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5 star zombie classic,
This review is from: Dead Set [DVD] (DVD)
NO SPOILERS. A zombie thriller centred on the Big Brother house with Davina as a zombie. It sounds like it will be a mess - popular culture in-jokes colliding with a zombie spoof to make something barely watchable and instantly forgettable. However, from the moment that the familiar real-time video of the Big Brother house with geordie voiceover is replaced by the darkened and very cinematically shot interior of the control room, I knew that this wasn't a spoof. The characters are surprisingly strong, and the plot remains tight through all five episodes. Patrick is my favourite character overall. The cinematography is excellent (it looks like a movie) - the zombies are surprisingly scary and the special effects extremely well done. The soundtrack also adds a dimension too - nice and creepy. The special features are well worth watching - giving an insight into how the creative team overcame a standard TV show budget to make something that looks like a movie. There are a couple of moments that maybe are a bit over the top, however nothing that ruins the overall effect. Judged as a movie/TV show I would probably give it four stars, but I've been watching zombie movies for over twenty years now and I have to say this is up there with my favourites - Zack Snyder's remake of the Dawn of the Dead being my number one. What Dead Set very much has in common with that is that it remains overall a character drama and never decends into an excuse to use gore for it's own sake. 5 star zombie classic.