Remember when there was that huge market for zombie-related films and merchandise? More and more projects were in the works and it seemed like the hype would never end. It was like a zombie attack in itself, the way that each movie, T-shirt, or reference would spawn more of them and breed exponentially. Of course the time period that I’m referring to is RIGHT NOW. That’s right, this shit isn’t over yet. With movies like Zombieland slated for release later this year, I have to wonder if a chainsaw or shotgun would even be enough to slow down this phenomenon. Zombies have been around forever and I wouldn’t want them to disappear, but I fear that we have approached and are rapidly surpassing “over kill”. Seriously, am I the only one that feels like we’re beating an undead horse here?
Finally, it appears that a new zombie film will be released, which may actually help keep the genre interesting and which I will actually make an effort to see. The first thing that caught me about this new mockumentary, I Spit on Your Rave, was the title. I know, the only thing about the title that would imply “zombie”, at all, is the word that’s been altered to create it (“GRAVE”). But stick with me a minute; this all comes together.
Here’s the summary/breakdown of the storyline, taken from the official movie site.
It’s 2018 – six years after a virus was released at the 2012 Olympics. Zombies dominate the earth and humankind has been mauled, torn and eaten to extinction.
The problem is there’s not a lot to do now that there are no humans left to rip apart… cue the first post-apocalyptic music festival curated by the undead.
Film4 and Warp Films bring you I Spit On Your Rave, a mockumentary by director Chris Boyle about the first post-apocalypse zombie music festival.
The title becomes even more meaningful when you realize that the “Warp Films” referred to in the description is actually a part of Warp Records. Along with Ninja Tune (Amon Tobin, Mr. Scruff, Blockhead, etc), Warp Records artists, like Squarepusher and Aphex Twin, were the first to change my perspective and make me realize the amazing potential that the electronic music genre had to offer. If the man featured in the header image looks familiar to you, that’s because it’s actually Noel Fielding, half of the British comedy duo The Mighty Boosh. It’s definitely an intriguing enough collaboration to make it worth checking out. If nothing else, the soundtrack is sure to be solid.
The first stages of filming only began at the start of this month and took place at Herefordshire, England‘s massive 4-day multi-media, music/comedy festival The Big Chill. The I Spit on Your Grave portion of the festival, featured thousands of concert-goers dressed as zombies, while Fielding took the stage to rile them up as the “Zombie King“. The event actually broke a world record and entered the Guinness Book for the “Most Amount of Zombies Captured on Camera“. The footage captured was then chopped into a trailer for the unfinished film that was later presented on screen at the end of the festival.
Here is what they put together:
To keep informed on the progress and developments of the film, visit the official movie site at ISpitOnYourRave.com.