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Syfy’s Town Of The Living Dead: Reality TV And Zombies Are A Surprisingly Fun Pair

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town of the living deadThe world of Syfy reality TV is usually invested in the paranormal and movie make-up, but their newest docu-series Town of the Living Dead is a fun and intriguing entry in the network’s recent attempt to recapitalize on its science fiction roots. Have you ever wanted to make a movie? Jasper, Alabama residents Tina Teeter, John M. Ware, and many others are working towards their dream of making the zombie movie Thr33 Days Dead, working with low funds and relying solely on the dedication of its cast and crew. How long have they been doing it? Oh, about six years.

One part behind-the-scenes production diary and one part Southern slice-of-life comedy, Town of the Living Dead is all on its own in the TV world, mixing the frustrations of sub-microbudget filmmaking in with the actual process itself. The series premiered with two episodes last night, “Jasper Needs Zombies” and “Premature Explosion,” and it looks like each of this initial season’s installments will be focused on particular Thr33 Days Dead scenes being shot, and the problems that ensue.

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Homebrewed Zombies Get Love In Syfy’s Town Of The Living Dead Trailer

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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.

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Town Of The Living Dead Comedic Docuseries Greenlit By Syfy

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When filmmaker George Romero directed Night of the Living Dead over 40 years ago, there’s no way he could have known how many people would: A) take his undead characters, call them zombies, and put them in every conceivable plot device; and B) use his “of the Living Dead” title to spice up their own zombie-related work. (Not to mention all the puns, like 1990’s Night of the Living Bread.) Syfy is heading into a new territory for zombie media with the upcoming comedic docuseries Town of the Living Dead, which will chronicle a filmmaker’s troubled attempts to create a piece of art, in this case a zombie movie called Thr33 Days Dead.

But this isn’t just some hack film student trying to gross his friends out; this is a passion project for an entire community. Town of the Living Dead will film in the small town of Jasper, Alabama, where many of its citizens, especially director John M. Ware, have spent the past six years of their lives trying to turn Thr33 Days Dead into a full independent feature.