The world’s first true post-apocalyptic immersive combat survival attraction

Zed Events to unleash the 'WASTELAND EXPERIENCE’

 

Following on from the success of the world famous ‘Zombie Shopping Mall Experience’ which ran for 6 years, comes: the ‘Wasteland Experience’, the world’s first true post-apocalyptic combat scare attraction. This is full-on 2+ hour movie-like interactive show where YOU are a survivor in a post-nuclear apocalypse world. With other survivors, you will battle for your life across an 250,000 Sqft abandoned shopping mall full of combat and horror.

With the cities of the UK obliterated by nuclear explosions, the world as we know it ended. 6 years later, the few survivors either banded together to form tribes in order to survive, or went insane. Conflict and horror are a way of life. You will join a tribe and together fight for survival across our massive abandoned shopping mall, clashing with other tribes and unknown enemies. Part combat game, part horror attraction, all the insanity of the Wasteland!

– FILM QUALITY COSTUMES, PROPS AND SPECIAL EFFECTS

The Wasteland Experience was put together by using their years of running scare attractions and working in film/TV production. The world you will enter was created by the likes of Mark Cordory Creations, Dust Monkey (who are both amongst the world’s premier post apocalypse costume makers) and the Oscar-Winning Coulier Creatures. Everything you will experience will be utterly insane and very real!

– ULTRA REALISTIC WEAPONS

The ‘Wasteland Experience’ is powered by the iCombat tactical training system, the most realistic weapon simulation in the world and is used by Police and Military around the globe. This is a combat system that uses ultra-realistic guns with recoil, noise, muzzle flash and hit detection with no projectiles being fired.

 

Ladies of Doctor Who at Forbidden Planet

Join Sophie Aldred (Ace) and Nicola Bryant (Peri) and Sarah Sutton (Nyssa) for Doctor Who glamour beyond the boundaries of time and space – at the Forbidden Planet Megastore, Shaftesbury Avenue London on Saturday 28th September from 4 – 5pm!

Sophie, Nicola and Sarah will be signing the new Who Girls Calendar 2014, a celebration of the Doctor’s timeless ladies also featuring Anneke Wills, Louise Jameson, Deborah Watling, Janet Fielding, Mary Tamm, Maureen O’Brien, Jackie Lane, and Jean Marsh.

All photographs have been fully endorsed and approved by the actresses featured – this is a glorious illustration of the most glamorous travellers in time and space!

Please be aware that, due to time constraints, Sophie, Nicola and Sarah will only be signing the Who Girls Calendar

Forbidden Planet London is the largest store of its kind in the world. Some of the biggest names in SF, Fantasy and Cult Entertainment have come to our London Megastore for events, including Jonathan Ross, Kevin Smith, Sam Raimi, Guillermo del Toro, John Landis, Terry Gilliam, Christopher Lee, Simon Pegg, William Gibson, Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, and Stephen King.

For more about our signings please go to: http://forbiddenplanet.com/events/

World War Z – Zombie – Day At FP London

World War Z
World War Z
IT’S WORLD WAR Z DAY AT FORBIDDEN PLANET WITH MAX BROOKS AND NIMBA CREATIONS!

Thursday 23rd May 2013 1 – 7pm
London Megastore, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR

Join us for an afternoon of Zombie terror as Nimba Creations make up artist TOM LAUTEN demonstrates the art of Zombie make-up with two displays of undeath and wizardry. The first Zombie make up demo starts at 13:30 and, while he’s working, Tom will be talking about his work.
Then, at 15:30, Tom will make up a second Zombie!

But don’t go away…

Because at 18:00 Best-selling author MAX BROOKS will be signing the movie-tie in edition of WORLD WAR Z!

http://forbiddenplanet.com/events/2013/05/23/max-brooks-signing-world-war-z/

Come down dressed as a zombie – make sure you’re in the queue by 6pm and you could be in with a chance to win a fantastic prosthetic face-mask worth over £500!
ZOMBIES HAVE MORE FUN AT FORBIDDEN PLANET!

Sundance London Film and Music Festival

Sundance Institute and The O2 announced today the programme of panels, feature films and short films for the second Sundance London film and music festival, 25-28 April at The O2. Passes and ticket packages are available at www.sundance-london.com, and individual tickets will be on sale from 9:00 a.m. GMT Friday 15 March.

Sundance Institute, which annually presents the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, U.S.A., selected the film and panel programming. The 2013 programme continues its 2012 focus on presenting new work by independent filmmakers and exploring the interplay between independent film and music.

The programme announced today includes 18 feature films and nine short films across four sections, including a new UK Spotlight. Twenty-three films will make their international, European or UK premieres at Sundance London. Ten are by female filmmakers and six are by first-time feature filmmakers. The films collectively received 12 awards when they premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, U.S.A.. Among the artists expected to attend Sundance London are Lake Bell, Mike Birbiglia, Jimmy Carr, the Eagles, Barbara Kopple and Peaches, as well as Sundance Institute President & Founder Robert Redford.

Robert Redford said, “We would hope for Sundance London to be another ‘Sundance’ experience – lively, culturally relevant and fun. We look forward to engaging with audiences as we discover new voices, new points of view and new perspectives.”

John Cooper, Director of the Sundance Film Festival, said, “The film and panel programme announced today reflects the energy and enthusiasm that ignited audiences just weeks ago at our 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Building on the success of the first Sundance London, we again welcome the opportunity to engage with passionate and adventurous UK audiences and introduce them to the new work of independent filmmakers.”

Rebecca Kane, General Manager of The O2, said, “I am very excited to welcome Sundance London back to The O2 to build on the success of last year’s event, which attracted the likes of Robert Redford, Rufus and Martha Wainwright, and The Prince of Wales. Sundance London is a great opportunity for film and music fans to engage with artistes, and it also plays a big role in showcasing The O2’s ability to host high-profile global events that attract a variety of audiences.”

In addition to film screenings and panels, Sundance London will host several live music performances and events. Peaches has been announced as the first headlining act for the 2013 festival, and tickets for that performance are now on sale. Additional music performers will be named. Among the 17 musical acts at the first-ever Sundance London were Tricky and Martina Topley-Bird, Placebo, and Rufus and Martha Wainwright.

For more information visit www.sundance-london.com or follow @SundancefestUK on Twitter.

Run Through Hell

Run Through Hell
Stewarts Park, Middlesbrough on Sunday 28th October 2012.
Run Through Hell is a ZOMBIE themed 5k FUN RUN where runners will have to run through infected zones trying to escape the grasps of the brain eating zombies (via their life belts like touch rugby).

There will be trophies for those with the best times and who have lives left as well as prizes for the best dressed zombies. There will be food served in the local café and live bands playing to help make it a full day of fun. Each runner will receive a goodie bag and a medal for signing up for the event.

This is in aid of the Great North Air Ambulance.

Sign-up fee only £10 for runners and £5 for zombies.

For more information please visit www.RunThroughHell.webs.com

The Crash of The Elysium

The Crash of The Elysium
The Crash of The Elysium

Written by Tom MacRae

Produced by Punchdrunk Theatre Company

Following its successful run in Manchester last year, this interactive theatre piece has moved to Ipswich for a limited run as part of the Cultural Olympiad.

Starting with a gentle exhibition into the history of Victorian steamer The Elysium, proceedings are soon interrupted by two soldiers who take participants inside a recently crashed spaceship, also named Elysium.

From there, MacRae and Punchdrunk have fashioned an engrossing timey wimey tale, that moves between the Victorian era and the present day. For monsters are aboard, and there is a mission from The Doctor to complete.

The sets are things of beauty, rich in detail that demands far longer in the ‘rooms’ than one is given before the action moves on. The cast, drawn here from Ipswich’s Wolesey Theatre, keep the story on track while involving different members of the audience in parts of the drama. As with all interactive theatre, the more you and your fellow participants (up to 20 per show) put in, the more you will get out.

To say much more would ruin the suspense and the enjoyment of the piece. The only slight disappointment was the lack of merchandise on sale at the end, but everyone does leave with a very special memento of their experience.

While this run finishes on Sunday, I would be surprised if Crash wasn’t staged somewhere else for the 50th anniversary next year. Recommended for fans of all ages, but wear light clothes – you will sweat.

OVER 350 TEAMS TO TAKE PART IN SCI-FI-LONDON ? S 48 HOUR FILM CHALLENGE THIS WEEKEND

A record number of teams have registered to be part of this year ? s 48 HOUR FILM CHALLENGE taking place this weekend (April 14 ? 16, 2012). It all starts at the Apollo Piccadilly on Saturday 14 April at 10.30am where every participating team will be given a TITLE, some DIALOGUE and a list of PROPS to be included in their 5 minute film. In association with the science section of The Guardian newspaper, we are also introducing an optional scientific theme… nano-tech, cloning, gene-splicing…or something a little more ? fringe ? .

In an added incentive to the film-makers, for the first time ever, a new award for Emerging Talent will be presented by Syfy , the premium imagination-based entertainment channel.

The challenge has a formidable pedigree: over the last four years more than 380 films have been completed, many of which have gone to other film festivals and been broadcast on TV. In 2008, Gareth Edwards took part in and won the competition ? his award-winning d?but feature, MONSTERS was green-lit due to Vertigo Films seeing his film in the challenge.

The challenge jury is made up of equally illustrious industry professionals including: Alison Owen, Producer (Shaun of the Dead, Men Who Stare at Goats); Joe Dante , Director (Gremlins, Innerspace, Explorers); Mark Dinning, Editor , EMPIRE magazine ; Liz Harkham (Encounters Short Film Film Festival); Don Neumann , Editor-in-Chief, Quiet Earth magazine; Paul Cornell , Writer (Dr Who, Spooks).

Teams have until Monday morning to return their completed movie to the festival, either on DVD or by uploading a QuickTime file to UBUNTU ONE. ? Ubuntu One is the personal cloud service that gives you 5GB of free space to store content, access and share it from all of your devices. SCI-FI-LONDON is also the first live implementation of the new ‘Send to Ubuntu One ‘ feature. Users simply click the ‘Send to Ubuntu One’ button and it delivers the content instantly to their Ubuntu One accounts.

Louis Savy, Festival Director for SCI-FI-LONDON says:

? We are very excited about the pre-challenge buzz with so many teams having signed up. It ? s a lot of fun, open to everyone and I am very happy to confirm that, for 2012 Vertigo Films are offering another development deal to the winners, as well as our new award presented by Syfy . What better way to spend a weekend? ?

Talking Dead ? Cast to Meet Fans at Birmingham Comic Con

Fans of The Walking Dead are in for a zombielicious treat at the MCM Birmingham Comic Con with stars Chandler Riggs, Melissa McBride and Madison Lintz all confirmed for the 31 March – 1 April show.

Chandler plays Carl Grimes, the son of Kentucky police officer Rick and his wife Lori, in AMC?s hit TV series based on Robert Kirkman?s Eisner Award-winning zombie apocalypse comics. Meanwhile Melissa plays Carol Peletier, wife of abusive bully Ed, and Madison plays their 12-year-old daughter Sophia.

Currently on its second season with a third already confirmed, The Walking Dead has met with critical acclaim as well as public success, scooping an Emmy and being nominated for Best Television Drama Series at the Golden Globes and Best New Series at the Writers Guild of America Awards.

Chandler Riggs, Melissa McBride and Madison Lintz will be meeting fans at the MCM Birmingham Comic Con on the weekend of 31 March – 1 April. The brand new Birmingham Comic Con will run alongside the long-established Memorabilia show at the NEC ? there?s no need to choose between them, though, as ticket holders for either event will have access to the other show free of charge!

To buy tickets to the MCM Birmingham Comic Con and Memorabilia Birmingham, visit: https://www.mcmexpostore.com/store/

For more about MCM Birmingham Comic Con and Memorabilia Birmingham, visit: http://www.birminghamcomiccon.com/ and http://www.memorabilia.co.uk/

Eurogamer Expo 2012 to be powered by Virgin Media

New partnership to bring exclusive offers and experiences to Virgin Media customers and Eurogamer Network

Brighton , UK ? 16th February 2012 – Eurogamer Expo today announced a partnership with Virgin Media, seeing the brands collaborating to bring exclusive offers and experiences to their combined customer base. The partnership includes headline sponsorship of Eurogamer Expo 2012, as well as a year-long presence across the Eurogamer network of sites.

Held from 27th-30th September 2012 at London?s Earls Court, Eurogamer Expo 2012 is the number one video games show in the UK, and will be bigger and better than ever this year, with an estimated 50,000 gamers attending the massive four-day showcase of the latest games. Virgin Media will be powering Eurogamer Expo 2012, by bringing the UK ?s fastest broadband to the show and showcasing it through an exciting new brand experience for gamers.

As part of Virgin Media?s ?Tickles? customer reward programme, Virgin Media customers will receive unbeatable discounts on tickets, plus VIP early-access to the show and the chance to play some exclusive new games before anyone else.

More information on Eurogamer Expo 2012 can be found online at www.eurogamerexpo.com from 23rd February.

Virgin Media customers can find more information and buy tickets at http://tickle.virginmedia.com/ from 23rd February.

Karen Gillan joins the Official Doctor Who Convention

BBC Worldwide confirmed today that Karen Gillan will be joining her co-stars Matt Smith and Arthur Darvill at the Official Doctor Who Convention taking place on the 24th and 25th March at Cardiff?s Millennium Centre.

Karen Gillan said: ?I’m really looking forward to the Convention and meeting all of the wonderful Doctor Who fans!?

Billed as the ?Ultimate Doctor Who Fan Event?, there are just 1500 tickets available for each of the days. Fans who manage to snap these up will gain unrivalled access to Eleventh Doctor star Matt Smith, Series Lead Writer and Executive Producer Steven Moffat and many more key members from the award-winning cast, crew and production team including Doctor Who Special FX Supervisor Danny Hargreaves, Production Designer Michael Pickwoad, Doctor Who Producer Marcus Wilson and the award-winning Millennium FX team

Karen Gillan joins a full contingent of Doctor Who professionals ready to give fans an unrivalled glimpse into the behind-the-scenes world of Doctor Who. Everyone from the Production Designer Michael Pickwoad, responsible for Doctor Who?s eye-popping visuals to Casting Director Andy Pryor revealing what it takes to find a Doctor will be gathering in one place to celebrate the creativity (and elbow grease!) that goes into the series.

The Official Doctor Who Convention line up includes: Matt Smith; Steven Moffat; Karen Gillan; Arthur Darvill; Mark Sheppard; Nick Briggs; Ian McNeice; Raquel Cassidy; Neill Gorton; Danny Hargreaves; Tom MacRae; Toby Haynes; Barnaby Edwards; Caroline Henry; Stephen Pehrsson; Michael Pickwoad; Andy Pryor; Gary Russell; Simon Fisher-Becker and Marcus Wilson.

Tickets are on general sale now, priced at ?99 and available at: www.dwconvention.com

All tickets include:

? Official Doctor Who Convention souvenir ticket.
? Official Doctor Who Convention souvenir lanyard and pass.
? Official Doctor Who Convention exclusive postcard pack.
? Official Doctor Who Convention bag.

?Life?s Too Short? Star Warwick Davis Appearing at Midlands Comic Con

Warwick Davis, star of the Harry Potter films and critically-acclaimed Ricky Gervais comedy Life?s Too Short, is the latest special guest to be announced for this Saturday?s Midlands Comic Con at Telford International Centre.

As well as playing Hogwart?s charms master Professor Filius Flitwick, Warwick has appeared in major movies such as Star Wars Episode VI: Return Of The Jedi; The Chronicles Of Narnia: Prince Caspian and Willow.

Warwick will be joined at the 18 February show by other guests including Tom Hopper and Adetomiwa Edun from hit BBC series Merlin and Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi, promoting his latest game The Last Story.

Brought to you by the organisers of the famous MCM London Comic Con, the Midlands Comic Con is a great day of pop culture entertainment for all the family, featuring the best in videogames, movies, anime, sci-fi, comics and cosplay.

To buy tickets to the MCM Midlands Comic Con at Telford International Centre on 18 February, please visit: https://www.mcmexpostore.com/store/

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Restored Hammer titles at Glasgow Film Festival

The premiere of the three brand new restorations of Hammer classics: DRACULA PRINCE OF DARKNESS, THE REPTILE and THE PLAGUE OF ZOMBIES (as announced here) will happen at a special? Film 4 FrightFest Extra event this February.

The three films represent the first of several beautiful new restorations from the iconic Hammer catalogue in association with Hammer Films and will screen from new DCPs at Glasgow Film Theatre as a special pre-cursor to the annual Film 4 FrightFest Glasgow Horror Weekend.

These premieres look forward to the first fully restored Blu?ray releases of the titles. The first, DRACULA PRINCE OF DARKNESS, will be released on double play March 7 th . Over the course of 2012 the project will see subsequent restored HD releases of THE REPTILE and THE PLAGUE OF ZOMBIES in May, and THE DEVIL RIDES OUT, RASPUTIN THE MAD MONK and THE MUMMY?S SHROUD later in the year in a continuation of STUDIOCANAL?s commitment to investing and restoring the best of British Cinema. All releases will include exclusive brand new extras.

Screening dates / times as follows:

THE REPTILE

Fri 17 February 23:00 at Glasgow Film Theatre

THE PLAGUE OF THE ZOMBIES

Sat 18 February 23:15 at Glasgow Film Theatre

DRACULA PRINCE OF DARKNESS

Thu 23 February 23:15 at Glasgow?Film?Theatre

Tickets are available here: http://www.glasgowfilm.org/theatre/whats_on/season:cult_cinema

More Film 4 FrightFest info here: http://www.frightfest.co.uk/