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Old 10-31-2010, 06:36 PM   #51
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Blow it up...the DVD that is, shoot it. Post pictures...

I would, but my wife would get mad. She collects horror movies, no matter how horrible they are.
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Old 11-01-2010, 06:15 PM   #52
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Zombie movies are to cinema what hot dogs are to food.

Utter rubbish, worthless, unimaginitive, waste of time and money.....but you just can't help yourself sometimes!
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Old 11-02-2010, 03:34 PM   #53
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Was about to start a new thread, but...

Anyone watch The Walking Dead on AMC Sunday night?

It Started strong, I was impressed, but maintaining it should be interesting.

The CGI is a mixed bag, some obvious, some very well done.


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For a while, it seemed as if director Frank Darabont was going to become something like Stephen King's in-house movie director. He launched his career with the now beloved prison drama The Shawshank Redemption, moved to the Oscar-nominated prison drama The Green Mile and ended up with the people-imprisoned-in-a-supermarket movie The Mist, all based on stories by King. A self-admitted horror and sci-fi geek (ask him about the Invasion of the Body Snatchers and War of the Worlds posters in his dining room), Darabont's latest project is The Walking Dead, a zombie apocalypse series based on the Robert Kirkman comics, which debuts on AMC on Halloween night. Darabont spoke to TIME about horror movies, why the undead don't run and the weirdness of having grisly zombies on the same network as Mad Men.

There are so many zombie movies out there. Were there specific ones that influenced The Walking Dead?
Well, the Book of Genesis really is Night of the Living Dead, which I'm kind of shocked to realize is a classic now. That just makes me old, I suppose. It didn't feel like a classic when I first saw it. It was a very disreputable film, spoken of in whispers. It was one of those things you had to catch at a midnight screening, if anything. Without that original film from 1968, there wouldn't be a Walking Dead — the whole zombie thing wouldn't even exist.
(See "Rise of the Zombies.")

What from that movie stands out for you?
I think people who haven't seen the movie, or who haven't seen it in a while, may not credit it for being as character-driven as it is. But Night of the Living Dead is a very character-driven piece. And it was, by the way, other than [those with] Sidney Poitier, maybe, the only movie of its time that had a black male as its lead, which was pretty groundbreaking stuff in its day. Consider 1968, consider the strife that was going on at the time. That was a pretty bold move on their part. I always admired that.

Did you purposefully try to stay away from zombie books and movies so that you wouldn't be tainted by the ideas of others?
Being the old-school guy that I am, I wanted to tell a great tale that subscribed to [creator Robert] Kirkman's work and the original George Romero conception of this world. That's the world we're in. I did stay away from watching any zombie movies or reading any zombie fiction during this time because I really didn't want to be influenced. I wanted to have as much free thought going into it as possible. And hopefully that will help lend a texture to The Walking Dead that allows it to be its own thing rather than borrowing a page from someone else's book. Of course, there's been so much of it throughout the years now that I suppose some comparisons are inevitable. And that's O.K. If there are comparisons to be drawn, we'll just call it homage.
(See the top 25 horror movies of all time.)

When it comes to comparing zombie movies these days, it seems like whether a zombie shambles or runs is the thing that people talk about more than anything else. It's such a minute detail, but people are so hung up over it.
Never underestimate the ability of certain Internet dwellers to take something minute and turn it into a mountain. My feeling was always, with Walking Dead — again, wanting to go back to the original Romero mythos — is that they shouldn't ever run faster than the first zombie we see in Night of the Living Dead. He gets up a pretty good head of steam, but he's no Olympic sprinter.

One of the things that struck me about the first episode of Walking Dead was how much silence there was. I hadn't seen a movie or a TV show in such a long time that was so comfortable with quiet. I was reminded of The Exorcist. The sound design in that movie is just ridiculously good.
The Exorcist is amazing because it recognizes that silences can be as powerful as sound effects. I found that it's always been a bit of a struggle when dealing with sound to convince the sound guys that, yes, I am looking for silent stretches, I am looking for silences because that is part of the music of the film. And particularly nowadays, these fellas are always leaned upon to not have those silences. The movies that I grew up with weren't afraid of those silences, whether it was a Kubrick film — talk about a movie that handles silence like 2001 — or The Exorcist. I remember the best scare in that movie — I remember the entire audience jumping three feet in the air — was after this long stretch of really quiet stuff, suddenly the phone rings, really loudly. I love playing with stuff like that.

Given the other movies you've made — The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile — are you purposefully going to stay away from the scenes later in the Walking Dead comic series set in prison?
[Laughs.] No! I can't wait to get to the prison, actually. Because there's just so much good, rich storytelling there. That's when it gets really dark and intense and heated. There's some sort of recidivism in my career. I just keep going back to prison. It's inevitable somehow that I wind up in some prison setting. But there you go. You gotta embrace it and go with it. It's like when Stephen King called me up and told me he was writing another prison story with The Green Mile. I said, "Well, I'm not looking to go back to prison particularly. It depends on the story." Of course, when I read the story, it was brilliant and I had to go back to prison. You follow where the best story leads. If that means I'm behind bars again, so be it.

It's kind of crazy that AMC, the home of Mad Men and Breaking Bad, would do a horror show like The Walking Dead. What do you think it says that this show actually exists on a network as good as AMC is now?
It absolutely blows my mind that zombies, which, for decades, was this subgenre of horror that appealed to a core group of geeks like me, has gotten so much mainstream acceptance in the last five years. All these years, all these decades, I was part of this little group of people with a very specialized interest, and suddenly this obscure thing has blossomed into grandmothers walking into Barnes and Noble and buying zombie books for their grandkids. It's a very strange feeling. I've been busy on this production for a year, and I poke my head up and, all of a sudden, zombies are everywhere.
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Old 11-06-2010, 03:51 PM   #54
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Missed the pilot, but fully intend to catch the next episode, no matter the cost!
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Old 12-02-2010, 09:10 AM   #55
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The Walking Dead on AMC

The Season Finale is already here...episode 6.

There are so many themes to mine, the personal drama has been interesting.

Since the exact time frame and spread of the "epidemic" remains a mystery, it's difficult to know what's up and what's down...literally and figuratively.

I would love to see the fallout of unmanned nuclear reactors, ( ).

The possibilities are endless especially with CGI. Irradiated zomibies, wow.

Scientific American ran an article a few years ago:

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A new way to examine humanity's impact on the environment is to consider how the world would fare if all the people disappeared
2 Days after the disappearance of humans: Without constant pumping, New york City's subway system completely fills with water.

7 Days: Nuclear reactors burn or melt down as their water-cooling systems fail.

1 Year: Street pavements split and buckle as water in the cracks freezes and thaws.

2 to 4 years: In New York and other cities, cracked streets become covered with weeds and, later, colonizing trees whose roots upheave sidewalks and wreak havoc with already damaged sewers.

4 Years: Without heat, homes and office buildings fall victim to the freeze/thaw cycle and begin to crumble.

5 Years: Large parts of New York may be burned by now; a lightning strike on uncollected dead branches in Central Park could easily start a catastrophic fire.

20 Years: Dozens of streams and marshes form in Manhattan as collapsed streets fill with water.


Here's hoping the hiatus between seasons is short.
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Old 12-02-2010, 11:49 AM   #56
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Scientific American ran an article a few years ago:


2 Days after the disappearance of humans: Without constant pumping, New york City's subway system completely fills with water.

7 Days: Nuclear reactors burn or melt down as their water-cooling systems fail.

1 Year: Street pavements split and buckle as water in the cracks freezes and thaws.

2 to 4 years: In New York and other cities, cracked streets become covered with weeds and, later, colonizing trees whose roots upheave sidewalks and wreak havoc with already damaged sewers.

4 Years: Without heat, homes and office buildings fall victim to the freeze/thaw cycle and begin to crumble.

5 Years: Large parts of New York may be burned by now; a lightning strike on uncollected dead branches in Central Park could easily start a catastrophic fire.

20 Years: Dozens of streams and marshes form in Manhattan as collapsed streets fill with water.

Ah, happy days!

Ever since I saw The Omega Man I've been inspired by the idea of a planet severely depleted of humans. Add back just a few humans, and an army of mutant zombies and we're ready to roll storywise!
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Old 12-02-2010, 01:12 PM   #57
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The Walking Dead has been great so far! Man, I love the undead!
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Old 12-02-2010, 05:24 PM   #58
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Here's hoping the hiatus between seasons is short.

Unfortunately it looks like we'll have to wait till Oct 2011 before it comes back. On the plus side it sounds like we'll get thirteen episodes in season two.

http://www.digitalspy.com/ustv/s135/...y-renewal.html
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Old 12-03-2010, 01:13 AM   #59
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Man, I love the undead!

That just sounds so wrong.
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Old 12-08-2010, 02:13 PM   #60
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That just sounds so wrong.

Ho-ho. Why am I always the butt monkey?
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Old 12-08-2010, 05:09 PM   #61
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Ho-ho. Why am I always the butt monkey?

We didn't used to call you that, but ever since the mods started spending so much time on TVTropes...
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Old 12-13-2010, 10:40 AM   #62
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We didn't used to call you that, but ever since the mods started spending so much time on TVTropes...

And thanks to that site, we all know (certain) Tropes Are Not Bad.

Anyways, back on topic. Is anyone going to buy The Walking Dead: Season 1 on DVD?
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Old 08-11-2011, 12:35 PM   #63
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Whoa, Frank Darabont Got Fired from The Walking Dead?

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So... uh... what's up, AMC? First there was that pesky problem with how much money Mad Men showrunner Matthew Weiner's getting—an amount sizable enough that it's causing budget problems for AMC's other shows—and now it comes out that the network fired The Walking Dead showrunner Frank Darabont, who recently left the show under mysterious circumstances (and shortly after talking up the new season at Comic-Con). Say what you will about the show (I'm not too keen on it, myself), but The Walking Dead is clearly Darabont's baby—and with as crazy successful as it's been, you'd think he'd have had a bit of a safety net. Nope.

The craziest part of that story, though, is how the cast reportedly feels in the wake of the firing:


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There also have been no public comments from the cast, and a source with knowledge of the situation says AMC has been "terrorizing" them and their representatives to discourage them from speaking out on Darabont's behalf. "They're scared," confirms another insider. "They're on a zombie show. They are all really easy to kill off."


I'd never thought about what it would be like to be on a zombie show before (I guess 'cause there's never really been a zombie show before, with the possible exception of The View... ka-ZING!), but man, actors on a zombie show have no job security whatsoever. Complain about craft services even once and, boom, a zombie's gumming at your eye socket on next week's episode. So the moral, I guess, is don't work for AMC, maybe? Unless you're Matthew Weiner?

(Also, vaguely related: You guys know that Darabont's unused script for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull—then known by the significantly less crappy title Indiana Jones and the City of the Gods—is online, right? 'Cause it totally is. And that's your Vaguely Related Indiana Jones Fact o' the Day™! [Tomorrow I will have a very scandalous one about Short Round.])

Distressing...
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Distressing...

Serves him right for Goonies.
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Distressing...

But what he left is pretty damn impressive looking.

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But what he left is pretty damn impressive looking.
Thanks for posting, but I'll be waiting to watch even the slightest bit!

It should be interesting how this all falls out...
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Old 08-12-2011, 01:46 PM   #67
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I havent got around to watching The Walking Dead...my parents love it, which I can't decide if that makes my parents cool or the show uncool
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Thanks for posting, but I'll be waiting to watch even the slightest bit!

I read (and still read) the comic. Some of the changes have been interesting, and I'm looking forward to where this adaptation is going to end up. One of my favorite parts of Season One was Rick meeting up with Morgan Jones. That scene had much more resonance than the comic did.

But the one question all fans want to know:


Where's Merle?!



Also:

Tim Bradstreet is doing the Season Two poster. Darabont signed my copy, and I wonder if it'll end up being something of a collector's edition thing.

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But the one question all fans want to know: Where's Merle?!
He's fighting an undead George Romero in Call of the Dead.

No joke.
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Old 10-19-2011, 07:54 AM   #70
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Contest seeks zombie-proof home designs


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To help us prepare for this potential undead disaster, the folks at Architects Southwest, an architecture firm based in Louisiana, have launched the 2011 Zombie Safe House Competition. The organization has tasked artists, architects and other zombie enthusiasts with one goal: Design a haven that can withstand a full-on zombie assault on civilization as we know it.

Design entries so far are varied and imaginative, to say the least. A top contender right now is the Zombie Ranch, a zombie-powered vertical farm. As per the design, humans live in a spiral housing system above ground, safely out of harmís reach; down below, zombies run around in circles trying to catch hanging bait traps, all the while turning a turbine that provides energy for the humans in the ranch.

...and The Walking Dead premier was Sunday. I can't shake the "Dark Shadows" vibe I'm getting where the show is becoming more soap opera than anything else but I'll give it a pass...

Usually the first show of a new season sets the direction...hope thats not the case.
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I think it's wise to prepare for the zombie eventuality!

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Old 10-20-2011, 11:19 PM   #72
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Where have I seen that before, Smith.
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When I picked up Exit Humanity (2011) I was dubious about it, as I am about low budget films I've never heard of. Narration by the original Hannibal Lecter, Brian Cox, tipped the scales in its favour. For a quid what could go wrong?

Almost nothing really.

Except a few issues with anachronistic firearms and confusion over the date when it was set: a caption in the film relates "Six years after the Civil War", while the hype on the DVD cover states "1875".

It doesn't really matter, however, as this is a zombie western which feels very much like a prelude to The Walking Dead. And much like that series, it's also character driven.

This was a very good film with great camerawork and effects on a miniscule budget.
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^ I was actually engaged in a bit of a dispute over this film and something I worked on in 2009. Long story but a different idea was pitched and based off the parameters "after the civil war... zombies" many aspects were taken from our idea and placed in that film... many call that stolen... but as I've come to learn you can't copyright an idea, only the paper it's printed on.

anyway I'll go ahead and bitterly say ours was better.
and I guess baptism by fire applies too.
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^ I was actually engaged in a bit of a dispute over this film and something I worked on in 2009. Long story but a different idea was pitched and based off the parameters "after the civil war... zombies" many aspects were taken from our idea and placed in that film... many call that stolen... but as I've come to learn you can't copyright an idea, only the paper it's printed on.

anyway I'll go ahead and bitterly say ours was better.
and I guess baptism by fire applies too.

It's a small world!
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