Tuesday, 14 October 2014

UK Festival of Zombie Culture 2014 - Zombie News

This year will mark the eighth UK Festival of Zombie Culture based in the Phoenix Centre in Leicester, it will be the third time me and my dear friend Lucinda have gone (though the fourth year I have brought tickets for it!). Each year there are 12 hours of zombie films shown on a cinema screen as well as countless other distractions. All of this is run by the UK legend Zombie Ed whose slow descent into drunkeness is as sure a thing as the passing of time. His introductions to each of the films is a real highlight to see! Now there has been more details made available it is time to do a news post.

Of the six films being shown three have been announced so far. 'Bombshell Bloodbath' is the first film and one I once did a news post about. It is an Italian style zombie flick by Brett Mullen that looks like it has some pretty decent zombie effects, interested to see this one and the showing at the festival will mark it's UK premiere. Next up is 'Go Goa Gone' which is a Hindi zombie film about Russian mobsters stuck on a zombie infested island near Goa due to a new party drug that has the bad side effect of turning the takers into zombies. Lets hope it is better than the average Return of the Living Dead: Rave to the Grave which shares a similar plot. The last announced film so far is 'I Survived A Zombie Holocaust' from New Zealand sounds quite fun. While making a zombie film the set gets invaded by real zombies.

As well as these and other films there will be the usual other attractions. There will be a 3 minute zombie survival contest where you try and kill as many zombies as you can on a game. Last year it was Dead Rising 2, so who knows if it will be this game again? Also there will be a host of stalls to buy zombie merchandise from, zombie authors selling their wares (Adam Millard announced so far), raffle tickets, and a bunch of zombie videogames (last year had Typing of the Dead, House of the Dead 2 and a few others you could play if you so wished). There will be make up artists to turn you into a zombie if you so wish also.

Tickets for the UK Festival of Zombie Culture that takes place on 15th November 2014 can be purchased here and cost £25 for a day pass that will get you in to see all six films. If it is anything like the last few years it is going to be a fantastic day and well worth the ticket price so if you are in the UK and love zombie films this is an essential event! My round up of the 2012 festival can be found here, while 2013 can be found here.

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