Dead 7: Kid Bands vs Zombies
You're running for your life, frantically seeking sanctuary. A sea of arms reaches out, clawing, desperate for a piece of you. You wonder if this is it. If this is the moment they overcome you, or do you handle to survive and combat another day?
Admit it, life among The Walking Dead is nothing compared to belonging to a boy band, which in itself is apparently an excellent training ground for enduring a zombie Armageddon. And for kid banders past and present, it understands that no doubt came in convenient during the making of Syfy's post-apocalyptic zombie Western film Dead 7.
"I do have experience with women rushing me at one time," muses Nick Carter, member of the Backstreet Boys, originator of the concept behind the film and who handles the lead role of Jack, "so I'm prepared in that method. I can maneuver myself and evade if I need to. And, let's face it, the fans are quite figured out.".
Jeff Timmons from 98 Degrees, playing Jack's sibling Billy, remains in contract, noting that the crowds of zombies on screen have something in typical with the "ravenous" fans he and the people had back in their '90s prime time: "I have had experiences where cars get rocked, clothing get duped, and security in fact has to literally pull you far from wild fans. I think we could manage it.".
Dead 7 directors Danny Roew, whose background is in music videos and commercials, thinks that if you're in a genuine boy band, you're probably gotten ready for frenzied crowds and understand just where to enter case of emergency.
"These guys," he says, "would most likely have something in their pockets to fend them off. With hordes of women, I'll bet it's a Sharpie. You sign and get them to disappear. Zombies would require something stronger, I'll give you that. You would probably also know where the best hotels are? If I were a kid bander, that's probably the direction I'd go, because I'm more of a George Costanza kind of man where he can walk down the street in New York City and understand where all the very best restrooms are. I believe any good boy bander would understand where all the great hotel rooms are to hide out in.".
"You get into the van," he provides, "to go someplace and there are girls shrieking and pounding on the windows, attempting to get at you. When they bring up the room service, check around, make sure no fans or zombies have smuggled their way on board. They’d jump on luggage, on the thing that pulls your travel luggage toward the aircrafts so they might get in previous security and get to you; they 'd conceal in your hotel room behind the curtains for hours upon hours simply to wait and stalk you.".
True survival, considers Backstreet Boys' A.J. McLean (included as bad guy Johnny Vermillion and influenced by Malcolm McDowell in A Clockwork Orange, the Joker and John Lithgow in Raising Cain), boils down to sticking together in the face of zombie adversity. "When it comes to a zombie apocalypse," he states, seeming like someone who's in fact offered this some thought, "there are constantly people who become an extremely weak link. They just believe they can take on a stockpile of zombies on their own and they're the ones that get chosen off. Sorry, however I think [BSB's] Howie Dorough would simply run out, guns scorching, thinking that he might get to a safe location, but I think he would be suppressed. Being horror fans, over the years we've found out that if there was ever a zombie apocalypse, he and I would be leaders of the pack, because we know exactly ways to make it through, but he would get too cocky. The remainder of the men would be shut out of luck.".