Halloween 2010, the dead rise on AMC!

Hey all…

Yes, I know it’s not even September yet and I’m talking about Halloween – one of my least favorite holidays… But this year will be different.

AMC is airing the 90-minute premiere episode of The Walking Dead… This will be a 6-episode series based on the comic of the same name written by Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore and published by Image Comics.

The television series based on the comic is being directed by Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, The Mist) and has been in the works for a while now. But up to now (unless you were at Comic Con) you might have missed the trailer (though it’s been going around the internet like wildfire).

Yes, there are survivors of a deadly zombie plague. But like all good zombie stories, it’s less about the monsters themselves but how people deal with them. When the chips are down, how do they react? Do they do what’s right? Or what’s convenient?

The survivors are led by police officer Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) who’s simply looking for somewhere safe to call home. Rick’s wife Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies) and friend Shane (Jon Bernthal) are tagging along. And of course they pick up a few others along the way.

Here’s the trailer. It looks awesome and it’s weird looking forward to Halloween for a change! Be sure to check out the premiere on Sunday, October 31st at 10/9c on AMC.


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Frank Darabont talks about AMC’s The Walking Dead

Hi all…

Zombies on AMC? Why not? Drug dealers (Breaking Bad) and advertising (Mad Men) executives already call AMC home. What’s a few zombies between friends?

Evidently writer, director, and executive producer Frank Darabont has always wanted to do zombies. And the comic The Walking Dead that started back in 2003 from Image Comics presents another interpretation of an inevitable zombie apocalypse. Darabont, comic writer Robert Kirkman, and artist Tony Moore (and later artist Charlie Adlard) all know the one thing about good science fiction or horror or any type of story really… it’s really about the people, not the zombies, aliens, monsters, or whatever.

I’ll be very interested to see a zombie story adapted for a television audience. From what little I’ve seen of Mad Men and Breaking Bad, AMC doesn’t seem to pull any punches. So maybe this will be well done enough so we focus on the story of the survivors and not pick apart the special effects in the background. The images here look pretty good (or gruesome depending on who you ask), so I’ll keep some hope.

In the past, I’ve enjoyed Darabont’s work on films like The Green Mile and The Mist, so we’ll see if this television project from him can avoid the sinkhole that The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones fell into in the 1990s.

Could this year or next become the year of the zombie on TV? We might see a series inspired by Jonathan Maberry’s excellent book Patient Zero as television series Department Zero currently in production by ABC. Maybe?

We can only hope zombies come to TV and are “most excellent” and not just “dead weight”…


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The Mist – Was very cool!

Hey all…

Continuing the theme of movies I saw a few weeks ago but haven’t written about until now… The Mist, starring Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Andre Braugher, and Laurie Holden, is based on a story by Steven King. This version was directed by Frank Darabont, who also wrote the script. He’s worked wonders with other Steven King material, such as The Green Mile and The Shawshank Redemption, so we knew he had some chops.


Here‘s the IMDB link for The Mist.

If you didn’t see any of the trailers, the story is basically that a small town is beset by a strange mist after a freak storm. The townsfolk hide in a supermarket and fight for their lives.

What made this movie for me wasn’t the setting. It wasn’t the special effects (though they were cool and used very well). It was the characters.

I am a big Thomas Jane fan. I think the next Punisher movie coming out (War Zone) is a mistake. He gave the character an emotional core that I think will be lacking… but I digress. I thought his character, David Drayton, a book cover artist, had just the right balance of manliness and uncertainty. Who would believe that there were monsters in the mist? He didn’t. Had to prove it to him.

And the ending… Wow. Just heartbreaking.

The other characters… Mrs. Carmody played by Marcia Gay Harden was a real witch disguised as a religious woman. 🙂 Harden played her to the teeth. You hated her from the beginning and it only got worse!

And Andre Braugher… Brent Norton, the uptight neighbor. He was trying to do the right thing too. But he didn’t believe in the monsters until it was almost too late…

This is a movie that uses suspense well. The backgrounds go away once the mist arrives. So your focus is entirely on the characters and what they do to survive. It gets a solid 4/4 from me. I really enjoyed it. One of the best “horror” movies I’ve seen in a long time.


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