I’ve been fortunate enough to review both of Carrie Ryan’s horror/romance/action/post-apocalypse/period-drama zombie books. What I like about them (aside from the way they pull off that fivefold-hyphenate) is that they take zombies seriously. So seriously, in fact, that the z-word is not used; rather, the undead are “the Unconsecrated” or “the Mudo.” Classy, huh?
(Another thing I like about these books: their titles. The Forest of Hands of Teeth? The Dead-Tossed Waves? Are these not the coolest titles ever? Other authors should hire out Ryan’s services in this department.)
It’s with relief that I report that the trailer to The Dead-Tossed Waves does just about everything right in attracting its core audience. This production likely didn’t have a big budget, yet it generates a big-budget impact with smart shot compositions, great sound effects, and snappy editing that puts a pair of smitten lovers on a collision course with a panting, lurching monster. It also doesn’t hurt that the video has an interesting setting (a rusty amusement park), an unusual backdrop (mud + snow), and an atmospheric time of day (dusk). Trailer-makers, take note.
Verdict: Tastes good.