'The Walking Dead' Zombies Are the New Vampires

the walking deadIt's happening. Tonight. Halloween. The Walking Dead is premiering at 10 p.m./9 c on AMC (same time and channel where Mad Men was). If it's anything like the graphic novel by Robert Kirkman on which it's based, it's going to invade our mind, fill it with fear, and make us think True Blood is tame when it comes to the fright factor. Because where vampires can be sexy, zombies are nothing but completely and fantastically frightening. And they'll eat your face off.

Zombies -- could it really happen? If you are a fan of horror films, you believe that it can. You can meet a vampire, too, but there is a good chance you'll fall in the love with the vampire and have hot passionate sex, but no one does that with zombies. Most of them don't even have lips. Zombies are to be feared.


What if we had to live in a post-apocalyptic world and the undead is trying to kill us? Beyond freaky to think about. 

And The Walking Dead makes us think about it. Because it isn't just some cheaply made zombie flick. The man behind The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile -- Frank Darabont -- is behind it.

The graphic novel is a lot like typical zombie stories: A man wakes up from a coma to find that the world is overrun with the undead. So it's about survival. Staying away from a zombie death. It's not really about the zombies, it's about the relationships happening between those still alive and trying stay alive in this new world. Psychological.

It's going to make you think: Could I survive living amongst zombies? Would I be mentally prepared for that kind of new reality?

It stars Andrew Lincoln, Sarah Wayne Callies, Laurie Holden, and Jon Bernthal -- and a whole bunch of dead folk -- ready to invade our Sunday nights and our nightmares. 

Will you be watching?

Image via AMC

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