Just for the record, The Atlantic was on this zombie trend looong before it was popular. James Parker wrote the sharpest critical analysis of our national zombie fixation. And before that, I profiled one of them. Jed Rowen was my old college buddy and roommate, who had gone on to build an unusual career, and a cult following, as a B-movie zombie. To my knowledge, he's still most famous for portraying Inbred Jed, the zombie redneck from Zombie Farm. Since the piece ran, people have periodically inquired what he's up to, or Jed has emailed me to share career news, and on occasion I've pressed him into service as a correspondent for this blog.
It's my understanding that Piranhaconda will eventually air on the Syfy Channel. It nearly won Syfy's "Monster Madness" horror-movie bracketology showdown a couple weeks ago, getting bested by Sharktopus only in the finals. I don't think there are any zombies in the film, though I couldn't swear by it, and Jed plays a character called "Slate Man," who, one hopes, gets gorily devoured by the piranhaconda. (Hate spoilers, so I didn't ask.) For aficionados, more info can be found here, and here is the all-star team behind the film:
Executive Producer: Roger CormanProducer: S. Forest KingDirector: Jim WynorskiLine Producer: Steve Goldenberg