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ODD: We’re swinging into high here at PGPoA with the Halloween fun. I realize the whole zombie motif may be a bit 2006, but it was the first idea I thought of. The good thing is we get it out of the way now and I’ll have to come up with something else next year.
Note: A slightly different version of this article was originally published on Biggerboat in October 2006.
A couple years ago, during the huge zombie fad of the mid-’00s, Mezco Toyz produced a short-lived figure line called Attack of the Living Dead. The figures are a combination of today’s advanced action figure design and those old gross-out toys of the 1980s (times ten).
Attack of the Living Dead isn’t based on any particular film, despite the “Living Dead” moniker (a quick check at the U.S. trademark office shows that Mezco was able to trademark the title, so it looks like George Romero and John Russo lose yet again, courtesy of the Walter Reade Organization). The line was originally going to be titled “After Life” (and Mezco had trademarked that as well), but at some point they must have figured out that the “Living Dead” phrase wasn’t trademarked and changed to the new title to capitalize on the name recognition.
That said, these zombies look more Return of the Living Dead than Dawn of the Dead. Romero’s zombies tended to look like pale-skinned humans (though they got a bit gorier in the last two films), whereas the Return of the Living Dead series offered a variety of zombie shapes and sizes.
While the days of long action figure biography text and power ratings seem sadly long gone, Mezco makes a passing effort at providing some context for the line.
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OK, so my previous post was a gag (cribbed from an old entry on my other blog for BLITEOTW). I posted it to set the mood for this month’s theme…horror!
Obviously I stayed home today. It feels sort of surreal, sitting here writing a blog entry with all thatâ€™s going onâ€¦and wondering how long anyone will even be able to read this. How long will the electricity stay on? How long can people like me hide in their apartments and hope this thing blows over?
It kind of reminds me of The Stand. That novel scared the hell out of me. The idea of a superfluâ€”it really wasnâ€™t that far-fetched. Well, clearly. Not that this is a flu. The flu doesnâ€™t make peopleâ€¦eat people.
The TVâ€™s out except for WLVI 56, who are still broadcasting from their news station. I remember back when they used to have the Creature Double Feature in the â€™80s. I wish theyâ€™d never canceled thatâ€¦what the hell am I saying? I think Iâ€™m in shock.
Anyway, they had some fat bearded guy on, a scientist I guess, who said “every dead body that is not exterminated, becomes one of them. It gets up and kills. The people it kills get up and kill!” Thanks for the tip, fatty. Most of us already figured that out.
I guess it started a couple days ago, somewhere in Russia I heard. But itâ€™s spread like wildfire.
God, thereâ€™s a bunch of them walking up the street right now. What I wouldnâ€™t give for one of those assholes who always rips up the street in a pick-up. Mow those things down.
I might post again, if the powerâ€™s still on. And if they havenâ€™tâ€¦Iâ€™m in a basement floor apartment, strong windows, strong doors. I can probably hold out for a while…
Gentle Giant has created a horror sub-site at www.gentlegiantltd.com/horror. The site features their newest license, 30 Days of Night.
The site says simply, “Based on the graphic novel by Steven Niles and Ben Templesmith.” Not having read the GN or seen the movie adaptation, I’m not clear whether that’s referring to the film or the action figures. Anyone?