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dead people on tv

charlotte and i have been watching zombies on tv too! we’re halfway through diary of the dead, which is so far pretty good. the acting is pretty okay but is lacking in naturalism, which is pretty important considering its meant to be a faux docu kind of thing.

its still creepy and unsettling, though, which is good (i guess), however,  this tv show we’ve been watching, dead set, puts diary of the dead to shame.

dead set is 5 part zombie miniseries running from monday the 27 and ending on halloween. its focused on the reality tv show big brother and as such there is quite a bit of satire relating to the entertainment industry. i’ve only seen the first hour-length episode (the rest are half an hour) but so far its very good indeed.

what makes this quite interesting too is that the channel that is producing this show is the same one that broadcasts big brother and as a result they’ve been able to get a lot of the people who are actually involved with the show as well as channel 4 in general. so you have the actual host from big brother in it, past big brother contestants and other little extras like the real channel 4 newsreaders.

oh yeah, and its scaring the crap out of me.

really. i’m starting to regret living in the countryside now. i don’t want to go outside ’cause its dark. there are literally no lights and there could be a zombie anywhere.

the zombies are the 28 days later kind and so are super savage and run at people. the filmakers have also used some of danny boyle’s filming techniques with lots of rush cuts and skew camera angles, making the experience far more visceral and, well, fucking scary.

i also find this kind of thing profoundly depressing. it really gets me seeing everyone wiped out like that. its like i was telling charlotte while we were watching it – in normal horror films, you can get loads of people dying and even though you fear that it might be you you know that it probably won’t. in a zombie story one sees the death spread inexorably. its a truly gruesome march of horror as everyone dies. and so you know, that if it were to happen, you’d probably die too.

i’ve you’re interested i’d recommend going to e4’s website, which is very cool. one of the features is that one can watch the episodes online – something which i’m gonna have to do tonight after we missed last nights episode!

unfortunately i can’t embed the trailer from youtube, but there are a number of trailers there that you can watch.

rip reading reinforcements

the graveyard book was meant to be the final book in my rip challenge, but sadly my funding has run out and so i can’t afford to buy it. happily, with my wife being a horror fan, there is definitely no lack of replacements! 😀

instead of the graveyard book i am thus reading return from the dead, which i bought charlotte as a present for easter this year (oh, i do amuse myself…)

this isn’t about any old dead guys, however, this is about mummies. yes mummies! i forgot about those guys! 😀

here is the lineup: 

  • bram stokers – the jewel of seven stars (a novella)
  • jane webb – the mummy
  • edgar allen poe – some words with a mummy
  • arthur conan doyle – the ring of thoth
  • arhur conan doyle – lot 249

the stoker story is very good so far. it starts off as such a classic victorian mystery. a man gets awoken in the middle of the night to go to the aid of a friend, and finds a certain mr. trelawney in a comatose-like state, having collapsed with his arm stretched out to his safe, and with a large gash in his wrist!

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  1. October 29, 2008 at 8:12 pm

    JP! *waves madly*

    Dead set sounds like a great series. You and Charlotte really seem to be getting in the mood for Halloween! I’m actually pretty clueless about what’s on TV these days, but I should try and catch some horror novies or series because I’m in the mood for them.

    I LOVE those “Tales of Mystery & the Supernatural” editions! The covers are always so cool. That one is of course no exception. I got their edition of M.R. James’ ghost stories just the other day, and although I won’t get to it in time for RIP, I know it will keep me happy in November 😀

    Mummy stories sound great to me, so I’ll be on the lookout for that book!

  2. October 30, 2008 at 11:09 am

    Return from the Dead as an Easter present…well, you amused me, too! And it certainly sounds like a good read. Hope I can find it somewhere, I could really go for a little more Stoker after just finishing Dracula.

    Dead Set sounds fantastic…I’m just not sure if I’m brave enough to watch it.

  3. October 30, 2008 at 5:34 pm

    I hadn’t heard of Dead Set but it sounds very interesting. A creative idea and perfect for this final week of October. Glad you are enjoying it.

    That is quite the Easter present. 😉 Sense of humor indeed!

    I’ve read Jewel of the Seven Stars and really enjoyed it. We watched Blood from the Mummies Tomb this past weekend (extremely loosely based on this novella) which is a very bad but fun old Hammer horror film.

  4. November 1, 2008 at 9:40 pm

    Oh I heard about the BB one, but didn’t get around to watching any of it. Sounds interesting.

    I just got my copy of The Graveyard Book. Well, a friend is minding it at the moment, but I’ll be getting started on it pretty soon I think.

  5. November 2, 2008 at 6:07 pm

    you and charlotte are the perfect couple, doing the zombie theme together! 🙂

  6. jean pierre
    November 4, 2008 at 11:34 am


    *waves madly back!* 😀

    yeah, c and i had a great halloween! this time of year is always fun ’cause she likes horror so much!

    this is the first “tales of mystery” book that i’ve picked up. i must say, this one is quite a find ’cause the stories were all cool and some quite rare.

    there were a few typos in it, but then, with some of it being out of print i’m not complaining!

    that cover is so funny! its so silly! and it has nothing to do with ANY of the stories either! 😀


    i’m gonna have to get my arse into gear and write some reviews soon, so i can give you a proper impression of what this was like!

    “dead set” was awful. in a good way. it was thankfully not quite as scary after episode one, but it was still quite gruesome. i don’t know whether i would’ve been brave enough to watch it if charlotte hadn’t wanted to… i get scared so easily!


    i’m gonna have to ask you about “jewel” some times – the ending in particular.

    i’d love those silly adaptations. even though they’re not true to the source material, i just love the spirit in which they’re made!


    yeah, “dead set” was good in the end. and depressing.

    i look forward to seeing what you make of “graveyard book”



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