Horror TV Redux – Walking Dead and Vampire Diaries

I disappear for a week and a half Disney holiday and come back to find even more horror TV available on Netflix.

The Walking Dead (2010) – Rated TV-14

Sheriff’s deputy Rick Grimes awakens from a coma to discover the world plagued by zombies and small bands of human survivors forced into small, fiercely protective groups. Falling back on his old job, Rick sets out to lead mankind out of darkness.

I simply cannot recommend this series enough. The graphic novels by Robert Kirkman are excellent and this series is a wonderful adaptation without being slavishly faithful. The first season is now available on instant Netflix. The effects work by KNB is superb.

As with the best zombie movies, the emphasis here is on the survivors and the interplay between them. The only slight annoyance is the borrowing of the beginning from Day of the Triffids (much like 28 Days Later did).

The Vampire Diaries (2009-10) – Rated TV-14

Trapped in adolescent bodies, feuding vampire brothers Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Damon (Ian Somerhalder) vie for the affection of captivating high schooler Elena (Nina Dobrev), who attempts to unravel the many dark secrets of her hometown of Mystic Falls. Based on the book series by L.J. Smith, this supernatural teen drama grows even more intriguing with the unexpected arrival of Katherine, a treacherous vampire vixen and dead ringer for Elena.

Netflix just inked a nice deal with CW and now the first two seasons of this show are available (as are Nikita and Gossip Girl). Supernatural will be available in January. I haven’t had a chance to watch Vampire Diaries but, based on a recommendation from my sister-in-law, I am looking forward to it.