Back in September last year (see here) we had an email from Mike Bartlett, the co-writer, co-director and co-producer (along with Kevin Gates) of The Zombie Diaries, a low-budget UK zombie film that immediately caught our attention.
Described by Mike Bartlett as a cross between Night of The Living Dead and The Blair Witch Project, the project had us at hello, and we were really hoping the film would receive a release some time this year.
Well, we've now received another email from Mike Bartlett to let us know that the trailer for the film has now appeared on the official site - www.zombiediaries.com, and pretty damn good it looks too. It's only available as a WMV at the moment, but download it and play for some cool atmospheric shots of what could be a genuinely scary and intelligent addition to the zombie canon, and another good strike for the UK indie horror scene.
He also mentioned something about a premiere in London soon, so keep your fingers crossed, and watch this space for more news as soon as we get it.
In the early part of the twenty-first century, a virus 'Omega Strand' - a variant of the avian flu, began spreading among the populous. Within weeks it had reached the world's greatest cities and the infection spread with ferocious speed.
The loss of life was enormous, with an estimated 999 of every 1000 people succumbing to the virus. The virus would overwhelm a person within hours and upon death, the body would become reanimated until it was no longer able to sustain itself.
Mankind was robbed of the basic essentials of life: electricity, gas, running water. Survivors packed into small groups and found refuge in high-rise buildings and remote areas as the majority of urban land became uninhabitable. With looting and disease, food supplies dwindled and became unreachable in the majority of towns and cities.
Some survivors, not knowing if or when the chaos would end, began documenting their plight in whatever form they could: the written word, photographs and video...