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The ZomBeatles: All You Need Is Brains Tastes Funny



There are Beatles fans, people who dig zombie movies, and folks like Doug Gordon who count themselves as members of both tribes. It was Gordon’s varied interests, then, that led to his new mockumentary, The ZomBeatles: All You Need Is Brains.

The 23-minute flick’s follows the trials, travails, and tasty tibias of the titular troubadours, and is hosted by “Angus MacAbre, Scotland’s Funniest Zombie Comedian.” Naturally (or perhaps supernaturally), MacAbre is played by writer/director Gordon, a Wisconsin-based fan filmmaker originally from Canada (the land where everyone is required by law to have “Gordon,” “Gord” or another variation somewhere in their name).

Taking a stylistic cue from VH1’s just-resurrected Behind The Music series, the film chronicles the rise and fall of the Fab Gore—Jaw Nlennon, Pall IcKartney, Gorge Harryson and Dingo Scarr. Don’t let the puns scare you away—some of this is pretty darn funny; case in point? The music video that led to the film, “,” which is the funniest fan effort I’ve seen in a while (Even real-life namesake Rob Zombie digs it).

See the ZomBeatles’ music video and trailers after the jump!

In the wake of that success, Gordon envisioned something even bigger than the ZomBeatles, as he explained: “This film takes zombies into a whole new direction by developing the idea of a “zomniverse”—all zombies, all the time. Zombies started by eating the stupid people first, since they’re the easiest to catch. Then zombies had to track down smarter people for food. This “Smart People Diet” helped zombies evolve in a Darwinian fashion to the point that they’ve become intelligent, conscious creatures. They’ve taken over the world and now have their own arts, entertainment and popular culture scene, which includes such acts as The ZomBeatles and Angus MacAbre.”

In addition to appearing on Wisconsin Public Television’s Director’s Cut (Gordon shows up at 14 minutes in), the flick has been covered  already by Fangoria magazine. Adding to its growing legitimacy by association, the short was partially filmed at Madison, WI’s legendary Smart Studios—owned by Butch Vig, member of Garbage, producer of Nirvana’s Nevermind and University of Wisconsin film school graduate.

If that catchy tune and the trailers make you wish you could catch the ZomBeatles in concert, live and undead, you’re in luck: They’ll be playing in New Jersey (how appropriate!) at The Brighton Bar in Long Branch, NJ on Sunday, April 5th and at The Record Collector in Bordentown, NJ on Monday, April 6th. No, seriously. I’m not kidding.

If you can’t make it to those shows, or you just want to find out when you can see the entire movie, keep up-to-date with the ZomBeatles’ blog.

Oh, and that awesome skeleton pic of John Lennon? That’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to rockers residing in the Great Beyond; checkout Day of the Dead Rockstars for more cool corpse caricatures. Dude, I totally want one.

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