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App of the Dead and other Apps… of the Dead

The Official George A. Romero App of the Dead has finally been released “in anticipation of … ‘Survival of the Dead,'” which opened in arthouse theaters across the US last week (and is still available to view on Amazon On Demand and several other direct streaming options). OK, so it’s a little late. It’s a photomanipulation app that goes for $1.99 — you take a photo of a friend with your iPhone or use a photo from your iTunes gallery and turn it into a zombie. It’s pretty cool, but a couple of additional features would have made it really worth the money. I definitely think it should have the full “Come to Plum Island” video pitch that the characters watched on an iPhone in the movie. Hello? They watched it on an iPhone! There goes my summer plan to recreate the scene in the back of a truck on the way to Slaughter Beach. Which is an actual place here in Delaware, by the way. Fun fact!

Anyway. App of the Dead is still an addition to the coolest zombie apps you can pick up for iPhone and iPod Touch. My personal favorites:

Undead Attack Pinball: classic pinball game, with an added twist: you have to knock out waves of zombies with the pinball before they reach your gate, below the flippers. I’m not big on iPod games, but this one is a blast. $2.99 for the full version, with a free Lite version available.

Diner of the Dead: Another game — this one would be just OK, if not for the awesome art. Instead of killing zombies, you feed them various body parts in the order they “request.” If too many starve, you lose. 99 cents for the full version, with a free version available.

Lost Zombies: Notes From the Apocalypse: The app companion to the huge Lost Zombies community and interactive zombie documentary experiment. Visually awesome. $1.99

Got a favorite zombie app? Comment!

It’s Alive!

This is one of those news stories that reads like the first chapter of an apocalyptic horror story: Scientists create artificial, self-replicating DNA cells that they plan to manipulate into synthetic bacteria to be released into the air in an effort to reverse damage to the environment. I’m not making this up.

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To be fair, I’m not afraid of technology in general. I don’t live in fear of genetically modified vegetables, nuclear power, or DDT. What’s frightening about unleashing microscopic artificial life into the air we breathe, aside from, well, unleashing microscopic artificial life into the air we breathe, are the Utopian suggestions that, in effect, it can allow humans to control the environment and bring about world peace (or at least eradicate our dependency on oil by using the buggers to create fuel). Anything that appears so too-good-to-be-true is bound to bite us on the ass. And, I mean, think about it: in theory (not established scientific theory, but theory) self-aware micro-organisms could fly in through your nose and mouth and take over your brain and body. Not to mention the bodies of dead people. Just saying….

h/t: @rarenews

Mad Scientist Costume Kit (pictured above) available on frightcatalog.com

Fulci’s Zombie vs. Shark All Over TV

I was knocked over when I saw the new Windows 7 ad, which features a clip from Lucio Fulci’s 1979 film “Zombi 2″ (aka “Zombie” and “Zombie 2: The Dead are Among Us” in the US). The Italian “zombie vs. shark” scene is a cult classic, but the clip’s relative obscurity made it possible for the ad to recontextualize it — it’s not a movie clip in the ad, but a nature documentary streamed from the fictional “Zombie Companion” Website that describes the zombie’s “loving bond with its fellow man-eater, the Great White.” Which begs the question: Do David and his roommates live in an alternate post-zombie outbreak universe? Is “Intel WiDi” even real? Still, best Windows 7 ad ever!

Check out the uncut zombie vs. shark scene here.

Fun fact: “Zombi 2″ is not actually a sequel. The first “Zombi” is Romero’s “Dawn of the Dead” (“Zombi” was its Italian title). The name was changed to lead people to believe it was connected to the popular American series. Despite the cheesy marketing ploy, “Zombi 2″ is a classic in its own right. Let’s see if the exposure from the Windows ad leads to a run on Man-Eating Shark costumes to pair with Zombie costumes this year!

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Actual Space Zombie Threatens to Spread Infection

Couldn’t pass on the totally true astro-story going around about the zombie satellite Galaxy 15 that’s tearing through space putting other, working satellites at risk. See, Galaxy 15 isn’t some fried-out dead satellite, but a fried-out satellite that still has power and can’t be communicated with. Will its Earth-bound handlers manage to kill it in time? Stay tuned… if you still have a connection by daybreak.

In other news, Dread Central reports that George A. Romero has revealed some info on upcoming projects, now that “Survival of the Dead” has been unveiled in the US (watch it now on Amazon, XBOX Live and Playstation VOD). Are you going to dress up when the movie is released in theaters on May 28th? Make sure you’re stocked with plenty of liquid latex, scar putty and ghoul makeup from Fright Catalog. Or wear the stylish Zombie 3D costume:

Order before it’s too late…

Separated at Undeath

Left: Eyjafjallajökull. Right: Zombie

The ghoulish Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallaj kull, seen here in an aerial photo via the German tabloid Bild, continues to make the news for its reign of terror over Europe. Not flying planes into that zombie-ash sounds like a good call. Want to dress up as Eyjafjallaj kull? Pick up a Goon 12 mask — it’s almost uncanny!

Bild published the creepy photo along with ten apocalyptic theories about the volcano. The zombie theory was overlooked for some reason. The possibility that aliens are preparing a large-scale operation, however, has been noted. In any event: be prepared.

Zombie-tastic Moms

Carrie-Anne Moss as Helen in "Fido."

The zombie plague puts mothers at a distinct disadvantage. While a mother’s survival instinct is strong enough to help her stay alive under horrendous circumstances, she will doom herself to protect and care for her child without a second thought. It’s what moms do. So, in honor of Mothers’ Day, here are five zombie movie moms worth celebrating (spoilers ahead):

Helen Cooper, Night of the Living Dead – Helen believed that her young daughter would recover from a zombie bite up until the moment she saw little Karen devouring her husband, and even then didn’t see it coming that she’d be her baby’s next course. Would she have protected Karen until she turned even if she knew the bite would turn her into the ravenous undead? Probably.

Luda, Dawn of the Dead (2004 remake) – Remake screenwriter James Gunn went there: the unborn undead. When pregnant Luda shows her husband the bite mark, you know it won’t end well. The zombie childbirth arc was shocking enough to be called shameless gimmickry by the jaded, so you know it’s awesome.

Helen Robinson, Fido – Ideal housewife Helen has an affection for her young son’s best friend and pet, a lovable electronically-tamed zombie named Fido. Mom saves the day for her son and Fido, if not her zombie-hating husband, without letting a hair fall out of place.

Kathy, Quarantine – Like Helen Cooper, Kathy protects and tries to nurse her infected child to health only to be attacked by her. Kathy survives (for a while), and still tries to protect her, forcing the others to handcuff her to a banister and reinforcing the notion of unconditional motherly love.

Selena, 28 Days Later – Though not a mother (that we know of) in a biological sense, Selena’s instincts turn maternal when young Hannah is orphaned. When she realizes they’ve been lured into what amounts to sex slavery, Selena does whatever she has to to distract the uninfected-but-out-of-their-minds men from Hannah, like a true mom.

This Mothers’ Day, give Mom what she really wants: a nice bouquet, no bickering in the house for five minutes, and the promise that you won’t hold it against her if she cuts off your head to save herself should you ever get infected.