Welcome to Mail Order Zombie!

Since 2008, Mail Order Zombie has covered zombie movies, zombie movie music, post-apocalyptic and zombie literature, zombie comics, zombie games, zombie operas, etc. Weekly, Brother D brings the reviews, and Miss Bren joins him for the weekly Feedback Discussion. Zombie news from around the world is covered in the Zombie Beat, and interviews with zombie media makers round out the show.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Stag Night of the Dead - Now vailable in the US via iTunes and soon to DVD

The 2010 Special Dead Letter Awarded film Stag Night of the Dead is finally making it's way to the USA. The film is now available in the US iTunes store right now for download - check it out here.

The film will also be available on DVD on May 1, 2012 in the states. We'll post an update once pre-orders have started.

If you are unfamiliar with this film, I reviewed it way back in episode 151 - giving the film 4 out of 5 headshots.

Here is the trailer for the film:

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Mail Order Zombie #175 - DeadHeads, Book Reviews & Resident Evil: Director's Cut

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Mail Order Zombie #175 finds Brother D settling down for an in-depth look at the zombie comedy DeadHeads (dir. Brett Pierce & Drew T. Pierce), and he brings Need-A-Nickname Scott along for the roadtrip . . . er . . . ride. In addition to all this movie talk, this episode of MOZ also delivers reviews of two zombie books (David Moody's Autumn, reviewed by Casey Criswell; and James Knapp's State of Decay, reviewed by Silent Death) and a zombie videogame (Miss Bren reads a Resident Evil: Director's Cut review by Empty Wallet Gamers' Eric Lee Lewis). The Zombie Beat makes its return with Need-a-Nickname Scott's round-up of the latest in zombie news (with an assist from Richard from Wichita), 'dillo brings us a wee bit of fun in the form of a short audiodrama, and the rest of the MOZ Family get in on the act in the Feedback Discussion.

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DeadHeads - http://www.deadheadsthemovie.com/

Hungarian officials seize weapons to be used on World War Z - http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/brad-pitt-world-war-z-guns-seized-246251
Brad Pitt is not going to be charged with illegal arms trafficking - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/10/brad-pitts-world-war-z-cleared-weapons_n_1267778.html
The Walking Dead breaks its own record - http://www.avclub.com/articles/walking-dead-return-breaks-series-own-record,69291/
The Walking Dead Deluxe TV Game - http://www.chipchick.com/2012/02/walking-dead.html
McFarlane created The Walking Dead special edition packaging - http://whatculture.com/tv/the-walking-dead-season-2-blu-ray-special-edition-with-screwed-zombie.php
Robert Kirkman sued by Tony Moore The Walking Dead - http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/walking-dead-war-creator-robert-288671
Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies first look - http://www.horroryearbook.com/5425321/first-look-abraham-lincoln-vs-zombies
Zompocalypso teaser trailer - http://vimeo.com/36554780
Two Osama zombie film trailers - http://www.neatorama.com/2012/02/17/not-one-but-two-zombie-bin-laden-movies-nsfw/

Empty Wallet Gamer - http://emptywalletgamer.tumblr.com/
BoneBat Film Festival - Comedy of Horrors - http://bonehand.com/bonebatff.html

The Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards - http://www.rondoaward.com

(Various production music produced by Kevin MacLeod.)

Monday, February 20, 2012

Dead Man Walking

A promotion for The Walking Dead in South Africa. Make Sure you watch all the way until the end!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Mail Order Zombie #174 - The Dead, The Collective Vol. 2, Zombie Videogame Fantasies

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In this episode of Mail Order Zombie, Brother D talks about a zombie movie that's been on his radar since he first heard about it in 2010, but since it has such an innocuous name like The Dead (dir. Howard J. Ford and Jonathan Ford), it was difficult to find much information about it online before it was released in the UK last year. It hits DVD and Blu-ray in the US this month, and you'll have to listen to Episode #174 to hear if the movie lives up to D's expectations! This episode also features the first of MOZ's occasional Palette Cleansers in which D walks the MOZ Family through JABB pictures' The Collective Vol. 2. After the Feedback at the end of the show with Miss Bren, D takes some inspiration from a recent episode of Outside the Cinema and presents his Top Six List of Zombie Movies That Would Make Awesome Video Games.

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I Heart Monster Movies - http://www.indiegogo.com/I-Heart-Monster-Movies
The Dead - http://the-dead-movie.com/
JABB pictures - http://www.jabbpictures.com/

Empty Wallet Gamer - http://emptywalletgamer.tumblr.com/
BoneBat Film Festival - Comedy of Horrors - http://bonehand.com/bonebatff.html
Sad Day for Night of the Living Dead Fans - Two Deaths - http://www.horrorbid.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=280&t=19588

Plan D: The Official Website of Derek M. Koch - http://www.derekmkoch.com
1951 Down Place - http://www.1951downplace.com

RIP Bill Hinzman and Josephine Streiner.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

RIP Bill Hinzman

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It could be argued that Bill Hinzman's performance in the original Night of the Living Dead created the zombie archetype that would define our favorite movie monster for over forty years. In March 2011, he appeared on Mail Order Zombie for an interview supporting his then-latest movie River of Darkness, and during the interview Brother D and Mr. Hinzman couldn't leave the zombies alone.

Mr. Bill Hinzman passed away February 5, 2011. Thank you for your contribution to this dark and spooky corner of moviedom, Mr. Hinzman. RIP.

(There will be a regularly scheduled episode of Mail Order Zombie later this week on Thursday, 2/9/12.)

Saturday, January 28, 2012

US Theatrical Release Rights for 'Juan of the Dead'

Outsider Pictures announced January 27, 2012, the acquisition of the international hit Juan of The Dead, from Guadalajara-based international film sales and distribution company Latinofusion, for US theatrical distribution in the United States.

The deal was announced via the Industry Office of the 29th annual Miami International Film Festival (MIFF), produced and presented by Miami Dade College (MDC). As previously announced, Juan of the Dead will be screened as part of MIFF’s Gala series at the upcoming Festival, March 2 – 11, 2012, and will be the first theatrical screening of the film under the Outsider Pictures banner. Director Alejandro Brugués, actor Alexis Díaz de Villegas, and Outsider Pictures and Latinofusion executives are scheduled to attend the screening.

“It’s a satirical look at the present day streets of the controversial regime and we’re excited to add it to our diverse catalogue of films.” said Paul Hudson, co-founder of Outsider Pictures. “And it’s a great zombie film, too!”

As previously announced, Focus World, the unique digital distribution initiative owned and operated by Focus Features, will release the movie later in 2012 to EST, iVOD and VOD, along with DVD and other formats.

After zombies take over Havana, Juan (Díaz de Villegas) and his friends decide to conquer the marauding undead, reported by the government as being unruly Americans continuing their quest of undermining the regime. Part comedy and part political allegory, Alejandro Brugués’ second feature was co-produced with Spain’s La Zanfoña Producciones. Brugués’ first feature Personal Belongings was in MIFF’s Ibero-American competition in 2008.

Outsider Pictures will open the film theatrically in Miami soon after the Festival, in an exclusive run at MDC’s Tower Theater. Hudson negotiated the deal with Latinfusion CEO Alfredo Calvino.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Mail Order Zombie #173 - We're BACK, plus Hard Rock Zombies and Pop Punk Zombies

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You can take the zombie movie podcaster out of the podcaster, but you can't take the zombie movies out of his DVD player. Brother D is BACK with Mail Order Zombie, and he's picking up right where he left off with Episode #173. He rocks a double feature of rockin' zombie movies - 1985's Hard Rock Zombies (dir. Krishna Shah) and 2011's Pop Punk Zombies (dir. Steve Dayton). Other old MOZ friends (like Need-a-Nickname Scott, Wayne Kotke and Professor Chad) stop by to catch up with the Family, and Miss Bren joins Brother D at the end of the show to go over some recent feedback. Welcome back, everyone . . . keep on, shamblin'!

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Plan D: The Official Website of Derek M. Koch - http://www.derekmkoch.com

(Various production music produced by Kevin MacLeod.)

RIP James Farentino

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Mail Order Zombie RETURNS!

Stay tuned, MOZ Family . . . Check your feed, mind your iPod, watch your podcatcher - Mail Order Zombie returns to the podosphere 1/26/12!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Open Nominations for the Dead Letter Awards!

It's that time of year again, Family! The 4th Annual Mail Order Zombie Dead Letter Awards will honor the best in 2011's zombie movies and media, and this year, we're turning to you to help shape the ballot!

Head over to http://tinyurl.com/dlanom2011 to nominate your favorite movies, books, music, actors, actress, documentaries, etc., etc., ETC. Make as many nominations as you want in each category - there will only be a maximum of six nominees on the official ballot in February, so this is your opportunity to make sure ALL of your favorites are considered for a Dead Letter Award.

Head over to http://tinyurl.com/dlanom2011 now to help shape the 4th Annual Mail Order Zombie Dead Letter Awards!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

A Cadaver Christmas - 4-out-of-5 Headshots

I didn't quite know what to expect going into A Cadaver Christmas (dir. Joe Zerull). On the podcast, I've reviewed movies like Silent Night, Zombie Night (dir. Sean Cain) and Santa Claus Versus the Zombies (dir. George Bonilla) back in Episode 151 of Mail Order Zombie (which you can find here - http://tinyurl.com/mozep151). Christmas-themed horror movies are a definite subgenre, and throwing zombies into the mix seems like a natural extension of that. But, let's be honest - and this isn't meant to sound overly disparaging - sometimes the zombie movies that ping my radar are . . . um . . . sometimes a little rough. I love giving them all a chance, to be sure, but with Mail Order Zombie being on hiatus, my guerilla-zombie-movie-watching tolerance may not be as high as it was earlier this year.

With The Cadaver Christmas, I needn't have worried.

It's Christmas time. The local university is closed for the holidays, but that doesn't mean there's no one on campus. A janitor (Daniel Rairdin-Hale) is cleaning the buildings while the students are away, and because I'm writing about this at mailorderzombie.com, you KNOW what he finds while he's cleaning up, right?

The story begins with the janitor finding his way to a local bar to unwind after having dealt with a number of zomb. . . er . . . cadavers. Of course, he's covered in blood and doesn't want much to do with the barkeep (Ben Hopkins) or the other customer in the bar (Hanlon Smith-Dorsey), but he's convinced to stay after an offer a festive holiday drink. The barkeep uses the delay to call his cop friend Sam (Yosh Hayashi) who reports to the bar with a prisoner in the back of his car (Andrew Harvey).

And then more zomb . . . um, cadavers show up.

It doesn't take long for the group to find their way back to the college campus, and once locked inside a building with the zomb . . . cadavers, the story is off-and-running.

A Cadaver Christmas is built as a horror comedy with grindhouse trappings. Director Joe Serull and company present their movie with the artificial lines and scratches one has come to expect of movies designed to tap into that forced nostalgia even though the movie's setting was implied to be modern day. In the case of A Cadaver Christmas, though, it wasn't distracting. It worked. It still had better sound than a film supposedly run through a movie projector thousands of times (as is typical of most modern movies designed as a pseudo-grindhouse flick), but this was a good thing because the score by William Campbell was fantastic, and quite frankly, I would have been disappointed if Campbell's music was distorted with pops and clicks.

The story is fairly straight-forward, but because the characters are fun to watch, A Cadaver Christmas has become my favorite Christmas-themed zombie movie. It's not just a movie that takes place during Christmas. The characters' actions are tied directly into the holiday season . . . and we get to see Christmas decorations used as weapons against the zomb . . . cadavers.

Performance-wise, Rairdin-Hale as the janitor is one of the stand outs, as is Ben Hopkins as functioning alcoholic Tom. Their scenes together generously gave me the most laughs, and while it took a little while to get these two together, once they stand back-to-back against the zomb . . . cadaver horde, the movie refused to let my attention drift . . . even when one of them was unconscious.

The other performances are just as solid, but that's not to say I wouldn't have minded seeing less of one and more of another. This isn't a criticism aimed at Harvey as "the perp," but what he does when he wanders off alone in the college building seemed a bit extraneous. I understand wanting to maintain that grindhouse feel by including a nude scene/sex scene, but it really tipped A Cadaver Christmas over the edge for me, especially since the only other female character in the movie - a campus security officer/student played by Jessica Denney - doesn't have very much screen time either. I do wonder how having a more equal female character thrown into the mix would have added to the chemistry between the group, but as it is, A Cadaver Christmas is a fairly testosterone-heavy movie. Outside of some of the activities of "the perp"/"the perv," however, the movie doesn't get too exploitive and allows us to spend more time laughing along during the Christmas zomb . . . cadaver action than anything else.

There are some solid zombie kills, the stakes are always high and the script was tight. The storytelling was smart - situations were set up casually and paid off when appropriate. I'm not going to spoil the moment, but this movie showed me something (non-nude) I've never seen a zombie movie, and it MADE SENSE in terms of how it was set up and played off of later. After watching the movie by myself, I bought a copy to give to someone as a Christmas gift - I enjoyed A Cadaver Christmas enough to share the zomb . . . cadaver love with someone else this holiday season.

A Cadaver Christmas can be purchased online at http://cadaverchristmas.com/. The score is also available for sale.