The Walking Dead just finished its first showing, but I haven’t watched it yet. Instead I let the DVR grab it while I watched the British zombie series Dead Set, which I recorded all week off IFC.
What a fun zombie series. The premise is simple: contestants of the reality show Big Brother are trapped on the set during the zombie apocalypse and must survive while the studio is overrun with the undead. Like any good zombie story, it’s more about the survivors and their behavior than the zombies themselves. Hell, in that sense, it’s a lot like the The Walking Dead comic series.
Dead Set doesn’t pull any punches with the gore. It’s got fast zombies, and they come running out of everywhere at times and tear into the living like buzzsaws. There are some good human villains, too, like the director Patrick. (When he’s cutting meat off a body to make bait and is taunting the others about it… classic.) Just as you’d expect in a crisis in the real world, some people make stupid decisions, some play things a little smarter. Some make good team players, others are out for themselves. Some flip out, others are able to remain calm. Because reality TV contestants are drawn from a variety of backgrounds and personalities, the Dead Set cast has no trouble hitting all the bases and is what helps carry the show.
Horror fans could certainly do worse. Hopefully it will show up on Netflix before long.
Now to see if I can’t get The Walking Dead in before bed.