MTV's Death Valley: Zombie of the Week

Posted by Grey Friday, September 2, 2011

With the première of MTV's Death Valley last Monday, the choice for the Zombie of the Week is unanimous.

With the runaway success of AMC's live-action adaptation of Robert Kirkman's comic book series, The Walking Dead, we are fully prepared for an onslaught of the undead here at the TV front. And here we have our first entry following Frank Darabont's admirable efforts: MTV's Death Valley.

First premièred last Monday (August 29th) on MTV, "Death Valley" follows the horrific darkly comedic misadventures of the men and women from the "Undead Task Force" (UTF), a new offspring division of the LAPD, in a mockumentary-style narrative on how they go about their duties while combating the hordes of monsters (Zombies, Werewolves, Vampires, etc.) emerging in the streets of California's San Fernando Valley, now known as the Death Valley. So in summary, it's like COPS, with monsters.

It's not the first time horror genre gets a comedic facelift, but MTV's Death Valley's balls-to-the-walls antics seemed to be tackling the material just fine for now. So just how crazy did things go? Remember Judge Dredd's "Gaze into the fist of Dredd"?

Well, it got this crazy, for starters.
Hit the jump to check out the trailers for the series.

Death Valley - Extended Gore [Trailer]

Death Valley - Trailer

For those who missed out on the pilot episode, you might want to check out MTV's official site for the series where the full episode is available.

In the meantime, here's the official synopsis of the series:

A year ago, vampires, werewolves and zombies mysteriously descended upon the streets of California's San Fernando Valley. Death Valley is the dark comedy that follows the cops that capture the monsters, and the camera crew that captures the cops.

Follow the horrific yet comedic exploits of the newly formed Undead Task Force (UTF), a division of the LAPD created to combat the emergence of monsters in the San Fernando Valley. Death Valley showcases the outrageous and courageous men and women working the toughest beat in the US: Death Valley.

Balancing dark humor with horror, the show is built upon cold-blooded conflict and character driven comedy, following the cops bent on keeping the streets safe from the presence of the paranormal. Documenting each case of zombie, vampire and werewolf encounter is the daring camera crew that is embedded within the task force, quickly revealing that the monster problem goes much deeper than anyone could have possibly imagined.

Full of subtext about living in today's insane world, Death Valley is at its core a fun, non-stop thrill ride featuring chases, hardcore kills, and extraordinary creatures. The zombies are disgusting, menacing and brutal, the vampires are dangerous, smart and powerful and the werewolves are beastly and insane. From "blood-for-sex" prostitution busts to undead traffic jams, every call from dispatch will take you to a place you've never been: right to the bleeding heart of Death Valley.


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