By Mark Frauenfelder at 12:02 pm Thu, Sep 2, 2010
Here's the trailer for the AMC series based on the fantastic, long-running comic book series about a zombie apocalypse, The Walking Dead. It premieres on Halloween night!
did they really have to start with this “waking up in a hospital” cliche?
It was very “28 Days Later” wasn’t it.
It’s a staple to move forward very rapidly through time and drop a character into suddenly changed world:
Going back further, Rip Van Winkle, etc.
There should be a law against linking to TV Tropes. Alternatively, I need a browser plugin that blacklists/redirects TV Tropes links after midnight.
the comic started the cliche
Sigh, “THE VIDEO YOU ARE TRYING TO WATCH CANNOT BE VIEWED FROM YOUR CURRENT COUNTRY OR LOCATION”.
Fortunately it seems to be available on YouTube too:
I can’t see it in India, which is where I happen to be right now. Thanks for the alt link
It’s how it starts in the comic, so…..
And yet, no link to the official show page.
Lovely, but do i prefer zombie flicks that don’t take the subject matter too seriously (like Shaun of the Dead)
Why would anyone sit through episode after episode of depressing zombie drama? It’s the cliffhangers, of course! By the way, was there any fuel left in that tank? ;)
“By the way, was there any fuel left in that tank? ;)”
Is that a metaphor for Zombie movies?
They have already approved and started working on season 2!
Season 1 doesn’t even premier until Halloween.
but its egg from this life.
Its gonna take some time for me to get over that.
Did they really have to go with the “walking dead” clichÃ©?
I don’t care how many clichÃ©s they use, I’ll be watching it.
I’m so gonna watch it, and it’s gonna be awesome, and I’ll keep hoping for a Left 4 Dead show/movie…
Bring it on, zombie mf’ers! Can’t wait. And now that they’re not running and sentient and shit I can actually like them again.
The zombie make up seems to be quite good, which is always a stickler for me. Looking forward to this as with most AMC originals.
Why in the world has it taken so long for somebody to do this? I guess the networks couldn’t get away with doing this kind of R-rated violence, but if it’s any good at all it’ll attract a great audience. Since the genre in film has always ever been single-story pictures, it’ll be awesome to see how they do a zombie epic (haven’t read the graphic novel).
I didn’t really mind the waking-up-in-the-hospital cliche; zombie sagas are always about the reworking of cliches. I was more offended by the cheesy editing during that reveal.
I guess this is the result when ALL countries are our friends, we resort to zombies for the enemy. Bonus, it’s OKAY to kill them!
Personally I’m looking forward to the next villain of the year….
You combine the Walking Dead with the 1960s advertising style of Mad Men and you have… well, actually, in all likelihood a pretty fun sounding show.
What I want to know is where did the dude who apparently shoots the main character come from? It doesn’t look he got out of the car and he doesn’t appear to be a cop. He just looks like some random redneck that shows up out of nowhere. Now I’ll have to watch the premiere just to find out.
Zombies seriously freak me out.
I’m almost disappointed that they seem to be keeping it to close to the comic book. Between having read the comic and watched the trailer I almost feel like I don’t need to watch the first episode.
I don’t know why I kept assuming it would be animated. Maybe because it began with a comic book.
As for the waking-up-in-a-hospital beginning, blame John Wyndham and Day of the Triffids. It still makes no sense considering that comatose patients would be the first to go in a real catastrophe (or else someone would kill them as an act of mercy).
Love the comic series and the trailer looks amazing…BUT how fake-looking is that roadkill (cat? bunny? stuffed toy?) at the very beginning? What was up with that?
Can’t wait for the series. I’ll get it on DVD and watch them all back-to-back. (like the way I read the series)
Awww. Premiers on Halloween night? Not cool. I’ll have to miss it. Like most of everyone else who would be interested in watching this series, I’ll be drunk and in-costume.
Why isn’t Tony Moore credited alongside Kirkman?
Minneapolis is *paying* zombies! It seems that seven people were doing a zombie walk around town protesting consumerism, and were arrested for freaking the mundanes, but not actually charged. They sued, suit was dismissed, appealed, won, and the city’s settling for $165K rather than going through a real trial.
Ha! Starring ‘Egg’ from This Life!
The first comic was done before ’28 Days Later’- the series has been going for years. It’s just amazing how good it is. I don’t think I’ve read a bad issue yet.
The tank part isn’t in the book, so I’m interested in how that works out, too.
1 TV tropes is about the best thing I’ve found on the internet (Macross Missile Massacre)
2 If they were going to change the intro (with him getting in the tank) I wish they could have changed it so that his horse escaped. I HATED that part when his horse is getting chomped up by the zombies in the book. I don’t think I ever really forgave him for riding it into town. And I’m pretty sure that’s what the Zs are chowing on in a group to the upper left of the tank in the overhead shot. Same thing goes for that scene from Tremors!
all you Boingers who’ve supported the book so far will not be disappointed. The effects KNB are doing are top-notch, and the teleplay for the pilot is amazingly faithful to, yet somehow even better than the book. Everything i’ve seen so far is absolutely surreal.
Is it me or is that starting scene similar to the one in Mad Max 1?
I guess they couldn’t secure the rights to use “Red Right Hand” by Nick Cave for this trailer…
I know this goes against convention, but if I’m ever caught in the middle of a zombie apocalypse I refuse to use the term “infected” or “the dead” or “walkers” or any of the other descriptors that everyone in zombie movies uses.
I will use the “Z” word, political correctness be damned.
Actually, George A. Romero prefers the term ghoul.
everyone complaining about how this has been done before should definitely read the comic series. there is none (that i have read) that are more brutal, more honest and honestly more frightening (regarding what people will do to live). i cant wait to see this and i hope they stick to the comic well.
exploding tires …. wow
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