Shot in Africa against some truly stunning
locales, The Dead is another great addition to the growing library of
zombie movies out there. Whilst it is run and gun type movie, the sheer
fact that the production crew even made a movie like this with so many
sequences shot outside in broad daylight really showed guts and itís a
great effort with much of what you would expect in a Hollywood
production of the same sort.
I enjoyed the heck out of this movie for
both the fact that it is admirably courageous in the way that it
presents the story but also the chilling way that we realise that this
massive swath of land is simply brimming with the undead. It takes its
time with telling us the story too, taking well over twenty five to
thirty minutes before even bringing our main protagonists together.
Some viewers might be uncomfortable with
seeing hordes of black people being gunned down by a white man, even
though this movie stars both a white man and an African who both gun
down the shambling zombies as they fight to make their way to safety and
find loved ones. I think viewers simply need to remember that there is
no political message in the film and the ethnicity of the zombies is
simply based on where the movie is shot.
look of the feature is grainy and that suits the tone perfectly. Colours
are pretty awesome and the landscapes are shot to great advantage.
Makeup effects are great for the zombies, who are always the stars in
movies like this and the directors have gone old school but using the
slow shambling zombies that the industry has shied away from for a few
years now. It is the sheer number of the undead that are truly the
threat in this movie as they make their painstaking way toward unwilling
only letdown at all is some elements of the sound in this movie. I felt
that not enough was down with the soundtrack to really drag us into the
movie against our own free will and that ultimately we could have been
set up for more shocks if the right noises had been coming out of the
speakers. Scare moments are set up pretty well with sound but just maybe
could have had more done with them.
is a really cool movie and one worth adding to your collection if you
are a fan of the genre.