If you’ve never seen the UK zombie splatter-fest known as “Dead Set”, brother (or should we say “Big Brother”?), you are in for a real treat!
Flesh-eating zombies have taken over Britain and are multiplying as quickly as they kill. Survivors must rapidly find ways to endure in a world that offers little refuge. Cocooned in the safety of their “Big Brother” house, fame-seeking contestants of this hit reality TV game show are safe and blissfully unaware — until “eviction night,” when all hell breaks loose …
Written and executive produced by acclaimed writer and media critic Charlie Brooker (The Guardian), “Dead Set” (review here) is a pitch-black 5-part zombie-horror-comedy set in Britain’s “Big Brother” house. “Dead Set” is partially filmed at the real UK “Big Brother” set and features a cameo appearance by the show’s host, Davina McCall, in front of an actual eviction night audience – with cameos by former contestants.
A must-see for horror fans, reality TV junkies, or anyone horrified by reality TV, DEAD SET stars Jaime Winstone (Boogie Woogie), Andy Nyman (Death at a Funeral) and Riz Ahmed (Rage) and makes its U.S. television premiere on IFC Monday, October 25 through Friday, October 29, 2010, airing at 12:00 midnight over five consecutive nights. A special marathon event featuring all 5 parts back-to-back takes place on Halloween night beginning at 8pm ET/PT.
“The “Big Brother” house seemed fitting for a TV zombie epic set in the 21st century,” says Brooker. ““Dead Set” is an unashamedly populist horror-thriller with darkly comic undertones. Think “24” with zombies. And housemates. And gore.”
From its well-received overseas premiere last year, the master of horror, Stephen King, called “Dead Set”, “One of the ten best things I saw on TV.” Produced by Zeppotron, an Endemol company (producers of “Big Brother”), the series received a 2009 BAFTA Award nomination for Best Drama Serial. Aficionados of the undead will have fun spotting inside jokes and classic horror movie quotes in “Dead Set”.
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