After being shot, Deputy Sheriff Rick Grimes wakes up in the hospital to find his town overrun by flesh-eating zombies. After making friends with survivor Morgan Jones and his son Duane, Rick sets out to find his wife and son.
Some time after being shot on duty, Deputy Sheriff Rick Grimes awakens in hospital to find it deserted with bodies strewn everywhere. He returns to his his home to find it abandoned but believes his wife and son may still be alive. He meets Morgan Jones and his son Duane who explain to him that the world has been overrun with zombies. The disease usually started with an infection and high fever followed by re-animation. The creatures are attracted to sound and eat flesh to survive. Morgan tells him that he thinks there is a refugee center in Atlanta and Rick sets off in the hope of finding his wife and child. Once there, he finds himself surrounded by the undead with little apparent hope of escaping.....until he hears a voice over the radio. Written by
The tank which Rick hides in is a Chieftain Mk.10, the same model actor Kevin Spacey purchased at a military auction to use on his ranch near Medicine Hat, Alberta. See more »
Incorrectly regarded as goof: When Rick is on the horse in the city and he sees the reflection of a helicopter, he runs into a mass of zombies. Look closely and you will supposedly see a clean non-zombie guy drinking from a cup in the back left of the zombie mass. However, if you look real closely in the zombie mass in the previous shot before the horse jerks back and the shot after when the hoard of zombies start chasing Rick you will see the same "non-zombie guy" on the left and his face indicating he is actually one of the zombies. You can tell it's the same guy because of the shirt/dark sleeveless leather jacket he's wearing. See more »
[to a walker girl, thinking she is alive]
Little girl? I'm a policeman. Little girl. Don't be afraid. Okay? Little girl?
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This pilot episode of The Walking Dead, viewed as a self-contained piece, may be the best SERIOUS zombie film since George A Romero's Day of the Dead (I emphasize "serious" to avoid making the excellent Shaun of the Dead part of the equation). I'm a huge Romero fan, and whilst I enjoyed Land of the Dead & Survival of the Dead on lighter levels, "Days Gone Bye" is the first time in a while I have been MOVED by a zombie film. Yes, there are some surprisingly moving moments when this enters into uncharted dramatic territory: The ramifications of grief experienced by survivors of zombified loved ones. Much of this pilot is quiet, reflective, & melancholy, as we take our time with the protagonist to adjust himself to the situation. Imagine the first act of 28 Days Later, only stretched out to an hour and directed by someone who actually gives a crap about zombies.
Oh, yes. The ZOMBIES! These are easily the most effective, disturbing & graphically "realistic" (as in, corpse-like) zombies in the post-Savini age. Let's face it, even Sr. Romero's recent efforts have been plagued by lousy CGI. Even better, The Walking Dead's corpse-like zombies still follow the Romero ethos & DON'T RUN (even if they're surprisingly agile at crawling). They don't show up in throngs until the urban cliffhanger ending, and the pilot is all the better for this.
The abandoned cityscapes we're left off at also suggest this series as a possible tonic for everyone who was disappointed by 2007's I Am Legend. One of my first thoughts after the cliffhanger ending: "Imagine if I Am Legend had R-level violence and realistic zombies instead of ludicrous CGI creatures."
I look forward to Episode 2.
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