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Ahead of the impending All Hallows' Eve, we take a look at French artist Nicolas Delort's renditions on the very icons of Halloween themselves, the Universal's Classic Monsters, courtesy of Dark Hall Mansion.
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Final Trailer

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Suicide Squad: New Images

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Sadako vs. Kayako (貞子 vs. 伽椰子): First Look - Undead Monday

What started out as an April's Fool joke is now an absurd horror film reality. Move away, Freddy vs. Jason. Brace yourself for Sadako vs. Kayako (貞子 vs. 伽椰子) as the two most deadly spirits that redefined J-Horror face off.
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R. Sikoryak's The Unquotable Trump

Hot on the heels of Mark Hamill's nefarious and downright realistic take on Donald Trump's tweet, we now have the Presidential Elect's most infamous tweets further glorified to iconic status courtesy of artist R. Sikoryak's The Unquotable Trump.
R. Sikoryak's The Unquotable Trump

Star Wars Portrait Series by Mike Mitchell & Mondo

FA long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.... Los Angeles-based artist Mike Mitchell collide with the world's largest franchise at the Mondo Gallery.
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Darth Vader & 501st Legion vs. Aliens

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Batman/Superman by Greg Pak & Jae Lee

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Together for the first time (again) in The New 52, witness the first fateful meeting of the World's Finest in the recently-released Greg Pak and Jae Lee's Batman/Superman #1. 


The adventures of the World's Finest have been a source of great story-telling in comic history. The respective iconic statuses of both Batman and Superman, as well as the obvious contrast in their personality, have been the main elements behind the ever-popular team-up. 

Personally, the first-ever fateful meeting between the World's Finest written by John Byrne in his much-lauded 1986 relaunch of Superman in the six-issue limited series, The Man of Steel, pretty much summed up the incredible chemistry and dynamics between the duo. In issue #3, Superman attempted to apprehend Batman upon their first chance meeting when he regards him as an outlaw vigilante. Once again demonstrating why he is always the most clever person in the room, Batman was actually prepared for the coming of Superman after reading his exploits months ago in the Daily Planet. Warning Superman that if he come anywhere near him a signal will be activated to trigger a bomb that will kill an innocent Gothamite. It was only until the very end that Batman reveals to Superman that the endangered Gothamite is himself. A classic story that effortlessly demonstrates the heroics of both superhero icons.

In the recently-released Greg Pak and Jae Lee's Batman/Superman #1, we will have another take of the first fateful meeting of the World's Finest in the New 52 continuity. With Jae Lee on board, we have absolutely no doubt that if all else fails, we have some astonishing art to depend on with this one.

Courtesy of Blurppy, here are a couple of the interior artwork for your consideration.

First, the awesome cover.

The interior art.




The official description of the issue:


A new epic begins with the debut of this new, ongoing series! Don’t miss the first fateful meeting of Batman and Superman in The New 52!

Written by: Greg Pak
Art by: Jae Lee
Cover by: Jae Lee
Variant Cover by: Jae Lee, 
Kenneth Rocafort
Guillem March
Page Count: 32
U.S. Price: 3.99
On Sale Date: Jun 26 2013


The cover for the second issue.

And the description:

Batman and Superman travel to Earth 2, where they find familiar heroes who are trying to kill them!

Written by: Greg Pak
Art by: Jae Lee
Cover by: Jae Lee
Variant Cover by: Ivan Reis
Joe Prado
Jae Lee
Page Count: 32
U.S. Price: 3.99
On Sale Date: Jul 24 2013

Escape Plan: First Look

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It's almost like a Blast from the Past with Escape Plan, a prison-break action starring Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger, the two most iconic figures for the 80s/90s action films. The Daily Zombies takes a First Look at the film with the release of the first trailer and poster by Summit Entertainment. 



In Escape Plan, an action film formerly known as The Tomb and Exit Plan, two of the biggest icons of 80s/90s action movies collide to what appears to be more of a retro action film based on what we saw from the trailer and poster released by Summit Entertainment. An old-school actioner that for some reason do not seem to be totally out of sync with today's films, Escape Plan also features Jesus Christ himself, Jim Caviezel, as the standard issue evil prison warden one expect to find in all true-to-heart prison movies. 

Directed by Swedish filmmaker Mikael Håfström, Escape Plan is one for the old-school action film aficionados. Hit the jump to check out the first trailer and poster that make no effort to hide that particular fact.


The first poster for the film.

Here’s the official synopsis for the film:

Escape Plan follows Ray Breslin (Stallone) who is the world’s foremost authority on structural security. He’s analyzed every high security prison and has gained a vast array of survival skills. But all Ray’s ingenuity and knowledge are about to be put to work in the most challenging test he’s ever faced: escaping from the master prison of his own design.

Schwarzenegger, in the role of Swan Rottmayer, plays a complex inmate with multiple shades of grey. He’s the guy who fights to keep the prisoners from losing their humanity in their darkest hour as they struggle together to stay alive.

Also starring Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Jim Caviezel, Amy Ryan, Vincent D’Onofrio, Vinnie Jones, and Sam Neill, Escape Plan is currently schedule to open on October 18, 2013.



Matt Ferguson Takes on Max Brook’s The Zombie Survival Guide - Zombie of the Week

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Thanks to his earlier work with the Print Posse's unauthorized but awesome take on World War Z, artist Matt Ferguson gets to take on the cover of the reissue of Max Brook’s The Zombie Survival Guide. 


Back in February, we applauded The Print Posse, a collective ensemble of eight talented artists, for their unauthorized yet utterly awesome take on 
German-Swiss film-maker Marc Forster and actor Brad Pitt's live action adaptation of Max Brook's World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War. 

Among the submissions, artist Matt Ferguson's take is easily one of the best alternate rendition of the film. Apparently, writer Max Brook also agreed with this fact and in the upcoming reissue of his best-selling novel, The Zombie Survival Guide, Ferguson has been commissioned to provide the cover. Taking more than a cue from his Print Posse piece on World War Z, Ferguson refined the concept and roll out something visually arresting. Hit the jump to check out the work.

The World War Z poster Ferguson made earlier with The Print Posse.

And here's the full cover for the novel.

The front cover.

The cover art sans logos.

Trinity War: First Look

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It's the War of Justice Leagues as the Justice League takes on Justice League of America and Justice League Dark in DC Comics' blockbuster event of the year, Trinity War. 



Perhaps taking a chapter from Marvel's big blockbuster event playbook, DC Comics will be pitting its premiere superteam Justice League against Justice League of America and Justice League Dark in a Triple Threat match in their big Summer event, Trinity War. 

Playing into the title as well are the big three mysterious omnipotent figures, The Phantom Stranger, The Question, and Pandora, the mysterious woman in red who appeared in all first issues of the First and Second Wave of New 52 titles. Collectively known as The Trinity of Sin, we know by now that The Phantom Stranger is in fact Judas Iscariot while Pandora is, well, Pandora of Pandora's Box. So the only mystery is who The Question from the relaunched post -52 DC Universe really is and why the hell is Superman and Wonder Woman's budding romance such a big freaking deal?


To aid the keen readers, here's a checklist of the event courtesy of DC Comics:

THE EPIC EVENT THAT WILL DESTROY
THE WORLD'S GREATEST HEROES!
July 2013
TIE-IN: CONSTANTINE #5
August 2013





The cover art sans the logos.


And here's another awesome triptych cover for Justice League #23, Justice League of America #7 and Justice League Dark#23, all set to be published in August.



The Wind Rises: First Look

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Master animator Hayao Miyazaki returns from a five-year hiatus with The Wind Rises (Kaze Tachinu), an upcoming animated film focusing on the fictionalized story of Jiro Horikoshi, the designer of the Zero Fighter used in World War II. 



In The Wind Rises (Kaze Tachinu), Studio Ghibli's latest offering set to open in Japan on July 20th, legendary animation master Hayao Miyazaki makes his much-anticipated return since 2008's Ponyo to take on what would potentially be perceived as a controversial subject: the story of Jiro Horikoshi, the designer of the Mitsubishi A6M Zero fighter aircraft that famously served in World War II. Granted that the story is based on Miyazaki's own manga that was loosely based on Tatsuo Hori's short novel during the 30s, it is interesting to see the animation legend's take on a protagonist whose ties with war is a defining feature.

Hit the jump to have your first look at the animated film with a thirty second clip.


And here are the posters released thus far.





Shogun Warrior Poster Series by Boiling Point Creative Group

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The Shogun Warriors take the lead in this cool retro poster series conjured by the folks from Boiling Point Creative Group



Collectively known as the Shogun Warriors in the US, the toyline licensed by Mattel Inc. back in the late 70s comprised numerous Japanese Mechas from popular anime series was resurrected in 2010 by Toynami. Perhaps released in time to coincide with the upcoming Kaiju/Mecha mania as a result of Guillermo Del Toro‘s Pacific Rim, the folks at Boiling Point Creative Group tapped into their collective memories and roll out this cool retro posters.

Entitled "Shogun Warrior", these prints are available at Boiling Point Creative Group's site at thirty bucks each or $125 for a complete set of five. Hit the jump to check out these cool prints.

Gaiking


Godzilla


Mazinga


Raydeen


Dragun



Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare - Official E3 Reveal Trailer - Undead Monday

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The zombies are coming... and the only things keeping them at bay are an array of deadly plants. A scenario that we here at The Daily Zombies are more than familiar with. However, with PopCap's upcoming Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, the game has indeed changed. 



At the recently ended E3, there have been several notable reveals and announcements but it is hardly an argument that the entire event is built on the hype behind Sony's PlayStation 4 and Microsoft's Xbox One. Nevertheless, one particular title has caught our attention as well. Namely, PopCap and Electronic Arts' Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare. Originally thought to be a Xbox One exclusive, the third-person shooter will also be combining elements from its tower defense origins.


While our interests are firmly on the official sequel, Plants vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time, our interests in the peculiar fusion tower defence/shooter are reasonably amplified with the reveal trailer of the title at E3. Hit the jump to check out the trailer.




The official press release:



Popcap Introduces Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare Exclusively First on Xbox One and Xbox 360

PopCap Games, a worldwide leader in mobile and social games and a division of Electronic Arts, today introduced Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare exclusively first on Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, and the Xbox 360 videogame and entertainment system. Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare is a stunning new game originated from the famed PvZ franchise that faithfully pays homage to the action genre while retaining the signature quirky humor, depth and accessibility fans expect from a PvZ game. Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare will launch in spring 2014.

"The Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare team has worked tirelessly to bring fans a totally engaging action game,” said Brian Lindley, Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare Producer at PopCap. “We have worked hard to combine the best of Plants vs. Zombies and action gameplay to create a whole new experience."

Powered by the advanced Frostbite 3 engine, Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare delivers an explosive new action experience in a massive, three-dimensional world, blooming with color and combat. Featuring 4-player co-op, 24-player competitive modes and more, players will blast zombies, plants and new characters across a richly animated, mine-blowing PvZ landscape.

“Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare takes the PvZ experience to amazing new gameplay territory while retaining the core characteristics beloved by legions of fans,” said Jon David, Plants vs. Zombies Executive Producer at PopCap. “This is a massive year for PvZ with the recent release of Plants vs. Zombies Adventures, the mid-July arrival of Plants vs. Zombies 2 and now with Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare for next-generation platforms and PC."

Features

• Powerful new plants and zombies with a wide variety of abilities

• Choose your side, plants or zombies, in 24-player battle mode

• Join forces with friends in 4-player online cooperative mode

• Personalize your favorite plants and zombies with hundreds of unique items and customizations

• Features over 10 unique multiplayer and cooperative battlegrounds


Screenshots released thus far for the title.















And speaking of Plants vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time, here are some of the sneak preview clips revealing the title's new direction to time-traveling.


Plants vs. Zombies 2. Crazy Dave is on a time travel adventure and sent a transmission from Ancient Egypt.



Plants vs. Zombies 2. Crazy Dave is on a time travel adventure and sent a transmission from the Pirate Seas. 



Plants vs. Zombies 2. Crazy Dave is on a time travel adventure and sent a transmission from the Wild West.


The official trailer.



Still need more reminders on the fact that Plants vs. Zombies is awesome?





Filth: First Look

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Irvine Welsh's misanthropic, racist, psychopathic anti-hero Bruce Robertson comes to life on the big screen thanks to James McAvoy in director Jon S. Baird's film adaptation of Filth. 


The acting range of Scottish actor James McAvoy has been exemplary in recent years with his prolific body of work comprising diverse roles from X-Men: First Class' young Charles Xavier, Simon, the questionable protagonist in Danny Boyle's Trance, and the hard-hitting cop in Welcome to the Punch. In Filth, director Jon S. Baird's film adaptation of the popular crime novel by Irvine Welsh, McAvoy might just have taken on a career-defining role of his with Bruce Robertson, the amoral detective sergeant who happened to be equally parts misanthropic, racist, sexist, Machiavellian, and downright psychopathic.

With the film set to be released in the UK in September (and no release dates in US yet), Lionsgate has released a red-band trailer for the film, giving us a sneak peek at the filthy escapades of the crooked cop.


And if you like what you have seen thus far from the first trailer, this international trailer released by Sierra Affinity contained even more of the profanity and debauchery you can expect from the film.




The first poster of the film, incidentally a brilliant take.


Here’s the official synopsis for the film: 

Scheming Bruce Robertson (James McAvoy), a bigoted and corrupt policeman, is in line for a promotion and will stop at nothing to get what he wants. Enlisted to solve a brutal murder and threatened by the aspirations of his colleagues, including Ray Lennox (Jamie Bell), Bruce sets about ensuring their ruin, right under the nose of unwitting Chief Inspector Toal. As he turns his colleagues against one another by stealing their wives and exposing their secrets, Bruce starts to lose himself in a web of deceit that he can no longer control. His past is slowly catching up with him, and a missing wife, a crippling drug habit and suspicious colleagues start to take their toll on his sanity. The question is: can he keep his grip on reality long enough to disentangle himself from the filth? 

Star Wars Pulp Covers

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Courtesy of artist Timothy Anderson's ingenious feat, a question many never even imagined has been answered: What if Star Wars was originally published as pulp novels?  


A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away... 

Now imagine this popular stock phrase on the back of your favorite pulp novels. Thanks to artist Timothy Anderson, witness an awesomely bold new yet pulpy old perspective of arguably the biggest pop culture properties ever, Star Wars. A nifty concept pulled off with some truly cool Easter Eggs in the names of Alderaan Publishing Inc. and Hoth Off The Press Books, etc, the Star Wars Pulp Cover series is also available as prints in two sizes. For more details on how to get your copies, head over to Tim's online store (which we can assure you is a treasure trove by itself). For now, hit the jump to check out these inspired pieces.

Episode 4 – The Purloined Plans

Episode 5 – The Princess and the Scoundrel

Episode 6 – Damsel of the Dune Sea



World War Z: Final Preview - Zombie of the Week

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Brace yourself as arguably the most acclaimed depiction of a global war on zombies in fiction comes alive on the big screen courtesy of German-Swiss film-maker Marc Forster and actor Brad Pitt's live action adaptation of World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War.  The Daily Zombies takes a Final Look at World War Z, easily one of the most anticipated zombie films in years. 




In World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, American author Max Brooks delivered a stunningly comprehensive account of mankind's last stand against the undead. A war against the zombies that lasted for a decade and changed the course of mankind forever. Taking the unique perspective as an interviewer conducting a series of oral interviews with survivors of diverse nationalities, the critically acclaimed 2006 horror novel presented to us a horrific yet realistic take on the zombie sub-genre. Along with Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead comic book series (which we all know by now went on to an unprecedented height as the AMC television series of the same name), World War Z is instrumental in catapulting the zombie sub-genre into the next level in popular culture.

Which explains both our anticipation and cynicism when German-Swiss film-maker Marc Forster and actor Brad Pitt collaborated to bring us the live action adaptation of the multi-award winning novel, World War Z. 

To be perfectly realistic, we certainly are not hoping for a multi-faceted narrative like its source material that masterfully presented to us the ever-changing geo-political, religious, and environment elements as a result of the Zombie War through the personal accounts of survivors across the world. However, it is precisely the sublime geo-political undertones as well as the global perspective of the narrative that shaped World War Z into the gripping read that is is. As such, it would only be right for the story to at least retain its broad perspectives while going through with the standard issue survivor drama that comes along with the straightforward narration that we come to expect from Hollywood. 

Nonetheless, while we can't say for certain how World War Z would eventually turned out, we do know for a fact that it has shattered all previous records as the zombie film with the highest budget ever. Now tell me that don't an undead smirk across your face. And with a higher budget come higher expectation. In the trailers released thus far for the film adaptation, we noticed how the zombie apocalypse is being presented as a terrifying crisis on a world-ending scale and how the hordes of undead are much like natural disasters the likes of tsunami and typhoon (and looked the part as well). Apart from that, the one crucial element of every self-respecting zombie films, human survivor drama, is also on full display here.

Without a shadow of a doubt, World War Z is easily among the top five most anticipated films of us here at The Daily Zombies, and we opine that the film is one no self-respecting zombie fans can miss.

And now, hit the jump to check out some of the promotional items released thus far by Paramount, starting with the instantly gripping trailers (we are not embedding those plot-revealing featurettes and clips to protect everyone from soul-sucking spoilers).



The first trailer.



And here are the posters released thus far.

Giving us a sense of the scale of the crisis expressed in the title, a set of posters depicting the global impact of the eponymous World War has been released.












And here are an assorted collection of other posters released for the film.


A cheap variation of a poster released earlier (apparently Brad Pitt's back is something so awesome that even the least Photoshop efforts are not required).


The earlier poster as mentioned.



These are the earlier released posters.




Here are some of the official set images released for the film.





























Here’s a synopsis for the film:

The story revolves around United Nations employee Gerry Lane (Pitt), who traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatening to decimate humanity itself. Enos plays Gerry’s wife Karen Lane; Kertesz is his comrade in arms, Segen.

Co-starring Anthony Mackie, Matthew Fox, Mireille Enos, and James Badge Dale, World War Z has been released and is available at any fine theaters now.



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