is completely helpless. So it takes the still living body of its former host and hides beneath it for protection. The Ladybug’s mind is still not its own, so it stands motionless above the wasp pupae for about a week.  All the while engaging in its own defensive blood bath to ward off would be predators.

Eventually, the wasp has grown into an adult, where it cuts its way through the cocoon (and probably part of its former home) and flies off to infect some other adorable little bug and turn its nightmares into reality.

Can you imagine if this kind of stuff happened to humans?

Check out the full article, “Mindsuckers,” over on Oh, and good luck sleeping tonight.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

REVIEW: Dead Run by D. Taylor

Andy Ross

Dead Run is a new zombie thriller graphic novel by artist/writer D. Thomas. It tells the tale of three strangers thrust into a horrific end of days scenario after a dirty bomb attack in New York City turns people into infected fiends. Roger is a police officer racing to the safe zone to reunite with his wife and his journey crosses paths with Fran and Peter, whose own struggle for survival together began with a crash. People are dying, infected are running rampant, the military is on the scene, and time is running out.

The story is fast paced and bounces back and forth in time to provide a fuller picture of the action. There is a lot more going on here than your run of the mill zombie apocalypse story, and you are kept guessing what will be happening to our heroes next.

If you are looking for something different to read and like zombies (of course you do) then pick up a copy over at Amazon and settle in for an action packed adventure.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Get Your Twinkies Ready - Zombieland 2 is Coming!

Matt Boiselle

     For a movie that has had SO many sequel rumors killed and brought back to life, it finally appears as if the resurrection reports are verified - "Zombieland 2" is moving further along with its pre-production and assignment orders, as reports are surfacing that Dave Callaham, the writer for the first two "Expendables" films, has been penned to assist potential director Ruben Fleischer, the lead dog for the first venture which has gained an immense following...I say "potential" because Fleischer hasn't inked his name to a directorial contract - you see how these reports go spinning out of control?

   However, what remains a mystery is how many (if any) of the original cast will be returning for the second go-around, especially now that between the original film's release in 2009 and today, each and every star in the film has commanded considerably more greenbacks-per-performance. So, fans of Tallahassee, Wichita, Columbus, Little Rock, and every location in between, stay tuned here to Zombies and Toys as we will cover every conceivable nugget of news pertaining to the film.

"Dead Rising" is coming to your TV set...and NO it's not another game!!

Matt Boiselle



        Calling all gamers - the insanely popular zombie-survival video console hit, which recently tabbed its director (Zach Lipovsky), has just thrown the rabid fans a juicy femur in the main cast listing, and here they are:
    - Jesse Metcalfe -  (Desperate Housewives & John Tucker Must Die) - lead role
    - Meghan Ory - (Once Upon A Time, Intelligence)
    - Virginia Madsen - (Sideways, The Number 23, Candyman)
    - Dennis Haysbert - (24, The Unit)
    - Keagan Connor Tracy - (Bates Motel, Once Upon A Time, Battlestar Galactica)

   Lipovsky, whose most recent release, "Leprechaun: Origins" hit the DVD market just a short time ago, is prepped to take on the tall task of converting a highly addictive game into something intently more visual, promising a hybrid blend of comedy and horror, without losing that hellacious undead-slaying format. The movie will boast a 90-minute runtime and take place in the storyline of the game between Dead Rising 2's Fortune City outbreak and Dead Rising 3's Los Perdidos outbreak.

   Filming will begin in Vancouver on September 30th, and once all is said and done, the movie will air exclusively on Crackle in the U.S. markets, and afterwards it will run on VOD services, and have a DVD release. As always, keep it locked here at Zombies and Toys for any additional news, and hopefully a review of the finished product.