With the hour and a half premiere of AMC’s The Walking Dead slated for October 31, Bloody Disgusting’s BC was lucky enough to already catch Frank Darabont’s pilot episode that kicks off the first season. “So is the show good? Hell yes it is. It’s great, in fact, and if subsequent episodes are even half as good then it could easily go down as one of the best horror-based shows in my lifetime.” You can click the title above for the review. In addition, Spike TV is hosting a pretty violent new clip from the series based on Robert Kirkman’s incredible ongoing comic book. Dig on that inside.
Spread The Dead is an online promotion that will incentivize fans to spread the word about the premiere of “The Walking Dead” on October 31st at 10/9c. Users earn points by sharing badges with their friends online through their own custom URL. These points can add up to amazing cash prizes.
Once registered, users must share their unique URL with friends. Every time a person reaches the Spread The Dead homepage through this link the associated user receives a point. Top competing fans will get highlighted on a leader-board. The first place prize is $5000, there are two $2500 second place prizes and the top 15 on the leader-board at the end of the promotion will win Walking Dead prize packs.
Each person arriving to Spread The Dead through one of these shared links will be tracked and highlighted on a stylized U.S. map generating a visualization of the growing fan base. The contest comes to a close on November 19, 2010.
“The Walking Dead” tells the story of life following a zombie apocalypse. It follows a group of survivors, led by police officer Rick Grimes, traveling in search of a safe and secure home. Andrew Lincoln (Love Actually, Teachers, Strike Back) portrays the lead role of Rick Grimes while actor Jon Bernthal (The Pacific, The Ghost Writer) portrays the character Shane, who worked with Rick in the police department before the zombie disaster. Other cast members include Laurie Holden (“The Shield”), who plays Andrea, one of two sisters who join the survivors of the zombie plague, Steven Yeun as Glenn, an expert scavenger, and Sarah Wayne Callies (“Prison Break”), who plays Rick’s wife, Lori.
Frank Darabont is the project’s writer, director of the pilot, and exec producer with Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert also exec producing. KNB is handling the effects.
“The Walking Dead” will premiere on Halloween night, Sunday, October 31st, at 10/9c!