Fear.net Feature on Play Dead!

April 22, 2010 by  
Filed under Fear.net feature article, Press, SPFX

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.”

Cheerleader Tryouts!

April 18, 2010 by  
Filed under Behind the Scenes, Cheerleader Tryouts!

Everyone loves cheerleaders, and of course, it wouldn’t be a sports movie without them! Check out some of the Cheerleader tryouts for Play Dead, featuring (in order of appearance) Jessica Cnzop, Catrina Knightess, Kim Reo, Carmella Hayslett, Heather Doyle, Larry Kwartowitz and Catlin Riley! Everyone made the cut, but Larry and Catlin were not available on the day of the shoot!

Meet the Elmwood Badgers

April 1, 2010 by  
Filed under Meet the Elmwood Badgers

Check out the next in a series of early auditions for “Play Dead”. Featuring the first audition of Chris Gonzales as Booker Flamont and Mike O’Conner as his lackey Manny. In this scene they discuss how Cole Logan will not be playing the big game.

About Play Dead

March 22, 2010 by  
Filed under About Play Dead


A horror/thriller/comedy in the spirit of ‘Friday Night Lights’ and ‘Shawn of the Dead’. The story centers on zombies bent on revenge in a football-obsessed town. When a high school football team is murdered by a rival team, a local witch brings the dead players back to life as zombies so they can trounce their rivals in one last game and save their own souls….

Directed and produced by Doug Sakmann in association with Backseat Conceptions, based on a novel by Ryan Brown. The novel ‘Play Dead’ is to be released by Simon and Schuster nationwide on May 4th 2010.