Zombies, Man. They Creep Me Out.
We all love a good zombie film. Heck, we all love a bad zombie film. Thankfully, over the next few weeks a couple of awesome zombie titles are crawling and clambering out of their crypts and coming your way (see below for all the juicy details!). But are the flesh-eating living dead merely confined to fiction? Well, with the recent zombie-like cannibalistic reports coming in thick and fast recently, you’d be forgiven for thinking otherwise. Starting in Miami, two months ago, a naked guy violently attacked an elderly man, eating off his face! Police tried shooting the attacker but he remained filled with rage and hunger that he continued to feast upon the face until several bullets finally killed him. Reports blamed a new drug nicknamed ‘Bath Salt’ although the only evidence of drug use was marijuana in his body. What followed has been a string of similarly frightening reports, even leading the CDC to release a statement denying zombies! A fascinating theory suggests the Miami attacker had been cursed by Voodoo. Perhaps it’s possible that this man only knew of the flesh-eating kind (first seen in Night Of The Living Dead), rather than the traditional Haitian voodoo zombie and, who knows, psychologically believed he was cursed to be an infected which, by his definition, was the brain-eating variety. With zombies becoming more and more popular and the majority of people associating zombies with cannibalism, maybe these outbreaks are psychological zombies? Is 2012 the start of the zombie apocalypse?
We wont know until the time comes, so what better way to spend the time than watching countless zombie flicks and learning how to survive!
A NEWSLETTER EXCLUSIVE!
Ladies and gentlemen, goblins and ghouls we have a very special treat for you lovely newsletter readers! This week, we at Cult Labs began the very exciting countdown to the incredible new film, Monster Brawl. Described as “A love letter to a Friday night spent watching ‘The Monster Squad’ followed by a Saturday morning watching ‘Hulkamania’”, Monster Brawl is one hell of a fun movie, with Hollywood’s biggest horrors battling out in the ring. It’s funny. It’s gory. It’s brilliant! So, just for your viewing pleasure, readers, here is an advanced exclusive clip taken from the film, featuring a certain Zombie Man. Check it out here!
MONSTER BRAWL is out on DVD on the 20th August. A perfect blend of horror, comedy, gore and smack downs, this is one highly entertaining film with an equally impressive cast (Lance Henriksen, everybody!) Visit the official fanhub for constantly updated goodies.
ALL THE BEST CULT RELEASES
I AM BRUCE LEE -In keeping with the fisticuffs theme, the ultimate documentary on the legend of martial arts, Mr. Bruce Lee is out now on both DVD and Blu-Ray. This doc comes with the highest possible recommendations. Simply put, this is the quintessential documentary on Bruce Lee. It’s the Holy Grail! Featuring fascinating interviews with some very important people and jam-packed with extremely rare footage and a barrage of golden extras, anyone who is anyone needs this in their life! Have you checked out this great interview with Shannon Lee (Bruce’s daughter) yet? If not, you’re missing out big time! Head here for a listen.
ZOMBIE 108 - Out on Monday is this excellent new zombie film! We’re going zombie crazy today! With a strong emphasis on gore, sex and comedy, ZOMBIE 108 is much, much more than your typical ham-fisted zombie-fest. For fans of Cat. III films, this is easily among the best. To celebrate its release, over the past month we’ve been putting together a list of similar films (the best of) including Asian Zombie Films, Bizzare Oddities, Sleazy Undead Movies and, this week’s Low Budget Backyard Bloodfests! Check them out and see if you agree. We’ve also got an exclusive and funny clip from the movie that’s well worth a look see.
Chuck Norris – Two Chuck Norris films are coming out on DVD and Blu-ray very soon. Can you handle it? Can you? Can you really?! Probably not, but if you think you can handle a double dosage of the ultimate killing machine, Chuck Norris, be sure to grab The Octagon and A Force Of One, both out very soon! To celebrate take a look at the below flowchart. It’ll accurately tell you whether you’d survive if ninjas were out to get you. Vitally important stuff, I’m sure you’ll agree.
[REC] GENESIS – Heading back to the zombie theme, is the upcoming release of [REC] GENESIS. A cross between the original [REC] and Braindead, this film has everything and more! To celebrate, a blog has been written about several other of cinema’s greatest females of vengeance as well as the ever expanding zombie themed playlist. If you can think of a zombie themed song that isn’t in this playlist, then be sure to let us know!
THE AGGRESSION SCALE – Kids. Covered in chocolate ice-cream, festering with nits and smelling of who-knows-what, children can often be the stuff of nightmares. And in The Aggression Scale they’re pretty damn tough as well! Described as an adult version of Home Alone, this film features two twisted kids who are out to stop several (fully-grown) criminals hell bent on killing the rascals. Sam has put together a great blog all about cinema’s most evil kids that can be read here.
Airborne – All aboard! Please follow the safety instructions. In case of a zombie outbreak or crazy psychotic killer, please scream as loud as your little lungs permit and make an abrupt exit to your certain death here, here and here. Thank you. We wish you a pleasant journey with us. If you have a fear of flying, welcome to the ultimate nightmare. The new British horror film, Airborne tells the nerve-wrecking and very very enjoyable tale of a airplane cargo that has a very sinister purpose. A must see and the perfect film for a fun night in! This is out on Monday (30th) so be sure to pick it up when you can!
Arrow Video – As always the forums have been busy with all things Arrow this week. From discussions on their upcoming releases, Combat Shock, Class Of Nuke ‘Em High, Who Dares Wins and many more – it’s all going on over on the Arrow’s section of the Labs. Come and visit and share your thoughts.
Shameless Screen Entertainment – Boy, oh boy! It’s been one busy ol’ week for Shameless fans! Over the past few days, we’ve the forum has been flooded with guesses as to what the two soon-to-be-announced new releases are. What could they possibly be? Well, your wait is nearly over! Later today (Friday), these two new titles will be officially announced, so keep your eyes on the forums! Also, don’t forget to enter the Shameless competition. Simply head to your local HMV, and let us know what the Shameless section is like there. Then post it here! Simple!
EXCLUSIVE SHAMELESS WRITE UP!
Dear readers, we’ve got another exclusive for you this week! Talk about spoiling you guys. Cult Labs member and Shameless Supporter has put together this great note on what makes Shameless so darn great! So, without further ado, please give it up for Mr. Richard Long! Take it away, Richard…
Why I Love Shameless
I love Shameless Screen Entertainment because of the wonderful films I have been introduced to since discovering the company. I’ve always been a fan of Lucio Fulci but I’d never seen the Gothic retelling of The Black Cat or the hauntingly surreal Manhattan Baby. Then there are films such as Footprints, Baba Yaga and The Designated Victim, all films Shameless have restored faithfully to the original directors intended films. Films I fear would have been forgotten about forever if not for Shameless.
In the era of downloads it’s refreshing to still see a company releasing films that cult fans have been crying out for. I started my collection with a box set that in some ways was like a greatest hits collection and a perfect introduction to what the company had to offer. If you’re new what better way to start your collection than with the new Pop Erotica box set. It contains 3 great movies that I promise will stay with you.
- Richard Alan Long
Hear! Hear! Very well said indeed!
WIN! WIN! WIN!
This week, over on the forum, we’re giving away three copies of I AM BRUCE LEE. It’s dead simple to enter and a lot of fun too! So, head to the Weekly Competition, follow the instructions and this great doc could be yours, all yours!
Well, that’s it for this week but remember there are so many ways you can get involved with all the cult film fun at Cult Labs: