I must admit to now knowing very much about the TV series “Deadliest Warrior” before coming to see a special presentation of the show at Comic Con – but seeing that there was to be a panel called “Deadliest Warrior: Vampires vs. Zombies” that had special guests like author Max Brooks (WORLD WAR Z) and Steve Niles (30 DAYS OF NIGHT) discussing their takes on the opponents, I was sold and had to see it.
For those who don't know what the show is, here's a quick breakdown: The show pits great warriors from different eras against each other in a fictional duel, the outcome of which is determined by experts from different fields. So, for example, if you've always wanted to know what it would be like if George Washington squared off against Napoleon, the team breaks down everything from whose weapons would be more powerful, to what their strategies would determine on the battlefield, etc. It's actually a fairly awesome concept for a show.
Now the “Deadliest Warrior” team (which includes Dr. Armand Dorian, former Navy Richard “Mack” Machowisz and military video game software developer Robert Daly) are tackling something even more out of left field: vampires vs. zombies. So how exactly do you do that?
Obviously, it all starts with getting experts on the monsters, so they went to author Steve Niles to determine the nature of the vampires, and Max Brooks to be the man with the zombie plan. These two set up the rules of the creatures and what exactly their strengths and weaknesses are. (One rule: the vampire can't just turn into a bat and fly away. The vamp also can't use a weapon, considering he is the weapon)
You're probably wondering how it would even be a fair fight? One throat-ripping vampire against one brain-dead corpse? No contest. But what about, say, 63 zombies versus one vampire? Would a horde of non-thinking things defeat a swift, tactical vampire? Makes things a little more square. To help figure out how long it would take a few zombies to rip into a vampire and kill it, the show came up with a great idea: They blindfolded three bodybuilder-types and set them to work at ripping apart a (fake) chest cavity. They're blindfolded because, naturally, a zombie doesn't know what it's looking for when its digging in, so it wouldn't know where to locate the heart and defeat the vampire. As the strongmen shred the fake vampire and pull out its guts and ribs, Dr. Dorian narrates along, describing just what vital organs are being destroyed. This seems like the best job in the world, especially considering how much fun the guys seem to be having.
In terms of why this came about, producer Rasha Drachkovitch explained that they wanted to have fun with the show and pitched Spike about perhaps changing things up. It was determined that the two biggest creatures in pop culture are vampires and zombies (and who is going to argue?) and they forged ahead with the unusual concept.
Of course, if you want to find out who actually wins this bloody battle, you'll have to watch it. The special episode of “Deadliest Warrior”, “Vampires vs. Zombies”, airs on Spike TV soon.