Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry / Z-View

Rot & Ruin by Scott Frank

Hardcover: 458 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

First sentence…

Benny Imura couldn’t hold a job, so he took to killing.

The Overview:  Beware of Spoilers…

Rot & Ruin is the first in a five book series geared to teens and young adults.  Set nearly a decade and a half after the zombie apocalypse, humanity is still struggling.  Most of the surviving humans live in small fortified strongholds fenced away from the “rot and ruin” of the zombie wastelands.

Benny Imura was just 18 months old the night the zombies rose.  Both of Benny’s parents were killed. Benny would have been as well if his teenage half-brother, Tom hadn’t saved him. For that Benny has never forgiven Tom.  Benny believes Tom is a coward for running away and not trying to save his parents.

Benny spends his days talking with friends (especially Nix, a girl that has a crush on him) and dreaming about life beyond the fences that protect them.  He looks up to the bounty hunters that venture into the rot and ruin to find food, supplies and lost souls.  Benny thinks that maybe one day he’ll become a bounty hunter.

When it is discovered that a group of bounty hunters have killed two of the townspeople and kidnapped Nix, Tom and Benny head out into the rot and ruin hoping to save her.

Maberry scores again!  I look forward to reading the other books in the series.  (PS – If I was a younger reader I know I would have scored Rot & Ruin even higher.)


The Trailer for “Train to Busan Presents Peninsula” Has Arrived!

Finally the trailer for Train to Busan Presents Peninsula has arrived.  The action has ramped up but will it have the heart of the original?  I’m excited to find out.

Four years after South Korea’s total decimation in TRAIN TO BUSAN, the zombie thriller that captivated audiences worldwide, acclaimed director Yeon Sang-ho brings us PENINSULA, the next nail-biting chapter in his post-apocalyptic world. Jung-seok, a soldier who previously escaped the diseased wasteland, relives the horror when assigned to a covert operation with two simple objectives: retrieve and survive. When his team unexpectedly stumbles upon survivors, their lives will depend on whether the best—or worst—of human nature prevails in the direst of circumstances.

“Alive” – The Poster and Trailer are Here!

Here are the poster and trailer to Alive.

#Alive (#살아있다) is an upcoming Korean action thriller directed by Cho Il-hyung, adapted from #Alone the screenplay of Hollywood screenwriter Matt Naylor. It stars Yoo Ah-in and Park Shin-hye. It will be released in 2020.

A city was infected by a mysterious virus, which causes the city getting out of control and being closed-off, leaving two survivors completely isolated and struggle to live in the critical situation.

“The Clearing” Poster and Trailer for the Dawn of the Zombie Apocalypse!

Did someone say the start of a zombie apocalypse?  Yep and we have the poster and trailer to The Clearing to prove it.

Set at the dawn of a zombie apocalypse, The Clearing unfolds amid tensions between Tom (McIntyre) and his wife (Sydelle Noel) over his parental responsibilities and the time he spends with his young daughter Mira (Smith). Tom takes Mira on a camping trip, only to discover the impending disaster that leaves the pair trapped in a clearing in the woods, fighting to make it out alive.

“Peninsula” the “Train to Busan” Follow-Up Update!

Hey!  We have an update for Peninsula the Train to Busan sequel.

First up, ComingSoon has a Peninsula photo slideshow and update.  This quote from director Yeon Sang-Ho jumped out…

“The scale of Peninsula can’t compare to Train to Busan, it makes it look like an independent film…”

Next we have an update on JoBlo.  Again a quote from Yeon Sang-Ho…

“It takes place four years after Train To Busan, in the same universe, but it doesn’t continue the story and has different characters. Government authority has been decimated after the zombie outbreak in Korea, and there is nothing left except the geographical traits of the location – which is why the film is called Peninsula.”

Check out both sites for more info!

The Poster for “Peninsula” – “Train to Busan” Sequel is Here!

I cannot wait for this one!  I loved Train to Busan and the sequel, Peninsula, looks to be just as good!

PENINSULA takes place four years after the zombie outbreak in TRAIN TO BUSAN.

The Korean peninsula is devastated and Jung-seok, a former soldier who has managed to escape overseas, is given a mission to go back and unexpectedly meets survivors.

Hoping for a trailer soon!

The “Kingdom” Season 2 Trailer is Here!

Kingdom was a surprise hit.  Here’s the Season 2 Trailer.  I’m looking forward to this!

As winter approaches, the battle between the living and the undead in Joseon is just beginning. The royal court is teeming with snakes, the zombies are coming, and the crown prince has a nation to save. The worst is yet to come, and everyone will need to choose a side without knowing who they can really trust.

Rot & Ruin Novels or Webtoon by Jonathan Maberry

Ask most folks if they are familiar with Rot & Ruin and if they are, they’ll begin talking about Jonathan Maberry’s award-winning four book series that takes place in a zombie-infested, post-apocalyptic America.  The series is good enough to have twice won the Bram Stoker Award for Best Young Adult Fiction.

But that’s not the Rot & Ruin I’m talking about today.

Today I’m talking about the Rot & Ruin webtoon.  Adapted by Mayberry with art by Alempe, this Rot & Ruin posts an update every Monday.

Benny Imura and his friends must navigate a post-apocalyptic zombie-infected America in which teenagers are forced to find labor or face starvation. When Benny grudgingly joins his annoying older brother Tom as an apprentice zombie hunter, he soon discovers that almost everything he believed about his sheltered life is wrong–and zombies aren’t the greatest thing to fear in the Rot & Ruin. Based on the novel Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry.

Check it out!

The Top 10 Zombie Movies of the 21st Century

Alex Maidy and present The Top 10 Zombie Movies of the 21st Century.  I’ve seen nine of the ten films listed and here are my ratings and thoughts…

9.  REC (2007):  I didn’t care for this one.

8.  DEAD SNOW (2009):  This was okay.  I’d like to see it again to see if my opinion changes.

7.  PLANET TERROR (2007)  Definitely had the drive-in feel which they were going for.  I thought I’d like it better.

6.  SHAUN OF THE DEAD (2004)  I liked this one.  If you’re down for funny zombie movies, then this is for you.

5.  ZOMBIELAND (2009)  Another funny zombie film that works.

4.  TRAIN TO BUSAN (2016)  Surprisingly good.

3.  DAWN OF THE DEAD (2004)  Don’t hate on me, but I liked the remake better than the original.

2.  28 DAYS LATER (2002)  One of my favorite zombie movies.

1.  WORLD WAR Z (2013)  Get’s better on each viewing and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve watched it.  Sucks me in every time.

George Romero’s “Dawn of the Dead” Trivia

Matthew Jackson and Mental Floss present 10 Gruesome Facts About Dawn of the Dead.  Here are three of my favorites and my thoughts on each… click over to get the full story.

1. WE CAN THANK THE MALL (AND DARIO ARGENTO) FOR DAWN OF THE DEAD(Romero had avoided returning to the genre for years and had it not been for Argento helping with creative control and financing, Dawn of the Dead may have never happened! – Craig)

3. MULTIPLE VERSIONS OF DAWN OF THE DEAD EXIST. (This is news to me!  I’d love to see Argento’s version that cut down on the humor.  I have a feeling I’d prefer it. – Craig)

4. DAWN OF THE DEAD WAS RELEASED UNRATED IN AMERICA. (I took my future wife to see the unrated version on Dawn’s initial release.  It’s the only movie we’ve ever walked out on.  The gore was too much for her.  Later in the week I returned with my buddy, John Beatty and we made it to the end. – Craig)