‘The Walking Dead’ midseason premiere review: ‘After’

This was posted before airing, so it’s spoiler-free. Vanity Fair Online also said it was a promising start to the season. We’ll know soon! We know one thing: it’s not gonna be pretty.

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Well, I hope they don’t blow the prison up, or something. I’m not tired of seeing it as a backdrop yet! Maybe Dr. Kimberly Shaw could come in at the very end,  push a button,  and blow up the Melrose Place section of the prison up with a bomb, though.

Musings of a Mild Mannered Man

Robert Kirkman hints at the future of the hit zombie drama.

The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman has hinted at more character deaths to come.

The writer – who devised the original comic on which the hit TV drama is based – told Entertainment Weekly that more series regulars could exit the series.

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Kill Time Until “The Suicide King” Airs – Make Yourself All Kinds Of Zombie On The New Walking Dead App!

I usually never do these kinds of things, mainly because I’m not that into seeing what I’d look like if I died horribly. However, AMC really stepped on their game, added tons of options, and Horror Boom heartily endorses it.  There’s a TON of fun options.

Impale yourself with a weapon, for instance (and this is one of the tamer ones)!

Impale yourself with a weapon, for instance (and this is one of the tamer ones)!

Including the examples below, you can change the tint (which you can see is more interesting than it sounds), pick over 20 gross zombie mouths, over 20 types of eye (including the Evil Dead-like look (see below), a ton of props, varying from a sad-looking doll to hold to huge chunks of meat held up to ‘your’ rotten mouth, an arrow in your head, and more. Then you have a bunch of different foregrounds and backgrounds – chain-link fence, bars  (see below), glass with bullets and bloodstains (my personal favorite), and lots more. You don’t have to plaster it up where everyone can see if you don’t want to, just download it (kind of like the “Mad Men-Yourself” game AMC has).

Here’s the link to give it a try yourself...   the official name of the App is “Dead Yourself”!

And find all things officially The Walking Dead (on AMC) on the main page for it, here!

‘The Walking Dead’: Showrunner Glen Mazzara Breaks Down The Shocking Midseason Finale And What To Expect Next February!

You heard from creator Robert Kirkman, (click here if you haven’t read it yet and want to), now let’s hear from Glen Mazzara. He was, after all, one of the show runners of one my five favorite shows of all time, The Shield. Glad The Governor is going to end up with an eyepatch after all… but now he has a whole different reason (then the comics) to make things personal and take the prison.

Hey, it just occurred to me that the guys who were stabbed with Walker bones (bleh) are going to come back.

So glad “Inside TV” on EW.com allows Word Press re-blogs/re-presses now – one less clanky link for your guys to deal with to get to the goodies. Enjoy!

The Walking Dead Mid-Season Finale – Robert Kirkman Interview With EW.com (SPOILERS!)

SPOILER ALERT FOR 12/2/2012 episode of TWD! Proceed at your own risk.

Robert Kirkman wrote the screenplay for the episode tonight (“Made To Suffer”, which if it isn’t a title of one of those quarterly volumes, sure as hell sounds like one) and it damn well showed. A pretty good interview, though I admit I’m not thrilled with the idea of mid-season finales in general, especially when they end on the BIGGEST CLIFFHANGER they can come up with, that after a point in some instances, it seems more of a “I bet you wanna know what happens next, huh? Well,  fuck you!   You’re waiting as long as we say you are!” This tonight was just about right, though. It was also Kirkman’s idea–or at least his brainstorming –to figure out a way to bring Jon Bernthal back, which was made more difficult by the fact that he was in the middle of shooting the new Scorsese flick and contractually, couldn’t shave his beard off. I think they worked it in pretty well.

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Also cannot BELIEVE the amount of gore this show gets away with. I’m definitely not complaining; it just seems bizarre that they can do ANYTHING gory as long as they do it to a zombie (though T-Dawg’s shoulder bite and subsequent ripping apart were bloody, and the great “Romero shot” last week with the hobo was maybe the goriest death a human has had on the show. Oh, when I say “Romero shot”, I mean those magical sick shots where at least 4 or 5 ravenous zombies all fall upon a human at once, ripping him apart at the same time and hungrily rifling through his internal organs to grab whatever they can stuff in their mouths, and for a REAL Romero tribute, limbs are pulled off by separate zombies to gnaw on with everything they have. The icing on the Romero Tribute cake it when the person screams until you see their head pulled off.

I remember-I was only nine or ten, but I remember– Dawn Of The Dead   being rated X for “graphic scenes of cannibalism” and “Made to Suffer” made it look kind of quaint. Oh, it had some great gore, but tonight a zombie got its face graphically hacked into split down the middle, and a little girl zombie got the business end of a Katana sword – not decapitated, but shoved into her mouth exiting the back of her skull to take her down (the argument could be made for a mercy killing).

Earlier in the season Rick discovers that his wife’s corpse (she was killed after she died and before she could turn) is now a gory puddle, then follows the drag marks down the hallway, until they lead to a zombie with a big fat belly as though it were pregnant (it ate her whole body and was stuffed and lethargic, but my brain said the zombie’s either pregnant or just fat, there’s no way they could get away with… shit, is that HAIR sticking out of its mouth?)   Rick then really lost his shit and stabbed the very satisfied zombie RIGHT IN THE STOMACH over and over. I still didn’t believe it until I saw Talking Dead and Nicotero confirmed the whole thing. I can’t recall as of this writing whether it was due to him just taking out his rage and grief, or trying to get her wedding ring back. That was his half-digested wife it there!  That’s fucked up, down, and sideways. I recall the usually enthusiastic, bloodthirsty  studio audience of zombie/TWD fans all making a disgusted groan (first reaction like that I can remember on The Talking Dead) when Nicotero pointed out the tufts of hair.*

Cover of "Dawn of the Dead [Blu-ray]"

Oh, and the shard of glass in the Governor’s eye made me wince it looked so real- large broken off chunks of it sticking out of it – I was hoping she was going to do it, but I winced during the scene where the doctor was taking way too close of a look at it. If that was practical effects, they did a hell of a job, and if it was CGI, I couldn’t tell. I know they get away with much more on the show after the commercial success, and that usually pisses me off, but I’m sure as hell not going to complain about a bunch of gruesome, creative kills Nicotero and his team put together that I get to watch. They want to keep trying to top themselves every week, fine with me!

It would be really nice, though, if the show could have two black male characters alive through an entire episode. Just once, I’d like to see a black male meeting another and kicking ass as a team. SIGH. Oh well, we have Michonne and Cutty from The Wire. Would have been nice if Oscar had been able to stick around, that’s all. That’s my two cents– enjoy the interview, and don’t miss this one with Glen Mazzara, either! EW.com has it together to give you what you want to read RIGHT after the episode.

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*I’m kind of wondering, now that I think of it, what happened to her bones-especially her skull. No way it could fit in the zombies mouth, and the zombie didn’t have the motor skills to break it into pieces with a brick, so did it just rip the face and scalp off her corpse, or… I guess Nicotero, who helmed the episode, knew they had to draw the line because they were pushing it already.

 

A.Zombie For President – Another Entertaining New “Drop Dish” Zombie Promo From AMC

A one-issue candidate, A. Zombie’s mission is to rally zombie fans around the country who don’t have access to these networks and shows to find an alternative television provider before the highly anticipated third season premiere on October 14, 2012 of A.Zombie’s favorite show: AMC’s The Walking Dead!

Remember the “Put Zombies Back on TV” ad spot from AMC that I covered a couple of months ago? Yet another fun  “Drop Dish” zombie-themed campaign –this time with a 2012 Presidential Election theme (EEEEEK!)– has gone viral;  A. Zombie is backed by an independent zombie party endorsed by AMC Networks. Yes, if you vote for A.Zombie, his only goal is to make sure everyone in the U.S. gets the choice to watch The Walking Dead! Committed to equal viewing opportunities for all. Watch his campaign ad below. No mud-slinging (or blood-slinging) at other candidates or similar bullshit here! Just pure zombie goodness. And guess what his favorite TV show is? It ain’t Here Comes Honey BooBoo!*

A. Zombie for President: He’s dead right. You’ve been wronged. Paid for by citizens who want zombies back on DISH.  The fictional Weekly World News columnist, Ed Anger, has officially endorsed him – read the hilarious column on the WWN website here.

Here’s the full official Press Release from the official website/campaign headquarters:

A. Zombie Enters the 2012 Presidential Race
NEW CANDIDATE VOWS TO RESTORE ZOMBIES TO TELEVISIONS EVERYWHERE

New York, NY — August 20, 2012 –The 2012 Presidential race is about to get more lively thanks to something quite dead – the news that A. Zombie, America’s first Zombie Presidential candidate, is entering the race. A formidable third party contender for the nation’s highest office, A. Zombie is slated to announce his candidacy at a high-energy rally on Monday, August 20th at Westfield Horton Plaza in San Diego.

The candidate and his human wife, Patty Morgan-Zombie, will then commence a cross-country bus tour that will take them to six major U.S. cities, including Tampa and Charlotte, where they will bring their pro-zombie message to the Republican and Democratic Conventions. “My husband is someone who has dedicated his life and his afterlife to bringing equal viewing opportunities to all Americans,” said Mrs. Zombie. “He’s the right man to lead the fight to bring zombies to everyone in America, and he won’t stop — even if it kills him, again.”

The A. Zombie for President Campaign is organized by AMC Networks, home to AMC, WE-TV, IFC and the Sundance Channel. Satellite company DISH dropped these networks earlier this year because of an unrelated lawsuit and is now in the disadvantaged position of being the nation’s only major television provider without these channels and their popular shows. A one-issue candidate, A. Zombie’s mission is to rally zombie fans around the country who don’t have access to these networks and shows to find an alternative television provider before the highly anticipated third season premiere on October 14, 2012 of A.Zombie’s favorite show, AMC’s The Walking Dead, the most watched basic cable scripted drama series among DISH subscribers, according to the Nielsen company.

For more information about the campaign, please visit:
www.azombieforpresident.com.

Alas, A.Zombie did not stop anywhere in the Northwest during his various rallies, but I found a video from a recent convention appearance by the candidate and his wife, Patty Morgan-Zombie, who seems to do most of his zombie-to-human speech-translation. Not the Republican or Democratic Conventions (though the press material states he visited them– sorry I missed that coverage), but… well, you’ll see.

And the below is an actual screenshot  from A.Zombie’s official Twitter page (I swear I am not making this up) that gave me a good laugh -could NOT resist passing it on:

Hee hee! Though I don’t think A.Zombie appreciates the unsavory comparison.

They said it, not me. Do you feel especially patriotic –and anti-Dish– right now? Me too!

*A. Zombie loses his appetite watching toxic waste. Though if he paid the ‘cast’ a visit with some very, very hungry undead pals, you can bet ratings would skyrocket around the world. Hell, I’d watch it on Pay-Per-View!

Behind the Scenes at Horror Boom: Walking Dead Season Two Finale (+ Cool Links)

Well, for a little change of pace today, I thought I’d give you some fascinating insights into my work process. Let’s see, I go online, then when I’m watching something, I jot some deep thoughts down onto my sophisticated equipment consisting of a pen and a series of cheap notebooks, pretty much whatever has enough space for me to scrawl some things down. I do use some very complicated technical terms. Here’s a photo or two of my elaborate notes during the last two episodes of Season Two of The Walking Dead.

My elaborate notes taken during one of the final season 2 Walking Dead episodes (which I ended up deciding not the review on the site).

As you can see, I use a large and varied vocabulary to express myself and make sure all the nuances of the show are captured.  In case you can’t decipher my complicated lingo above, here’s another example…

My ingenious note-taking system, wherein I take a complex, thoughtful approach to mapping out important points to highlight in my review for a Walking Dead S2 episode. I ended up not reviewing the episode I so carefully documented here.

Then I have my assistant re-transcribe– I”M JUST KIDDING. Nothing complex or fascinating ‘behind the scenes’ here at Horror Boom, really! If I had a staff, the site would actually contain breaking news and interviews multiple times, 24/7, if so.  I don’t have an assistant, unless you count one of my kittens strolling across the keyboard out of the blue. My husband gives it a fresh pair of eyes after I post a piece, if he’s not too sleepy at the time.  There’s nothing thrilling enough going on behind the scenes at Horror Boom to warrant a special alert, though if something thrilling DOES happen, like an SUV driven by Adam Green with Bruce Campbell riding shotgun containing George Romero, Stephen King, Greg Nicotero, and Samuel L. Jackson riding in it breaks down in front of our house while I’m working on/writing/researching the site, and they ring the doorbell to ask to come in and use my land line because none of their cell phones have a signal, then tell me it’d be really cool if they could hang out here 4-5 hours and in return, will let me interview them and offer to post blurbs endorsing the site and all pose for various photos with me and my husband (because in the imaginary scenario, they have nothing else better to do) watch some of my DVD/Blu-Rays and record simultaneous commentary for them exclusively, that’d be worth documenting.*  It’s more likely that a parade of polar bears riding tricycles pulls up in our driveway (although that’d be pretty interesting and good for some promotion, too), of course, but you get the idea. I try not to put stuff up that’s totally fucking boring to anyone but me, unless it’s some comic relief, as here.

Actually I vaguely recall taking these pics as a goof (I was still all hyper and geeking out after the next-to-last episode and season finale of TWD while all hell breaks loose. Lots of times I jot shit down I can’t read it myself afterwards or it’s in sentence fragments (ADD) that are really hard for me to re-create into concrete points, or my handwriting’s worse.  My husband laughed when I showed him these, so I kept them.

I have two–it maybe just one big one, but it’s definitely happening– very cool, very scary “Ways to Beat Summer Heat with Cold Chills” pieces coming up, but they were so creepy there is no way in hell I’m gathering my notes together and writing them after dark, when I have insomnia and am the only one awake in the house. Especially since one of them actually showed up in a nightmare last night. I don’t want to talk them up that much and have it by a let down, so I’ll quit with a good quote to celebrate the upcoming Blu-Ray release of Jaws. If you don’t recognize this one then you haven’t seen Jaws, and if you haven’t seen Jaws I don’t know why you’d be reading Horror Boom! It’s too bad this is waaaaay too big for a T-Shirt*. Watched the scene so many times it’s impossible to hear in my head without Robert Shaw’s voice.

Hooper: You were on the Indianapolis?
Brody: What happened?

Quint: Japanese submarine slammed two torpedoes into our side, Chief. We was comin’ back from the island of Tinian to Leyte… just delivered the bomb. The Hiroshima bomb. Eleven hundred men went into the water. Vessel went down in 12 minutes. Didn’t see the first shark for about a half an hour. Tiger. 13-footer. You know how you know that when you’re in the water, Chief? You tell by looking from the dorsal to the tail fin.What we didn’t know, was our bomb mission had been so secret, no distress signal had been sent… they didn’t even list us overdue for a week. Very first light, Chief, sharks come cruisin’, so we formed ourselves into tight groups. You know, it was kinda like old squares in the battle like you see in the calendar named “The Battle of Waterloo” and the idea was: shark comes to the nearest man… that man he starts poundin’ and hollerin’ and screamin’ and sometimes the shark will go away… but sometimes he wouldn’t go away. Sometimes that shark he looks right into ya. Right into your eyes. And, you know, the thing about a shark… he’s got lifeless eyes. Black eyes. Like a doll’s eyes. When he comes at ya, doesn’t seem to be living… until he bites ya, and those black eyes roll over white and then… ah then, you hear that terrible high-pitched screamin’. The ocean turns red, and despite all the poundin’ and the hollerin’, they all come in and they rip you to pieces. You know, by the end of that first dawn, lost a hundred men. I don’t know how many sharks, maybe a thousand. I know how many men, they averaged six an hour.
On Thursday morning, Chief, I bumped into a friend of mine, Herbie Robinson from Cleveland. Baseball player. Boatswain’s mate. I thought he was asleep. I reached over to wake him up. He bobbed up, down in the water just like a kinda top. Upended. Well, he’d been bitten in half below the waist. Noon, the fifth day, Mr. Hooper, a Lockheed Ventura saw us. He swung in low and he saw us… he was a young pilot, a lot younger than Mr. Hooper. Anyway, he saw us and he come in low and three hours later a big fat PBY comes down and starts to pick us up. Y’know, that was the time I was most frightened… waitin’ for my turn. I’ll never put on a life jacket again. So, eleven hundred men went in the water; 316 men come out and the sharks took the rest, June the 29th, 1945. (pause) Anyway, we delivered the bomb.

The Jaws Blu-Ray  will be available August 14. Also, a bigger boat-load of links for features on Jaws and The Walking Dead after the jump!

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(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

**but I have a couple of versions of “We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Boat” for a design on my upcoming print-on-demand online stores (whenever I have time for that).