Hey food, I need you bad,
Just like King Kong, don't need a sweater,
Remember, that when I'm eating your heart,
I'll rip you apart, to eat you better
Hey food, don't be afraid,
I have found you, now you are my dinner,
The minute, I've eaten all of your skin,
Then I'll begin, to eat you better.
These ravenous lyrics could only come from the maws of one band: The Zombeatles! Moaning and wailing through the monster ballad named "Hey Food," the group sets the tone in a teaser trailer for the new film All You Need Is Brains, a rockumentary that chronicles the fall and rise of The Fab Gore.
The Halloween-themed alter-ego of The Gomers has been working with undead comic Angus MacAbre -- a similar stage persona created by WPR producer Doug Gordon -- to create a film spoofing The Beatles and the resurgence of zombies in popular culture. They teamed up with filmmakers Ben Wydeven and Joe Sokolinsky for a video shoot at The Frequency on Sunday, October 5, when an audience of reanimated extras erupted into a frenzy of Zombeatlemania for the cameras.
"After reanimated rehearsals of lifeless stares and a combination of shrieks and groans, the cameras were turned on the extras," wrote Zac Shipley in a report for The Daily Page. "Gordon encouraged us to go absolutely wild, mimicking the hysteria the erupted when the Fab Four took the stage at the Ed Sullivan Theater in 1964. It wasn't long before we turned into a zombie mosh pit, letting our characters get the better of us." Another report on the shoot was published by Kedar Joyner, who likewise participated as an extra.
Reams of ready footage resulted, and the filmmakers got to work at cutting and splicing to bring their new creation to life. Their teaser trailer for the mockumentary follows.
The trailer was cut by Ben Wydeven, whose 2007 film The Medium is screening in the Madison Horror Film Festival at the Orpheum Theatre on Saturday, October 25. Shot two autumns ago in Wausau, this horror thriller has scooped up several honors around the state, including a nod in July as one of the top voted films in the WYOU 36-Hour Film Festival, and the award for "Best in Horror" at the 2008 Wildwood Film Festival in Appleton.
Gordon, Wydeven, Sokolinsky, and The Gomers hope to have a rough cut of All You Need Is Brains ready in time for a Madison Horror Film Festival pre-party at the Inferno this Friday. Whether or not the film hits the screens this weekend, though, the undead will be hitting the streets on Saturday afternoon for the annual Halloween season zombie lurch.