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New ‘Walking Dead’ Spinoff Details

Posted By on January 22, 2015

The Zombie Rights Campaign takes issue with ‘The Walking Dead’ tv series. It’s blatant fearmongering, served up with a side of gore and a big order of dysfunctional drama.

Hmm. You can tell I am writing this before I have lunch.

Ahem. At any rate, we’ve known that there will be a Walking Dead spinoff series for some time. Recently some new details about that show, however, have leaked. It will apparently be a prequel of sorts to the main show:

The website Bleeding Cool claims to have read a pilot script for the spinoff series that was written last September. According to Bleeding Cool, the series will be set right before and during the onset of the zombie-apocalypse. Meaning, everything that happened before Rick Grimes woke up in the hospital.

The title of the pilot script is reportedly “Fear The Walking Dead” and will follow a dysfunctional family in Los Angeles whose life is about to get much, much worse.

Sigh. This show should be especially hard for the Art Director, as she sees her hometown turned into a giant billboard for Undead-bashing. We’ve already been speculating about iconic locations they might shoot at; we’re both laying odds on Griffith Observatory.

We’ll keep you posted on further details as they emerge.

Harry Potter and Zombies

Posted By on January 20, 2015

An interesting topic was recently brought to the Zombie Rights Campaign’s attention by our friends/occasional ideological sparring partners at BuyZombie.com: Why weren’t Zombies represented in the Harry Potter books?

We’ve seen recent hubbub over religious representation in the books, but honestly, I had not given a lot of thought to Zombies at Hogwarts.

Now, the books do, of course, have reanimated corpses, tragically and unfortunately trapped in abusive necromantic legal practices. They are also somewhat shamefully used as ‘mascots’ for sporting events.

But the Inferi from Harry Potter are more like golems in many respects than Zombies. A corpse is just a convenient object to put a complicated enchantment on.

Don’t get the ZRC wrong; we aren’t in favor of exploiting golems, and that issue gets little notice outside of the Discworld novels (which have done an excellent job advancing the rights of many non-traditional humanoids!)

But more traditionally Zombie-zombies are absent.

It turns out there are reasons for that:

“While zombies of the Vodou tradition can be nothing more than reanimated corpses, a separate but related tradition has it that the sorcerer uses their souls, or part of their souls, to sustain himself. This conflicted with my Horcrux story, and I did not wish to suggest that Voldemort had any more use for his Inferi than as guards of his Horcrux.”

Honestly though it really broke down to one key moment in her life that she couldn’t ignore.

“I’m part of the “Thriller’ generation; to me, a zombie will always mean Michael Jackson in a bright red bomber jacket.”

These almost sound like… Zombie labor rights concerns! Interesting. And the ZRC is of course strongly in favor of Thriller Zombies and their rights to dancing.

But overall, the ZRC is most thankful to JK Rowling just for putting the issue of Necromantic labor practices back into the spotlight.

Site Fixed! No Thanks to Me

Posted By on January 20, 2015

Welcome to 2015, Loyal Zombie Allies! The Zombie Rights Campaign will be back in force this year to try and advance the cause of Undead Equality.

A big first thing to check off our to-do list was to resolve the odd loading issues with this very blog. It was very mysterious!

Eventually though, the art and technical director was able to determine that a plug-in, activated long ago, had decided to go insane and stop deleting a database file, which grew to a size almost as large as Robert Kirkman’s Anti-Zombie bias.

Almost.

All fixed now! So sorry, Art and Technical director.

Now, to work!

Bloggery, Site Issues, End of Semester Housekeeping

Posted By on December 2, 2014

Hello ZRC Allies! Apologies for more or less a month offline, though not off the Cause; your ZRC President’s second-to-last semester of law school has proven to be a killer.

Fortunately, not in the Umbrella sense, just in the entire books of dry legal reading to do sense.

We will be doing a lot more over the break and attempting to bring a bit of pro-Zombie cheer into the holiday season!

In the meantime, The Zombie Rights Campaign thanks you for your patience and for doing your part to further Undead Equality.

PS: We are aware of some continuing slowness with the website and are investigating options to alleviate it, including a potential site redesign. Thanks even more for your patience in THIS area.

ZRC Review ‘Zombie Killer’ Cyser/Mead

Posted By on December 2, 2014

Lately, the ZRC blog has been delving into the world of Zombie-themed alcohol reviews. We’ve covered several notable beers, but hadn’t gotten around to one of the more popular Zombified alcohols: ‘Zombie Killer’ from B. Nektar.

First, a bit of fun learning! ‘Zombie Killer’ refers to itself as a Cyser. If you’re like me, you have no idea what that word means, but a bit of googling revealed the answer.

A Cyser is a particular subtype of mead, made with (Insert description here).

Those technical details aside, how does the product relate to Zombie Rights?

Well… the name is a pretty big giveaway. Zombie Killer Cyser celebrates, well…

killing Zombies.

Shocking, we know. Terrible even! It’s about the most overt prejudice we’ve ever seen displayed on a food or beverage product.

Just take a gander at this artwork:

Bloody violence against the Undead is no way to sell alcohol. Even if it’s highly stylized, as seen here.

The Zombie Rights Campaign is appalled.

We rate Zombie Killer Cyser as Living Supremacist

Alcoholic intolerance. As opposed to alcohol intolerance.

PS: You might be wondering how the actual mead tastes. I’m not much of a mead connoisseur in general, but this is refreshing and delicious, easily drinkable. A pity it’s not more tolerant as well.

The ZRC Trip to ‘Nightmare on Chicago Street’ 2014 with Pictures

Posted By on November 1, 2014

Hello out there, Zombie Rights supporters!

This is our slightly belated post about ‘Nightmare on Chicago Street’ 2014; there were some slight camera issues but it’s all worked out now.

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Saturday, October 25th the Zombie Rights Campaign once again traveled to, well, chilly Elgin Illinois for their Halloween spectacular/outreach event known as ‘Nightmare on Chicago Street‘. In the few years we have been going it has grown from a relatively small street festival to an almost outrageously large Halloween bash. That’s good!

Unfortunately it hasn’t grown significantly more Zombie tolerant, despite our efforts. That’s bad!

Oh well. We got to go out, talk to a bunch of people, Living and Zombie alike, and bribe many Chicago area humans with candy to be more appreciative of the Undead.

In particular, our campaign to Ban Headshots (for being unfair to the Differently Animated) seems to be getting off to a solid start. Several people said they would support a ballot initiative to that effect!

Others even wanted us to produce a Voter Guide, which we will *definitely* do for the big 2016 election year once I am out of school. After all, Zombie Rights is the issue of our time, and you should vote accordingly.

More pictures here.

ZRC Review: ‘Evil Dead: the Musical’

Posted By on October 11, 2014

A couple of weeks ago the ZRC had the opportunity to take in a showing of ‘Evil Dead: The Musical’ at the Capitol Theatre here in Madison, and then due to travel and film festivals and what not, your humble blogger forgot to write about it.

Oops.

Obviously we at The Zombie Rights Campaign have strong feelings on the ‘Evil Dead’ issue; we even made a shirt in support of the Deadites (and in opposition to their cruel taskmaster, the Necronomicon).

‘Evil Dead: The Musical’ is essentially a compilation of the first two Evil Dead films (plus a bit of ‘Army of Darkness’) into, well… a musical.

With lots of blood. In fact, that’s a selling point; the first five rows of the show were designated the Splash Zone, and marketed as a place where you will get into the action, or at least, the fake blood supply.

We hope it’s fake blood.

The Zombie Rights Campaign picked up a couple of seats immediately behind said zone to see the performance. Our thoughts?

‘Evil Dead: The Musical’ is stridently Anti-Zombie, even more so than most Anti-Zombie media. The Deadites are explicitly labeled as ‘evil’, including a song ‘Look Who’s Evil Now’ where Living characters become Deadites and immediately engage in comedically exaggerated violence against their still-Living cohorts.

The plot is mostly as you’d expect. Ash, the designated hero, stands idly by while the Book of the Dead (obviously the real villain) lays waste to the cabin and generally causes havoc, until eventually he realizes his ‘destiny’ by becoming an action movie serial killer.

The songs and performances on this tour were catchy and enjoyable, and the Art Director, who has been familiar with the soundtrack for some time (purchased many moons ago for research purposes) thought the live performances and singing were an improvement over the CD. If anything, of course, this makes the stage show more insidious, as no matter how committed you are to The Cause of Undead Equality, you may find yourself humming the songs for days.

A word on the merchandise: the ZRC has seen chainsaw related props for sale related to Anti-Zombie properties before (notably, our collection includes a nearly unusuable ‘controller’ for the PS2 version of a Resident Evil game shaped like a chainsaw, complete with tilt sensors so you can slash at the Zombies). Most of those chainsaw props/toys don’t come pre-splattered with blood and sized to fit childrens’ hands, however.

We strenuously object. To the movies, to the show, to the foamy indoctrinational toy, to all of it. When will people learn not to hate the Deadites? Poor, overworked, underpaid Deadites?

Clearly it’s the book’s fault. Been saying that for years.

‘Evil Dead: The Musical’ is rated Living Supremacist by The Zombie Rights Campaign.

ANd yet, songs still get stuck in my head from this show.

The Zombie Rights Campaign Goes to ‘Diabolique International Film Festival’

Posted By on September 27, 2014

The Zombie Rights Campaign likes to go to film festivals; it’s a great way to meet people who are interested in Zombies and, often after a bit of gentle cajoling, even interested in hearing about Zombie Rights.

That is, after all, what we do.

And we’ve been going to The Dark Carnival Film Festival since, well… before there really was a ZRC.

This year there was a big change in the Midwest’s flagship festival to celebrate and explore the broad and sometimes Anti-Zombie genre known as ‘horror’, in that The Dark Carnival found a new, and hopefully permanent, home at the Indiana University Cinema, and a new and also hopefully partner/sponsor in the good people at Diabolique Magazine. Appropriately enough, it has been rechristened the Diabolique International Film Festival.. though the name change does leave us feeling a tad nostalgic.

Sniffle. But times change and we must change with them, so on with the show!

And it was a fine show indeed. As you can see at this link, they had an impressive slate of films, and several featured Zombies and/or the Undead in prominent roles, which I will discuss and evaluate behind the cut. Minor but not world-ending spoilers to follow.

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ZRC Review – ‘Doomsday Book’

Posted By on September 15, 2014

Today the ZRC would like to talk about ‘Doomsday Book’, a 2012 film from South Korea about the Zombie Apocalypse.

(Warning: The Wikipedia link is, as is common with wikipedia pages about movies, rife with spoilers.)

More behind the cut.

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ZRC Review – ’3 Floyds Collaboration’ Beer from New Belgium

Posted By on August 24, 2014

What’s this, you ask? Another Zombie beer? Indeed!

First up, a note: the official name of this beer seems to be simply ’3 Floyds Collaboration’. Weird, I know. The ZRC thinks it should have been called ‘Zombies on Bikes’.

What sort of beer is it? Well, it’s a Grätzer, a Polish smoked ale. Quite a traditional brew, and a bit of an oddity all around.

Here’s New Belgium’s description:

Basically, Grätzer is a low alcohol smoked beer. Maybe a bit sour. A nice change of pace when well-executed.

The Zombie Rights Campaign has a few mixed feelings about this beer. Not the actual liquid; that’s quite good, and strongly resembles a Grätzer made by Vintage Brewing Company here in Madison, so it seems consistent with the style as well.

We’re just.. a little worried about all that brains imagery. Zombies are often painted, with a very broad brush, as brain-obsessed savages.

Then again, the ZRC uses brains in our logo, so we’d be hypocritical to deny that, in the right context, the brain as a symbol can be pro-Zombie.

Here we have a group of contented looking Zombies out for a ride on their bicycles. Not hurting anyone, not menacing anyone. Sure, they’ve brought snacks, but is that so wrong?

We’re going to give this one the benefit of the doubt and say that the ’3 Floyds Collaboration’ is also Zombie Friendly.