Entries in Zombies (2)


Move Over 'Twilight,' Zombies Are the New Horror Obsession

Christopher Robbins/Digital Vision(LOS ANGELES) -- That glazed look in their dead eyes, the stench of rotting flesh, their hunger for fresh human brains -- zombies seem to be everywhere.

The fascination with the undead has been creeping up on the sexy vampires of the "Twilight" dynasty. Over the past decade, movies such as "Resident Evil," "I Am Legend " and the spoofy "Zombieland" -- not to mention the vast array of zombie DVDs, video games and accessories -- have brought in $5 billion.

Seven million people watched the premiere of the hit AMC series "The Walking Dead" last week. Greg Nicoterro, the co-executive producer for the TV show said people have become "really obsessed" with zombies.

"You know vampires also have this huge following, they're sort of been made sexy by the Twilight movies," he said. "I honestly believe it's the fact that as people grow up being fans of the horror genre that there's something about zombies that are iconic."

It's arguable that Nicoterro is responsible for this most recent zombie contagion. He has created about 200 zombies for just season two of "The Walking Dead," and his professional life has been dedicated to transforming regular-looking people into an army of flesh-feasting, blood-slurping ghouls.

Typical zombies prefer brains, but in "The Walking Dead," they'll attack anything with a pulse. Such was the case played out in a scene where the actors had to attack a horse.

"They were so excited and so into it," Nicoterro said. "I loaded it with fake guts and all this blood and they were like, 'Let's go, let's go, let's go!"

Come Halloween, roughly 2.6 million zombies will lurch toward your front door in search of candy. It's one of the trendiest costumes, and tens of millions of dollars are spent to look dead, according to the National Retail Federation.

So-called zombie walks -- massive parades of people dressed as the undead -- have gone global, with annual events in Dublin, Prague, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh and Grand Rapids, Mich.

Need to escape? There's an app for that. It's a game called "Zombies Run," where the walking dead groan and growl in your ear while you sprint to collect supplies to survive.

And should you ever be attacked by zombies, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a zombie apocalypse survival guide -- a 40-page, illustrated novella, spelling out how to avoid getting eaten alive.

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Brad Pitt Plays Superhero While Shooting Zombie Movie

Brad Pitt on the set of his new movie "World War Z" in Glasgow, Scotland earlier this month. Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images (GLASGOW, Scotland) -- Brad Pitt played the role of superhero on the set of his new movie, World War Z, in Glasgow, Scotland, on Thursday. The Scottish Sun reports that Pitt was shooting a scene for his new zombie movie involving more than 700 extras.  One of the female extras filming the huge zombie invasion scene fell to the ground and was nearly trampled by hundreds of people, but without hesitating, Pitt helped the woman get up and back on her feet before she got crushed.

A set source told The Scottish Sun, "Lots of people hurt themselves and Brad came to the rescue of one woman who slipped.  I don't think she could believe it when Brad picked her up."  The source added, "He didn't have time to speak to her as it was mid-shoot. But she said afterwards how grateful she was, despite having a badly grazed knee."

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