Acknowledging the blood, sweat & tears that went into making a head explode on film, among other things.

Monday, November 1, 2010

THE DEAD WALK! But not without the help of CGI.

Prepare yourselves. I am about to say something that may shock and disturb you. Get your vomit bags ready…

…I am not going to poop bricks over the CGI blood in the Walking Dead. I know, start unsubscribing now. It’s true though. In the greater scheme of things, the use of CGI in the show didn’t matter. It was minimal. Granted, squibs would have been a bonus, but what you get in the hour and a half premiere was pure practical effect heavy rotting gore with digital enhancement. Locations and mattes were digital, but hey, it was a TV show. Their budget was more limited. They have an excuse to cut corners. I will take a bit of CGI blood here and there if it means keeping the network from shelving the show due to inflated production costs.

The Walking Dead is everything a zombie TV show premiere should be. I was worried that they would tear through the first six issues of the Robert Kirkman comic, but they really did a hell of a job stretching out the story which in turn stretched out the dread. It gave you the, “what would you do in this situation” feeling that many current films of a similar genre lack. The emotions were layered. There was sympathy for the undead. I think it’s pretty safe for me to say that all my zombie film needs were met.

I was also pleasantly surprised by the amount of gore that was allowed for an AMC show. I figured this series would have been perfect for HBO or Showtime, but AMC has proven to be a worthy competitor. The amount of prosthetics and guts and brains were completely satisfying.

…and the flies… dear God, the flies.

I know where I’ll be every Sunday night. Thank you AMC.


  1. I missed the premier! I hope it's playing On Demand.. that last shot looks awesome, too.

  2. I wasn't able to watch it, either. I would think they would repeat this soon.

  3. I really enjoyed the premiere as well. I'll be tuning in for more!

  4. you should be ashamed of yourself and GIVE UP THIS BLOG. If you hate CGI, you HATE CGI. You can't like it sometimes and hate it others. There's ZERO excuse or need for CGI blood in this show and it's among the WORST CGI blood I've ever seen. Shame on you and CHANGE THE NAME OF YOUR FUCKING BLOG. Thank you.

  5. I agree. CGI enhancements are good and really cool. It's when a movie mindlessly relies on it (like the Star Wars prequels) that we have a problem.
    Speaking of Star Wars, did you know J.J. Abrams announced that even though there will be some CGI used in his Star Wars movie, for the most part he wants to take it back to basics and use more practical effects and phsyical sets?