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02.07.2012

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Speaking of interesting cinematic possibilities not coming to pass (I'm looking at you, BLADE RUNNER), turns out that the sequel to Zack Snyder's DAWN OF THE DEAD is, well, dead.

Director of The Thing preqelI actually had no idea this was even happening in the first place, but now the word from would-be-director Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. (THE THING remake/prequel/thing) is that the project is officially no longer in the works. Arrow In the Head shared a small update late last year from van Heijningen about what ARMY OF THE DEAD would involve including, I shit you not, rapist zombies.  "There's an extra dimension to this zombie film," van Heijningen said, "because they…. they…. I'm still wondering if I should tell this…. the male zombies rape human females. Yes. And they have human hybrid zombie offsprings. It's a new take on the zombie genre, which is crazy."

Definitely a new take indeed, and a part of what Snyder had called his "dream zombie project."  And possibly material for an extreme new condom ad? But either way, it seems that costs for the potential movie have rocketed too high.  The story, an original by Snyder, would have involved a father who travels into a zombie-infested Las Vegas to rescue his daugher.  But whether that sounds interesting or not to you, van Heijningen believes it to be shelved permanently.  “They didn’t really want us to shoot in Las Vegas – because of the expense of shooting in Las Vegas. I really don’t think it’s going to happen. ”

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Extra Tidbit: What happened to the days of horror serving double duty as social commentary, a la the original Dawn of the Dead? Anything you'd recommend that has done so recently?
Source: Movie Hole

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7:50AM on 02/08/2012

rapist zombies? seriously? thumbs down!!

well I never held out hope that it would happen either, and I second GFunk587"s statement. Make a true sequel with Snyder and Ving!
well I never held out hope that it would happen either, and I second GFunk587"s statement. Make a true sequel with Snyder and Ving!
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8:39PM on 02/07/2012
Its a shame that another zombie flick wont happen. But rapist zombies are just a stupid concept.

Make a true sequel to Dawn of the Dead with Gunn writing and Snyder directing and bring back Ving Rhaymes!
Its a shame that another zombie flick wont happen. But rapist zombies are just a stupid concept.

Make a true sequel to Dawn of the Dead with Gunn writing and Snyder directing and bring back Ving Rhaymes!
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7:48PM on 02/07/2012
Concept is dumb. Maybe if some humans ended up banging the zombies, all Nekromantik style. I just don't see how a zombie would rape someone and not somehow infect the victim (i.e. bite, scratch, bodily-fluid exchange, etc.)
Concept is dumb. Maybe if some humans ended up banging the zombies, all Nekromantik style. I just don't see how a zombie would rape someone and not somehow infect the victim (i.e. bite, scratch, bodily-fluid exchange, etc.)
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6:54PM on 02/07/2012
Um...didn't they do a direct-to-dvd sequel called "Day of the Dead" with Ving Rhames playing his brother at the Fort they were trying to get to in the Snyder movie?
Also, Vegas? Really? Wasn't this the plot for the video game Left For Dead2?
Rapist zombies? Again, seriously? What kind of sick fuck would pay to see that shit?
Um...didn't they do a direct-to-dvd sequel called "Day of the Dead" with Ving Rhames playing his brother at the Fort they were trying to get to in the Snyder movie?
Also, Vegas? Really? Wasn't this the plot for the video game Left For Dead2?
Rapist zombies? Again, seriously? What kind of sick fuck would pay to see that shit?
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7:52AM on 02/08/2012
yea there was a day of the dead remake. I don't know if Ving was in it, but it was stupid!
yea there was a day of the dead remake. I don't know if Ving was in it, but it was stupid!
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4:34PM on 02/07/2012

would've loved to see it

instead of just pumping out the same thing after the same thing after the same thing in terms of zombie movies.

Loved the Dawn remake so was VERY much looking forward to any type of sequel, but I definitely think the box office, critical and fan failure of The Thing prequel put an end to this idea unfortunately (two awesome ideas down the drain unfortunately =(
instead of just pumping out the same thing after the same thing after the same thing in terms of zombie movies.

Loved the Dawn remake so was VERY much looking forward to any type of sequel, but I definitely think the box office, critical and fan failure of The Thing prequel put an end to this idea unfortunately (two awesome ideas down the drain unfortunately =(
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2:55PM on 02/07/2012
Zombies raping women (or men, if they're women zombies) actually makes sense when you think about it. If they're instinct driven creatures, then why should they only follow their instinct to eat? Isn't it only logical that they would want to mate as well?
Zombies raping women (or men, if they're women zombies) actually makes sense when you think about it. If they're instinct driven creatures, then why should they only follow their instinct to eat? Isn't it only logical that they would want to mate as well?
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1:46PM on 02/07/2012
Rapist Zombies just rapes the origin of Zombie movies.
Rapist Zombies just rapes the origin of Zombie movies.
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1:21PM on 02/07/2012
I pray to sweet zombie Jesus that this barrel of shit never gets made. "Rapist zombies"?!? Fuck off!
I pray to sweet zombie Jesus that this barrel of shit never gets made. "Rapist zombies"?!? Fuck off!
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1:14PM on 02/07/2012
Why does every movie these days have to have some new "twist"? I wish some filmmaker would simply take the elements that make zombies scary and present them on a cinematic scale with some interesting characters and a decent story. Rapist,hybrid zombies... really?
Why does every movie these days have to have some new "twist"? I wish some filmmaker would simply take the elements that make zombies scary and present them on a cinematic scale with some interesting characters and a decent story. Rapist,hybrid zombies... really?
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1:03PM on 02/07/2012

Ummm...

I loved me some Dawn of the Dead remake and I'm sad to see it won't be getting a follow-up...but zombie rapists? WTF? I'm not a prude, but that just seems like over-the-top shock in place of good story and filmmaking. In my opinion, you do more harm to the series with that.

Extra Tidbit: I don't really need my horror to be social commentary, but...a couple that come quickly to mind were "The Happening" and "The Last Winter"
I loved me some Dawn of the Dead remake and I'm sad to see it won't be getting a follow-up...but zombie rapists? WTF? I'm not a prude, but that just seems like over-the-top shock in place of good story and filmmaking. In my opinion, you do more harm to the series with that.

Extra Tidbit: I don't really need my horror to be social commentary, but...a couple that come quickly to mind were "The Happening" and "The Last Winter"
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12:21PM on 02/07/2012
That's not an erection it's rigor mortis.
That's not an erection it's rigor mortis.
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12:16PM on 02/07/2012
Don't know what to think of this, actually!
The funny thing is that ARMY OF THE DEAD is the tittle under which Snyder's remake was released in France (the original being called ZOMBIE)...
Don't know what to think of this, actually!
The funny thing is that ARMY OF THE DEAD is the tittle under which Snyder's remake was released in France (the original being called ZOMBIE)...
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11:28AM on 02/07/2012
I never liked the fact that the so called zombies were able to spring in the Dawn of the Dead remake. I mean if there bodies are deteriating and rotting, then how are they able to run like Olympians?
I never liked the fact that the so called zombies were able to spring in the Dawn of the Dead remake. I mean if there bodies are deteriating and rotting, then how are they able to run like Olympians?
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11:00AM on 02/07/2012

Jenna's comeback

How about Zombie Porn Flicks? This way some of the older 70's era porn legends could make some extra $$ and not have to use make up! I am also for a survival info style movie with Bear Grylls teaching us how to survive in the event of Zombie Apocalypse
How about Zombie Porn Flicks? This way some of the older 70's era porn legends could make some extra $$ and not have to use make up! I am also for a survival info style movie with Bear Grylls teaching us how to survive in the event of Zombie Apocalypse
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7:46AM on 02/07/2012
Zombies films just want to one up each other these days what's wrong with keeping it simple I saw The Dead last night that's a proper zombie film (I saw Survival of the Dead on Friday and think even Romero has forgotten how to make a good one)! If one were to offer up measly defences for this proposed sequel though...I suppose if dead zombies can run...they can f**k too, right? Or how about this...if zombies have an urge to eat out of some primal instinct...than well...you could argue
Zombies films just want to one up each other these days what's wrong with keeping it simple I saw The Dead last night that's a proper zombie film (I saw Survival of the Dead on Friday and think even Romero has forgotten how to make a good one)! If one were to offer up measly defences for this proposed sequel though...I suppose if dead zombies can run...they can f**k too, right? Or how about this...if zombies have an urge to eat out of some primal instinct...than well...you could argue that f**king...well...you know where I'm going with this. Lets face it, zombies have some level of intelligence coz they know not to eat each other...so why not make them horny buggers as well.
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12:14PM on 02/07/2012
You've got a point here !
You've got a point here !
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7:39AM on 02/07/2012
Extra tidbit: I think Shaun of the Dead did that in a way. Comedy aside, I really think that Shaun (Simon Pegg) doesn't notice zombies around him because, in a sense, people are dead due to boring daily routine, unhappy social life, social pressure, etc.
Extra tidbit: I think Shaun of the Dead did that in a way. Comedy aside, I really think that Shaun (Simon Pegg) doesn't notice zombies around him because, in a sense, people are dead due to boring daily routine, unhappy social life, social pressure, etc.
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11:27AM on 02/07/2012
Pretty much nailed it.
Pretty much nailed it.
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