Thursday, November 27, 2008
It smells like fingering in here!
Has anyone heard anything about this UK zombie show called Dead Set? Every so often i'd hear some rumblings about it (most notably when Shaun of the Dead's Simon Pegg wrote about it in The Guardian), but I never got curious enough to bother looking it up to find out exactly what it was. Zombies are getting more than a little old with me and I really didn't care to see anything dealing with the undead for at least a couple weeks. But after reading Joe Lynch rave about it on his blog the other day, I finally decided to delve in. And I think it just might have restored my faith in zombie culture! So thank you Lynch for leaving me no choice but to engage in illegal activities to track this sumbitch down.
Get on with it already! WHAT THE FUCK IS DEAD SET?!
It's a five episode show (ep. 1 was an hour...2-5 were a half hour) that aired on the UK's E4 network October 27th through the 31st. The genius plot? It's eviction night on the reality show Big Brother and a zombie outbreak has just begun. What would the stars of a reality show do during a zombie outbreak? Dead Set answers that very question! The Big Brother house becomes the last refuge for all survivors of the pandemic.
And I ask...
WHO HASN'T DREAMED OF SEEING THE CAST OF A REALITY SHOW TORN APART BY BRAIN HUNGRY ZOMBIES?!
Dead Set is clever, it's funny (more than a couple classic cheeky Brit quotes), it's gory (awesome looking zombies/awesome looking effects), it's got good characters and good acting, it's got boob, it's got defecation into a garbage can, and there's an Irreversible inspired fire extinguisher bashing of a zombie head. Enough to satisfy and please even the most hardened zombie fanboy? Absolutely. There's even a little Romero-esque social commentary thrown into the mix, if that's your thing. Something about the world crumbling around us and all we care about is reality tv. The point is also made that most of society is a bunch of fucking assholes who would be a lot more productive if we could just get along and stop being...fucking assholes. I hate people. And I love reality tv. But if you're just looking for some wild gory zombie fun, you'll be set in that department too.
Just about the only problem I could see anyone having with this show is the one thing everyones been complaining about in regards to recent zombie flicks ; running zombies. Call me crazy, but I don't mind it one bit. It's the 2000's and slow boring zombies just aint cuttin it anymore! Fast zombies amp up the terror and brutality level, and i'm all for 'em. Someone had to do something to make the sub genre new and exciting again. If the realistic fact that a person who just died and came back to life wouldn't be able to run bothers you, then a movie about a person who just died coming back to life should bother you in its own right. Get over it!
It's one of the better pieces of zombie fare i've seen in the past year and i'd definetly recommend you check it out. If you only see one more zombie movie this year, make it Dead Set (it's basically a 2 plus hour long movie). Time to remake this yet, America? I wouldn't mind seeing that little David Archuleta get his jugular ripped out by an undead Ryan Seacrest. That's all im sayin...
For the UK'ers and those who own a region free dvd player (invest in one), the DVD is available from the UK division of Amazon. For all others, you're just gonna have to break the law and download a copy! If anyones seen it, leave a comment and let me know what ya thought.
No more zombies for a while. I'm serious this time...
While i'm here...
Happy Black Friday to all! If ya just don't wanna deal with the hassle of hundreds of customers fighting over the last copy of the dvd you want to pick up, Amazon's got some pretty good deals for the holiday (is Black Friday an official holiday?). Check out their horror sales. Elm Street collection for only $22.99. Can't beat that! Anyone heading out there this morning and braving the lines? I'll be making my way out around 3:30 in the morning. More out of tradition and amusement than anything else...
One last note. Cindy, a reader of Freddy In Space, was so inspired by this blog that she got together with her friend and just launched off their own horror blog, called Creepy Kitch, so give that a view. Just knowing I inspired someone else to start their own horror haven makes me a pretty happy camper! She just did a nice little write up on my blog as part of her things she's thankful for this Thanksgiving post, so thanks for the support Cindy and i'm looking forward to what your blog will have in store in the future!
Wish me luck in my Black Friday adventures!