I love The Walking Dead. It is so damned bleak and gory and filled with really horrible violent people. Brilliant. It explores the idea that if there is an outbreak of zomb- I mean Walkers, what would happen? Mostly the conclusion is that most of the survivors would be a bit psychopathic and no one would thinking of heading for sea or remote islands or anything. Or maybe they do and the whole show just follows all the nutters around as they are more interesting.
Possibly in an attempt to lighten the mood somewhat, UK streaming service – Now TV – hired John Cleese to do a recap of everything that has happened for the whole of Walking Dead seasons 1 to 6. Damned funny it is too. Just like the show, there is a fair amount of gore. But this time you’re laughing, so it is ok.
The Walking Dead is back with season 7 on October 28th. I can’t wait. Zombies! I mean Walkers! (Seriously, why can’t they say zombies?) Here is Mr Cleese. Enjoy.
I feel like the zombie fad is coming to an end. Here is probably its last big budget Hollywood gasp. World War Z is based on a superb book by Max Brooks. The book is set years after a zombie apocalypse had wiped out most of the planet and follows a guy who travels all over the world trying to make a coherent history of what happened. It is essentially a series of interviews or short story snapshops of how things happened.
The book is great and I heartily recommend it. Now there is a film with Brad Pitt. (Probably some other people too but who cares about them?) It seems like they have adapted to the story to Brad actually travelling all over the world and witnessing the outbreak first hand. For some reason. There looks to be a bucket-load of CG and zombies in exotic places. Like 28 days later but global and with a cast of multiple millions. It looks pretty fun in a braindead kind of way. (Hah, see what I did?)
Anyway. After legendary delays and problems, they have finally released a trailer. Watch the trailer, then read the book, then post comments on youtube about how crap it will be. Enjoy.
It’s unhealthy how much I love zombies and genuinely look forward to the inevitable outbreak. I know it will means huge amounts of death and gore and horror, but on the plus side I won’t have to work or fill out tax forms any more.
The great thing about zombie movies (or triffids or post-apocalypse or whatever) is that they invite thoughts along the lines of ‘What would I do in this situation?’ I suspect a large amount of zombie fans would head for a shopping mall or an island. What is equally fascinating is what happens after the initial survival. What sort of communities would arise and how would they work?
Normally a movie just deals with the first survival bit as there is limited time. What’s cool about a series like The Walking Dead is that there is time to explore the characters and how people survive. And it does this really well.
There’s no real need to talk about the plot as you can guess it. What’s important here is: the script is great and believable, ditto the characters and characterisation. It’s directed by Frank Darabont, the guy who directed The Shawshank Redemption and Green Mile – so no problems there. The cast are all good with the lead being played by the Englishman Andrew Lincoln. If you are English then yes, Egg from This Life. He is surprisingly good as both a tough cop and an American.
Above all The Walking Dead is satisfyingly gory and exciting.
In summary then, this show is fucking brilliant. If it isn’t your thing then I pity you and you aren’t welcome to my post-zombie-apocalypse stronghold. Because we’ll be watching it a lot.