Like it or loathe it, there’s no denying that The Walking Dead is one of the most popular shows currently on television and to celebrate the show’s 100th episode airing this Sunday executive producer Greg Nicotero asked Michael Broom and John Wheaton, two of his associates at the effects house KNB, to create some parodies of iconic movie posters to honor the show’s milestone episode.
“I always talk about the fact that now, it’s easier to be a fan of these things. You can just go online and find out almost anything you want to know,” Nicotero told The Hollywood Reporter, looking back as a young film enthusiast. “But when I was a kid, you had to really work at it to be a fan of movies.”
By his own recollection, Nicotero’s childhood bedroom was positively plastered with posters and stills from his favorite films: “It was such a source of inspiration for me, staring at the artwork, or even having a still from a movie that I loved. It was back then before the internet and before VCRs and DVD players existed. There were very few ways for you to connect with a movie that inspired you or blew your mind. To me, the first way was to buy the poster for the movie.”
“We had a really, really good time. I thought it was a great opportunity to celebrate that we’ve done 100 episodes, by looking at other classic titles and skewing them toward the world of The Walking Dead,” he says of the series. “I found an opportunity to celebrate what I love about the show and what I know fans love about the show, too: the community of people who embrace the pop culture aspect of filmmaking and movies. I can’t get enough of it. Being a collector of movie posters and props and things like that, it was just another opportunity to live vicariously through these movie posters that I love so much.”
The full selection is over at The Hollywood Reporter and Bloody Disgusting. Some of our favourites are above, like The Thing, Thunderball, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Alien, but others include Back to the Future, Blade Runner, The Exorcist and Ghostbusters.
Mark your calendars: The Walking Dead Season 8 will premiere on 23 October 2017 in the UK on FOX. That’s a global day-and-date launch across all FOX channels outside the US, just 24 hours after the US premiere.
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