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#1 Prettyphile

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Posted 26 July 2010 - 07:22 PM

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The project is set among a group of zombie survivors of an apocalypse who are led by a police officer, Rick Grimes, in search of a safe place to live.

The Walking Dead tells the story of the weeks and months that follow a pandemic zombie apocalypse. County Sheriff Rick Grimes travels with his family and a small group of survivors, constantly in search of a safe and secure home. But the constant pressure of fighting off death on a daily basis takes a heavy toll, sending many to the lowest depths of human cruelty. As Rick struggles to keep his family alive, he will discover that the overwhelming fear of the survivors can be far more dangerous than the mindless walkers roaming the earth.


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Andrew Lincoln ... Rick Grimes (6 episodes, 2010)
Emma Bell ... Amy (4 episodes, 2010)
Sonya Thompson ... (4 episodes, 2010)
Steve Warren ... Zombie (3 episodes, 2010)
Jeryl Prescott ... Jacqui (3 episodes)
IronE Singleton ... T-Dog (3 episodes)



Oh yes, there will be blood. AMC has made some pretty impressive headway in the television world in recent years, going from primarily broadcasting old movies to competing with the cutting edge of dramatic television on channels like HBO, Showtime and FX. And while "Mad Men" and "Breaking Bad" broke ground in terms of language and sex, their next series The Walking Dead promises to bring the gore in a big, big way. And from what we saw during our recent visit to the Atlanta set, this may well be the bloodiest show ever seen on television.


When the first zombie image from set circulated last month, portraying the rotting corpse of a woman reaching out towards camera, the collective hearts of zombie fans across the nation went aflutter. Courtesy of FX maestro Greg Nicotero, the work looks as good as anything we€™ve seen on a big budget feature production. But Robert Kirkman, who created the original comic, tells us the image only shows half of what we€™ll ultimately see on the show. "Just wait until you see below the waste," explains a giddy Kirkman. "Below the waste, she€™s just a pelvis with a dragging femur. She€™s just dragging herself around and it is just horrendous-looking."

THE WALKING DEAD€™s director, Frank Darabont, may be best known for dramatic work like SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION, but he€™s a horror geek from way back who has long-since dreamed of getting his hands on some zombies. A lifelong Romero fan, Darabont promises that the series will hold little back in comparison to a horror feature. "We can€™t say fuck," says Darabont with a laugh. "I don€™t know that if I were doing a feature I€™d be doing anything differently. You can€™t say fuck but you can shoot a zombie in the head at point blank range. I love this business."

Darabont has been trying to produce THE WALKING DEAD show for five-plus years. At one point the show was being developed for NBC. "They were very excited about the idea of doing a zombie show until I handed them a zombie script where zombies were actually doing zombie shit," says Darabont. "It€™s one of those things where the network says, €˜Oh yeah, we want to stretch the envelope€™ until they realize that they€™re actually looking at a stretched envelope and they go, €˜Woah, no, let€™s do CSI some more.€™"

"I€™m certainly not trying to rip them down, but they€™re a network and we could never have done this show the way it needed to be done there."

Along with makeup legend and zombie aficionado Greg Nicotero, who is often seen on set hauling large buckets of fake blood, Darabont is setting out to test the bounds of television gore. "Yesterday Greg was up past his elbows. He was just absolutely covered with blood."

The two worked previously on 2007€™s THE MIST. "The real hardcore geek stuff that we grew up loving, we haven€™t really gotten a chance to do that much," says Darabont. "We€™re having the time of our lives together."
Nicotero says Darabont€™s enthusiasm is contagious: "We did the first take and Frank was like, €˜It€™s zombie day, it€™s zombie day!€™ Frank really loves the genre and is so passionate about it."

The day before our visit, Nicotero prepped 150 zombies for the biggest shooting day so far. "It€™s funny, because I thought when we did LAND OF THE DEAD, we had 60 zombies a night. It was just brutal. And then of course our 150 day in our summer heat [here]."

During our visit in early June, the Atlanta sets were hitting record temperatures well over 100 degrees with the humidity index. Darabont, who could often be spotted on set with a towel on his head, described it as a sauna. "You don€™t get used to the heat," says the director. "I€™ve never had clothes stick to me like this in my life." Luckily the fun of the production seems to overwhelm the brutal heat.

Just outside the Atlanta Zoo, the day€™s shoot was at an unassuming house in downtown Atlanta. The scene takes place early in the story when Rick (Andrew Lincoln) first comes home from the hospital. He finds his house abandoned and heads outside for a moment of reflection. A little boy (Adrian Kali Turner) sneaks up behind Rick and, mistaking him for a zombie, knocks him unconscious with a shovel. "Dad!" the boy screams. "I got the sonba bitch!"

A tall, lanky zombie in a tattered, dirty black suit approaches and the father (Lennie James) steps in and shoots him dead with a pistol. The scene is more of a set-up of things to come rather than the larger set pieces shot the day before.

For anyone still feeling skeptical about the level of gore AMC will permit on TV, Kirkman admits even he€™s been shocked. "The stuff that AMC is going to put on air is crazy," he says. "They keep showing me things and I€™m like, you€™re not doing that."

During the previous day€™s shoot, Rick wanders into an abandoned downtown Atlanta looking for signs of life. Instead, he comes across a mob of hungry zombies. He manages to escape, but his horse isn€™t so fortunate. "They rip a horse open and there€™s just spaghetti coming out," says Kirkman. "They actually have things that you see."

"It was fantastic," Nicotero says of the horse scene. "You see the pale, discolored hands going in and then coming out red."

As further evidence, we are shown pictures of the horse disembowelment. The shots are, in a word, brutal. In one overhead image, a crowd of zombies devour the horse as a pool of blood forms around them. In the appetizing close-up, the zombies tear innards out of the horse and prepare for the feast, blood covering their hands and mouths.

We were shown a few additional images, such as a shadowy staircase shot of Rick after he first wakes up in the hospital. The image showcases the gritty, dark look of the series, which is being shot on Super-16mm film stock. Aside from the horse shots, the other gory image is of a dead nurse that looks to have been one zombie€™s late night snack. Her body is totally massacred, blood streaked and splattered all around her, a dark pool around her corpse. Some of her ribs are exposed and all that remains of one leg is a bloody stump. Did I mention they showed us these images right after lunch?

After a single day on set, we are sufficiently impressed with what we€™ve seen, if even a little shocked. Sure, we€™re a little skeptical as to whether all the gooey gory goodness we saw on set will actually make it to air, but Darabont, producer Gale Ann Hurd and the rest of the team we spoke to on set insisted that what you see is what you get. They intend to push the envelope to the limit. And hey, we€™d love to see them get away with it.

The series will premiere on AMC as part of their Fearfest this October.


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Posted 26 July 2010 - 07:25 PM

Various Stages of Zombie Decay in 'The Walking Dead'
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Posted 27 July 2010 - 04:19 AM

Looks like it'll be interresting :) . As long as there's no romance of course, lol, but thanks for the headsup :thumbsup: !

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Posted 01 August 2010 - 12:07 PM

SD Comic-Con '10: Major 'The Walking Dead' News Including Black & White Version, Romero to Direct?!

One of the major flaws with the San Diego Comic-Con is typically the studios don't let the talent reveal much about their projects, while the fans always end up asking the most idiotic questions imaginable). AMC's panel for their The Walking Dead TV series was not only the best of the Con, but it was just jammed with information including a tease of a possible black & white home video release, and the idea by Darabont that zombie genre creator George A Romero might get behind the camera for an episode in season two (confirmed as greenlit by the way)! Get the skinny inside.

Here's the breakdown:

-According to Frank Darabont "The Walking Dead" will have a worldwide simultaneous release in over thirty languages.
-Artist Charlie Adlard cameos as a zombie.
-Darabont says that they will take every interesting detour that they find but will still stay true to the storyline of the comic.
-They're expanding the world and the events during the journey, and Kirkman says he's blown away by the areas that they're improving on.
-Bear McCreary ("Battlestar Galactica") has been confirmed as the show's composer.
-Norman Reedus has joined the cast.
-When asked why he didn't shoot in Los Angeles, Darabont said, "When LA gets its shit together and gives filmmakers tax incentives," he'll think about it.
-FX artist Greg Nicotero said that AMC hasn't objected to any of the show's violence. In fact, the reel that they showed here at Comic-Con was edited because the powers that be would not let them show any of the gore. There will be lots of Romero-esque headshots.
-Darabont says he cannot wait to get to Michonne and Tyrese in Season Two, which has been confirmed and is a go.
-When asked if any well known horror directors might one day come on board, Darabont hinted that he wants Romero to possibly direct in the future.
-Darabont says that he wants a black and white version to be released on DVD similar to his release of The Mist.

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Posted 01 August 2010 - 02:58 PM

Just added to the cast is Sarah Wayne Callies. Most of you'll know her as Dr. Sara Tancredi from Prison Break

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Posted 25 August 2010 - 09:58 PM

The Walking Dead' to Premiere on Halloween!

Close your windows, lock your doors and clear your schedules. Come this Halloween, you'll have more to fear than trick-or-treaters. AMC has announced that its newest original series, The Walking Dead (set reports), will premiere on Halloween night, Sunday, Oct. 31 at 10PM | 9C!! The Sunday night series will debut with a 90-minute premiere episode directed by Frank Darabont (The Mist). Subsequent episodes will be one-hour long presentations. If that isn't enough to whet your undead appetites, perhaps footage from the series will: The official four and a half-minute trailer first screened at Comic-Con is now available here online in full-screen HD! Watch it below and then tell us, what are you really doing on Halloween...

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Posted 04 November 2010 - 12:06 PM

Anybody watching? :chicken:
First epi was good, looking forward to this show.

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Posted 04 November 2010 - 01:41 PM

It was really good! I'm definitely going to keep an eye out on this series

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Posted 04 November 2010 - 02:00 PM

AMC's 'The Walking Dead' a Powerhouse in the Ratings!

Finally horror is getting some mother effin' respect on the small screen! AMC's The Walking Dead premiere ratings are enormous: The 90-minute Halloween night debut delivered 5.3 million viewers and a 3.3 adults 18-49 rating. That's the largest demo audience for any series premiere on any cable network this year. It's also the highest numbers for any series in AMC's history, and beat most non-sports programs on broadcast Sunday night. Unless Walking Dead suffers an enormous ratings drop off in the coming weeks (it won't), a second season order is very likely. Now it's time to bring on "Locke & Key" and "Preacher". Viva horror!!!!!

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Posted 04 November 2010 - 02:06 PM

10 Stellar Reasons to Watch 'The Walking Dead' Sunday!

1. Frank Darabont directed it.
Not a big TV watcher? Neither am I but Frank Darabont is a top-notch film director, meaning the likelihood of the pilot being of better-than-average caliber for a television show is pretty high. Not to mention, Darabont knows horror his adaptation of Stephen King's The Mist, in my opinion, was one of the greatest scare movies of the last decade. Being the Walking Dead showrunner, he also has much more invested in the series than he would if this were just a one-off directing assignment “ so you can bet your ass he's brought all of his considerable cards to the table for this baby.


2. It's on AMC.
Who would've ever thought that the channel formerly known as American Movie Classics would come to rival HBO and Showtime in its commitment to quality original television programming? Over the past three years the cable network has launched two excellent series - Mad Men and Breaking Bad - that have garnered both enormous critical acclaim and hefty audience numbers. AMC's recent focus on prestige output - Men and Bad have 19 Emmys between them bodes well for The Walking Dead's chances of not sucking. Of course


3. Even if it sucks, high viewership numbers will create buzz and send the message to TV suits that we want more horror programming.
There's always the possibility that The Walking Dead will turn out to be a total dud (though I highly doubt it), but the chances of seeing a continued dearth of original horror series on television is almost certain if no one ends up watching. You can bet that big numbers - and the watercooler buzz that goes along with it“ will mean the greenlighting of other T.V. shows in the horror vein, which can't help but benefit us fans in the long run. Bonus points if you're a Nielsen family


4. Robert Kirkman is heavily involved.
It's always a red flag when the creator of the source material distances themselves from the adaptation, but Kirkman is not only serving as executive producer but also penned the fourth episode. As one of the premiere genre comic book writers working today, Kirkman knows quality not to mention how to please fans of the graphic novels so his hands-on involvement can't be seen as anything but an asset to the show.


5. Greg Nicotero did the special effects.
Not only are the f/x said to be mostly practical for the series (no fake-looking I Am Legend zombies), but the legendary Greg Nicotero is the one handling them. From his iconic work on Romero's Day of the Dead to stellar recent outings like Grindhouse and Drag Me to Hell, Nicotero is one of the best around meaning even if you don't dig the show, you can be damn sure all that decayed flesh is going to look stunning on screen. Which brings us to our next item...


6. The zombies look pretty freakin' cool.
Any zombie film that's worth its salt simply must give us (duh) awesome-looking zombies, and the images and footage we've seen so far of Walking's living dead has us salivating (that decaying zombie torso crawling along the grass in the trailer is insanely awesome). Oh yeah, did I mention...?


7. The promo is really, really good.
I know, I know good trailers don't necessarily translate into good films (A Nightmare on Elm Street remake, anyone?), but the 4 minute extended promo for the show is stellar and gives a pretty good idea that the pilot's production values, at the very least, will be a cut above.


8. Advance buzz is strong.
Reviews from even the mainstream press have been incredibly positive, with Nancy DeWolf Smith“ T.V. critic over at the stuffy Wall Street Journal “ raving that the pilot episode is €œso good that it has hooked even a zombie hater like me. Horror fare garnering high marks from so-called reputable publications is extremely rare, so for Dead's pilot to be receiving perfect and near-perfect scores from non-genre folks is pretty impressive.


9. B-D liked it!
After viewing the pilot episode our own BC gave the show a ringing endorsement, calling it great and going on to say that if subsequent episodes are even half as good then it could easily go down as one of the best horror-based shows in my lifetime.


10. It's a T.V. show about zombies.
Do you really need another reason?

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Posted 04 November 2010 - 07:37 PM

I shall continue watching :D
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Posted 06 November 2010 - 05:47 AM

I look forward to watch this. The show looks horrifying and I believe it is going to be good as well.

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Posted 08 November 2010 - 04:27 AM

I uploaded Episode #2 for you guys: http://www.megavideo.com/?v=1D92PBJS
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Posted 09 November 2010 - 06:16 PM

ayo, I seent this show and it's pretty swell

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Posted 09 November 2010 - 08:26 PM

i'm loving this show so far.
zombies kick ass!!!! all we need is for Ash to show up with his boomstick! lolllll

it is going to be interesting though when he finds out his wife has already moved past him and is sleeping with his partner.
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Posted 13 November 2010 - 03:23 AM

This show rocks. Walking Dead has given more fun than I expected. I have watched its two episodes till now and they really rock. I am sure this show is going to be a big hit in future.
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Posted 13 November 2010 - 04:44 AM

i usually hate the zombie genre ... but this show is an exception.
when does episode 3 air?

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Posted 13 November 2010 - 09:34 AM

i usually hate the zombie genre ... but this show is an exception.
when does episode 3 air?


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Posted 13 November 2010 - 12:13 PM

This show is just FANTASTIC! It's great how it really doesn't seem like a show about zombies, its about actual people and their everyday struggles....but with zombies as a plus. lol :)

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Posted 13 November 2010 - 12:58 PM

that poor bastard that is cuffed to the rooftop. that's like being in a car that is sinking in the ocean. all you can do is wait to die. damn.

and for me, i've always found the zombies to be the most scary of the horror genres. i mena, werewolves are only when it isw the full moon. Vampiresw are in the night time only. Zombies just never stop coming, day or night. And even if they are slow, the sheer numebrs will eventually get you.
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