This one is for all you zombie apocolypse fans out there, Derren Brown, famous hypnotist/magician has a new show on Channel 4 this Friday. Its called Derren Brown’s Apocolypse and is centred around one guy, getting a wake up call on his lazy living!
here’s a snippet from the daily record:
IF Derren Brown ever asks for a volunteer, think very, very carefully before saying yes. The illusionist, mentalist and magician has long moved on from card tricks and cold reading.
His repertoire of psychological experiments and stunts includes everything from performing Russian roulette live on TV to successfully predicting the National Lottery. But as his projects get bigger and bolder, so does the role played by those taking part.
His next venture is a case in point. He begins a new series of specials with a two-part show, which is a journey into a living nightmare, where the planet has been devastated by a catastrophic meteorite strike, zombies roam the wasteland and he is one of a handful of survivors.
Called Apocalypse, for one poor soul, a young volunteer called Steven, it really is the end of the world.
He said: “The show is about taking somebody who basically takes his life for granted, and suffers from that lazy sense of entitlement that many of us do, and giving him a second chance at discovering the value of what he has. So what we do is end the world for him.
“It’s over two episodes, which I’ve never done before. The first part is getting him to believe that this is going to happen, that the world is going to end, or at least has a chance of ending.
“It was based on a seed of truth, because there was a meteor shower around August, so we just used the idea that this shower was masking a much bigger potential collision.
“The end of the world happens. And he wakes seemingly two weeks later in an abandoned military hospital, in a post-apocalyptic world, and goes through a meticulously-crafted horror movie plot. The point of the plot, aside from being exciting to watch, is that it takes him through various lessons that are going to be useful for him, in terms of teaching him things that he needs to know. Are his family still alive? Is he going to get back to them?”
It’s a jaw-dropping concept that involved months of planning, hacking into his phone, controlling his Twitter and news feeds, having TV and radio presenters record special versions of their programmes just for him, and more than 100 actors. Once you have recovered your senses, however, it sounds a bit like a sick joke masquerading as entertainment.
For my international readers, as soon as there is a link to a copy online, I will post it here so you can see the prog, and I’ll do a full critique when I have watched it! It seems like Derren has a thing for zombies, on a previous show, he hypnotised a man who played a zombie shoot em up game in an arcade, then transplanted him direct into a level in a disused warehouse, complete with zomers. Check it out here to show you what I mean!
I thought it was cruel, but amusing, especially when he starts freaking out when he’s cornered!
I expect Fridays program will feature something similar.