Atlanta the new ‘Zombie Capital’

Everyone loves zombies, especially Atlanta, the newly dubbed Hollywood of horror.

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"Hey, can you direct us to Little 5 Points?"

Atlanta magazine, which clearly wrote its article before seeing the stumbling season two debut of “The Walking Dead,” rhetorically asks “Why is the best new show on television filmed here?”

“Simple. Atlanta is the zombie capital of the world.”

The New York Times parrots that lead in an article published Tuesday.

The Walking Dead –filmed in and around Atlanta — is hugely popular, more than 11 million people watched the show Sunday night on AMC.

Like a buxom blond traipsing through the woods, the show’s success has attracted even more undead, according to the Times.

“If you look at the TV being filmed in Atlanta now, you’ve got a werewolf show, a vampire show, a zombie show and a show about reincarnation,” said Tom Luse, a line producer for “The Walking Dead,” referring also to “Teen Wolf,” “Vampire Diaries” and “Drop Dead Diva.”

The news isn’t all good. Horror movie makers are high on Atlanta because our real estate market is so scary.

“This sprawling city, with swatches of foreclosed or abandoned property, is easy to make look spooky,” writes Robbie Brown in The Times.

Movie extras are digging the extra work almost as much as tax collectors.

In fiscal year 2007, before a 30 percent reduction in taxes for films was passed by the Georgia Legislature, movie productions valued at $241 million were shot here. By fiscal 2010, that number topped $1.3 billion.

With that kind of money the state can build some more HOT lanes! How’s that for frightening?

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Infected Zombie Blood N 2 an Open Wound

October 19th, 2011
12:16 pm

RE: “The Walking Dead” – Season 2, Episode 1

When The Redneck with the crossbow shot the zombie on the highway with *infected* blood gushing out of it and then put the bleeding zombie directly on top of the bleeding-from-the-arm T-Dog, shouldn’t the *infected* zombie blood have gotten into T-Dog’s open, gushing wound and infected him with the virus as well????

Infected Zombie Blood N 2 an Open Wound

October 19th, 2011
12:17 pm

Many of the stoned, drug-riddles, eyes-glossed-over, jaywalking, jive-talking, half-asleep panhandlers in the “REAL” Downtown Atlanta could easily pass for zombie extras on the show.


October 19th, 2011
12:47 pm

@ Infected Zombie Blood,

I had that same thought too (about T-Dog being hidden under a recently killed zombie). Seeing as how he never turned zombie (and I’ve never read the graphic novels), I’m guessing we’re supposed to forget about that lack of continuity. Maybe it’s a slow burn, and he turns into a zombie this week?


October 19th, 2011
12:54 pm

It’s ROBBIE Brown at the Times, not Ronnie Brown.


October 19th, 2011
1:03 pm

The show is on AMC, not A & E

George Mathis

October 19th, 2011
1:05 pm

Thanks for setting me straight! I’ve fixed my mistakes.

L Dodd

October 19th, 2011
1:05 pm

Wow. Just the rep Hotlanna needs. And here I thought most of the “zombies” were walking the halls of the capitol building in DC.


October 19th, 2011
1:25 pm

So that explains the brainless stumbling out into traffic

Astrid G.

October 19th, 2011
1:32 pm

“stumbling season two debut”? It was perfectly fine.


October 19th, 2011
1:54 pm

Stumbling!? STUMBLING?! I don’t know why that quip was necessary but I couldn’t disagree more.


October 19th, 2011
1:56 pm

That stumbling comment about the season premiere seems to be from people who are familiar with the comics. I couldn’t have asked for a better premiere (short of seeing Shane get eaten by a zombie).

See Dee See

October 19th, 2011
2:18 pm

Completely whiffed on the whole “Zombie Preparedness” blog post from the folks at the CDC. It was crazy popular and shut the servers down for a short period of time.

Josh M

October 19th, 2011
2:21 pm

How did this story not even mention other locally filmed zombie pics of recent years, “Zombieland” and “The Signal?” Or perhaps the greatest walking dead performance of all, Matt Ryan’s Airtran commercial.

“Have you seen a shirt?”

Bob Dole

October 19th, 2011
2:55 pm


For those of you wondering the intricacies of how he didn’t get infected…. GET A LIFE. Its a great show, but don’t become “that looser” AKA Star Wars Nerd Etc…

and if you care to see zombies, just watch Meth users and Bath salt smokers… Nothing closer to a zombie in real life then these pathetic excuses for human waste.

Infected Zombie Blood N 2 an Open Wound

October 19th, 2011
3:01 pm

Bob Dole –

We are sorry for taking the discussion so far over your head.

Unfortunately, not all of the viewers of “The Walking Dead” share your accept-everything-you-are-told affinity for eating crayons, throwing fecal matter and licking windows.

Now that Sesame Street is back on You Tube, perhaps that will be more satisfying to you.

I wish zombies would eat some of our local politicians, particularly each and every one who signed off on this HOT Lane thievery & debacle.

Did ya wonder?

October 19th, 2011
3:06 pm

Why are the zombies all so young and white? There needs to be more diversity in the portrayal of the average zombie. I wonder where Al Sharpton stands on this.


October 19th, 2011
3:11 pm

Thought the season 2 opener was good except for carl getting shot.


October 19th, 2011
3:13 pm

Sometimes I wish I was a zombie.


October 19th, 2011
3:14 pm

Btw, bob what’s a looser?

Ken Kahn

October 19th, 2011
3:36 pm

Al Sharpton IS a zombie. Check it out.


October 19th, 2011
3:51 pm

If we’re the Zombie capital of the world.. that explains the “Occupy Atlanta” folks.


October 19th, 2011
4:02 pm

The “stumbling season debut” comment is unnecessary and snarky. It does not have any relevance to the rest of the article.


October 19th, 2011
4:04 pm

How about “shambling season debut”? ;)


October 19th, 2011
4:20 pm

So, ATL is the gay capital, and now the zombie capital. Hmm what else can we master??


October 19th, 2011
4:26 pm

“So, ATL is the gay capital, and now the zombie capital.”

Now I’m wondering, would a gay zombie stagger or swish?


October 19th, 2011
5:05 pm

infected zombie blood n 2 an open wound, if you had really watched the show, you would know daryl a.k.a the red neck with the cross bow, did not shoot the zombie with the cross bow. he took his knive and jammed it into the base of the zombie’s skull with little bleeding. as for laying the zombie on t-dog, the zombie’s wound was turned away from t-dog opened wound. if you are going the comment on the little details about anything make sure you have them right


October 19th, 2011
9:03 pm


have you ever kissed a girl (or boy) who wasn’t a relative, priest or Cub Scout leader?


October 21st, 2011
11:39 am

Yes, it is because there is no city that is more willing to blindly follow stupid trends than Atlanta. I swear, the lack of imagination here is amazing and zombies are the perfect analogue for the citizens of Atlanta.

Rick's Grimes

October 21st, 2011
11:52 am

When I walk the streets of Atlanta to go to a Braves or Falcons game, I feel like some of those stoned, staggering, jaywalking (jay-staggering?), jive-talking, mumbling/moaning/inarticulate, drug-using panhandlers are going to bite into me just like on the TV show.

Did the show’s producers actually have to hire any actors to play zombies and put makeup on them, or did they just come to Atlanta to shoot unauthorized footage of “The Walking (Brain) Dead” we already have eating the life out of this city?


October 21st, 2011
11:56 am

@Capital Uhhh, gay capitol of what?

Calgary Real Estate

October 25th, 2011
3:42 pm

Hey George, great post lots of fun!

I remember when real estate crashed here in Calgary as well. As as a Calgary Real Estate professional, I love reading new posts on real estate especially fun ones like yours. I’ve been following the trends in the United States and hopefully things are starting to pick up but there there as well as here.

I hope you don’t mind if I send this information to my clients and colleagues as well as create track backs to your site.

BoB Angone

November 26th, 2011
5:37 pm

Robbie, be a good reporter and learn the difference between a Burglary and a Robbery. A clue for you. Two guys with guns who hold up a waffle House are armEd robbers not burglars. Even the N Y Times printed yor words. Good grief.Dummy Dummy Down. Wise up.