Dead Set is a five-part zombie television series created by the genius TV critic, comedy writer, journalist and satirist Charlie Brooker.
It is set in the Big Brother house, one of the last places people can seek shelter, after zombies overrun Britain.
It starts October 27th and I cannot wait. In the interview below he pretty much tells us to expect grim gory schlock. He also talks about his influences for the show and mentions Zombie Creeping Flesh aka Hell Of The Living Dead.
This was a BRILLIANT serial, easily the best thing made for TV for a very long time...
for me this was just as good, if not better, than 28 days, the dawn remake, shaun of the dead (which i hated) and the like... not to mention crap like zombie strippers or whatever the waste of celluloids called...
The numerous nods to classic zombie films and moments were too many to mention and made it all the better...
and i'm surprised that UK maniacs aren't raving about it. (well there not doing it here at least)
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I've watched the first ep so far, and was extremely disappointed to see that this subscribes to the "visually incomprehensible = frightening" school of cinematographic spasticity.
The writing and acting are there, but -- call me crazy -- I like to SEE what's going on in films and TV.
I'll attempt further viewing, as I like the concept and overall execution, but when that which you are watching something for (be it frights, fights, or whathaveyou) is the one thing that you can't see in a piece, I have to wonder if the exercise in frustration is worth it.
I recorded this, but I haven't had the time to watch it yet. What I've seen looks interesting, but the fidgety camerawork and quick cuts all seemed a little inorganic to me. I could tolerate the use of these techniques in 28 DAYS LATER and 28 WEEKS LATER because they were placed in juxtaposition with scenes of stillness and therefore seemed more organic in relation to the material, whereas what I've seen of DEAD SET seems to be dominated by a very selfconscious attempt to emulate some sort of postmodern 'verite' style that seems to be all too common on television dramas nowadays.
That said, I'm looking forward to digging into this series, when I get the opportunity.
Between this and Nathan Barley, the guy who wrote this sure does hate media people (understandably)
That's nothing, wait until you see this!
Dead Set was okay, but I'd share the share criticisms most people had - waaaay too much shakey-cam, the satire/humour not pushed quite as much as I'd like. Despite the initial novelty of the Big Brother setting, there wasn't enough to distinguish it from any other zombie film, or, more to the point, to distinguish the BB house from any other house. Also found the ending a bit pointlessly nihilistic, even if it's probably true to the situation. Andy Nyman's death scene was truly disgusting, in all its Rhodes-from-Day-Of-The-Dead-tribute glory - the goriest thing ever produced for British TV?
I just finished it last night and actually really loved it.
It was easily the goriest thing I've ever seen on Television. It was even gorier than any Zombie flick I can recall.
I actually found it to be the best zombie flick of the last 20 years (aside from Shaun of the Dead). It was everything the 04 Dawn remake wasn't. I thought the homages came out as genuine homages and not just rip offs, it managed to have the social commentary of classic Romero without being ham fisted, it had great black humor without taking away from the horror and nihilism. It also managed to be modern without being snarky and post modern and ironic.
Just to address a coupla things... firstly I thought this was and indeed is the best zombie flick produced in the last 20 years...
and I utterly hate Shaun of the Dead, why?... Brooker actually summed it up pretty well in his interview on the dvd... SOTD is too knowing, it's too "wink wink", it knows it's a fantasy... thats the point its a comedy you may say... but IMO it's not affectionate... not at all... and if anyone else had made it i'd say fine move-on it's just a film... but because Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright are supposedly such massive Romero fans it made me very angry... concentrating too much on the whole romantic-30's-regular working people bullshit! and NOT making a great zombie story... i know i'm in the minority on this but thats the way i feel.
Back to Dead Set, I understand some of the criticisms levelled at it, i'm a bit surprised that some of you are bemoaning the nihilism, but when you look at it for what it is as-a-whole... a zombie TV series made for a small digital channel with an equally small budget... then the outcome really is a truly remarkable achievement... truly one of the greatest things british tv, nay any tv, has ever made.