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Chiller TV/Steve Niles: 'Remains' Zombies Vs. The Walking Dead Zombies

Posted By: Matt McGloin
Sat, 12/10/2011 - 16:08

steve niles remainsFriday December 16th on Chiller TV premieres a new Zombie movie based off of the Steve Niles IDW Graphic Novel, Remains.

Niles held a conference call earlier this week, and a question was brought up in regards to what differentiates the Zombies in Remains from the rest of the pack.

Niles offered up the following:

Walking Dead is so popular, and that’s sort of the current version of what people think zombies are.
When I sat down to write Remains, you’ll - you remember this, it was the time when Walking Dead was just starting to get strong as a comic, Land of the Dead...was out. There was just sort of - there was a zombie surge building. And when I sat down to do Remains I wanted to do something different, and I wanted to do something that was a little bit bigger than the - 'Do they run or do they shamble?'
And for that, it seemed it like I had to come up with something that could put the audience and the characters on edge. Because let’s face it, now especially, everybody knows how to deal with zombies, you know? You board up in the house and you wait it out. You shoot them as they come to you, you know? But, in Remains that doesn’t necessarily work because of the event that creates these zombies - there’s actually two different kinds.
And one of them was slightly more advanced and they’re eating the others and they’re evolving, and there’s - so you can’t - in Remains you can never sit back in your boarded up house and be comfortable, because the zombies will sooner or later figure out how to either climb in or pull the boards off, so I had a lot of fun with that.
I had a lot of fun playing with zombie conventions, because there’s not just the Walking Dead zombies, there’s the George Romero zombies, the (Folchi) zombies, there’s the Return of the Living Dead zombies, there’s the remake of Dawn of the Dead zombies, and I really tried to kind of have fun with all of them, you know?
And that’s another thing, and it’s just a pet peeve of mine with any genre movie, it bugs me when everything is all the same. Like when the Star Trek planet where everybody has blonde bowl cuts. I’m like, “How did that happen,” you know? Now, so I figure in a world where zombies are created and especially in Remains, is because of the human accident that there would be variations of the disease of the - based on the proximity to what happened.
Below, you can also check out two promo clips and a special Remains Online Prequel: Road to Reno, courtesy SYFY. Be sure to head on over to ChillerTV for more on Steve Niles' Remains.