Get infected in Hong Kong with SARS Zombies!

SARS Zombies posterBack in July, I had the opportunity of attending a press screening of a film that I had never heard of before: SARS Zombies. The debut film of director, producer, scriptwriter, action director, special makeup artist, and actor Samuel Leong, SARS Zombies is quite possibly the very first serious homegrown Hong Kong zombie flick (at least in the Romero sense of the term). I recently interview Sam for SCREAM magazine, and the issue is available now! For now, here is the synopsis from my article, a trailer, and info on the screenings in Hong Kong taking place this weekend!

“The story begins 10 years after the 2003 outbreak of SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) in Hong Kong. A gang of thieves has decided to raid a jewelry dealer situated in a large industrial building, and after a heated face-off between the gang leader (also played by director Sam Leong) and the security guards on duty, it seems that the felons have achieved their purpose. While they search the premises, however, they accidentally stumble into another flat inhabited by a man and his young daughter. It turns out that the man is a doctor who, driven to insanity by the loss of his wife to the first SARS outbreak, has been working ceaselessly to find a cure ever since. Engaging in increasingly questionable experiments, the man eventually resorted to testing on cadavers and even his own daughter, who became the host of a mutant strain of the SARS virus, this time standing for “Sudden Aggressive Reanimation Syndrome.”

Of course, it isn’t long before the girl bites one of the gangsters as he attempts to force her out of the flat. In the inevitable mayhem that ensues, the robbers and hostages are progressively infected, with the entire building eventually becoming a hive of the undead. The film climaxes in a high-kicking, bone-crunching, head-drilling last stand against the living dead, finally revealing a twist that drives home some of the more subtle commentary that director Sam Leong has attempted to infuse within his neoteric effort at zombie cinema.”

SHOW DATE: October 25, 26, and 27, 2013

SHOW TIME: 19:30 ~

VENUE: Causeway Bay (Windsor UA Cinema)

Interview with Eihi Shiina for SCREAM THE HORROR MAGAZINE!

By a strange and curious turn of events, I have found myself becoming the “man in Japan” for SCREAM, a UK-based magazine that is drawing fresh blood in the world of horror publications around the world.  According to the web site:

SCREAM is Britain’s premier Horror Magazine. SCREAM is your best source for horror movies, DVD and Blu-rays, reviews, previews, celebrity interviews, books, games, film festival reports, comics and pretty much everything else you can think of in the world of horror…

While the vicissitudes of my various activities have prevented me from taking up my quill and ink here at Castle Skeleton recently, I was able to take the opportunity to pen some thoughts on my participation as a zombie in a Helldriver (Yoshihiro Nishimura) DVD spinoff filmed this past summer, which you can read about in Issue 7 of SCREAM, available now at news agents and book stores across the UK, and for international order at their web site: http://www.screamhorror.com/

Not only that, I also had the opportunity to sit down and speak with Japan’s undisputed splatter queen, Eihi Shiina!  We discussed her roles in Audition (Takashi Miike), Tokyo Gore Police (Yoshihiro Nishimura), and, of course, the Sushi Typhoon zombie epic Helldriver, and she also shared with me some of her activities outside of the film world and her thoughts on life and love.  You can read the full interview (conducted and translated by yours truly) in next month’s issue of SCREAM.  For now, check out the post here on SCREAM’s home page.  You won’t want to miss it!