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Okay, just when you think you know where Universal Dead is heading, director Vernon Mortensen and writer Kelly Parks rip the steering wheel out of your (trembling) hands and makes a sharp left turn into the unknown, most likely a cornfield.

After this episode, I’m left wondering where the hell we’re going to end up? The only guarantee I have is that the ride to is going to be anything but predictable.

Did I see what I thought I saw at the end of episode?

The series just keeps on getting better and better. And for once, someone is addressing some of the burning questions that I’ve had since I saw Night of the Living Dead – does a zombie poop? (give me a break, I was twelve). But, from a biological perspective, if the circulatory system doesn’t work, why would the digestive system? How does a zombie derive nutrients from the flesh it consumes? Why does it have to be human flesh? Can a zombie become constipated?

These are subjects that I don’t think George Romero has ever dealt with.

To use thermodynamics and physics as a whole to answer these questions is bloody brilliant! My physicist husband was practically salivating. Not only did the writers use plausible science to drive the story, they actually got it *right*!  If it wasn’t for the cannibalism and the profanity, he could use this episode of Universal Dead to teach a senior Physics class.

The flatland theory described by Dr. Vataber (Doug Jones) has been around for at least 100 years – Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions was written in1884 by Edwin Abbott Abbott and was described by Isaac Asimov as being “The best introduction one can find into the manner of perceiving dimensions.” It’s been made into several short movies over the years, but it’s nice to see the theory taking front and center in a horror film.

This has me wondering what exactly is the training regimen for the U.S Navy?

Kudos go to Vernon, Kelly and the rest of the crew. The series keeps on getting better and better. Viewers are definitely kept on their toes. Special hat’s off also to Doug Jones for some great comedic timing and especially to Valerie Perez for eating that leg with such gusto. I’m not sure I want to know what it was made out of, but she seemed to enjoy mowing down on it a bit too much.

I can’t wait for the next chapter.

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Doug Jones aka Dr. Vataber in Universal DeadI’m pretty sure the answer is yes, especially if you are a zombie in the  Universal Dead web series.

I received an email from the guys behind the camera of UnDead – Vernon Mortensen & Kelly Parks with some exciting news:

Unconventional Films – creator of UNIVERSAL DEAD – is completing discussions w/ Paramount Lot Producers, Fishman Productions, Ltd., on a Full Length Feature version of their highly successful horror web series. An official announcement is anticipated during Comic Con where UD will be the featured Project at ICON’s Saturday July 24, 2010 Event. UD Talent will be at Comic Con for signings and to meet their avid fans.

UD writer Kelly Parks indicates “I can’t wait for fans to see the whole story!” Director Vernon Mortensen said, “Fishman Productions has the highest integrity and has really earned our respect.” FPL Executive Producer, Jeff Fishman, admits being “blown away by the connection fans feel for “Universal Dead” and the Full Length Feature Script Kelly has written”. The Full Length Feature script is still under wraps and Fans are hoping for some teasers during Comic Con.

AWESOME! Congratulations guys! That’s great news. Wish I could be at ComicCon to hear the announcement.

BTW Vernon, when’s the next installment of Universal Dead coming out? Hmmmmm…..?

Universal Dead: Episode 1 | Episode 2

I love the above statement! It gives me shivers when I consider where Universal Dead might go, which seems to be right into Day of the Dead territory.

Doug Jones has made his first appearance as the cuckolded and slightly unhinged Dr. Vataber, whose wife is now the subject of his experiments on the undead.

The other thing that I’m enjoying is the semantics surrounding the undead or the infected, as CDC representative Dr. Macavoy (Gary Graham) likes to call them. It reminds me of the arguments that first surrounded the AIDS epidemic (and yes, I’m old enough to actually remember that) and continues to swirl when discussing it’s cause.

The film is directed by Vernon Mortensen and written by Kelly Parks, both of whom have been in the military, as were most of the crew. Interesting, considering in these scenarios, the military is usually portrayed in a less than stellar light.

This is definitely one to watch.

And oh! Did we have fun!

Erin Gray aka Wilma DeeringI got to meet the totally fabu Erin Gray, aka Wilma Deering from Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (both TV and the movie).  She was my absolute favorite when I was a kid, even more so than Princes Leia.  I know that’s a bit of a heretical statement considering how much I love Star Wars, but face it, Commander Deering piloted the Earth Defense Directorate Starfighters.  Leia was only ever a co-pilot.  Gil Gerrard was also supposed to be there, but I didn’t see him (I had *such* a crush!).

Ernie Hudson was also at the con, but there was such a large crowd around him, that I didn’t get a chance to ask him if he would be in the new Ghostbusters movie.  Another favorite that was there was Doug Jones.  I glimpsed him briefly on my way to the costume pageant that Elfkin was competing in, but he was gone by the time we got out. I spoke with some of the volunteers and they said both Ernie and Doug were a lot of fun and had some great stories. Next time!

On a totally unexpected note, I ran into Red and Jonny, the couple I blogged about a couple of weeks ago who wear Star Wars Stormtrooper helmets wherever they go.  They were totally sweet. Elfkin (the Pirate Grrrl!) and I posed with Red.  It was a blast.  If you’re reading this you two, keep it up.  I can’t wait to see more of your adventures.

Me, Elfkin and Red!The picture does not do Red’s dress any justice.

The Vampire ConspiracyI also ran into Marc Morgenstern, who directed The Vampire Conspiracy, which has just been turned into a a graphic novel.  Okay, I ask you, what do you do when you’re confronted by the director of one of the worst movies you have ever seen in your life and he asks you:  “So, what did you think?”

Do I say:  “It had an unforgettable vision.” or “Great ending, didn’t see it coming” or even better “I had a blast watching it.”

No, my mind goes blank and I make a gibbering idiot of myself. I think I insulted the poor guy.

I admit it.  I SUCK!

The movie has an interesting premise, I will give it that, but the execution is so horribly amateurish that it’s distracting.  Never mind the poor acting, dialogue, lighting, etc… There isn’t even buckets of gore to keep things interesting.

At any rate, he gave me a free copy of the graphic novel, which I will read, and then I’ll give the movie another go ’round.  I received it as a free screener when I was working at HMV, so I can watch it again as many times as I like, or use for torturing Twi-hards, whatever seems more appropriate.

The long and the short of it is, that DH and I had such a good time that we’re going to volunteer at Polaris 24 in July, but I have a sinking suspicion that DH is only doing it so he can bend Robert Sawyer’s ear.