Architects Southwest has announced the winners of their 2011 Zombie Safe House Competition. A mobile, armadillo-like shell designed by Austin Fleming was this year’s first place winner. The annual competition asks its participants to design the perfect zombie apocalypse fortress. The designers have to consider food, power, waste, weapons, storage, evacuation, and (most importantly) how to keep zombies out of their houses. The judges panel included a number of individuals involved in the architecture and/or zombie field including last year’s first place winner and Max Brooks, author of The Zombie Survival Guide. Check out the first place design below, and visit the official Facebook page to check out all the winners!
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AMC is giving one Walking Dead fan the opportunity to appear during The Walking Dead‘s third season as a zombie extra. Enter the “Stagger-On Role Sweepstakes” for your chance to win. The second season of The Walking Dead starts on Sunday, October, 16th at 9 PM/8C.
Sony Pictures is holding a casting call for the “biggest Resident Evil movie fan.” The winner of their Face of the Fan contest will get to play a member of the undead in the fifth Resident Evil film, Resident Evil:Retribution. Fans must be between the ages of 18 and 34 and provide contact information, a headshot photo, and a video (1 minute or less) of the participant stating why he/she is the biggest Resident Evil movie fan and acting out a dialogue line from any previous film in the franchise. Visit www.FaceoftheFan.com to enter. The submission period ends 12:00pm PT on October 3, 2011.
Paul W.S. Anderson will write and direct Resident Evil: Retribution, and his wife, Milla Jovovich, returns as the franchise’s heroine, Alice. Other returning actors include Sienna Guillory as Jill Valentine, Colin Salmon as James “One” Shade, and Shawn Roberts as Albert Wesker. Fan favorite from the RE video game series, Leon S. Kennedy, will finally appear in film as well. Resident Evil: Retribution is slated for a fall 2012 release.
Scott Edelman, author of What Will Come After (a collection of zombie short-stories), has announced he’s launching a “short film” contest around his 1998 play A Plague on Both Your Houses. The play imagines Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet with an infusion of Night of the Living Dead.
A Plague on Both Your Houses has never been staged and Edelman is eager to see what fans of zombie fiction will come up with. Edelman states, “The clip can be in any format—live action, animation, marionettes, claymation, kinetic typography, sock puppets, anything you think will best amaze me with your creativity.” The reward for the best 3+ minute short is $200.
The Horror Channel at the Xomba online community has teamed up with the webstore, ThinkGeek, to give away a HUGE zombie prize pack for free! Click on the picture below to sign up for the contest on Xomba’s website. The deadline to enter is December 31, 2010.
Architects Southwest has announced the winner of their 2010 Zombie Safe House Competition–a Mississippi River barge! For the competition, the designers had to consider food, power, waste, weapons, storage, evacuation, and (most importantly) how to keep zombies out. The contestants had an unlimited budget to work with. Check out the winning design below, and visit Architects Southwest website for more information and updates on the 2011 competition!
Actor, Thomas Jane of HBO’s Hung, wants to play a bad guy in the second season of AMC’s The Walking Dead. According to NBC Washington, Jane spent Emmy night with The Walking Dead‘s director, Frank Darabont, trying to figure out a way to make a guest appearance on the show. Darabont and Jane previously worked together on the movie, The Mist. Jane did have one stipulation about appearing on the show; he said he did not want to play a zombie. AMC gave (less picky) fans the chance to appear in season two as a zombie with a contest that ended on August 15th. The winner of the contest has yet to be announced.
All this talk of season two makes it seem like AMC has already committed to a second round of Walking Dead episodes. In fact, Fangoria reports that filming on season two will begin February 2011.
Be sure to check out the premiere of season one on October 31st!