IZOMBIE is a comic book series created by writer Chris Roberson and artist Michael Allred, published by DC Comics' Vertigo imprint beginning in 2010. The series deals with Gwen Dylan, a revenant gravedigger in Eugene and her friends Ellie, a 1960s ghost, Scott, a were-terrier. IZOMBIE was nominated for the 2011 Eisner Award for Best New Series. Gwen can pass for a regular girl, but she needs to eat a brain once a month to keep from losing her memories and intelligence; as a gravedigger, she has plenty of access to deceased people. The "monsters" in iZOMBIE are explained via the concepts of over- and undersoul; the oversoul is "seated in the brain, contains the thoughts and personality", while the undersoul is "seated in the heart, contains the appetites and fears". Ghosts are thus bodiless oversouls. Revenants, like Gwen, are unique in that they possess both undersouls. Souls can "infect" the living, which accounts for the possessed and werewolves and the like; the characters of iZOMBIE first appeared in a short story in the first House of Mystery Halloween Annual.
An iZOMBIE story was included in the second House of Mystery Halloween Annual. The comic is notable for its use of real Eugene-area locations as settings, including the University of Oregon campus, the Shelton McMurphey Johnson House, the McDonald Theater, Eugene City Hall, Ya-Po-Ah Terrace, as well as Portland's Oregon Convention Center and Oregon Zoo; the primary hangout spot, "Dixie's Firehouse", is known as "Fins" and is located in Springfield, Oregon. On April 1, 2012, at the Emerald City Comicon, Allred announced that iZOMBIE would end as of #28 in August. Various entities, some human, some not, battle various escalating threats in and around Eugene, Oregon. Vampires, parental fights, romance triangles, cabin fever, delayed apocalyptic battles and technical support are just some of the situations under-prepared manipulated, not-quite-human twenty-somethings have to deal with. Gwendolyn "Gwen" Dylan: The main protagonist, a revenant or main "zombie". Eleanor "Ellie" Stuart: A ghost who died in the 1960s and had never left Oregon.
Scott "Spot": A were-terrier, friend to Gwen and Ellie. Gavin Price: Gwen's brother and Scott's prospective boyfriend. Vincent Tan: A friend and co-worker of Scott. Ashok Patel: A friend and co-worker of Scott and Vincent. John Amon: A zombie, responsible for Gwen Dylan becoming a zombie. In November 2013, The CW ordered a pilot episode named after the comic from writer/producers Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero-Wright, who developed the property as a supernatural procedural drama for the network. On February 25, 2014, Deadline reported that Malcolm Goodwin, Aly Michalka and David Anders were cast as Clive and Blaine. On March 7, 2014, actor Robert Buckley was cast as Major, the lead character's former fiancé, an environmental engineer and former college football star, likable. On March 12, 2014, actress Rose McIver was cast as the lead character Olivia "Liv" Moore. IZombie had been picked up for the 2014-2015 season by The CW on May 8, 2014, but was pushed back to air as a mid-season replacement.
It debuted on the CW on March 17, 2015. On May 6, 2015, it was announced that The CW had renewed the show for a second season. While the series retains the lead character's ability to absorb memories and abilities through eating brains, her backstory is changed. Liv is a medical intern in Seattle, Washington, turned into a zombie after being scratched by one; the series picks up five months after the incident. A side effect of eating brains is that she experiences the deceased's memories in the form of visions, temporarily absorbs their habits and abilities which she uses to assist in solving crimes. Michael Allred, co-creator and lead artist for the comic book series and drew the opening credits for the series; the series has been collected into a number of trade paperbacks
Colin is a 2008 British zombie film written and directed by Marc Price. After a successful run in a number of film festivals, it went on to be shown at Cannes in 2009. Applauded for its success despite its low budget, the total cost of production was £45; the director and comedian Marc Price, shot Colin on a standard definition Panasonic mini-dv camcorder that he had owned for 10 years and edited the film on his home PC using Adobe Premiere 6 software which had come bundled with a video capture card he'd purchased a few years earlier. Facebook and Myspace were used to gather actors to play the zombies. Injured in the arm, Colin arrives home to the house only to find it empty. While cleaning his wound in the kitchen sink, he is attacked by Damien, now a zombie, he manages to "kill" Damien by stabbing him multiple times in the head with a kitchen knife, but soon afterwards becomes a zombie himself. Now one of the undead, Colin wanders the streets of London during the onset of a probable zombie apocalypse.
He avoids conflict. While being mugged for his trainers, he is seen by his sister; that evening zombies invade a house kill everyone within. Colin follows the sole survivor of the carnage before she is trapped by a madman / serial killer in his basement with a group of blinded zombies. Linda and a friend capture Colin and take him to their mother's house, but Colin cannot recognize them. Linda has been bitten by Colin when trying to save him from the muggers, turns into a zombie, while she is reanimating she is locked in with Colin and her boyfriend and mother leave. Colin and Linda shamble away; the film follows a cowering group of human survivors who go on the offensive. Led by Slingshot guy, the humans attack a large group of zombies with a makeshift grenade, which explodes near Colin, destroying most of his face. Three of the humans are bitten during the fight and are brutally killed by the rest of the group after one starts turning. Colin survives and finds his way to his friend Laura's home, where the film cuts to a flashback to when he was still human.
Arriving at the house, he discovered. While attempting to kill the zombie, she was bitten and died in his arms, before reanimating and biting him, he killed her before going home, which brings the viewer back to the film's beginning. Alastair Kirton as Colin Daisy Aitkens as Linda Dominic Burgess as Pots Tat Whalley as Boyfriend Leanne Pammen as Laura Kate Alderman as False Laura Justin Mitchell Davey as Slingshot Guy Kerry Owen as Colin's mother Leigh Crocombe as Damien Rami Hilmi as Helpful Guy with Crowbar Helena Martin as Pots' wife Colin is the first feature film to be told from a zombie's perspective from the outset, the main character Colin changes in the first few minutes of the film. Another feature film that deals with a story from a zombie's point of view is Andrew Parkinson's I, Zombie. Marc Price, the director of Colin, said that if he had known about the existence of I, Zombie, he wouldn't have made his film; the film was shot in London using friends and professionals who worked free to build their portfolio.
Shooting took 18 months. Dan Weekes: "Colin's Theme" Spencer McGarry Season: "The Unfilmable Life and Life of Terry Gilliam" Jack Elphick: "Intro", it played at Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, Saatchi & Saatchi presentation of new directors, 25 June 2009. On 13 July 2009, the film had a special screening at Zombie-Aid in Manchester, with cast and crew present for Q & A. On 27 July 2009, it was announced that the film would be distributed to cinemas and DVD by Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment. A preview was shown during the Frightfest fantasy and horror film festival in London during August 2009, it was released in cinemas both in other major UK cities during Halloween. During November 2009, it was shown during the 19th Málaga Fantastic Film Festival in Spain as part of the Horror Zone section. During September 2010, Walking Shadows announced a release in the US, it was released on DVD in October 2010 in the US. A two-disc Special Edition DVD has been released. Rotten Tomatoes, a review aggregator, reports that 46% of 26 surveyed critics gave the film a positive review.
Writing in Sight and Sound, Michael Brooke compared it to Return of the Living Dead 3, narrated from a zombie point of view. He commended the film's ambiance of panic, assisted by the relative intimacy of a handheld camcorder as the principal instrument of filming; as a character, Colin is argued to be a sympathetic character despite his revenant status, comparable to Bub in Romero's Day of the Dead. Nigel Floyd of Time Out London rated it 2/5 stars and called it a "overlong, non-frightening" film that "shambles fitfully from one scene to the next, without achieving any momentum or sense of direction." Carmen Gray of Total Film rated the film 3/5 stars and wrote, "If a Credit Crunch Oscar existed, his DIY chutzpah would take the gong." Phillip French of The Observer called it "confused and unimaginative". Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian rated it 3/5 stars and called it "a ultra-minimal, ultra-experimental future-shock". Joshua Siebalt of Dread Central rated it 3.5/5 stars and wrote, "For a first-time effort, Colin shows a helluva lot of promise."
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A zombie is a fictional undead being created through the reanimation of a human corpse. Zombies are most found in horror and fantasy genre works; the term comes from Haitian folklore, in which a zombie is a dead body reanimated through various methods, most magic. Modern depictions of the reanimation of the dead do not involve magic but invoke science fictional methods such as carriers, mental diseases, pathogens, scientific accidents, etc; the English word "zombie" was first recorded in 1819, in a history of Brazil by the poet Robert Southey, in the form of "zombi". The Oxford English Dictionary gives the origin of the word as West African, compares it to the Kongo words nzambi and zumbi. A Kimbundu-to-Portuguese dictionary from 1903 defines the related word nzumbi as soul, while a Kimbundu–Portuguese dictionary defines it as being a "spirit, supposed to wander the earth to torment the living."One of the first books to expose Western culture to the concept of the voodoo zombie was The Magic Island by W. B.
Seabrook in 1929. This is the sensationalized account of a narrator who encounters voodoo cults in Haiti and their resurrected thralls. Time claimed that the book "introduced'zombi' into U. S. speech". Zombies have a complex literary heritage, with antecedents ranging from Richard Matheson and H. P. Lovecraft to Mary Shelley's Frankenstein drawing on European folklore of the undead. In 1932, Victor Halperin directed a horror film starring Bela Lugosi. Here zombies are depicted unthinking henchmen under the spell of an evil magician. Zombies still using this voodoo-inspired rationale, were uncommon in cinema, but their appearances continued sporadically through the 1930s to the 1960s, with notable films including I Walked with a Zombie and Plan 9 from Outer Space. A new version of the zombie, distinct from that described in Haitian folklore, emerged in popular culture during the latter half of the twentieth century; this "zombie" is taken from George A. Romero's seminal film Night of the Living Dead, in turn inspired by Richard Matheson's 1954 novel I Am Legend.
The word zombie is not used in Night of the Living Dead but was applied by fans. The monsters in the film and its sequels, such as Dawn of the Dead and Day of the Dead, as well as its many inspired works, such as Return of the Living Dead and Zombi 2, are hungry for human flesh, although Return of the Living Dead introduced the popular concept of zombies eating brains; the "zombie apocalypse" concept, in which the civilized world is brought low by a global zombie infestation, has since become a staple of modern popular art. However, the late 2000s and 2010s saw the humanization and romanticization of the zombie archetype, with the zombies portrayed as friends and love interests for humans. Notable examples of the latter include movies Warm Bodies and Life After Beth, novels American Gods by Neil Gaiman, Generation Dead by Daniel Waters, Bone Song by John Meaney, animated movie Corpse Bride, TV series Pushing Daisies and iZombie, manga/anime series Sankarea: Undying Love. In this context, zombies are seen as stand-ins for discriminated groups struggling for equality, the human-zombie romantic relationship is interpreted as a metaphor for sexual liberation and taboo breaking.
The English word "zombie" is first recorded in 1819, in a history of Brazil by the poet Robert Southey, in the form of "zombi" referring to the Muslim Afro-Brazilian rebel leader named Zumbi and the etymology of his name in "nzambi". The Oxford English Dictionary gives the origin of the word as West African and compares it to the Kongo words "nzambi" and "zumbi". In Haitian folklore, a zombie is an animated corpse raised by magical means, such as witchcraft; the concept has been popularly associated with the religion of voodoo, but it plays no part in that faith's formal practices. How the creatures in contemporary zombie films came to be called "zombies" is not clear; the film Night of the Living Dead made no spoken reference to its undead antagonists as "zombies", describing them instead as "ghouls". Although George Romero used the term "ghoul" in his original scripts, in interviews he used the term "zombie"; the word "zombie" is used by Romero in his 1978 script for his sequel Dawn of the Dead, including once in dialog.
According to George Romero, film critics were influential in associating the term "zombie" to his creatures, the French magazine "Cahiers du Cinéma". He accepted this linkage though he remained convinced at the time that "zombies" corresponded to the undead slaves of Haitian voodoo as depicted in Bela Lugosi's White Zombie. Zombies are featured in Haitian rural folklore as dead persons physically revived by the act of necromancy of a bokor, a sorcerer or witch; the bokor is opposed by the houngan or priest and the mambo or priestess of the formal voodoo religion. A zombie remains under the control of the bokor as a personal slave; the Haitian tradition includes an incorporeal type of zombie, the "zombie astral", a part of the human soul. A bokor can capture a zombie astral to enhance his spiritual power. A zombie astral can be sealed inside a specially decorated bottle by a bokor and sold to a client to bring luck, healing, or business success, it is believed that God will reclaim the zombie's soul, so the zombie is a temporary spiritual ent