They’re without a doubt my favorite ‘monster’. Followed closely behind by Werewolves. Vampires would be a distant third.
But, back to zombies…..
Thanks to the twisted mind of George Romero, I have been in love with all things Undead for about 20 years now.
It started when my friends and I snuck in to see the midnight opening-night premier of “Day of the Dead”. I loved it (even though it’s not one of his stronger “Dead” films). In fact, I liked it so much that I decided to rent “Dawn of the Dead”, and after that, I was a zombie junkie. 20 years later and George Romero’s “Dawn of the Dead” still remains my favorite horror movie of all time.
Since then, I have considerably expanded my zombie repertoire. Be it from Evil Dead, Shawn of the Dead, Resident Evil, Demons, 28 Days Later and everything in-between….. if it SHOULD be dead, and it’s still moving, I’m interested. (note: I know that zombie purists don’t consider some of the above to technically be “zombie” movies. Zombie purists can bite me.)
And I don’t just limit my love of the living-impaired to movies. Whether it is zombie video games, board games, or comic books, I’m all in.
Speaking of comic books, one of my favorite comics for the past 5 years has been a little ol’ title named “The Walking Dead”. It centers on a small group of survivors who band together a few days after the zombie apocalypse begins, as they attempt to stay alive and get away from all the dangers (both living and not) that their new world throws at them.
It’s done with a very mature and realistic touch, and I eagerly rush home to read every new issue each month. It’s graphic, and not for the squeamish, as you might guess. I also love the fact that, unlike watching James Bond wrestle 200 ninjas and not get a scratch, the gritty, real-like nature of Walking Dead has characters, CENTRAL characters, routinely buying the farm. Literally, no one is ‘safe’ in this book.
So, I was filled with fanboy glee last year when I heard that AMC began working with Walking Dead writer Robert Kirkman on a Walking Dead TV Series! Even better still, it’s being written by Frank Darabont, who is arguably one of the best writers in Hollywood. He’s the dude that wrote the screenplay for Stephen Kings Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile, for starters, along with a hundred other things.
Frank fucking Darabont is writing a Walking Dead series for AMC! I still can’t believe it. The only way that news could have been any better is if the show was going to be on HBO (but I’ll take AMC over network TV, anyday).
Anyway, it’s premiering in October and you would be a FOOL not to watch it. And I don’t mean ‘foolish’. I mean a literal Fool. You know, with that big hat with the bells on the ends, and a green and red suit with pointy shoes and a Punch and Judy puppet in your hands.
That didn’t make any fucking sense, did it?
Never mind. The point I’m trying to get across here is that this show is going to kick major ass. The banner above is one of the first official press photos from the show, and I think the casting is absolutely perfect. If you look around the web, there are some other cool pics starting to surface.
Anyway, AMC is where I’m going to be this October, and it’s where YOU should be if you want to sleep with me. And we all know how badly you all want to bone me…. it’s completely understandable.