Spooky spectres captured on tape, drawn-out tales of romance with fangs; none of the thriller’s sub-genres are as fun as the ever-popular zombie movie. The undead provide a unique platform for fulfilling the horror junkie’s love for gore without requiring any emotional attachment. An army of shambling bodies on the receiving end of screwdrivers, cricket bats, lawnmowers and the ever-beloved chainsaw. But beyond the hilarious and imaginative ways to take down a deadite there isn’t much room for originality in the field of post apocalyptic brain munching. There are, typically, two ways to create something of cultural worth in what is often seen as a stale genre.
The first is to take a satirical approach to the subject, such as Romero’s critique on consumerism in 1978’s Dawn Of The Dead, or more recently Charlie Brooker’s connection between the mindless masses and reality television in 2008’s Dead Set. The second is to focus less on the rotting hordes and more on those fortunate enough to survive at least the initial outbreak, exposing humanity at its most primal, and that’s the whole point behind AMC’s upcoming original series The Walking Dead.
Based on Robert Kirkman’s hugely successful ongoing graphic novel saga the series is created by Frank Darabont, whose previous adaptations of Stephen King’s The Mist, The Green Mile and The Shawshank Redemption have cluttered his trophy cabinet with awards. Teaming up with Darabont and Kirkman is Gale Anne Hurd, the woman responsible for bringing such epics as The Terminator, Armageddon and Aliens to the big screen.
The awesome trailer has created a real buzz with horror-whores across the internet this week, and the first episode is scheduled to to give Americans a well timed and well deserved dose of flesh-feasting this Halloween. Groovy.