Saturday, December 3, 2011

Saturday Night Video: "Dead Set" - Best. Zombie. Movie. Evah.

The holiday shopping season is in full swing here in the U.S. Black Friday was a particular disgrace, featuring shootings, pepper sprayings, taserings and a variety of fistfights, most happening at Walmart, interestingly enough. The insane You Tube videos of Black Friday shoppers trampling each other in an orgy of mindless consumerism always reminds me of zombie movies.

So in that spirit, I thought I would link to the full video version of Dead Set, which for my money is the best zombie movie ever made. It first appeared as a five-part teevee show on British television, but the whole thing sans commercials is only a bit under two-and-a-half hours long. Dead Set ups the ante on Romero's Dawn of the Dead by placing its initial outbreak survivors on the set of the British reality show, Big Brother. The acting, writing, production values and the (ahem) bitingly dark humor are the best I've ever seen in the genre, and that includes its American teevee counterpart, The Walking Dead.


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