there’s nothing sexy about zombies… but they’re damn good tv.

by ali hoffman

What if True Blood lost about 50% of its sex appeal and replaced it with some truly scary apocalyptic horror, a la 28 Days Later?

That's pretty much the gist of The Walking Dead, AMC's new zombie series premiering this Sunday (also Halloween, duh).

Based on Robert Kirkman's popular comic book series, the show revolves around County Sheriff Rick Grimes, who awakes out of a coma to discover that the world has been devoured by flesh-eating zombies. 

But unlike the other species of undead - the vampire - there is no way whatsoever to make a zombie look attractive, let alone sexy.  So while Edward Cullen's skin literally glitters in the sunlight, these guys have missing limbs and flesh peeling off their rotting bodies. That's not the worst of it.  Although zombies prey on humans, they don't just want blood… to put it delicately, they're not picky eaters.  Last but not least, it's important to note the “walking dead” don't speak, making them unable to confess their undying love like vamps tend to do all the time.

Regardless of these differences, The Walking Dead still manages to boast the promise of a love triangle (amongst the living, that is), along with talented actors, and some freakishly convincing makeup. 

Plus, by the time Halloween rolls around this Sunday- after a weekend full of late nights, too much sugar, and several costume changes- we predict that staying in and watching a TV show will be pretty good.  (And PS, the pilot episode is 90 minutes long, so get comfortable.)

The Walking Dead premieres this Sunday at 10 PM on AMC