Have you ever had a dream that you wanted to turn into reality, no matter what the cost or the amount of work involved? Welcome to the rural town of Jasper, Alabama, where citizens have been working for years trying to get a zombie movie made. Their efforts, headed up by director John M. Ware, are the subject of the upcoming documentary series Town of the Living Dead, which unveiled its first TV trailer last night during Face Off, in anticipation for its premiere on Syfy later this year.
This isn’t a trailer that promotes deep inspection, where secrets and clues are hidden around every corner. Town of the Living Dead is about a bunch of good ole boys and girls getting their gore on, only it’s taken a lot longer than anyone might have expected or hoped for. Ware and his merry band of horror lovers have been trying to get their independent flick Thr33 Days Dead made for six years now, with a production schedule that is guided primarily by people actually showing up to do things. Or not. And Syfy is there to document the fun-filled process, though I’m sure the smiles get turned upside down when problematic obstacles occur.
So what is Thr33 Days Dead about? Based on a local legend, it follows a group of friends who are, you guessed it, trying to stay alive in the midst of a zombie apocalypse in rural Alabama. Luckily, Ware wants to put this flick a severed head or two above the glut of generic zombie fare currently clogging up DVD racks. An easy way to do that is to add explosions, am I right? Below are three of the film/docuseries’ stars, the one on the right is the director himself.
Regardless of what the final product may look like—assuming it does indeed become a “final product” at some point down the road—Town of the Living Dead looks like a nice departure from what we’re used to seeing on Syfy, even in the realm of horror-based reality shows. I mean seriously, you’re not going to find a zombie riding a lawn mower in the Ghost Hunters crew.
Town of the Living Dead is just one of many series that Syfy is using to give itself a mini-facelift. We’re ecstatic about it here at GFR, and we can’t wait to see what they do with 12 Monkeys, Ascension, The Expanse, Killjoys, and the roughly 7 billion other new shows they have coming over the next year.
Mark your calendars (in blood) for Tuesday, October 7, when Town of the Living Dead will make its debut at 10 p.m. ET.