Los Angeles, CA – April 10, 2018 –
Is evil an illness that can be cured by David and the archangels as Satan’s army of the dead in the apocalypse?
After contagious and life-threatening outbreaks, like the Ebola outbreak in 2014, scientists and doctors have begun to understand what causes such infectious diseases and assess its harm to specific communities, to combat the potential of the disease spreading globally. The Royal Society Publishing’s, “Global Rise in Human Infectious Disease Outbreaks”, cited a large-scale study, which examined the rise in outbreaks and rise in number of different diseases between 1980 and 2015. Such rise has makes it “increasingly important to prepare for these outbreaks and ensure that the general public is aware of prevention plans,” adding that, “The same study also found global preparedness helps to minimize these outbreaks and ensure more people survive them. This means that we are going to be ready for when the next outbreak occurs.”
Today’s horror filmmakers have used contagious diseases to create zombie and apocalyptic films through deathly spread of contagious diseases, as seen in Danny Boyle’s ’28 Days Later’ (2002) and Francis Lawrence’s ‘I Am Legend’ (2007). TriCoast Worldwide has brought zombie-lovers and horror-fans the best “new wave of zombie movies” – ones about the chaotic and uncontrollable fall of social order due to the apocalypse.
Emmanuel Saez’s (‘Overcast’, ‘The Roads of Fear’) intelligent, French, post-apocalyptic thriller, ‘ANGELS VS. ZOMBIES’, the retelling of the New Testament with the ultimate twist – Satan’s army of the dead has risen. Beginning on the day of Rome’s collapse, June 16, 2016, ‘ANGELS VS. ZOMBIES’ follows the only undead remaining are six mysterious and loyal cardinals (five men and a woman) and the surviving Pope who journey from the destructed city to France, where they are revealed to be archangels sent from God.
Jumping to 2017, ‘ANGELS VS. ZOMBIES’ follows a violent and dangerous criminal, Paul Dose (Vincent Andres), who is arrested by two French police officers, David Matéry (Philippe Coste) and Sarah Bayram (Elissa Houles). But when he is heavily wounded following with cardiac arrest, he somehow is resurrected, coming back to live within the intensive care unit. At the hospital, chaos and terror erupts as the doctors, patients, and even Sarah turn into evil-raging, violent zombie-like animals. David teams up with archangel, Victoria (Sonia Perez), a Muslim warrior from Cairo, Mustapha (Brice Lemaire) and the martyr pope men to stop the evil propagation.
Discovered by a neurologist, David and Victoria discover that with the help of brain imaging glasses, they can detect a “dark patch” – a kind of dark spot, located on the frontal lobe and detectable in the brains of the greatest criminals and all individuals prompt to extreme violence. Will they be able to stop the fast-spreading, infectious disease from seeping outside the hospital walls into the town and infecting its people?
CRACKED’s “5 Scientific Reasons A Zombie Apocalypse Could Happen” by TE Sloth and David Wong showcases previous films that have foreshadowed the spread of disease, which creates a zombie-like state.
Sloth and Wong first allude to a common type of brain parasites that “seems to devote its entire existence to being terrifying”, Toxoplasmosa, which has plagued half of the Earth’s human population. It causes its victims to turn into “mindless, zombie-like slaves” and go “batshit insane”. As it’s been tested on rats, which are similar to humans, Sloth and Wong stated, “All it takes is a more evolved version of toxoplasmosa, one that could to do us what it does to the rats.”
Second is “the Real Rage Virus”, as seen in the ‘28 Days Later’, which “was a virus that turned human beings into mindless killing machines” (Sloth and Wong). Though machines don’t tend to take over humans’ minds in real life, there are several brain disorders, which act similarly, such as Mad Cow Disease. When cows are plagued with the infectious disease, their spinal cord and brain are attacked, turning them into “stumbling, mindless” attacking cows. But, when humans are infected, it is called Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. Including its symptoms, the disease is rare but “proves widespread brain infections of the Rage variety are just a matter of waiting for the right disease to come along,” wrote Sloth and Wong.
They added that Mad Cow Disease could result in a zombie-like apocalyptic state, “If the whole sudden, mindless violence idea seems far-fetched, remember that you are just one brain chemical (serotonin) away from turning into a mindless killing machine (they’ve tested it by putting rats in Deathmatch-style cages and watching them turn on each other). All it would take is a disease that destroys the brain’s ability to absorb that one chemical and suddenly it’s a real-world 28 Days Later.”
Photo: from ’28 Days Later’.
Is ‘zombiism’ our future’s plague?
Watch TriCoast Worldwide’s new, U.S. release of Saez’s intelligent, French post-apocalyptic thriller from the end of days, ‘ANGELS VS. ZOMBIES’ on DVD + VOD platforms: Amazon, iTunes, InDemand, Google Play, Sony Playstation, Microsoft Xbox, Dish Sling, and Fandango.
The ‘Staying Scared’ YouTube channel posted their reactions and discussion of Saez’s ‘ANGELS VS. ZOMBIES’. Watch it here now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNBotM0eBck&feature=youtu.be.
‘ANGELS VS. ZOMBIES’ contains a rewarding cast, including Paul’s role of a dangerous criminal by first-time actor, Vincent Andres and the two invigorating roles of the police officers star Philippe Coste (Patrick Jumel’s drama play, ‘On A Frappé’, ‘Winter War’) and Elissa Houles (member of drama company, ‘Le Contrepoint Theatre’, featured in various short films). The capturing role of Victoria is by Sonia Perez (‘Rendez-vous chez Max’, ‘Overcast’, ‘Winter War’, comedian for ‘Improphile’), alongside Brice Lemaire (‘Overcast’) and Zacharie by Manuel Gonçalves (‘Overcast’, nominated Best New Actor in ‘Action on Film’ festival for David Aboucaya’s ‘Last Blues’, ‘Winter War’). Its enthusiastic cast continues with Jean Christophe Aubert (‘Overcast’, ‘Rough Cut’), Boniface, played by local actor Florent Hugon (‘Le Criquet’), Perè Jean Anselme by Michel Sidobre (‘1, rue du Caussanel’, ‘La Femme aux yeux rouges’, ‘Overcast’), and Laurent Cerulli (‘Overcast’, ‘Sur L’echelle De Hynek’, ‘Thanato’, ‘Inavouables’, ‘Et si je t’aime’, ‘Rough Cut’, ‘Winter War’). Alongside is David Aboucaya and also stars Anne Blanchon, Georges Spina, Katia Rodriguez, Xacier Pace, and Cyrille Rodriguez.
Watch the trailer for ‘ANGELS VS. ZOMBIES’ now: https://vimeo.com/240888620.
Special Thanks: Thomas and Willie from Staying Scared.
ANGELS VS. ZOMBIES (2017, 90 min.) Written and Directed by Emmanuel Saez. Produced by: Emmanuel Saez, Fabienne Saez, Cecile Spina. Original Music: Valentin Simonelli. US, English. TriCoast Worldwide.
Producers: Emmanuel Saez, Fabienne Saez, Cecile Spina
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