Friday Nerdy News Roundup and Weekend Open Thread

Friday, January 9, 2015 at 5:06 pm


Programming note: Monday morning's feature will be Sherilyn Connelly's coverage of Image Expo in San Francisco yesterday. And how is everyone liking our new, earlier publishing schedule?

Here are a few last things to start your weekend right:

-NECA reveals production art for their next Aliens Ripley action figure (above).

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Ed Wood's Plan 9 Remade as a "Serious" Zombie Movie?

Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 8:00 am


This seems like only slightly less bad an idea than trying to redo The Room as an actual romantic drama (pro tip if you try it - Paulette has to actually die from breast cancer). Yes, Edward D. Wood Jr. was trying to make a film about alien grave robbers making the recently deceased rise from their graves, but the real heart of the movie was his entirely wrongheaded parable for nuclear war in the form of "Solaranite" - a space super-weapon that can make sunlight itself explode. Just trying to do the zombie part feels like a cash-in missing the point - and if the goal is to be more serious, casting a Tor Johnson lookalike doesn't really work.

Then again, maybe this trailer is just hiding the best parts; the poster seems to promise flying saucers, after all. See for yourself.

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TR Review: [REC] 4: Apocalypse Feels Like More of a Placeholder Than Grand Finale

Friday, January 2, 2015 at 6:30 am


I might as well admit upfront that I'm coming into the [REC] series at part 4 as a complete n00b who has only seen the U.S. remake of part 1 (Quarantine), having been told that it was fairly close to the original, only to find out via wiki research that it left out key details that kept the series unique.

So why even review it? I'll be honest - the publicists asked me to. And when so many horror movies, especially those released in January, go out of their way to avoid being reviewed by anybody, I figured one that actually seeks assessment by horror fans who know what they're talking about could be a worthwhile watch.

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Topless Toy Chest: McFarlane Walking Dead Blind Bags and Daryl Building Set

Monday, December 22, 2014 at 3:10 pm


McFarlane building sets - or, as we've called them here for a while now, "Nipple-O" - are an interesting case of neither fish nor fowl. It's clear he wanted to make Walking Dead playsets that couldn't possibly be in scale to the regular figures, and rather than have another static diorama like Lost's Hatch set, he made them construction toys. Yet the Lego tie-in isn't worth much - sure, if you want some grimy looking tiles for a custom Lego set, you'll get a few, but the minifigs themselves don't match, and the diorama sets also feature a lot of custom bits that can't quite be called Lego-compatible at all.

Still, they're doing well enough that Todd just announced a new boiler room set. Let's take a closer look.

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Weekstarter: Doctor Who Xmas Clip, Religious Vader, Skeletor Sells Hondas, Weird Al and More

Monday, November 17, 2014 at 6:00 am


It's Monday! And you may be miserable, but we've rounded up a whole bunch of stuff - 15 items in all - from the Weekend Open Thread to make you smile and grimace, compiled with the aid of Kyle LeClair.

This week's tipsters include troi, Dredder, Gallen_Dugall, skrag2112, Anyone00, SlyDante777, GhostRacer21.

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Lego Plants vs. Zombies Concept up for Vote on Lego Ideas

Friday, November 14, 2014 at 10:04 am



The idea has been tried before, but Jin Kai Soo's concept for a Plants vs. Zombies set is by far the best execution of it yet. Even if Lego doesn't ultimately approve the playset, I for one could go for a series of those zombies as blind-bagged minifigs.

Some might say it's dead on arrival, but I think there's growth potential, y'know?

These Custom Playmobil Zombies for Sale Might Just Make You (Yes, Even You) Sick

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 1:00 pm


Playmobil has done many different themes from multiple historical periods and modern scenarios, but I think it's safe to say they'll never do zombies. Fortunately for those of you who like taking toys aimed at educational child's play and perverting them into sick, horrible jokes for adults to amuse ourselves with, that's where Zombiemonkie comes in.

The fast food worker above is one of the tamer ones - there's another, based on a popular urban legend, that I can't even bear to actually show here. It involves a baby, and...well, let's just say it might make Todd McFarlane go, "Huh. That's kind of in bad taste for a toy even when aimed at adults, don't you think?" The guy pictured, though, appears to be doing a funny take on Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom's dessert offerings, and as a fan of that much-maligned installment, I can't not appreciate the effort. And he's yours for $50.

Eleven Awesome-Sounding Upcoming Scandinavian Genre Flicks

Friday, November 7, 2014 at 6:00 am


True genre fans know how to dig. True genre fans saw Let the Right One In upon its initial theatrical run, and didn't seek it out on home video, or learn of its existence when America remade it. True genre fans gathered in groups to see cheesy Nazi-sploitation movies like Dead Snow and Iron Sky, caring more for content than for quality. True genre fans can identify the characteristics of a certain nations' horror movies without even having to hear its native language spoken aloud; Italy is the easiest to spot. Australia too. True genre fans are savvy people.

This is an article for true genre fans.

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15 Tabletop Games - That Aren't Call of Cthulhu - for a Horrifyingly Happy Halloween

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 6:00 am

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Call me crazy, but I'm one of those geeks who loves to play games related to approaching holidays. I've been known to break out a copy of 1776 or Tarleton's Quarter around Independence Day. I've even written a couple of Christmas themed Savage Worlds adventures for my home game, but no holiday is more suited to gaming with friends than Halloween. The Halloween season is the perfect time to get together with friends for an evening filled with horror themed gaming.

When it comes to horror-themed tabletop gaming, Call of Cthulhu is the king of the mountain. It is the oldest and most well known horror-themed role-playing game, and it's one of the best role-playing games ever designed. That doesn't, however, mean it is the only horror game worth playing, or that it is the best game to use as a way to recruit new players into hobby gaming. I looked around my sizable game collection to see if I could scare up some frightening alternatives and came up with a list 15 that I offer for your Halloween gaming pleasure. Some are silly and some are grim, but not a single one is entitled Call of Cthulhu.

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Archie TV Series Will Channel Twin Peaks, Have Zombie Episodes, Says Writer

Friday, October 24, 2014 at 10:00 am

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I guess. I mean, first it has to get picked up.

But seriously - what the heck are they smoking over at Archie Comics? They finally get a TV pitch, and they say it's gonna be like David Lynch and have zombie Halloween episodes? That's like pitching a Batman series without Batm...what? Right.

Here's what Chief Creative Officer and writer of the pilot Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa said to Comic Book Resources:

"Riverdale" is "Archie Meets 'Twin Peaks.'" You know how we're doing "Archie Meets Predator"? This is "Archie Meets David Lynch."

...if, god willing, this works out the way we all want it to work out, every Halloween we'll be doing an "Afterlife" episode of "Riverdale."

Of all the properties to get grim and gritty reboots, I must say this wasn't one that ever occurred to me.