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“Left 4 Dead” fan film puts Valve’s frantic foursome in real-world peril


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One of the things that made Valve’s two “Left 4 Dead” games so immediately accessible was how they referred to zombie tropes established through films. So, the ideas of sticking together, safehouses and rescue by the military all seemed familiar even as you played through a series of unfamiliar dangers.

A new fan-made clip brings the reference cycle back to cinema, with a quartet od actors portraying the survivors of a zombie virus outbreak. The casting’s pretty spot-on in the YouTube mini-movie. Co-ed Zoey, nerdy-cool black guy Louis, grizzled oldster Bill and biker tough Francis all look quite like their playable counterparts. The actor for Bill in particular channels the cantankerousness of his “L4D” character effectively and, when Louis utters his signature “stay positive,” it’s hard not to giggle.

Filmmaker Brett Driver pulls off some decent special effects and make-up for what had to be a no-budget scenario, and the locations and props add to the could-be-any-era feel that the “L4D” game establishes. The nods to the game’s indispensible pain pills and various super-zombie types work well, too. If one thing grates on me here, it’s the atonal overacting of Francis. It’s way too agro and stilted. Vince Valenzuela does Francis’ voice in the game and there’s a slight stoner quality to it that makes the tattooed gearhead more likable. The Survivors in “L4D” don’t have much dialogue, but the lines they do have are delivered with an affable mix of humor and anger. They may not like the whole “swarms of mutated undead” deal but you can tell that they’re coping as best they can. If Driver ever gets more footage shot, I hope he manages to get more of that feeling into his “L4D” homage.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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