Netflix Yea: Dead Set (2008)


“While the housemates in the Big Brother house remain oblivious, fast-moving hordes of the undead decimate the studio compound.”

Director: Yann Demange
Writer: Charlie Brooker
Starring: Jaime Winstone, Andy Nyman, Kevin Eldon

Why you need to watch it:

Dead Set took me by surprise and I found the short series edgy, innovative, and downright suspenseful.  The high adrenaline zombie action in the show can be compared to the action in Dawn of the Dead (2004) and 28 Days Later (2002). At first I was very put off by the jerky camera action, but I then began to admire it as somewhat of an art form. I was intrigued at how despite the violent and jerky camera action, I was still very much able to see what was happening and also feel completely immersed in the scenes. It felt like the camera work was playing a neat little trick on my brain and it absolutely complimented the fast paced and violent nature of the zombie movements.

The acting in the series wasn’t amazing, but it definitely wasn’t bad. I thought all the actors did an excellent job in their roles conveying the terror associated with a total zombie apocalypse. One character stands out, Patrick, who played an absolute ass and was without a doubt the most frustrating member of the group. Unfortunately Patrick’s jackass antics were so aggravating I don’t think I could watch the series again.

Dead Set is easily a gore fest with a huge dollop of black humor. The humor is sprinkled throughout the script and works incredibly well alongside the insane nihilistic zombie mayhem. I am a huge fan of how the series ended, and the suspense runs right up to the final moments.

Dead Set is definitely worth a watch and the Supreme Goat Overlord gives the series a Netflix Yea.