Beau Nelson and Alex Ballar of Zombie DrugsThis week, Beau Nelson and Alex Ballar, the filmmakers behind the indie comedy horror movie Zombie Drugs, join The Genre Traveler to chat about the film and its commentary on drug culture. The conversation also touches upon using zombies as a metaphor, working with zombies on set (they’re tough), zombies vs. vampires, the potential for zombies to evolve into romantic or heroic leading roles, favorite zombie and horror films and how they got to the point of making the film.

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Duration: 20:08
File Size: 23.1 MB

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Pineapple Express Pineapple Express
This 2008 comedy directed by David Gordon Green and written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg is a fusion of buddy comedy, black comedy and stoner comedy. It stars Rogen as Dale Denton, a process server who witnesses a murder and leaves roach behind as he flees the scene. The roach, of course, contains a rare strain of marijuana called Pineapple Express that is is traceable to Dale’s dealer, Saul Silver, played by James Franco. The two end up on the run from hitmen and a corrupt police officer.
Pulp Fiction Pulp Fiction
This 1994 crime film directed by Quentin Tarantino is known for its rich, eclectic dialogue and ironic mix of humor with violence. Many films and TV shows has since paid homage to many of its iconic scenes. The storyline is nonlinear and interweaves several subplots that focus on the cast of quirky characters such as two hitmen (one stereotypical, played by John Travolta, the other philosophical, played by Samuel L. Jackson), a boxer played by Bruce Willis, and a crime lord played by Ving Rhames. The film was nominated for and won several awards, including an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.
Cheech and Chong Cheech and Chong
Richard “Cheech” Marin and Tommy Chong were a comedy team with a wide audience in the 1970s and 1980s. They were best known for their comedy based on the drug culture movement, most notably a fondness for pot. They released several comedy albums, as well as numerous comedy films, such as Up in Smoke (1978), Things Are Tough All Over (1982) and Still Smokin’ (1983).

Marianne Parise
Marianne was the key makeup artist for Zombie Drugs, creating the look and feel of the zombies in the film. She also worked on The Hog, another horror film.

The Zombie Hero
Now undead and on the run, Mike has a chance to become more than he ever was! A sequel is now in the works.

 
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World War Z Brad Pitt Zombie Movie
Brad Pitt has agreed to star in the film adaptation of Max Brooks’ novel World War Z, about the aftermath of a global war with zombies. He will play a U.N. officer who travels the world to collect survivor stories. The film is currently set for a summer 2012 release.
Zombieland Zombieland
This 2009 film is set in a world where zombies have taken over America. A shy college student in Texas, however, has survived by following a set of 30 rules, including “look in the back seat” and “avoid public restrooms.” His family lived in Ohio before the outbreak, so he decides to go back home to see if they survived, too. Along the way he meets a good-ole boy headed for Florida and a young woman whose sister has been bitten by a zombie. Can the college kid make it back home to find his family?
Shaun of the Dead Shawn of the Dead
This 2004 film starring Simon Pegg (Star Trek), Kate Ashfield (Tim Roth’s The War Zone) and Nick Frost (Pirate Radio), is a romantic comedy directed by Edgar Wright. Shawn is a slacker who is about to lose his girlfriend when a there is a zombie outbreak. Can he save his family, win the girl and survive a growing hoard of zombies?

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