The AMC Mini Series ‘The Walking Dead’, made its premier Halloween night at 10:00. The show was centered on Deputy Sheriff Rick Grimes, played by Andrew Lincoln, attempt to find his family after waking up in the hospital from a gun shot wound. Waking up Rick found that he was alone and that the world has changed somewhat while he was asleep. This was very similar to the movie ’28 Days Later’.
The show seems to have some similarities between several zombie type shows some of which may be related to George Romero’s versions. The slow moving zombies for
instance is classic Romero’s. Zach Snyder introduced the fast moving zombies in “Dawn of the Dead’ in the 2004 version. Snyder’s zombies were just a little too fast; in the final scene they were running fast enough to keep up with the buses that the human’s were driving.
Other similarities between these and the classic Romero zombies are as follows:
Some of these zombies seem to posses small amounts of intelligence, which means they may be able to domesticate them. They are slow moving which makes the show more fun and survivable. They recognize places where they once lived or may have gone to. They can be killed by shooting them in the head. Both ‘The Walking Dead’ and the Romero dead will also become zombies even if over half the lower body is eaten.
There are some other things that set them apart from Romero zombies these are: In a great scene at the end of the premier episode the horse, Deputy Grimes rode to Atlanta on is eaten by ‘The Walking Dead’. Romero’s dead only eat humans. In Romero’s movie the ‘Day of the Dead’ there was an alligator at the beginning of the film that crawled out where the dead were and it was not eaten. In AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead’ will the horse now become a zombie?
Another difference between Romero and ‘The Walking Dead’ is in the first episode
fellow survivor Morgan played by Lennie James asks Deputy Rick Grimes if he had been bitten or scratched? In Romero’s films they were only turned if bitten.
The Walking Dead has all the elements of a great series for zombie lovers. It holds true for the most part to the slow moving half witted zombies, shoot them in the head to kill that we have come to know and love.
Watch ‘The Walking Dead’ on AMC, Sunday at 10/9c.