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They seem to be everywhere these days -- zombies. On AMC the Walking Dead have terrorized TV viewers for three seasons. It's such a ratings hit, that AMC has renewed it for a 16 episode 4th season.

Even some of Hollywood's biggest names have gotten in on the zombie craze. Brad Pitt's World War Z is a huge seller on DVD and blu ray after its theatrical release this summer.

And now, more undead -- this time in Arizona.

An independent film coming out just in time for Halloween is called Cowboy Zombies. So, be warned, zombies are coming.

"Once things start to go bad they go bad really quick," describes Paul Winters, director of Cowboy Zombies.

It's a movie that seems a perfect marriage shot in a perfect place. Cowboy Zombies. An independent film shot in Arizona with Arizona actors.

"It's just a wild ride a lot happens very quickly you are not going to sit for a long time and wait for things to develop."

Paul Winters co-wrote and directed "Cowboy Zombies." He also stars as Marshal Frank Wilcox.

"There's never a shortage of zombies, you kill 20 there's 20 more over here they just keep coming."

"Zombie movies and that genre is just huge right now," says Mark Trambino, who plays Jasper, a zombie fighting barkeep. Trambino wonders why people like zombies so much.

"I haven't quite figured out why they are so popular, I think it's maybe something people can relate to in a way," says Trambino.

But he sure likes his role in the movie.

"What I really liked about my role is that my size doesn't really matter in this role. I am a regular townsperson, I am trying to avoid the zombies, I am trying to save the world."

As you may have figured out by now, Cowboy Zombies is about the dead rising to terrorize the living circa 1870, in the fictional town of Crumpit, Arizona. It's a western gone mad as a diverse group of characters do battle against the un-dead.

"This is the first zombie cowboy zombie film, it was a lot of fun," says Sandy Penny, who plays Roseann, the owner of the Double Peach Saloon.

"It's kind of surreal because you would see all these people they would arrive on set and they were normal people, and then the makeup and they got into character and everything it was a little scary."

And Greg Bronson plays Preacher Black, who has a morbid fascination with the living dead.

"He wants to study them, cut them open, dissect them, see what he can find out about them."

All the actors live in Arizona and couldn't be happier about filming a movie here.

"I love Arizona the Sonoran desert as a backdrop is spectacular," says Winters.

"I just having that Arizona landscape with the cactus and the mountains in the background, makes it unique," says Trambino.

Adds Penny, "It's the only place to film a western."

As long as it doesn't get too hot.

"It just gets boiling hot here in the summer so they were considerate enough to film while it was still cool," says Bronson.

And what could be more fun than acting in a zombie movie?

"I had a great time, the cast was awesome, the crew was great, it was a neat set out there. We had a great time doing it," says Trambino.

So of course, there will be a sequel. They are already working on Cowboy Zombies II.

"I live to fight another zombie," says Penny.

"Maybe I come back as a zombie we'll see," says Trambino.

From a time when the dead walk the town of Crumpit, Arizona.

Cowboy Zombies makes its premiere right here in the valley, of course, at the Harkins Valley Art Theater in Tempe on October 25th.

Online: www.cowboyzombiesfilm.com

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