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TV Insiders podcast: EW experts explain why 'The Walking Dead' will scare the beejezus out of you, and pick the best Halloween TV episodes ever

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BEWARE! Zombies are everywhere this Halloween! At least on TV they are. On Sunday, IFC will air the entire run of Dead Set — which, in the most genius plot device of all-time, centers on a zombie outbreak outside the Big Brother house. (Finally!) That same night, AMC will debut the first episode of The Walking Dead, the Frank Darabont-directed adaptation of the popular comic book. Zombie aficionado (zombionado?) Clark Collis joins the TV Insiders (Michael Slezak, Annie Barrett, Michael Ausiello, and yours truly) to rip, tear, and sink our teeth into both shows. Exactly how scary — and gory — are they? We’ll tell you on our latest podcast. Not only that, but Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman and star Andrew Lincoln pop by to give us their unique, blood-splattered perspective. (Kirkman also gives his pick for the best zombie movie ever — and the choice may surprise you.) But that’s not all we have up our spooky sleeves. We’re also offering our picks for the best Halloween TV episodes ever, discussing the future (or lack of it) for The Event, breaking down Survivor etiquette when it comes to peeing in a pool, and sharing Annie’s picks for the best and worst Dancing with the Stars hoofers ever. You can download all the insanity straight to your mp3 player, or click on the video player below to enjoy all the podcast magic on your screen right here, right now. And if you have a question for the TV Insiders, you can tweet it to @EWDaltonRoss. Listen now…if you dare!

Click here to read Clark Collis’ extensive history of the ultimate zombie film: Night Of the Living Dead

'Night of the Living Dead': How a 42-year-old zombie movie refuses to die

walking-dead-night-of-the-living-deadImage Credit: AMCThere are people who believe zombies should only walk. And there are people who believe they can run around like steroid-injecting track stars. Then, there’s Frank Darabont, executive producer of the new AMC zombie show The Walking Dead, who believes both aforementioned groups are full of hooey. “Well, it depends on the zombie’s mood,” says the Shawshank Redemption director. “If they’ve recently fed, they’re a little less interested, a little more shutdown. Other times, they’re riled to a predatory state and can get a little faster.” So, they’re mostly walking — but sometimes they jog in the manner of an arthritic grandmother? “Yes, exactly,” laughs the filmmaker, who also directed the Walking Dead pilot, which debuts, appropriately, on Halloween. “This all goes back, by the way, to the original Night of the Living Dead. The Internet adherence to zombies never running clearly ignores the first 10 minutes of that movie. Because the first zombie you see is pretty spry. He’s obviously rather hungry and worked up.”

Darabont was in junior high when he first saw George A. Romero’s 1968 tale of bloodthirsty, reanimated corpses and the bickering band of still-breathing humans they besiege — a low budget black-and-white gore fest that invented the modern-day zombie horror genre. “I remember it vividly,” says Darabont. “It was 1974, and it came to one of the revival houses in L.A. My friends and I were very affected by it.” Darabont’s fellow Walking Dead executive producer Gale Anne Hurd (Aliens, The Abyss) says that she first saw Night of the Living Dead “through my fingers. I’m pretty sure I had to leave the room quite a few times. I’m one of those people who is highly suggestible. I do tend to believe, after I’ve seen something, that zombies are about to exist and somehow they’re going to come find me first. I’ve had therapy for this. [Laughs] But I’ve seen it a number of times and it really holds up.”


'The Walking Dead' wishes us Happy Zombie Commuter Day!

walking-dead-in-DCImage Credit: Tim Sloan/AFP Photo/Getty ImagesTo gear up for Sunday’s premiere of The Walking Dead, AMC has commissioned hundreds of zombies to roam the streets of 26 major world cities just in time for the morning commute. Starting at daybreak in Taipei and Hong Kong, the zombies will visit famous landmarks before a group of the undead  descend upon The Walking Dead premiere in Los Angeles tonight. (This bloody brain-seeker pictured was sauntering nearby the Gallery Place Metro entrance in Washington, D.C.) Looks like Halloween’s come a few days early!

Having been witness to the the last time AMC launched a city-wide promotional event, when the network sent people in period costumes to Grand Central Station in NYC to hand out Sterling Cooper business cards just before the second season premiered, I really wish I had gotten a chance to see zombies this morning. (It sure beats contending with smelly Elmo, the only costumed character I see during my morning commute.) The Walking Dead’s legendary makeup artist Greg Nicotero directed the styling and presumably taught local makeup artists how to recreate his zombie look throughout the world. (I can only imagine that these zombies will look a bit better than the other major — and very fun — zombies-roam-city-streets event, Zombiecon.) You can monitor the zombie world takeover on The Walking Dead‘s Facebook page, by following the #ZombieCommuterDay hash tag on Twitter — where you can upload photos of your very own zombie sightings — or by looking through AMC’s album of international zombie commutes (the Buenos Aires one is my favorite).

Did you see any zombies on your commute this morning, PopWatchers?


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'Dead Set': 'Big Brother' + Zombies + British Accents

dead-setImage Credit: IFCLast night, IFC aired the first part of the British miniseries Dead Set, in which zombies invade the UK version of Big Brother. The series will thrill undead-loving gore enthusiasts — the walking corpses don’t just munch away on their victims, they delectably devour them like cannibal coinnoisseurs. (Put it this way: Ask yourself how sick the phrase “misplaced intestines” makes you before watching this series.) But Dead Set has a lot to offer besides enjoyable gorenography. For one thing, the series’ portrayal of modern reality-show culture is scandalously funny. At one point in the first episode, we see the BB housemates squabbling over typically insipid reality-show drama, while outside the windows, people are being devoured. It feels a little bit like a modern retelling of The Rules of the Game, with reality-show contestants playing the part of decadently unaware idiots arguing over nothing while the world ends. The eeriest moment in the first hour is a line from a BB housemate that hilariously inverts the old Orwellian line: “Big Brother ain’t watching us.”

Dead Set features celebrity cameos that are utterly meaningless to us Americans, including a hilarious extended experience by Davina McCall (a.k.a. Chenbot UK, pictured above.) I’m a helpless BB addict — I’m convinced that the US version has more to say about contemporary political life than any show since The West Wing — so I dug how the first episode cut seamlessly between in-house shenanigans, the behind-the-scenes control room, and the sign-waving fans outside.  READ FULL STORY

'Walking Dead' executive producer Gale Anne Hurd talks about making AMC's new, no-holds-barred zombie show

Gale-Anne-HurdImage Credit: John M. Heller/Getty ImagesHad a killer cyborg come back from the future and prevented the birth of producer Gale Anne Hurd, then the history of movies over the last 30 years may well have been very different. For one thing, we might not be familiar with the concept of killer robots coming back from the future to prevent people being born, given that Hurd was responsible for shepherding the first Terminator movie to box-office success back in 1984. Since then, Hurd’s credits have included such sci-fi epics as Aliens, The Abyss, and both Hulk movies. For the past year, Hurd’s attention has been directed at the small screen and Shawshank Redemption director Frank Darabont’s adaptation of Robert Kirkman’s Walking Dead comic. The show — which is exec produced by Hurd, Darabont, and Kirkman, amongst others — debuts this Halloween as part of the AMC’s annual Fearfest extravaganza.

Judging by the two episodes EW has seen, the show is every bit as gore-drenched as its source material, which tracks a band of folks as they try to survive in a world overrun by “walkers” without losing their own humanity. “Let’s face it, the zombie’s modus operandi is to kill and consume people, so we do have to have some of that,” says Hurd of her latest project, which stars Love Actually actor Andrew Lincoln. “And the humans are in a position where they need to dispatch zombies, and that can be with shovels, guns, axes. You name it. But it’s really pretty interesting, because every show has kind of a different take. The second one has a lot of action, But the third one actually has a lot of character development, and we spend a lot less time with zombie attacks.”

One notable aspect of the adaptation is how slowly Darabont — who directed the pilot — is making his way through Kirkman’s still ongoing saga. While not short of zombie mayhem, the first two episodes really just cover the events featured in the first two issues of Kirkman’s comic. Which means that, if the TV show proves a success, Hurd and Darabont will not run short of zombie adventures any time soon—the comic version of The Walking Dead has already reached issue #78. “And Robert’s said that he has at least 250 issues in mind,” explains Hurd. “So I think we’re in good shape.”

After the jump, the producer talks more about The Walking Dead—and what exactly she intends to do, come the inevitable zombie apocalypse.


Zombie legend George Romero says he is unlikely to direct an episode of 'The Walking Dead': 'I have my own little franchise'

George-A-Romero-DeadImage Credit: Michael GibsonLegendary horror director George Romero has told EW he is unlikely to direct an episode of Frank Darabont’s new AMC zombie show The Walking Dead, which debuts this Halloween. There has been a lot of speculation over the past few months that Romero — who effectively invented the modern zombie genre with his 1968 shocker Night of the Living Dead and has since made five sequels — might oversee an episode if AMC commissioned the show for a second season. Just a couple of days ago, Walking Dead producer Gale Anne Hurd told me that it was a “dream” of Darabont’s to bring Romero onboard.

Yesterday, Romero informed EW, in the nicest possible way, that the Shawshank Redemption director’s dream is likely to remain just that. “I don’t know that I would really want to,” he said. “It’s not mine, you know. I have my own little franchise on the side over here. I think I’d rather stick with my [zombies] rather than get involved. But Frank’s a terrific filmmaker and I’m sure he’ll do a great job with it.”


Did Cannes sensation Marc Price really make his new zombie movie 'Colin' for $70? No. He made it for less!

Colin-horror-Marc-PriceDirector Marc Price has a confession to make. At the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, the Welsh filmmaker became a major news story when journalists found out that he made his debut movie, a London-set zombie film called Colin, for just 45 pounds sterling, or around $70. To many, that budget seemed impossibly small, and Price now admits the figure was indeed an inaccurate one. “I don’t even know if it cost as much as 14 pounds,” he laughs. “The things that we definitely spent money on for the sole purpose of making the film would be a pack of video tapes, which we didn’t end up using anyway, and a crowbar. I said, ‘It would be really cool to have a crowbar to [kill] a zombie.’ So someone bought a crowbar. I think that was the only real expense. I wish we’d kept a record of the budget, but I’m sure doing that would have cost some money.”

Price was able to make his movie for so little money by recruiting actor pals to play roles — including Alastair Kirton, who essays the titular zombie Colin — and using the most minimal of crews. “It was mainly me and a couple of friends,” says the director. “Whoever I could grab to hold stuff for me.” Needless to say, Price didn’t have the money to clear London streets of pedestrians. “Me and Al were filming some intros for a couple of festivals today,” he says. “And we were saying how it’s nice to have these moments when it feels like a real film. We look at it as the movie we were running around shooting on a camcorder and waiting for the streets to be clear enough to just go for it.”


Boo! Send us your pop culture Halloween costumes

Hey, creepy readers. You know what this site needs more photos of? Jon Hamm. YOU! As usual, EW will be running a gallery of our readers’ best pop culture Halloween costumes. (Witness: 2009’s, 2008’s. Ooh, maybe you should go as Harrison Ford in Witness.) To achieve eternal fame — and the chance to win a DVD set of spooky movies (Nightmare on Elm Street, The Exorcist Extended Director’s Cut, Pan’s Labyrinth Special Edition, The Shining, Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Collector’s Edition, courtesy of Warner Home Video) — upload your pic to Entertainment Weekly’s Facebook page. Just “attach” the photo to our wall and your image will appear in the Just Fans section. (You’ll have to “like” us first. Time to make this co-dependent relationship official.) Make sure to tell us your name, location, and what you’re supposed to be (even if you think it’s obvious … it’s not always obvious).

We’ll be posting a reminder later in the month, but start rummaging through the dusty files of your hard drive now. No thumbnails, please. Show some class.

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'Hatchet 2' director Adam Green on his new anthology movie, 'Chillerama'

HATCHET-2It’s been a strange couple of weeks for director Adam Green. On October 1, the theater chain AMC unleashed his unrated slasher sequel Hatchet 2, only to pull it from screens two days later for reasons that seemed more than a tad unclear. While AMC told EW in a written statement that the company made its business decisions based on a film’s performance, a “bewildered and confused” Green speculated the film was yanked because of the surrounding “online controversy.” The director also hoped that he would never again have to “deal with something like this.”

In fact, Green is currently developing a kiddie-friendly film called Killer Pizza. But fans of the Hatchet movies, and Green’s twisted brand of humor, will be pleased to learn the director has at least one more bizarro horrorshow up his blood-drenched sleeve. The film is an anthology movie called Chillerama, which Green says he is hoping to release in the spring or summer of next year and which boasts segments directed by Green, Adam Rifkin (Detroit Rock City), Tim Sullivan (2001 Maniacs), and Joe Lynch (Wrong Turn 2). We asked Adam to tell us more, and he did—though it seems fair to suggest that even his synopsis is not for the very easily offended…


'Dead Rising 2': Forget the zombies, let's try on some clothes!

Chainsawing through a parade of zombies is always going to be fun, but Dead Rising 2 is far more interested in fashion than gore. You can dress your man in almost anything: a tuxedo, a football uniform, a mini-skirt. There are dozens of weapons, but since killing zombies is easy, even the most brutal killing machine feels more like a fashion accessory. (What will go best with your tuxedo: a battle-axe, a shotgun, or a wooden baseball bat with nails poking out of one end?) Dead Rising 2 is probably the least scary zombie videogame ever made, but if you squint a little bit, it looks like a Paul Verhoeven-esque deep-cover satire of American consumerism. With chainsaws. READ FULL STORY

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