Saturday, January 28, 2012

Blu-ray Review: THE DEAD

First off. I love this movie! THE DEAD is one of those gems that quietly comes along and stays with you for a long, long time!  The horror genre has been needing a zombie movie like this to come along for some time now and The Dead have arrived!

The movie starts off as a plane takes off trying to leave Africa and crashes in the ocean just after take-off leaving one survivor,  Lt. Brian Murphy (Rob Freeman). As he swims to shore from the wreckage the viewer is immediately introduced as to why the plane was leaving Africa in rapid fashion because the dead are becoming reanimated and no one is safe and the non-stop action begins. Murphy meets up with a  local soldier, Daniel Dembele (Prince David Osei) who is looking for his son. The two decide to travel together on a small agreement. On their journey they continuously run into the dead with every turn they make. The two take out the zombies in a gory and very entertaining style while they hardly ever say a word.  Trust me, there's not much dialogue in the movie and it really isn't needed because it's much more fun watching these two guys try and survive from the ever-growing number of zombies that surround  them through their entire journey. Ultimately the journey and movie comes to an end and a very dark one that leaves just a hint of hope, or does it? The ending is the only flaw in the movie, it left me wanting more! The one thing that stands out about The Dead and its journey is it's set in a "what if" environment and leaving the viewer thinking just that, "what of this could happen". It's just that good!

The Dead is written and directed by Howard J. Ford and Jon Ford who have put together a modern day genre classic. The camera work and special F/X are also a star in this movie and done supremely well. When I say the F/X are done well, I mean it's a blast watching this and I totally enjoyed the blood and gore in this flick. Hats off to the F/X team! The beautiful African scenery plus filming day and night in this environment also helps set the mood for the story and makes the movie an even better and enjoyable watch. The Dead definitely stands out in an already saturated ocean of zombie movies. 

Bottom line is, watching The Dead on Blu-ray was a thrilling watch and is hands down one of the best zombie movies I've seen! I highly recommend this to any genre fan out there wanting a new and really cool watch!  It'll releases on February 14th for all the Valentines out there so go buy it! 4/5

Source: Anchor Bay

Run Time: 105 Minutes

Rated: R

Special Features:  
  • Unearthing THE DEAD: Behind The Scenes
  • Audio Commentary with Writer/Producer/Director Howard J Ford and Writer/Director of Photography/Co-Director Jon Ford
  • Deleted Scene

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