Horror Yearbook Plays Dead!

May 12, 2010 by  
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Check out the write-up over at HorrorYearbook.com

Horror director Doug Sakmann has teamed up with Gallery Books and author Ryan Brown to bring Brown’s zombie novel Play Dead to life.

“We always have a lot fun with zombies so I jumped at the chance to work with Ryan and the great source material provided from Play Dead. I decided the best way to go about it was to approach it as if we were making a movie, so we turned sections of the book into scripts,” Sakmann explains. “Over two days, we shot 12 key scenes to piece together a trailer, and came away with enough footage to make a short film. The trailer we’re now releasing is just a taste of what’s to come for Play Dead.”

Play Dead (available now) follows the Killington High School Jackrabbits football team, who is one win away from the school’s first trip to the district championship. On the way to the game, the Jackrabbits’s bus plunges into a river, killing every player except for bad-boy quarterback Cole Logan who is certain the crash was no accident—given that Cole himself was severely injured in a brutal attack by three ski-masked men earlier that day. Bent on payback, Cole turns to a mysterious fan skilled in black magic to resurrect his teammates. But unless the undead Jackrabbits defeat their murderous rival on the field, the team is destined for hell. In a desperate race against time, with only his coach’s clever daughter, Savannah Hickman, to assist him, Cole must lead his zombie team to victory.

Play Dead: The Trailer on Fangoria!

May 7, 2010 by  
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Check it out, the exclusive first look at the Play Dead trailer on Fangoria.com!

“We first told you here about the translation of Ryan Brown’s new zombie-football novel PLAY DEAD to the screen, and now we’ve got the first look at the trailer.

Directed by Doug Sakmann, the preview “is just a taste of what’s to come for PLAY DEAD,” he says. “We will be releasing a more extreme red-band trailer in conjunction with the NYC Zombie Crawl event Sunday, May 30 in Brooklyn. That will premiere at the Crawl after-party at the new Knitting Factory in Williamsburg. We’ll have Ryan Brown on hand for a meet-and-greet and to sign books, and before the screening we’ll do a Q&A with myself, Ryan and the cast and crew of PLAY DEAD: THE MOVIE. Also, Joe Frantz of MTV’s JACKASS and VIVA LA BAM has put together an amazing behind-the-scenes feature on the making of the project, which will also be released in the next few weeks.”

All this is prelude for what Sakmann hopes will eventually be a full-length PLAY DEAD movie. “We always have a lot of fun with zombies, and Ryan’s book has given us so much great material to work with. It would be a pleasure to be able to bring the full story of PLAY DEAD to the big screen!”

The aforementioned Zombie Crawl starts at The Charleston, 174 Bedford Avenue in Brooklyn, with the ghouls assembling at 3 p.m. and then heading up at 5 p.m. to the first stop: McCarren Park and Bedford and North 12th for a zombie football game, blood fights, a human tug of war with Disgraceland Hook Squad and more. “We’re looking for some varsity zombies to join us!” Sakmann says. “All zombies are welcome, but we’re going to be playing some undead, football so zombie cheerleaders and jocks are encouraged to join in!”

From there, the Crawl “will be heading over to the Knitting Factory [361 Metropolitan Avenue] for a free meet-and-greet with PLAY DEAD author Ryan Brown and the cast and crew of the movie from 7-8 p.m. After that, the main party is $10 and includes the showing of the red-band trailer, other screenings and, after 10 p.m., a zombie dance party with DJs, zombie go-go dancers, a hot zombie contest, live music and more madness to be announced!” For more info on PLAY DEAD, check out its official website.

Vegans love Play Dead!

May 5, 2010 by  
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The Vegetarian Star has picked up on director Doug Sakmann’s response to their initial article about using real animal parts for scenes in ‘Play Dead’. There is now a thread going on about the moral and ethical issues this may raise for vegetarians and other people! Head on over there and give your two cents, we’d love to hear it!

From the Vegetarian Star:

“Unlike meat used for food, dead animal props isn’t a common requirement for most films, so the industry probably isn’t spending millions of dollars on it. What do you guys think?

Should we not make such a fuss of using real meat this way in movies and instead focus energy on ensuring live animals aren’t being abused or hurt in the entertainment industry?”

Here are some responses:

“If these animals evolved to a level of sentience equal to that of people they would no doubt have scores of their ranks aspiring to contribute to the world of art and film just like us people. Mr. Sakmann is only following in the steps first taken by the famous Body Worlds exhibit and the controversial yet highly respected work of Joel-Peter Witkin, except he has opened the spotlight up to animals of all walks, not just us highly evolved apes. This should be heralded as a feather in the cap (a feather found on the ground and not pulled from a living bird) for animal activists who should be looking to end discrimination against animals in the art world.

I’m a 15 year veg, and I think this is a great thing.”

“its dead people eating dead animals, see it would be bad if they were alive because that would just be…. terrible, live eating the dead.also the footprint (carbon) of a plastic prosthetic is probably 10 fold greater than a chunk of flesh, and i am sure the parts were given to the horses to eat in the end because all horses tun into jello in the end anyway, so it was a dead on dead then animal on animal crime, no one loses except vegetarians and the local chineses restaurant.”


Savannah Hickham (Played by Vegan Kate Boyer) discusses the merits of eating a horse with Cole Logan (Brandon Jones)

Feature on Fangoria

May 4, 2010 by  
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Check out the feature write up over at Fangoria.com about Play Dead! Also don’t forget Play Dead:The Novel by Ryan Brown is now available everywhere!

“The gridiron gets gory in PLAY DEAD, a new novel by Ryan Brown that’s also being brought to the screen by Backseat Conceptions. Fango got some exclusive behind-the-scenes video (see it below) along with details on the project—including one facet that’s already been controversial.

Real meat and guts were incorporated into the makeup FX—which elicited an angry post over at the Vegetarian Star website, which complained, “Completely disgusting and uncalled for, especially considering how easy it is to make fake flesh props for the screen.” Sakmann’s response: “They don’t know how much it costs to make fake parts. If they want to pay for them, by all means I’ll use them, but until then I’ll just go to the Asian market and buy them for $3. I think it looks better anyway. It’s not like I killed anything to make the movie; they were already dead!” In the clip below, Sakmann demonstrates just how to make some tasty guts with easily purchased supermarket items.”

Brains, Brains, Brains article!

April 27, 2010 by  
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Click here to check out the feature on Play Dead on the zombie website Brains, Brains, Brains!

When Friday Night Lights Meets Zombies you Get “Play Dead”

Up and coming indie horror/thriller/comedy in the spirit of Friday Night Lights and Shaun of the Dead entitled Play Dead. Looks like a blast check out their main site  for more behind the scene videos and Pics. We don’t have too much to wait for Play Dead it’s slated for release May 4th.

You can also see the 1st look at Play Dead SPFX and the Cheerleader Tryouts on the Brains, Brains, Brains site as well!

Spanish Press and the Vegetarian Star Raves!

April 27, 2010 by  
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Check out the writeup on the Spanish Horror site Aullidos – translated below;

Zombies + Football = Play Dead

“Here we show the first images of PLAY DEAD , the film that is driving crazy Doug Sakmann. (???)

When a football team is killed by the opposing team, a witch of the place brings gamers dead back to life turned into zombies so they can defeat their opponents in the last game and by the way, save their own souls.”

And also, the Vegetarian Star is raving about ‘Play Dead’!  Check it out here!

“Play Dead is a new zombie comedy that combines the football fanaticism of Friday Night Lights with the horror of Night of the Living Dead.

A high school football team is murdered by a rival team in a football obsessed town. A witch brings them back to life to take the championship and save their own souls, complete with gory play by plays.

In this clip, director Doug Sakmann makes a horse corpse from meat bought from a supermarket.

Completely disgusting and uncalled for, especially considering how easy it is to make fake flesh props for the screen like those used in Suck.

Feel sorry for actress Kate Boyer, who’s standing around the mess and is reportedly a vegan.”

Bloody-Disgusting.com Feature and Behind the Scenes

April 24, 2010 by  
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Click here to check out the feature article on Bloody-Disgusting.com!

In the below exclusive clip from behind-the-scenes of Play Dead, Director Doug Sakmann discusses the setups with Director of Photography Jarred Alterman and Assistant Director Evan Meszaros and also works with his SPFX team to set up and create a zombie footballer getting tackled so hard his head flies off!

Play Dead is directed by Doug Sakmann (‘Punk Rock Holocaust’, Lionsgate ‘Sight’, ‘The Burnt House’) and produced by Backseat Conceptions, based on the novel ‘Play Dead’ by Ryan Brown which is being released by Simon and Schuster on May 4th everywhere books are sold.

Play Dead: The Movie stars newcomers Brandon Jones as the Killington Jackrabbits star quarterback Cole Logan and Kate Boyer as ace reporter Savannah Hickham, as well as Chris Gonzales and Michael O’Conner as Booker and Manny of the evil opposing team the Elmwood Badgers. The project also features genre actors Monique “Gata” Dupree (Satan Hates You, Skeleton Key 2) as the mysterious Black Mona and J.D Brown (Wicked Lake, The Burnt House) as Coach Hickham.

Fear.net Feature on Play Dead!

April 22, 2010 by  
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Click here to check out the first exclusive peek onto the set of Play Dead on Fear.net now!

“Writer/Director Doug Sakmann (Punk Rock Holocaust) just sent word on his latest project, a zombie comedy (based on an upcoming book) he’s comparing to the likes of Friday Night Lights and Shaun of the Dead called Play Dead. The project is currently in production and Doug was kind enough to send over a slew of images and an exclusive behind-the-scenes clip from the making of video which is directed by Joe Frantz (MTV’s Jackass, Viva La Bam and Bam’s Unholy Union), all of which you can check out after the break.

In the exclusive clip below, director Doug Sakmann explains how to make a horse corpse using animal parts from the Asian market for one of the key scenes in the movie as actress Kate Boyer (who is a vegan) looks on.”

Press: Bloody-Disgusting and Dread Central

April 20, 2010 by  
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Check it out, two of our favorite horror sites, Bloody-Disgusting.com and DreadCentral.com both did writeups on Play Dead! This is just the beginning…

From DreadCentral.com;

What happens when you mix the zombie comedy mayhem of Shaun of the Dead with the teenage wonder years of “Friday Night Lights”? You get a movie with a football team on the prowl to score a bite out of your ass along with their touchdown. Are you ready to Play Dead?

The film which has been directed and produced by Doug Sakmann in association with Backseat Conceptions and is based on the novel of the same name by Ryan Brown. The novel Play Dead is set to be released by Simon and Schuster nationwide on May 4th 2010.

Play Dead in the Press!

April 9, 2010 by  
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Check out the writeups on the big game shoot in the Philly Daily News gossip column “Dan About Town” as well as the popular Philly Event Blog Thrillist!

Wanna play dead? Director Doug Sakmann is seeking extras to work Saturday on the set of “Play Dead,” a horror/thriller/comedy about a high-school football team that is murdered by a rival team and that comes back to life as zombies hell-bent on revenge. The shoot in Northeast Philadelphia is the big game between the Killington Jackrabbits (the zombies) and the Elmwood Badgers.

For time and location info, e-mail casting@backseatconceptions.com. The film is based on the novel by Ryan Brown, son of author Sandra Brown, and formerly an actor on “Guiding Light” and “The Young and the Restless.” Sakmann says he’s still casting football players and asks interested men to send a head shot and a resume. For more info on the film, visit playdeadmovie.com.”