Zombastic Productions, Inc.

From Audiovisual Identity Database

Background

Zombastic Productions was a DPC founded by Caleb Emersen on October 26, 2000. The company mainly specialized in horror films. On June 18, 2012, the company was closed.

(April 4, 2001; February 2005; 2016)

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Logo: On a stock space background, a skull with eyes turns around in a jittery manner until it stares at us. Just before it's done, the screen quickly fades to black before quickly cutting back. A man's arm with a blue shirt and white glove holding a syringe full of pink liquid (likely Pepto-Bismol) appears from the left. He injects the liquid into the skull's left eye. The skull screams, which is done with a dissolving fading effect. We then cut to a black background where "ZOMBASTIC" in the Gill Sans font appears in an exploding effect. "productions, inc." in the Arial Black font blurs into place, letter by letter to the right, as "ZOMBASTIC" shines. We then cut back to the space background with the skull still there (albeit gold-tinted) without the arm, and his mouth is open, completely in shock. The pink liquid is dripping from all of its orifices. The skull blurs incredibly, turning nearly white, and zooms in towards the right side of the screen. The skull then disappears and the screen then fades to white, then cuts to black.

Variant: On Red's Breakfast Experience, the fade-to-black cut doesn't appear.

Technique: The skull turning, that weird fade-to-black cut (like an editing mistake), the skull screaming (the first one is done via a fading effect), the words appearing, the skull zooming. All of that is a hybrid of live-action effects and cheap 2D animation.

Music/Sounds: Fast paced sci-fi beeps are heard throughout the logo. We first hear a quiet outer space-like theme with an echo-y drumbeat when the skull almost stops vibrating, that ends with a horrifying synth drone when the skull screams "NOOOOHHH, OOOHHH--", abruptly stopping during the appearance of "productions, inc." The skull screams "Ohh, GROOOHAAAAAAOOHHHH!!" when he glows and zooms into the screen.

Music/Sounds Variant: On the 2016 remastered version of Die You Zombie Bastards!, the sci-fi beeps are replaced by a somber piano tune. However the sound effects of the skull are still intact.

Availability: Seen on Die You Zombie Bastards! (2005) and Red's Breakfast Experience (2001).

Legacy: The entire logo looks cheaply done, as such, it is known as one of the cheesiest logos of all time, though it may have been most likely intentional.

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