Some zombie tales – very much like the undead shambling about at their core – find a way of being resurrected. Take the zombie boom of the mid-’00s. Dawn of the Dead was revitalized for a modern movie-going audience. Elsewhere, George Romero’s zombies “lived on” in Land of the Dead, and in some respects, fueled a comic book that was just getting its start at the time called “The Walking Dead.”
It was around this period that a comic called Remains was introduced.
Written by Steve Niles and featuring illustrations caked with meat, gristle and irradiated pus by Kieron Dwyer, Remains gave readers a glimpse as a world unified by peace until, one day, someone presses the wrong button and the human race is practically annihilated. Focus shifts to Reno, Nevada where a casino blackjack dealer named Tom and a waitress named Tori attempt to get along with each other and deal with the evolving zombie horde.
Seven years after the first issue of Remains was released, Chiller TV is revisiting the story with a feature film adaptation airing on December 16. A perfect time for a release as zombies are in once again.
Directed by Colin Theys, the production stars Grant Bowler, Evalena Marie, Lance Reddick, Miko Hughes, Tawny Cyrpress, Terry Shappert, Frank Taveres and Bobby Rice.
Shock sat in on a conference call with Niles this week to discuss the adaptation.