Come on, friends, let us all be honest for a moment, okay? I’m with you all in digging on our current crop of zombie entertainment. I totally get it. But, as groovy as THE WALKING DEAD might be, as popular, can we honestly say it is “groundbreaking,” that it is anything other than what we’ve seen before? No, not if we’re being truthful, we can’t. What THE WALKING DEAD is doing right not George Romero was doing thirty years ago. The EXECUTION of the idea may be par excellent, but the idea itself is nothing new. Even what I consider the best zombie movie ever filmed, 2010’s THE DEAD, delved into no fresh territory. Lucio Fulci blazed that trail long ago.
For this reason, the quest for originality of idea and concept, I find the headline of this linked-to article intriguing. THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS is being touted as both “original” and “compelling.” The latter is relatively easy to achieve; the former, not so much. Will this new film, which chronicles the struggles of a young girl infected with zombie urges yet retaining her humanity in spite of it, “live” up to its good press? We’ll have to wait until September, when the movie opens in theaters in the UK, to know for sure. (Us Yanks will have to wait until later, when we get a release on video.)