Welcome to what must be the most epic book trailer ever created. It’s for The Sacrifice, the fourth book in Charlie Higson’s young adult zombie series, The Enemy, and it’s been written and directed by Higson himself.
Shot in locations around London, including on the Millennium Bridge, the trailer features young actors from Forest Hill School, South London and a cast of zombie-sickos played by fans who entered a nationwide competition to appear in the short film. They bring to life some of the scenes from the new book and a give a taster of the action to come.
The trailer also introduces us to a grotesque new character, Wormwood or the Green Man, so called because his entire body is covered in mould – an effect which took nearly a full day in make-up to create.
The Sacrifice is published on 20 September 2012 by Puffin, priced £12.99.
The Enemy series is set in a post-apocalyptic London after a mystery illness attacks everyone over the age of 14. Some survive, but those that do face a more terrifying fate – they turn into hideous zombies with an insatiable appetite for human flesh. Children form gangs and attempt to survive in an unrecognisable world where there are dangers around every corner.
Previous trailers for the series have had more than 100,000 combined viewings on YouTube and have seen Charlie Higson transforming into a decaying zombie; chilling footage of a terrified boy posting a clip online of himself being attacked by diseased adults; and, last year, a rotting zombie (with an uncanny resemblance to Charlie Higson) breaking into a room full of terrified children.