AMC Celebrates Return of The Walking Dead with Zombie Finger Giveaway

AMC Walking Dead - Countdown

Busy commuters rushing through Toronto’s Union Station can’t be blamed for doing double-takes as they head for their trains.

A massive pair of dismembered hands have been installed as part of a campaign promoting AMC’s The Walking Dead, which returns for the remaining 8 episodes of Season 3 beginning this Sunday, February 10.

Each day one of the grizzled fingers will be severed, and go up for grabs to Walking Dead fans who tweet a picture of themselves in front of the hands using the hashtag #TWDFEB10.

The agency behind the countdown is Leo Burnett Canada.

Canada

American Red Cross Teams Up With The Walking Dead for Brai… I mean, Blood Drive

The Walking Dead & American Red Cross - Use Your Brains. Give Blood.

The Walking Dead is back for Season 3 on October 14, just in time to inspire more nightmares and plenty of Halloween costume ideas. The show is also part of inspired partnership with the American Red Cross, to encourage blood donation with the ‘Use Your Brains. Give Blood’ campaign.

From September 24 to October 22, all blood donors at participating American Red Cross centers or blood drives are eligible to enter to win a trip to the set for a behind-the-scenes look at the show.

To further help promote the campaign, the show’s co-executive producer and special effects makeup designer Greg Nicotero created digital zombifications to several celebrities including Peter Jackson, Jimmy Smits and The Black Keys.

(excuse the ad in the embed below, I will repost a YouTube version when it becomes available)

USA

AMC Sets Zombies Loose on the Streets of New York

AMC Put Zombies Back - NYC Experiment

The only thing that could be more terrifying than coming face-to-face with a brain-thirsty zombie, is the possibility of missing ‘Walking Dead‘ because Dish Network recently dumped AMC from it’s cable lineup. With the premiere of Season 3 of ‘The Walking Dead’ only a couple of short months away, AMC has launched PutZombiesBack, an online effort to get AMC back on Dish.

As a stunt to promote the ‘Put Zombies Back’ effort, AMC transformed dozens of New Yorkers into elaborate zombies and set them loose onto the streets of Manhattan. The zombie horde included a shoppers, postman, parking officer, road repair workers, and even a hot dog vendor zombie (I imagine the health department will have an issue with flesh dripping onto the food).

While some people react in terror, others seem amused. Even the New York squirrels are inquisitive, and believe me this world does not need to have zombie squirrels on the loose. If this is any indication of how New Yorkers will act when the real zombie apocalypse happens, the walking dead will eat very well in the big Apple.

The closing scene with one lonely zombie dragging a Dish network satellite dish along the sidewalk says it all. “Zombies don’t belong here. Put them back on TV.”

[via Adrants]

USA

Walking Dead Creator Designs a Zombie Survival Version of the Hyundai Elantra Coupe

Hyundai Undead

Hyundai has partnered up with Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman for ‘Hyundai Undead‘ to celebrate the 100th issue of the comic book that the popular AMC series is based on.

Kirkman will be design a customized Zombie Survival version of a Hyundai Elantra Coupe complete with:

“A front-end custom zombie plow cow catcher with spikes, slatted armored window coverings, a roof hatch to allow passengers to shoot at walkers, an electric rear trunk to house weapons, all‐terrain/rally type tires, weapons storage compartments, a CB radio/PA system and more.”

A four-part video series documenting the fabrication of the car by Design Craft will be featured on the hyundaiundead website. The car will be unveiled at Comic-Con in San Diego on preview night, July 11 at the Future US booth. A limited run illustrated owner’s manual will instruct driver’s on the proper use of the car’s special features.

There will a second Hyundai Elantra GT, this one wrapped in The Walking Dead’s 100th issue artwork. Residents of the U can register for their chance to take it home at hyundaiundead.com.

USA.

AMC and Bing Give Zombie-Wannabes a Chance to ‘Walk With the Dead’

The Walk With the Dead Stagger On Role Sweepstakes with BingAMC’s Zombie series’The Walking Dead‘ is back for Season Two on Sunday, October 16, and Microsoft Bing is offering a lucky viewer a chance to appear on a future episode with the Walk With the Dead Stagger-On Role Sweepstakes.

The winner will receive roundtrip airfare and hotel accommodations for two (to somewhere near where they are shooting), a visit to the set of The Walking Dead Season 3 and a chance to get transformed into a flesh-eating zombie for a stagger-on role on the show.

Check out the great TV spot created by the Atlanta offices of ad agency Bark Bark. As you’ll see, Bing is great when you’re searching for advice on ‘Dating an Actor’ OR ‘Eating an Actor.

Unfortunately the contest is only open for Zombies in the United States. Local Canadian zombies will have to make due with the Toronto Zombiewalk next weekend.