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!