Zombie (comics) – Wikipedia

The Zombie (Simon William Garth) is a fictional supernatural character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character was created by writer Stan Lee and artist Bill Everett for the standalone story “Zombie” in the horror-anthology comic book Menace #5 (cover-dated July 1953), which was published by Atlas Comics, a forerunner to Marvel. The character later became well known for starring in the black-and-white, horror-comic magazine series Tales of the Zombie (19731975), usually in stories by Steve Gerber and Pablo Marcos.

Marvel Comics editor-in-chief Roy Thomas plucked the character Simon Garth, the Zombie, from a pre-Comics Code horror tale in Menace #5 (July 1953), published by Marvel forerunner Atlas Comics, and brought the character into modern-day continuity in Tales of the Zombie #1 (1973). The initial modern story, co-scripted by Thomas and Steve Gerber and drawn by John Buscema and Tom Palmer, was a 12-page tale that led into a seven-page reprint of the 1950s story (with the art slightly altered to give the Zombie shoulder-length rather than short hair).[1][2] That original story was also reprinted in 1975’s Tales of the Zombie Annual #1,[3] and again two decades later in Curse of the Weird #4 (March 1994), the final issue of a short-lived Marvel horror reprint series.

Following the premiere, all the Zombie stories were by Gerber and artist Pablo Marcos (one of these in collaboration with writer Doug Moench and artist Alfredo Alcala). The original series’ finale, set at Garth’s daughter’s wedding in issue #9, was a three-chapter story written by Tony Isabella (chapter 2 with co-scripter Chris Claremont), and drawn by pencilers Virgilio Redondo, Yong Montano, and Ron Wilson, respectively, and inker by Alcala (chapters 1-2) and Marcos (chapter 3).

Tales of the Zombie published the last work of Golden Age great Syd Shores, Captain America’s first penciler following Jack Kirby’s departure from the character in 1941. Shores had finished penciling two-thirds of the eight-page story “Voodoo War” for issue #5 (May 1974) before dying of a heart seizure. Dick Ayers penciled the remainder of writer Tony Isabella’s anthological horror tale.

Although laid to peaceful rest in Tales of the Zombie # 9 (he did not appear in the following, final issue, which contained a Brother Voodoo story and three anthological tales), Simon Garth was reanimated in the horror-comics magazine Bizarre Adventures #33 (Dec. 1982), in an out-of-chronology story hard to reconcile with the remainder of the character’s continuity. The Zombie returned to color comic books in a backup story in Daredevil Annual # 9 (July 1993). At the time of that appearance, the Zombie remained unearthed, and controlled by Donna, who pledged to have him eliminate other such enthralled undead.

The Zombie thereafter appeared in Peter Parker: Spider-Man Annual ’97 (1997); in a behind-the-scenes references in Blade: Crescent City Blues #1 (March 1998) leading into a guest appearance in Spider-Man Unlimited #20 (May 1998); and in a solo story in the anthology series Strange Tales vol. 4, #1 (Sept. 1998). A decade later, he starred in a solo story in the one-shot omnibus Legion of Monsters: Man-Thing #1 (May 2007). He is also one of the main characters in Marvel Zombies 4.

Simon William Garth was born in Birmingham, Alabama and became a work-obsessed executive of Garth Manor Coffee, based in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. Ambushed and kidnapped by his former gardener (whom he had fired), Garth is to be a voodoo cult’s human sacrifice. However, the cult’s priestess Layla recognizes Garth as her own everyday-life employer, with whom she is in love. Though her attempt to let him escape is thwarted, and though she is forced to mystically transform his corpse into a zombie with a clouded mind whom holders of the matching amulet could control, Layla, with her grandfather, Papa Doc Kabel, continue to try to help the uncomprehending Zombie reach his final rest.

Despite his zombie state, he retains some vestige of his soul: for instance, when under the control of the amulet he has been forced to hurt or even kill people he has come to care about (such as Philip Bliss and Layla). The moment he is free from control, his vengeance is terrible. Because of these remnants of soul, Layla and Papa Doc perform a ritual that allows Garth 24 hours in his restored human self in order that he might attend the wedding of his daughter Donna and set what was left of his previous life in order.[4]

He was resurrected by the voodoo witch Calypso who discovered that, through acts of selflessness, this particular zombie possessed free-will, i.e. the ability to act of his own accord and not always at the request of whoever was wearing the Amulet of Damballah an unusual feature for a member of the walking dead. In this case, he ignored her orders and pushed Calypso aside in order to release the captive soul of his friend Papa Doc Kabel, whom Calypso had murdered as part of the process of reviving Garth.[5]

Simon Garth had been a test subject of A.R.M.O.R. when the zombie plague killed everyone on the base. He retrieved the head of zombie Deadpool, and used the base’s teleporters to escape to the bottom of the sea, where Deadpool’s head infected all of the Men-Fish and their leader Piranha. Garth was compelled to travel to the island nation of Taino in the Caribbean Sea, where he told Black Talon about the zombie plague. Black Talon assumed control of Garth, and captured Deadpool’s head.[6] When the zombie Deadpool’s head bites one of the Black Talon’s henchmen, he uses this opportunity to get Garth to help him escape.[7] At the end of the series, Jennifer Kale and the Black Talon confine the zombie virus inside Garth.[8]

Zombie was later recruited by Phil Coulson to join his incarnation of the Howling Commandos in order to fight Dormammu’s Mindless Plague.[9]

As the Zombie, Garth is supernaturally strong and able to heal mystically from injuries. However, he is also virtually mindless. Also, due to the Amulet of Damballah, which he wears around his neck, he must obey anyone who holds that item’s duplicate.

A revamped version of the Zombie appeared in a new continuity in Marvel’s mature-readers MAX imprint, in the four-issue mini-series Zombie (Nov. 2006 – Feb. 2007), written by Mike Raicht and illustrated by Kyle Hotz.[10] Here, Simon Garth is a bank teller who, with his co-worker Layla, becomes tangled in the affairs of two robbers and an infectious zombifying gas. Simon plants paint bombs in the money bags that only he can defuse, so he and Layla are kidnapped and accidentally brought into the zombie quarantine zone, thinking that the barriers were to stop the robbers from escaping rather than to keep the undead in check. The series concludes with a bitten and bullet-riddled Simon, the only survivor of the outbreak, being taken into the custody of the military and extracted from the scene via helicopter.

Zombie was followed by a second four-issue mini-series, The Zombie: Simon Garth with Eric Powell replacing Reicht (with the cover of the first issue paying homage to the cover art of the first issue of Tales of the Zombie), which chronicles the events following the extraction, and Simon’s escapades as a “heroic” zombie.

Other characters known as Zombie in the Marvel Universe include:

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‘Zombie homes’ cut values, spike crime in Roseburg – KOIN.com

ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) Driving through Roseburgs Mill-Pine District, it seems like every other house has boarded-up windows, lawns overrun with weeds and sinking roofs layered with moss.

Roseburg officer Tony Powers knows the area well. He patrols the streets as often as he can with an eye on the abandoned houses. Some of the citys homeless population seeks refuge from the winters dipping temperatures and heavy rains in these empty homes, reported The News-Review.

If they have a place that they can go thats going to take them out of the weather, theyre going to find those places, Powers said during a ride along with reporters last month.

There are agencies that provide beds for people who are homeless, he noted. The Roseburg Rescue Mission has two facilities, one for men and another for women and children, and warming centers open their doors when temperatures dip below freezing.

But people who also struggle with substance abuse or mental instability, or both, might opt for a home of their own. Thats when they trespass on an abandoned property and leave behind a trail of dirty clothes, empty beer cans and syringes.

Thats not my fault, thats their fault, Powers said. Thats something they chose to do. Its a lifestyle they chose. If they didnt choose that lifestyle, they wouldnt be out in the cold weather.

Powerss least favorite spot to patrol is an empty three-story business complex in downtown. Broken windows make for easy entrances, and people will set up their tents inside. Since the plumbing doesnt work, they fill toilets that dont flush, or they turn buckets (and, in one instance, a fish tank) into urinals.

The Abandoned Problem

The historic Mill-Pine District is nestled between downtown Roseburg and the South Umpqua River. Most of its homes were built in the early 1900s and are distinctively American Craftsman: low-pitched gable roofs, spacious porches, tapered columns. The types of homes people in Portland are scrambling to snatch up for hundreds of thousands of dollars, cash in hand.

Abandoned properties, sometimes called zombie homes, make the Mill-Pine District less appealing. They sit vacant for months, sometimes years. Without proper attention, they decay and sink into themselves. Then trespassers find their way in and crime rates start to rise.

Police calls from 2016 show the district had more trespassing problems than any other residential area in Roseburg. That same data, obtained by The News-Review in a public records request, shows calls that use the words squatter and vacant tend to clutter in the Mill-Pine District.

These abandoned homes, and many others peppered around the county and state, are lingering ghosts of the nations 2007 financial crisis. Prior to the crash, banks doled out mortgages to people who couldnt afford them. When the housing bubble popped, those people lost their homes and a wave of foreclosures hit the market.

At one point, in about 2010, there were so many that (banks) started withholding some homes from the market, said Victoria Hawks, a Roseburg Realtor. And thats why we ended up with problems further down the road.

Before foreclosing on a home, banks have to give homeowners six months to catch up on payments. That extension comes with additional fines and fees. Homeowners might throw in the towel early and move away before the foreclosure process is completed.

If the people couldnt afford to make the payments before, allowing them six months to catch up and still pay more is beyond the pale, Hawks said. But thats the law now. It didnt use to be that way, but now it is.

Zombies

After starting the process, a bank could suddenly decide not to foreclosure on a home after all is in order to avoid obtaining another liability, reads an Investopedia article titled Zombie Titles.

They are called zombie homes because they have, in a way, come back to life from the death of foreclosure.

Banks are not legally obligated to notify homeowners of their decision to avoid foreclosure, so it could be months or years before homeowners figure out what happened. Meanwhile, the homeowner collects debt from not paying property taxes, and ordinance violations for letting the home become an eyesore.

Rifling through a paper trail to find exactly who owns a vacant home can be arduous, particularly for police officers who need a homeowners permission to enter an abandoned house.

Like Roseburg, most cities and counties do not keep track of which homes are vacant and abandoned, and who owns them. The tax assessors office provides some information, but it is not always relevant.

We get most of our information from citizens groups, Roseburg code enforcement officer Dennis Randolph said. They do more tracking on that than the city does.

Without knowing the exact owner, the city does not know who to cite for ordinance violations such as garbage buildup or excessive weed growth. With no one to hold accountable, the house slips into decay and drags down values of surrounding homes.

Sutherlin has taken the issue into its own hands by requiring homeowners and banks to register their vacant properties with the city. This way, officers know who to call when theres a problem. Randolph said he and city staffers are considering a similar registration process.

Douglas County is not alone in the vacant and abandoned home issue. Portland City Council decided to speed up the foreclosure process for five homes last year, after it voted to use eminent domain to foreclose on them, reads an Associated Press article from June 2016. The mayor has his eye on another 25 to 30 houses.

Hawks, who was a Roseburg city councilor until January, said there might be some unintended consequences if Roseburg used a similar tactic.

I dont think they would want us to flood the market again with less desirable homes at cheaper prices, which then turn around and make other homes worth less, she said.

The countys abandoned homes, no matter how derelict they become, will eventually get on the market and they will get multiple offers, she said. Thats because the housing market is tight, even in rural Douglas County.

They arent just left forever, it just feels like forever those first few years, Hawks said. Its really been hard. Its been challenging, let me tell you.

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We’re not calling endgame, but ‘The Vampire Diaries’ did just mention Klaus during a Steroline breakup – Screener

The Vampire Diaries, continues to deal with the wrath of Cade (Wole Parks) in The Lies Will Catch Up to You (Feb. 17) but in a poignant throughline, everyone also had to deal with consequences of Ripper Stefan.

Turns out that when Stefan (Paul Wesley) became human, anyone hes ever compelled got their true memories back so now the people of Mystic Falls are showing up in droves to report their vicious vampire stories And Caroline (Candice King) spends the entire day and night at the precinct, reversing their horrible memories and taking the burden oftheir stories onto herself.

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Well, not everyone goes straight to the police. After remembering it was Stefanwho murdered his family and ripped their heads off, Dorian (Demetrius Bridges) decides to take matters into his own hands. But after shooting Stefan, he ultimately cant go through with killing him. The former vampire tries in earnest to explain that the inevitable guilt he will feel after taking someones life will be just as painful but that killing Stefan wont bring Dorians family back. Its not offered as an alibi Stefan committed this heinous crime and a million others, whether or not he was in control of his actions.

At the time of this particular crime,Stefan was on an evil bender with a man named Klaus Mikaelson (Joseph Morgan). Now, while dropping the name of an Original could just be that, not something to seriously look into, the scene between Caroline and Stefan that followed immediately after makes uswonder.

Stefan tells Caroline he cant be with her, hes too much of a burden, blah blah. Caroline has heard this spiel before and shes had it. Caroline sees Stefans need to be alone and mope around in his misery as too selfish to accept. He knows Caroline still loves him, and she truly believes Stefan can find redemption by moving forward with his life and doing good things. And even though its hard to believe, Carolinestill wants nothing more than to spend the rest of hishuman life married to him But Stefan feels its time to let her go.

So, Steroline is once again broken up and show creator Julie Plec knowsthe mere mention of Klaus name will cause a frenzy. The series has been bringing back old characters left and right during this final lap, so whos to say Klaus wont soon be visiting from New Orleans?Both shows have a five-year gap and the Originals premiere will begin on it, putting our two shows back in sync and it would be one hell of a parting gift, to give us a Klaroline reunion. Knock on wood, but the concept of Caroline marrying Klaus in one last Originals/TVD crossover has us pretty close to tears just thinking about it.

In the end the episode gives us a supercharged Kai (Chris Wood), having apparently killed Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and zooming off into the night to and this is the part were curious about quote go out with a bang.

We dont know what Kais next move is, but it may have something do with Alarics (Matt Davis) daughters. Theyve been acting out and lashing out with their powers.Maybe Kai wants to finish the Gemini Job and kill his nieces once and for all an intriguing idea, if stealing their powers were the key defeating Cade once and for all but whatever his plan, Kais heading back to hell if he doesnt work this out, so to him its worth a shot. Kai isnt the kind of guy to lose sleep over the fact hed be taking two innocent lives to kill Cade.

But back to the issue at hand: If there is even a sliver of hope thatKlaus will show up in Mystic Falls, there couldnt be a better time. Aside from the fact that wed love to see what hed make of Kai, the only male villain the shows ever offered on his level but hell, maybe he knows how to kill Cade.The Originals has always offered a more interesting and nuanced take on witches, after all, so maybe Klaus will be the final key tosaving Mystic Falls?Man would he hate that! It would be amazing.

The Vampire Diaries airs on Friday nights at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.

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Vampire: Prelude is out on Android, an interactive prequel to Vampire: The Masquerade – Android Community

For fans of the popular Vampire: The Masquerade game, heres something that you might want to sink your teeth into (pun obviously intended). Asmodee Games has just released Vampire: Prelude out on Android, and its a prequel to the original game, but rendered in an interesting interactive gameplay.

Vampire: Prelude is an interactive game told mainly through text messaging. Now how often do you get to see a game done in that form? Its decidedly interesting, even if youre not interested in vampires and such. But fans of the original Vampire: The Masquerade game should get this because its a great bit of gaming, all told.

The storyline is this, that you have recently found yourself now among the undead. So it is now entirely up to you whether you choose to stay with your mortal life, or move on to vampiric immortality and leave the world behind. Of course, the catch is, how long can you control your hunger for blood?

The game is good enough that you have to pay a premium price for it, at USD$4.99. Grab it at the download link below.

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Someone Is Dying In The Vampire Diaries Series Finale & It’s Not Who You Think – Refinery29

We know that Nina Dobrev, a.k.a. Elena Gilbert, will return to the CW’s melodramatic playground of the undead for one final visit. We know that when she left, Elena’s life remained tied to Kat Graham’s Bonnie; as long as Bonnie lives, Elena remains asleep. Could Bonnie’s death explain Elena’s sudden reappearance? Or will Paul Wesley’s Stefan, who recently transitioned from vampire back to human, attempt to make up for turning his brother Damon (Ian Somerhalder) all those years ago by sacrificing himself to allow Damon and Elena to spend eternity together? Or will poor Zach Roerig’s Matt Donovan, the show’s only main character to remain human throughout its entire run, die once more this time, sans resurrection?

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The low-budget Aussie horror film make headlines overseas – NEWS.com.au (blog)

A couples camping trip turns into a frightening ordeal when they stumble across the scene of a horrific crime.

Australian actor Harriet Dyer in a scene from Killing Ground.

WHEN Tasmanian director Damien Power was a teenager sitting in a darkened Launceston cinema he never imagined one day hed be debuting his first feature to packed out crowds at the Sundance Film Festival.

He certainly didnt expect that this film- a low-budget suspense thriller shot in bushland an hour out of Sydney would be getting rave reviews on the other side of the world and would send him almost overnight from unknown Aussie to Hollywood Hot Property.

In fact, the only thing Power had in his mind when picturing his new film Killing Ground, was an image. A fleeting vision of an orange tent, abandoned in thick bushland in the heat of summer with three burning questions: Who found it, what happened to the owners and who is responsible for their disappearance?

Its been ten years since he first imagined that deserted tent. And now Power hasnt just been discovered, hes been applauded. Industry bible The Hollywood Reporter called Killing Ground A chilling debut, while Variety said that Power had made an impressive first feature, marking him one to watch.

The film-going public were just as enthusiastic.

We were in the midnight session and it was sold out! Power explains to news.com.au.

They had to schedule an extra screening! Midnight audiences were great I guess youve got be committed to go to the movies at midnight especially when youre walking through the driving snow to get there, but they loved it. They lapped it up!

A scene from Damien Powers film Killing Ground.Source:Supplied

What sets Killing Ground apart from other thrillers is its unconventional structure. The film intertwines three separate stories, seemingly in different times and spaces: Two lovers on a weekend getaway; a family in peril and a pair of redneck psychopaths baying for blood.

The structure is meant to make you feel unsettled. The thriller genre is usually incredibly linear so I think playing with the structure is something audiences and critics have really loved.

Powers journey to Hollywood was via Hobart (for uni), and then film school in Sydney, and a stint at the censorship board where he was the youngest person appointed to the Office of Film and Literature Classification.

Critics have been quick to praise the fact that the violence in Killing Ground (although brutal) is never exploitative, something Power attributes to his time as a censor. Ive definitely had a long professional interest in how we watch violence. I wanted to make sure it wasnt just a violent film but a film about violence and what violence does.

Power feels movie violence is often wrongly presented as a heroic option.

I wanted the film to ask the question What would happen in real life? What would actually happen if I was faced with this threat? Because the answer is often different to what happens in the movies. This violence feels very real and I think thats what people are responding to.

The redneck psychopaths in Killing Ground.Source:Supplied

As for why, as a nation, we like making and watching films that are bleak and terrifying, Power thinks its because Australia has a dark and disturbing history.

This film talks about that about cycles of violence violence happened 200 years ago, it happened yesterday and today and its going to happen tomorrow. But thats why the structure (of the film) is important: It creates this sense of timelessness, this idea that these cycles of violence just get repeated endlessly and no one is safe.

Powers next move is to head back home for some warmth, some time with his kids and a chance to enjoy his new-found success.

We sold the film at Sundance so its going to have a run in US theatres which is fantastic for such a small Aussie movie. Its also going to play a few more festivals around the world and therell be an Australia-wide release announced soon, which is really exciting.

Mostly, hes just really happy that his ten-year effort has been worth it. Its just been so gratifying to see the film so warmly embraced. Knowing its going to keep going even further? Thats even better.

He wont be resting on his laurels too long. Sundance has created some amazing opportunities so Im trying to make the most of it! But yeah, Ive got plenty in the pipeline.

In other words, watch this space.

The Killing Ground will screen on Friday, March 10 at Event Cinemas in Sydney as part of Monster Fests Travelling Sideshow complete with a Q & A.

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Disappointing sequel to original horror movie – Times of Malta

Alex Roe and Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz in Rings.

Rings Director: F. Javier Gutierrez Stars: Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz, Alex Roe, Johnny Galecki Duration: 107 mins Class: 15 KRS Releasing Ltd

Rings is the latest instalment in the Ring franchise, which originated as a 1991 novel by Koji Suzuki about a reporter who investigates a cursed videotape that kills anyone who watches it after a week.

The acclaimed 1998 Japanese horror film Ringu was based on the novel, and a US remake, The Ring, was released in 2002 itself very well-received and considered one of the best horror films in recent history. This in turn spawned The Ring Two in 2005, which was met with less critical enthusiasm And then there were three.

In a nutshell, the franchises premise is based on the idea that someone watches a videotape, the phone rings, and seven days later, theyre dead. The stories have centred around the malevolent spirit of young Samara Morgan, out to avenge her cursed life, as witnessed in the earlier movies.

In Rings, the story picks up when Julia (Matilda Lutz) tries to find out what happened to her boyfriend Holt (Alex Roe) after he stops answering her messages or calls. Julia heads off to Holts university and stumbles upon an underground club set up by Professor Gabriel Brown (Johnny Galecki) to investigate the contents surrounding a mysterious videotape, which he picked up a while back at a sale of vintage items.

It is a rehash of the story we have seen before, nerve-jangling music and some pretty average special effects

Julia is horrified to learn not only the history behind the infamous video but also that Holt has seen it, so she takes steps to protect him.

Things start promisingly enough with two passengers on a plane discovering they have each seen the video and their week is up. Cue the plane encountering difficulties, and before it crashes we are treated to the sight of the lanky-haired ghostly figure Samara climbing out of a screen in the cockpit. But much like the ill-fated plane it is all downhill from there on.

Given the demise of VHS technology, it was clear that the writers David Loucka and Jacob Estes and Akiva Goldsman had to introduce modern technology into the story. This they do, yet the premise never develops beyond a mere gimmick.

The plotline involving the mysterious club investigating/celebrating the (by now available digitally and easily shared online) video was one I wanted to see more of. However, its not long before the story takes the easy route and falls back on tried and tested but by now oh-so-tired tropes It is a rehash of the story we have seen before, nerve-jangling music and some pretty average special effects setting up the few and largely ineffective jump-out-of-your-seat moments.

The is-he-dead-no-he-isnt moment at the films climax and an ending that purports to wrap up the story completely, only it doesnt, paves the way to what will inevitably be the third sequel.

Johnny Galeckis Professor Brown is by far the most interesting character in the story, his cards played very close to his chest, making you wonder how sinister his intentions really are. Yet, while he runs, ahem, rings around his co-stars, we dont get to see enough of him.

The characters portrayed by Lutz and Roe are rather anodyne and would have made a better impact had they been better fleshed out. As it is they have little chemistry, making you wonder why Julia would be ready to make such sacrifices on his behalf.

Character actor Vincent DOnofrio is also on board as a blind cemetery caretaker integral to the story, yet cannot mine much more than a hammy performance out of the material.

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Review: XX, a Creepy Quartet of Horror Films by Women, Might Rob You of Sleep – TIME

Melanie Lynskey in “The Birthday Party” in XX.Magnet Releasing

Horror movies made by women are nothing new, but the genre seems particularly hospitable to young woman filmmakers today, a way of sneaking into the filmmaking business through a side door. Jennifer Kents The Babadook and Ana Lily Amirpours A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, both from 2014, became surprise underground hits. Those movies were also proof that women had something fresh to bring to the genre, ideas that go beyond adolescent boys obsession with zombies or maniacs who chain women up in their basements. Motherhood anxiety (Am I a good enough mom? Is my child secretly plotting against me?) is a great horror springboard. Even just mining a particularly intense strain of loneliness, as Amirpour did, can result in a picture thats both funny and meaningful as well as eerily hypnotic.

The anthology XX, comprising four short films directed by women, isnt just a mini-showcase of smart, thoughtful contemporary horror. Its also an ingeniously practical solution to the age-old problem of getting people to actually watch your short film. Making a short is the tried and true way of breaking into the film business, as well as a way for veteran filmmakers to fill in gaps between projects. But getting a broad, general audience to watch a short is almost impossible. Grouping shorts together is a natural way to focus viewers attention, and XX could serve as a model structure for getting short films, of any genre, out into the greater world.

Like any anthology, XX is something of a mixed bag, but each of these creepy little bonbons has its own distinctive vibe. In the shortest, Roxanne Benjamins Dont Fall, four hikers on a wilderness trek come across a spooky primitive drawing on a rock that can spell nothing but doom. Benjamin builds a creepy-funny sense of dread in a short span of timethis twitchy little film is a solid example of filmmaking economy. The Birthday Party, directed by Annie Clark (also known as St. Vincent), features Melanie Lynskey as an overanxious mom who wakes up to a nasy surprise on the day shes supposed to be hosting a big party. (Sheila Vand, of A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, appears as a housekeeper who, with her molded black coif and sinister nonsmile, is a little Gale Sondergaard, a little Giallo.) The picture has a wry, comic charge, and Lynskey, terrific as always, brings a grace note of pathos to the wicked proceedings.

Two of the films in XX classify as outright mommy horror, playing deftly on the subterranean fears that often come with motherhood (though you dont need to be a mom to be creeped out). In the tense, ominous Her Only Living Son, Karyn Kusuma ( Girlfight, Jennifers Body) outlines what might happen in a Rosemarys Baby situation 18 years later: Christina Kirk plays a mother forced to face the reality that her surly teenage son (Kyle Allen) is no longer the sweet, placid baby she used to cradle in her arms.

But the most unnerving of all these shorts is The Box, by Canadian filmmaker Jovanka Vuckovic. A suburban mom has just spent a pleasant pre-Christmas day in the city with her two children. On the train home, her son (Peter DaCunha) notices a man sitting nearby, holding a metallic-foil box in his lap. Whats in the box, the kid wants to know? He finds out, but we dont. Vuckovic digs deep into the murkiest motherhood fears, among them the worry that in the midst of working so hard to keep everything nice and everyone safe, there are always going to be uncontrollable forces at work. The Box is that rare short film that feels as satisfying and wholly thought out as a full-length one. Its aura of restless dread sticks with you, like the nearly imperceptible yet maddening hum of a power line. Watch it right before bed, but only if you dare.

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Somebody sent Salvador Perez a bat from ‘The Walking Dead’ for some reason – Kansas City Star


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It turns out the bat was a gift from somebody associated with The Walking Dead, the zombie-filled television series that airs on AMC. The bat is a replica version of Lucille a weapon used by character Negan in the show. Perez said he and his
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Steelers players embrace the undead in custom The Walking Dead trading cards – SteelersWire

Lets face it, The Walking Dead has become a worldwide obsession. If you love zombies, then you love the show. Several members of the Pittsburgh Steelers are huge fans. So much so that they wanted to be part of a special promotion by Topps and The Walking Dead trading card app. Some of them shared their horrific alter egos on Twitter.

Notably absent on social media is Steelers running back DeAngelo Williams. He is perhaps the ultimateWalking Dead fanboy among the NFL. He even went so far as to have a TWD themed wedding and was a guest on The Talking Dead postshow after the mid-season premiere last Sunday. But dont despair. If you have the app, you can get the Zombified version of Williams as well. He showed off the card during his appearance on TTD.

You can download the app for Android or in the App Store. I tried it out and if you are a fan of the show its a cool interactive sort of feature. Adding the players which was part of a Super Bowl promotion was a nice touch. According to the app, Steelers tight end Jesse James also has a card.

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