October 25, 2010

IT IS VERY GORY...:

A Zombie Invasion From Across the Atlantic (MIKE HALE, 10/24/10, NY Times)

“Dead Set,” a five-hour, five-night broadcast beginning on Monday night, imagines the end of the world as seen from inside the set of the British version of “Big Brother.” As disturbing bulletins begin to pop up on the news about strange behavior and uncontrollable crowds, the reality show’s cast, locked inside its “house,” remains oblivious.

The satirical possibilities are abundant, and “Dead Set,” which was nominated for a Bafta (British Academy) award for best drama serial, deftly makes the connections between reality television and zombification. The screaming crowds that gather for the show’s “eviction” episode, waiting to taunt whichever cast member is voted out, become the zombies desperate to eat the housemates’ flesh. The show’s hateful producer (Andy Nyman) uses “Big Brother” psychology to manipulate a cast member into joining his escape plan. (“Do you know what they call you when you’re out of the room? Gollum.”)

That might make “Dead Set” sound like a comedy, but on balance it plays like a well-made and increasingly grim horror picture, with a crispness of execution and a graphic level of intestine-pulling, throat-ripping violence that are both beyond the American norm.


...and a tad long for a show that's really just calling reality tv viewers mindless zombies, but worth a watch on style alone.



Posted by Orrin Judd at October 25, 2010 5:46 AM
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