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The Walking Dead = WIN

If you missed AMC’s The Walking Dead premier, do yourself a favor and catch one of the encore presentations I’m sure they’ll be showing. As many people expected, series developer Frank Darabont did a great job of preserving the feel of the comics. It’s not a shot-for-shot translation to screen, but the core characters are there and it looks like some of their conflicts will be, too.

The zombie effects were terrific. They went all-out with the make-up, and though some of the gore was added digitally (such as the splashes from zombie head shots), it was better than I expected for a television series. Same for the sets: I don’t know how they pulled off the war-torn look of Atlanta, but it worked.

It’s tough to talk specifics without spoilers, so I’ll just say Darabont does a good job of delivering both tension and chills. When a certain character’s wife comes under the crosshairs is a good example. And the scene where Rick turns a certain corner on the horse? Wow.

All in all, I think AMC’s got another winner on their hands. With Breaking Bad and Mad Men already big hits, they’re shaping up to be a real powerhouse for original programming. I love it that they’re not sticking to the formulaic crap on the major networks, and tonight’s teaser for yet another series called The Killing already has my attention.

I have a feeling this will keep the zombie craze going for a while. While I’d love to see a new monster take the lead (*cough*werewolves*cough*), I’m just glad to see some good horror on television again. That’s definitely a trend I can get behind.

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.

The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore

I don’t spend a lot of time promoting other writers’ work, but man, I can’t tell you how excited I am for the upcoming The Walking Dead series on AMC. Check out this trailer:

I read volumes one, two and three of the comic series a while back, and finally got around to reading volumes four, five, six and seven over the weekend. Fantastic series.

This is one of few books in any genre that realizes the story is more about the characters than it is about the gimmick. If it were just zombies and survival horror, it couldn’t support a multi-volume comics series like this, much less a television series. Some of the characters feel like clich├ęs, but Kirkman challenges them — and the reader — and they grow and change as the series progresses. Some live, some die, and at times they’re fighting one another as often as they are zombies.

In fact, the zombies are more part of the environment than they are threatening monsters. They could just as well be poisonous snakes or post-apocalyptic cannibals for all the difference it would make in the story; the characters would face the same problems and be every bit as compelling.

Then there’s the cliffhangers. I went right from volume six to volume seven instead of doing the things around the house I needed to, and now I’m going to have to order volume eight very soon.

I’ll be thrilled if I can capture half this kind of success with The Pack.

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.

The Walking Dead!

AMC is producing a TV series based on The Walking Dead, and a teaser was screened in San Diego this weekend. Someone in attendance recorded it and posted it to YouTube:

Man, I’m really looking forward to this series. I get the impression there was only so much footage available for the teaser, which is why we have so much of Rick just walking around in uniform, but if it’s as faithful to the original comics as they claim, this series is going to kick all form of ass.

It will also be nice to see a horror show played straight. Most of them end up over-the-top horrific or they play up the Gothic angle. If this show can blend the dramatic tone of Breaking Bad with some good, old-fashioned zombie horror, it’s going to be huge.

Also, be sure to check out the Walking Dead motion comic, which takes Tony Moore’s original art and turns it into an animated teaser. Cool stuff.

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.