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Dead Set: The climax

Posted in Zombies with tags , , on 1 November, 2008 by Cavan

So, Dead Set has finished its run for halloween on E4 with a final chilling montage of shots that were chillingly depressing and therefore classic zombie.

I loved this series. OK, there were a couple of points when it dragged a bit but on the whole it nipped along like a rabid, brain-hungry, breathing-impaired meat-lover. 

Five things I loved about Dead Set:

5. The brain-dead contestant casually flicking through a copy of Heat while a zombie claws at the locked door.

4. The slimy, egotistical producer enjoying gutting the corpse of a transvestite male nurse a little bit too much.

3. The zombies almost licking the glass of the two way mirrors as Kelly peers out oblivious that it’s so close.

2. That gut-wrenching climax that snatches utter despair from the jaws of well, a little less despair at least. Romero would have been proud (in fact, Dead Set could, dare I say it, teach the old master of the shuffling dead if Diary of the Dead is anything to go by)

1. Zombie Davina. Who would have thought she would have been that good?

4 (out of 5) tana leaves


Dead Set

Posted in Zombies with tags , , on 28 October, 2008 by Cavan

Just watched last night’s episode of Dead Set, a new zombie drama on E4. If you’ve not seen it, Dead Set follows the events of a zombie outbreak that takes place on the eviction night of Channel Four’s Big Brother. As the sun rises on a new dawn, the only survivors are the contestants in the house, a terrified show runner and the smarmy producer.

I absolutely loved it. Fantastic pacing, more gore than you’d expect for a TV show (but not enough to be silly) and good scary zombies. The frenzied cuts of the zombie outbreak itself were unsettling but the aftermath the next morning really brought up the goosebumps; zombies are almost licking the monitor screens showing the bliss-fully unaware housemates who we watch through the usual two way mirrors – the only difference is that the two way mirrors are now smeared with blood. Some really nice touches for geeks, er fans like me, the throwaway reference to the Manchester Morgue for example. 

Oh yes, and then there’s the zombie Davina. Lovely touch, and good on you Queen D for getting stuck in – literally.

As good as any zombie movie I’ve seen recently. Can’t wait for episode two tonight…


Zombie Phil reviews… Black Sheep

Posted in Zombies with tags , on 8 July, 2008 by Cavan

Ladies and gentleman, may I introduce one of our regular team of guest reviewers, Zombie Phil, our very own rotting writer. Zombie Phil’s going to shuffle over to review movies starring his own kin, the walking dead in whatever form they come. So give him a hand (cos one of his dropped off years ago) as he gives us his thoughts on Black Sheep, the 2006 kiwi zom-com from Jonathan King;

“Ruarggghhhh. Urrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. Muarrrrrgh. Ruaaaaaaaaagggg. Urgggggggggggggg. An experiment at a genetic lab turn docile sheep in to rabid killers. Rahhhhhhhhhhhh. Muargaghhhhhhhhhhh. Uggg. Uggg. Urrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgggggggggggggggggggggg. Goofy animatronic sheep. Muarrrrrrrrgh. Nice rip off of the American Werewolf in London transformation scene. Raaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaargh. Expect better acting from the four-hoofed artists than you get from their human co-stars. ssssssssssssssssssssssss. Murrrrrrrrrragggggggggghhhhhhhhhh. A little human-sheep rumpy-pumpy thrown into the mix (Well, this is New Zealand after all*). Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. Muraaaaaaaaaaaaagh, The mother of all fart jokes. Garrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgg. Ruaaaaaaaaagggg. Phenomenal scenery. Ruarggghhhh. Urrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. Muarrrrrgh. Bwarghhhhhhhhhhhhhh. Original is ain’t or for that matter scary. Raised a few laughs, but not enough. Guuuuuuuuuuuurrrrrrrrrrr. Muargaghhhhhhhhhhh.”


Thank you Phil. That was most enlightening.

*Please note that any undead reviewers opinions are not those of this blog.