COUNTDOWN TO HALLOWEEN 2013
IN THE FLESH (2013)
I'm running a little short on time today, so instead of writing a full-length review, I'll be running two short reviews instead. One for the 1979 Australian vampire film Thirst, and one for the In the Flesh, a three part British zombie TV series. They both have something in common, as they tend to take a more scientific take on their monsters, as opposed to a supernatural one. Another thing they had in common: I didn't really enjoy either one that much, which is why I didn't want to write a full length review.
In Thirst, a woman who is a descendant of Elizabeth Bathory is kidnapped by a large and well-organized cult that believe they are vampires. The cultists then hold her captive and attempt to brainwash her in to believing that she is a vampire as well.
In the Flesh takes place a few years after a zombie outbreak in England. The government has found a medical treatment for zombieism, or Partial Death Syndrome, as they call it. As long as the zombies recieve an injection of their medication every day, they can go back to a somewhat normal life. The show follows a teenage zombie named Kieren as he returns home to an awkward reunion with his family, and to a town that is afraid of and hostile to him and others of his kind.
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The show introduced some elements that sounded exciting, like the possibility that a PDS sufferer could not get their injection and revert back to a rabid zombie, or a zombie revolution sparked by this weird zombie preacher guy on the internet, but then they never went anywhere with them. Overall, the show was a decent family drama, I guess, but it pretty much failed as a zombie or horror series. The show is supposed to be back in 2014 with an extended run of episodes, and I hope they really ramp up the horror aspects when it returns. If they do, it could develop into something I would want to watch. As it stands right now, though, I'd give it a pass.