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10:00 AM on 01.23.2015

First teaser trailer for Dead Rising: Watchtower

For a film based off the cheesy Dead Rising videogames going straight to Sony's Crackle streaming service, this doesn't look that bad. Doesn't have enough Frank West covering wars though. Dead Rising: Watchtower is available March 27th. 

Nick Valdez

3:00 PM on 01.20.2015

World War Z sequel starting with a clean slate

We here at Flixist actually dug World War Z despite it's horrible third act, which was rewritten and abandoned many of the book's themes to give us a happy ending. Despite all the troubles the movie had it still came out...

Matthew Razak

5:00 PM on 10.31.2014

Here's our first look at Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Did you know there was an adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's novel, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies in the works? It's been in development hell for quite some time with a script that's been written and rewritten many times ov...

Nick Valdez

12:00 PM on 10.21.2014

Rob Riggle is Frank f**king West

Remember when I told you all that a movie based on the Dead Rising videogame series was in the works for Sony's Crackle digital service? Yeah, I wasn't thrilled about the concept either, but proving movies work in mysterious ...

Nick Valdez

10:00 AM on 10.01.2014

Zombieland 2 is undead, gets new writer

Last we heard about a sequel to the 2009 film Zombieland, was about two years ago when the kibosh was effectively put on any sequel talk. Then last year talk had begun of a Zombieland TV series for Amazon's Instant Video. But...

Nick Valdez

5:00 PM on 08.26.2014

Brawn vs. Brainless: Lionsgate picks up Arnold Schwarzenegger zombie film 'Maggie'

Arnold Schwarzenegger has fought a lot of things in his heyday: predators, mercenaries, illegitimate children, Satan, kindergartners, robots, and even mutants on Mars. One thing that he hasn't battled, to my knowledge, is a z...

Sean Walsh

12:00 PM on 08.21.2014

Dead Rising movie gets a director

Wait, did we ever get around to telling you all there's a film based on the almost popular Dead Rising videogames in the works? You think we're ready for the zombie parade again? If there's any good zombie idea, it's how Dead...

Nick Valdez

9:00 AM on 05.05.2014

Flix for Short: Steadfast Stanley, a tale of a Corgi in the zombie apocalypse

Steadfast Stanley, a short film created by third year CalArts student John Cody Kim, is the story of a Corgi pup trying to find his lost boy in the zombie apocalypse. It's the most heartbreaking, yet heartwarming thing I've ...

Nick Valdez

Flixclusive SXSW Interview: Tom Savini, Alexander O. Phillipe (Doc of the Dead) photo
Flixclusive SXSW Interview: Tom Savini, Alexander O. Phillipe (Doc of the Dead)
by Nick Valdez

For those of you who don't know Tom Savini, he's a big idol of mine. A special effect mastermind who's created some of the best creatures in the business. You might remember him from his stints in Knightriders, From Dusk Till Dawn, or even his spot on The Simpsons, but during SXSW I got the chance to speak with him and director, Alexander O. Phillippe over their newest documentary, Doc of the Dead. 

In our little chat we talked about the next evolution of the zombie genre, The Walking Dead's zombie school, and why World War Z might be a better zombie film than you realize. 

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SXSW Review: Doc of the Dead photo
SXSW Review: Doc of the Dead
by Nick Valdez

Zombies are some of the most divisive creatures in the horror genre. They've become such a big entity, the zombie film has grown into a genre all its own complete with multiple variations, multiple looks, and multiple medias. Their influence has spread through all sorts of movies, books, comics, videogames, and even television. 

Doc of the Dead seeks to document the story of the zombie genre from beginning to its undead end. Does it succeed in all the right areas? Somewhat, yes. 

[From March 7th - 15th, Flixist will be providing coverage from South by Southwest 2014 in Austin, TX.  Prepare yourselves for reviews, interviews, features, photos, videos, and all types of shenanigans!]

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SXSW Review: The Desert photo
SXSW Review: The Desert
by Matthew Razak

The Desert is a strange beast. A low-budget Argentinian zombie film where the main way money was saved was by having almost no zombies in the film at all. In fact the camera almost never leaves the house the three protagonists are living in. It is a zombie movie that eschews blood and horror for character and themes.

In a genre that is quickly becoming saturated a character study is the kind of out of the box film making we need to see to keep it fresh, and that makes what The Desert is trying to do incredibly interesting, but is the zombie genre ready to branch out?

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10:30 PM on 02.17.2014

Movie Monday for February 17, 2014

Welcome to an extremely late version of Movie Monday, but it was Presidents day so I knew you would have a super hangover. Be sure to check the links below.

Michael Jordan

1:00 PM on 02.10.2014

Trailer: Zombeavers

So, here's a thing. Zombeavers is an action-packed horror/comedy in which a group of college kids staying at a riverside cabin are menaced by a swarm of deadly zombie beavers. A weekend of sex and debauchery soon turns grue...

Sean Walsh

2:00 PM on 12.31.2013

Dead Snow 2 trailer is all setup and gore

Huh, I didn't know they were making another Dead Snow. Based on what little new footage we have in this trailer for Dead Snow: Red VS Dead (????), it appears our protagonist Martin will be facing off against regular zom...

Mike Cosimano

6:00 PM on 12.11.2013

World War Z The Second gets a director

Award-winning Spanish director Juan Antonio Bayona has been confirmed as the director for the upcoming World War Z sequel, says Hollywood Reporter. No date has been announced for the still-untitled follow up, and the search f...

Mike Cosimano

12:00 PM on 11.01.2013

Pet Sematary gets a remake with 28 Weeks Later director

As someone who enjoys the occasional horror film, I don't love seeing original concepts run through the ground over and over again. Sure that's what most of the genre is built on, but I do avoid lots of unnecessary sequels an...

Nick Valdez

10:00 AM on 10.04.2013

Marc Forster won't return to direct World War Zequel

World War Z wasn't the greatest movie ever. Oh, am I supposed to elaborate? Oh well, uh, World War Z wasn't the flop it was expected to be and I guess that earns some praise. The film went on to earn the money necessary (gros...

Nick Valdez

11:00 AM on 08.28.2013

Star Trek: Into Darkness and World War Z double feature!

Did you think the days of the grindhouse double feature were long gone from our incorporated movie going experiences? Well, you're right unless you're lucky enough to live by an awesome independent theater. However, thanks to...

Matthew Razak

4:00 PM on 08.09.2013

Book: World War Z: The Art of the Film

Before sitting down to look at World War Z: The Art of the Film, I intended to finally see World War Z this week following its IMAX release. Unfortunately I ran short on time. It's unfortunate since it would have added more t...

Hubert Vigilla

Review: Frankenstein's Army photo
Review: Frankenstein's Army
by Hubert Vigilla

When it's firing on all cylinders, Frankenstein's Army is a great monster movie. The creatures that appear on screen have an odd aesthetic to them: warped, fascistic, mechanized; rusty and pockmarked and necrotic; it's humanity perverted into semi-primitive, semi-advanced weapons of war. They are killing machines in the best sense of the term, and little Easter eggs are there for genre fans, like a proto-ED-209 and a pseudo-Space Jockey.

I had a chance to talk to director Richard Raaphorst, and he teased the possibility of a second Frankenstein's Army film, which would no doubt include more monster movie delirium. Raaphorst also talked about two other horror projects he's developing that sound absolutely amazing and that I hope get made.

And yet even though Frankenstein's Army has so much going for it thanks to the creativity and design, there's one problem that holds it back: it's a found footage movie when it really didn't have to be.

[This review originally ran as part of our coverage of the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival. It has been reposted to coincide with the theatrical and VOD release of the film.]

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2:00 PM on 06.24.2013

This is how World War Z should have ended

As we noted in our review, the ending of World War Z was heavily changed after the original ending failed with test groups miserably, costing the production millions of dollars. We'd all heard it was pretty dour and that...

Matthew Razak

Review: World War Z photo
Review: World War Z
by Matthew Razak

World War Z had a troubled production. After the rights for the books were procured by Brad Pitts production company almost everything went wrong. The film had multiple scripts that were written and rewritten. Once shooting started it was plagued (pun intended) with delays. Even after shooting finished the film still wasn't on track as the entire ending had to be completely reworked after the one it had failed miserably with test audiences.

Then the trailers came and they looked even more lackluster, with fans of the book shouting foul that the film featured little of the social commentary featured in the novel. Those who hadn't read the book were still non-plussed as the trailers showed strange, ant-like zombies that seemed more a mushy mash of dots than anything threatening. The movie seemed destine to fail in every way possible.

Thanks to that fact World War Z might be the biggest surprise of the summer.  

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