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PostPosted: 06-11-2010 13:28    Post subject: The Walking Dead Reply with quote

Couldn't find a thread about last night's debut of the excellent Walking Dead series on FX - did anyone else see it? I stumbled across the trailer for this series on Youtube a few months ago and was so intrigued I went and bought the source comic book it's adapted from. The series is directed by Frank Darabont (Shawshank Redemption) and has a big budget movie feel to it without being obesessed with CGI. I thought it was a superb opener and would highly recommend it to my fellow Forteans!
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PostPosted: 06-11-2010 18:57    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anyone know if this is coming to a channel I can see, ie. on Freeview? I have heard it's great.
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PostPosted: 07-11-2010 00:11    Post subject: Reply with quote

This was fantastic. I really enjoyed it.
I love Romero's Dead films, apart from his latest effort Survival of the Dead which was decidedly lame, Night, Dawn and Day are amongst my most treasured horror movies, Land and Diary are pretty good also, but The Walking Dead out Romeroed Romero in the very best of ways. It was well paced and well acted, the leads american accent was sound and his character doveloped strongly. The make up was excellent throughout especially the bike girl. You could almost smell the rotting stench outside the hospital at the beginning of the episode and horror permiated nicely throughout. The final scene with the tank was excellent and I, for one, can't wait for the next episode.
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PostPosted: 08-11-2010 10:26    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just caught the last ten minutes. Looked very good. Is it repeated this week at anytime?
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PostPosted: 08-11-2010 14:45    Post subject: Reply with quote

McAvennie_ wrote:
Just caught the last ten minutes. Looked very good. Is it repeated this week at anytime?


Yep - tonight (Monday) and Wednesday, both at 11pm.
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PostPosted: 08-11-2010 15:00    Post subject: Reply with quote

gman72 wrote:
The make up was excellent throughout especially the bike girl.


Spoiler alert if anyone's planning to watch this retrospectively!

You're right the make up was spectacular, and I thought the two scenes with bike girl were genuinely horrifying, not because there was any sense of danger (she had no legs so wasn't exactly gonna chase him) but just in the way it/she was clearly distressed, confused and abandoned. The lead character's reaction to bike girl sums up how much thought has gone into the script, so that instead of just leaving it/her to fester he actually returns later on to put it out of its misery.

I was sad about the horse though...do animals other than humans ever come back as zombies?
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PostPosted: 08-11-2010 19:11    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Regarding your question on animals becoming zombified.
Interesting.
In Day of the Dead there is a brief scene with a crocodile on some steps with some zombies taking no notice of it, wether this means that the animal was already zombified or that animals are immune i'm not sure, but the surrounding undead non reaction to a possible meal could mean two things. Either it was infected or the undead had learned enough about the nature of crocodiles not to attack it.
In The Resident Evil series there are various animal zombifications including Dogs and birds, but again it is not a clear cut case of animal zombification. The running story in the Resident Evil series involves the Umbrella Corporation infecting subjects directly via experimantation rather than the natural progress of an infection in the wild.
In the remake of Dawn of the Dead, a dog is lowered into a crowd of ravenous zombies in order to carry a roast beef sandwich to a starving survivor hiding in a shop across the car park. The undead take little notice of the dog as it is lowered past them in easy grabbing distance.
In the movie 28 Days Later there is a brief scene with a family of uninfected horses running wild and free in the countryside. Even though the Rage virus has already ravaged the human populace.
There are other examples of animal zombification in the history of zombie movies but off the top of my head I think that they involve infection through experimentation, I'm struggling to come up with one example of an animal catching the zombie virus through the natural progression of an infection in the wild.
I may be wrong but I think that evidence would suggest that animals do not catch the zombie virus in the wild. However human experimantation can result in an animal succumbing to zombification.
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PostPosted: 08-11-2010 21:35    Post subject: Reply with quote

mr_macabre wrote:
The lead character's reaction to bike girl sums up how much thought has gone into the script, so that instead of just leaving it/her to fester he actually returns later on to put it out of its misery.


actually this series is an adaptation of a very well executed comic book series and that whole interaction is taken directly from the pages of the comic (however in the comic the woman moans "help me")
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PostPosted: 08-11-2010 23:12    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hopefully the Beeb or another freeview channel will buy it and put it out for those of us who cannot justify/afford increasing our digital package to include the FX channel!
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PostPosted: 09-11-2010 11:12    Post subject: Reply with quote

gman72 wrote:
I may be wrong but I think that evidence would suggest that animals do not catch the zombie virus in the wild. However human experimantation can result in an animal succumbing to zombification.
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The Dead Rising Brian Keene Zombie books have zombie animals, a development that would have spoiled the two books if they weren't disappointing in their entirety anyway.

And of course, who can forget the zombie kitty in Reanimator?
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PostPosted: 09-11-2010 15:43    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've read those books also. To be fair they weren't entirely without merit. Regarding the re-animator cat, this is clearly a case of resurrection through experimentation rather that a naturally spreading infection. I still think that the bulk of evidence would suggest that animals would be immune.
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PostPosted: 09-11-2010 19:22    Post subject: Reply with quote

paulsamfreya wrote:
Hopefully the Beeb or another freeview channel will buy it and put it out for those of us who cannot justify/afford increasing our digital package to include the FX channel!


There really is nothing else on FX worth watching, however I believe they were the first to grab the British rights even though the programme came with a very obvious pedigree.
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PostPosted: 09-11-2010 21:24    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is on AMC not FX.
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PostPosted: 09-11-2010 22:52    Post subject: Reply with quote

Seems it's on FX in Britain, though. Very Happy

I have watched the first two and am enjoying these shows immensely. It's just fun to have a serial zombie story on TV. It's not the best show I've ever seen, but it's really good and I am finding the character development very interesting. I also appreciate how each show has taken a small step in opening up to a new level of a bigger story than the previous show gives us. I was concerned about it being a tad bit soap opera-ish, and also concerned about all the derivative elements, but am just choosing to look at them like homages and not take it too seriously.
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PostPosted: 10-11-2010 12:45    Post subject: Reply with quote

UsedtobChrisFord wrote:
mr_macabre wrote:
The lead character's reaction to bike girl sums up how much thought has gone into the script, so that instead of just leaving it/her to fester he actually returns later on to put it out of its misery.


actually this series is an adaptation of a very well executed comic book series and that whole interaction is taken directly from the pages of the comic (however in the comic the woman moans "help me")


Yeah I know, I've read the comics too. However the script writers didn't have to leave that bit in, but they obviously felt it tells you so much about the character it deserved to stay. I appreciated that sentiment and was pleasantly surprised they included it.
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