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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.


Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Ultimate Zombie Pin-Up Collection Has Come Home!!

Matt Boiselle


   When calendars simply won't cut it visually, and the need to turn pages while you fixate from image to image weighs heavily on the demented mind...then we all owe the headmistress of the dead: Jess Rajs and the rest of the undead army at Gorgeous & Gory a big ol' kiss on the rotted cheeks for unearthing one of the finest collections of zombie pin-ups in one book that the world has ever seen. Actually, when I think about it, this MIGHT be the only one in the world - how's that for rarity??


   "Gorgeous & Gory: The Zombie Pinup Collection" is 208 pages thick of both full-color and b&w photos that will set your eyes on fire, and make your ice-cold blood thaw. Over 240 photos in all, with the majority acting as a compendium from the ladies' past 4 calendars - we've got decomposing dames posing in the skimpiest swimsuits while portraying moldered mermaids, and putrefied princesses teetering on the sharpest stilettos as they invade a run-down motel, all the while searching for that ever-elusive gray matter to munch on. Each pic is large, glossy, and so full of life (or death) that you feel as if you could almost smell the spoilage of the flesh. Added to the bevy of buxom beauties is a fantastic pictorial of behind-the-scenes shots that give the reader a little peep-show at just how much work goes into a production such as the ones these beauties put on for YOU, the voracious viewers.


   Jess Rajs, who also fills her busy schedule as a fashion photographer and editor/photo retoucher, model & columnist for "Rebel Ink" magazine, devotes her heart and energy into the zombie universe as well, and this book is an exact outcome of that passion. I could fill this article with DOZENS of pictures of these reanimated sultanas from beyond the grave, but that would completely defeat the purpose of you picking up one of these books, so get your calcified fingers to type this address:


             What in the name of the upcoming apocalypse are you waiting for...a rescue team to come in and save you from this marauding band of stunning zombie vixens?? You MUST be mad....hell, you'd have to be to pass this opportunity up - you technically need to refresh your calendar every year, but with this hardcover omnibus of the damned, this assemblage of living-dead girls can remain on your coffee-table forever...that is, until they show up at your door for dinner. - ENJOY!!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Schwarzenegger's MAGGIE Gets Picked-up by Lion's Gate

Todd Jepperson

From the lineup at the Toronto International Film Festival to your local movie theater comes the John Scott 3 and Henry Hobson shambler, Maggie, via the largest mini-major film studio in North America, Lionsgate films. In Maggie, Schwarzenegger plays midwestern farm pappa, "Wade," whose teenage daughter (played by Abigail Breslin, who you may remember from ZOMBIELAND) becomes infected with a disease that slowly turns her into one of the scathing, restless dead. All the while, our favorite former governor fights to keep his little girl safe and his family together.The film tells the story of a deadly zombie virus that has put a plague on the world.

Since being acquired by Lion's Gate, Maggie has had her production date shuffled to early 2015. 

Here's the full press release:

"Santa Monica and Los Angeles, CA, August 26, 2014 – In a preemptive deal prior to the start of the Toronto International Film Festival, Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), a premier next generation global content leader, has acquired the North American distribution rights to the apocalyptic thriller Maggie, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger (the Terminator andExpendables franchises, Total Recall, Batman and Robin), Academy Award-nominated Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine, Ender’s Game) and Joely Richardson (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, the hit TV series The Tudors and Nip/Tuck).  The announcement was made by Lionsgate Co-Chief Operating Officer and Motion Picture Group President Steve Beeks and Bill Johnson and Jim Seibel, Co-Chairs of Lotus Entertainment, who produced and handled international sales.
The Black List script by John Scott 3 is directed by Henry Hobson.  Bill Johnson and Ara Keshishian produced alongside Colin Bates, Joey Tufaro, Pierre-Ange Le Pogam, Matthew Baer and Schwarzenegger.  Claudia Blumhuber and Jim Seibel are executive producers. Silver Reel and Gold Star Films financed the film which Lionsgate plans to release theatrically in North America in early 2015.  CAA brokered the deal.
“Maggie” has all the ingredients that spell commercial excitement – a compelling script and an “A” list superstar surrounded by a world-class cast,” said Beeks.  “We’re delighted to continue our relationship with Arnold Schwarzenegger, who turns in a performance that marks a dramatic departure from his action persona, and partner with our friends at Lotus Entertainment on a film that will resonate with thriller aficionados everywhere.”
“Lionsgate is a world-renowned brand, and we’re pleased to collaborate with Steve Beeks, Rob Friedman, Patrick Wachsberger and a motion picture team that has established a superb track record with this kind of material,” said Johnson and Seibel.  “’Maggie’ takes the zombie genre in exciting new directions, and it offers something for everyone – star power, horror, suspense and riveting performances that will keep moviegoers on the edge of their seats.”
The film tells the story of a deadly zombie virus that has put a plague on the world.  When Maggie, a vivacious young woman becomes infected, her father brings her home to let her be with their family.  As Maggie’s condition worsens, their relationship is tested, a father’s love holding on stronger than the disease. This heart-wrenching twist on the zombie apocalypse puts a human face on an inexplicable horror.
Schwarzenegger is repped by Patrick Knapp at Bloom Hergot and CAA."

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Wizard World Phili 2014

If you follow us on Facebook or Twitter, you know that Wizard World brought us the Philadelphia Comic Con this weekend.  Everyone with a pop culture interest needs to experience a Wizard World show.  I always enjoy vending and attending smaller, independent shows, but nothing compares to the ambiance of a giant geek fest. 

The program was extensive, so I suggest first-timers research and plan a strategy in advance.  There is much to see and do on the "floor."  It will easily take one full day to simply look over all of the vendors and events.  There were displays presented by X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Purge, Guardians of the Galaxy and more. Pure euphoria for anyone who enjoys towers of shirts, walls of toys, and tables of comics. 
There were massive amounts of talent in Artist Alley.  We always spend another day's worth of time in this area.  A well-rounded list of guests including fan favorites such Arthur Suydam, Neal Adams, and James O'Barr.  If you plan on obtaining any autographs, you should probably budget most of a day.  Fans of Dr. Who had the opportunity to meet Matt Smith and Karen Gillan.  The full list of guests is never disappointing.
This show was my first experience using the networking app, frankly.  It was a fun experience and a way to participate with fun events during the show and it also offered me the opportunity to ask questions to convention guests and even win prizes.  Con presenters would periodically send videos and pictures of convention events as well. Very cool.
If you can't tell from the pictures and tweets over the weekend, we had a great time.  Fun for the family, Philadelphia felt like an amusement park for geeks!