2011 has come to an end, and so it’s time to reflect on all the zombies that made this year worth living for a zombiephile. With the undead making a comeback in pop culture, zombies were everywhere this year, from the silver screen to the literary world and even the hallowed halls of science. While we may never know what has made zombies so darn popular in 2011, we can take a moment to celebrate all the ways in which the undead made our lives better (or at least more fun).
So join me, gentle reader, as we review the year in zombies…
Zombie movie news
Far from getting bored of zombies after blockbuster comedies like 2009’s Zombieland, this year movie audiences clambored for more zombie goodness, and Hollywood obliged. Along with cameo zombie appearances in movies like Super 8, Dylan Dog: Dead of Night, Sucker Punch, and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, this year it was announced that there are several new zombie movies in the works, including Warm Bodies, Boneshaker, and of course World War Z, all of which are based on bestselling zombie novels. On top of that, there will soon be a movie based on the Dead Island video game trailer. Yes, you read that right.
As 2011 comes to a close, fans of The Hunger Games are eagerly looking ahead to what will come in the new year — not least among them, the March 23rd theatrical release of The Hunger Games movie. But aside from this obvious milestone, fans have much more to look forward to in 2012.
The Hunger Games red carpet premiere
Before the movie hits theaters, fans will watch the stars of The Hunger Games walk the red carpet for the premiere. Details are unknown at this time — but if it’s anything like the fervor from other franchise red carpet events (such as Harry Potter and Twilight), you can bet there will be lots of screaming. Fans will also get to glimpse the stars in their finest duds and hear them talk about the movie in red carpet interviews.
Midnight release parties
Most fans won’t get to hit up the red carpet premiere, but there will no doubt be midnight release parties for The Hunger Games across the country on March 22nd. If midnight release parties for other franchises are any indication, this madness will no doubt include costumes, themed t-shirts, trivia games, contests, and much more. And of course, it will all culminate at 12:01am on March 23rd, with the first viewings of The Hunger Games on the big screen.
2011 saw vampire movie hits such as Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 1, Fright Night, Priest and Dylan Dog. They were huge hits for the vampire fan. So what are the vampire movies that we can look forward to in 2012? Here is the five confirmed and a couple thta may be finished during the year.
First on January 20th, the fourth installment of the Underworld Series – New Dawn will premiere. It has been ten years since the second movie and Selene has been imprisoned. humans know about vampires and lycans and have a secret weapon. Will this one be a hit or typical humans fight vampire fight lycans movie? Lets hope that it will live up to the hype but I dont’ see Michael anywhere.
On May 11th the Tim Burton remake of Dark Shadows will hit the screen with original Dark Shadows fans holding their breathe and hoping that Burton and lead actor Johnny Depp doesn’t make this one too comedic.
News about The Hunger Games movie took over the fandom in 2011 — and nothing got fans buzzing more than the casting of Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen. Fans loved her or hated her initially, but after seeing her in photos and videos, the fandom has come to a concensus that she’s pretty much perfect for the role.
Zombiephiles, cancel your plans. On New Year’s Eve, AMC will air the entire series (so far) of The Walking Dead in the most undead TV marathon the end of the year has ever seen.
Starting from the pilot episode of season one, “Days Gone Bye”, and ending with the recently-aired season two mid-season finale, “Pretty Much Dead Already”, AMC will run through everything we know of The Walking Dead, just in time for the second half of season two to return on February 12th
TV.com has announced their nominees for their Best of Shows and People of 2011 and it look like vampires are at the top of the list again. Whether it is the teen show The Vampire Diaries, the definitely adult True Blood or the SYFY Being Human vampires are heavily represented in this poll that will end in 4 days.
“The Legend Ends” scrolls “The Dark Knight Rises” tagline out on the most recent trailer. A reminder on what is a third and concluding cinematic landing; the end achievement for a franchise that has been upward scaling tiers.
When “Batman Begins” left movie theaters, the reboot became a falling fistfull of memorable quotes and a credible contemporary separation from Michael Keaton’s sufficient gig in a consecutive Batman trifecta. “The Dark Knight” outpaced its own film statistics outside the box office. Jack Nicholson now isn’t the sole Joker persona to benchmark as comparable next to Caesar Romero. Heath Ledger’s outstanding performance is neither the film’s saving grace or oasis of signature high marks, but even so the late actor’s “Why so serious?” interchangably eclipses with “Wait till they get a load of me”.