ZOM 100 has been a super-popular manga for a long time (one of the few straight-on zombie manga out there), and it's finally becoming an anime as well -- early August on Netflix, in a dubbed version, yet.
Here's the trailer. Mark your calendars. And take a look at the manga while you're at it ...
The Evil Dead "franchise" (God, how we hate that term!) has wandered all over the map in plot, tone, and mythology, from energetically terrifying (like Evil Dead 2) to wonderfully goofy (like Army of Darkness) to consistently enjoyable, if not exactly groundbreaking (like Ash vs. Evil Dead). And though Evil Dead Rise has little or no direct connection to the plot of characters of the core story or the 2013 remake, it has some of the same manic energy and gleeful gore of the core films -- a welcome return to form.
Now we've got at least three separate Evil Dead 'threads' that could continue: Ash's original and continuing adventures (Come on, Bruce! More!) ... whatever happens next to ** of the 2013 remake ... and now the 'mother and daughter team (we know, we know) of deadite-destroyers from Evil Dead Rise. And we want it all.
Sha, our Undead Queen of All Things Shopping and the Manager of the Mall of the Living Dead, has created the ultimate Zombie-Themed Bathroom – everything from bloody hand towels and a chandelier of skulls to a zombie hiding in the toilet! And it can all be yours for remarkably little (except for the chandelier. That’s a little pricey!)
Here are the wide (and wild) range of items she showed us on the tour of the Ultimate Zombie-Themed Bathroom
A lovely three-tiered skull chandelier made with 20 life-size skulls. Not exactly zombie, but so appropriate. Some of the skulls have the jaws open in horror, some are closed and – a nice touch -- some have no jaws at all. About 35 inches from the top of chain ring to the bottom layer held together with steel bands, and each skull has a 3-watt flicker bulb that has been set deep inside to make it look like an actual candle A little pricey -- $738 and change. But worth every cent!
Above: a dripping blood “toilet topper,” and below a toilet cover that looks just like a zombie is looking up from inside the toilet! Gaping mouth and rotting teeth and everything! From Amscam .. and only $18!
Each mat has its own cute little silhouettes of the shambling hordes. There’s a 23x15-inch rectangular floor mat … and a u-shaped mat for the toilet ... and a nice cover for the lid! Soft and thick, non-slip, made of special flannel that keeps your feet warm, comfortable and safe despite the ravening flesh-eating hordes just outside the door! $33 from El Bull!
Zombie Toilet Paper Holder
… hanging right on the wall! A nice big ugly undead head looming over the paper roll. Literally scares the shit out of you. $36 from DWK! https://amzn.to/3oElEyV
A bath mat that looks perfectly white … until you step on it with your wet feet and your footprints and drips turned blood-red! And it stays that way until it dries … when it fades right back to bright white! Only $25 for years of fun. Only $25!
So cute. A 4” rubber ducky, blue – well, originally blue, back when it was alive. But now it’s all swollen and scarred and missing part of its beak from where the zombie bit it. From Wild Republic, a cool little company that has specialized in designing realistic stuffed animals and educational toys since the return of the living dead! Only $9.00!
If you get everything listed here, you can have every item in the awesome Water Closer of Horror for only $1,000, give or take ten bucks (and delivery). Or even less! Skip the skull lamp, and everything else combined is less than $275!
It’s the zombie-themed bathroom of your dreams – or nightmares! -- available now!
Ex-Heroes: A great series of Super-Heroes v. Zombies novels
Movie / Shambler / Years After the Apocalypse
What comics fan hasn’t asked themselves, Who would win a fight between Superman or the Hulk? By the same token, what comics or zombie fan hasn’t wondered how the cape types would fare against the walking dead if it ever came to that.
From 2013 to 2016, novelist Peter Clines had a hell of a good time answering that question while building a whole pantheon of convincing stretch-suiters along the way, in a series of novels from Broadway Books that are, quite basically, Superheroes vs. Zombies taken to the logical extreme. It's called the Ex-Heroes Series.
They’re fast, frequently funny, often bloody and both exciting and tragic, as we follow the superheroes who fight a losing battle against the hordes of the shambling dead and their extremely noisy teeth – your basic virus-based biters that have taken over whole cities, whole countries, and left the last few humans cowering behind a dwindling number of walled compounds. Many of the characters continue from book to book – books with totally cool names like Ex-Patriots, Ex-Communciation, and our personal favorite, Ex-Purgatory. And plenty more die heroic and occasionally pointless deaths. There’s no true ending to the timeline, and we can always hope for more, though Clines has gone on to best-seller status with his non-zombie-ish Threshold series. Still, you can spend plenty of happy hours following the dark adventures of Stealth, Zzzap, The Mighty Dragon, and the rest.
Pretty much anything by Peter Clines is worth the read. You can check out his full repertoire here. Exactly what you’d expect from the one-time prop master of Psycho Beach Party.
OG Tough Guys andDumb But Cute Would-Be Thugs Fight the Undead
Movie / Outrbrea / Underrated
Cockneys vs. Zombies offers a truly ridiculous premise: a group of young Cockney toughs are simply trying to rob a bank, no big deal, when, bam, here comes the zombie apocalypse. They fight off the walkers with some understandable difficulty – I mean, there are not the sharpest bulbs in the basket -- but eventually, they get the job done – or they survive at least -- and somehow end up at an old folks’ home that’s populated by aging Cockney toughs from two generations back… and damn, can those old folks kick ass. It’s only a matter of minutes before the oldsters – the literal OG’s – are taking charge and beating back the horde of the hungry dead.
There’s absolutely no reason this should be as funny, engaging, and even exciting as it is. But it is. There’s a mad exuberance about old folks blasting away at the shamblers while the hapless younger generation barely keeps up. Much of it has to do with the performances of some great tough-type character actors from long ago – Alan Ford (who you will recognize immediately as playing the Cockney Tough guy since the 1960’s about 200 times -- Snatch, Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, etc.) and Honor Blackman (yes, the GoldfingerBond Girl and The Avengers‘ Mrs. Peel before there was a Mrs. Peel), not to mention Harry Treadawayas the only young’un with half a brain. Treadaway went on to distinguish himself as Dr. Frankenstein inPenny Dreadful, as Brady Hartsfield inMr. Mercedes, and most recently as Narek in Picard.
You might have skipped this as another one of the Stripper vs. Zombies or Bigfoot vs Zombies low-budget throwaways, but in fact, this is a surprisingly well-made and just plain fun addition to your zombie collection. Or another great surprise for the zomfan who’s missed it for years.