For a while, it seemed as if director Frank Darabont was going to become something like Stephen King’s in-house movie director. He launched his career with the now beloved prison drama The Shawshank Redemption, moved to the Oscar-nominated prison drama The Green Mile and ended up with the people-imprisoned-in-a-supermarket movie The Mist, all based on stories by King. A self-admitted horror and sci-fi geek (ask him about the Invasion of the Body Snatchers and War of the Worlds posters in his dining room), Darabont’s latest project is The Walking Dead, a zombie apocalypse series based on the Robert Kirkman comics, which debuts on AMC on Halloween night. Darabont spoke to TIME about horror movies, why the undead don’t run and the weirdness of having grisly zombies on the same network as Mad Men.
TIME Interview: The Shawshank Redemption’s Frank Darabont on His New TV Show The Walking Dead