The Dead


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After receiving a very limited US theatrical release in late 2011, the much anticipated zombie film The Dead is finally making it’s way to Blu-Ray and DVD on Valentines Day 2012, courtesy of Anchor Bay (consider this a hint if you’re wondering what to get me.)

As a longtime zombie fan, it seems like some recent offerings have been a little weak on the gore front (Zombieland and Walking Dead come to mind), so leave it to an indie flick from South Africa to pick up the slack! Exploding heads and missing limbs abound against a bleak, if not cruel, backdrop. The Dead was shot on location in Burkina Faso and Ghana, and the cast & crew endured unimaginable challenges, including being held at gunpoint, real life cannibals, dysentery, and malaria.

Despite the challenges, the end result is a solid film with a decent story and some great looking effects.

The Dead

Check out the synopsis and trailer below:

When the last evacuation flight out of war-torn Africa crashes off the coast, American Air Force Engineer Lieutenant Brian Murphy (ROB FREEMAN) emerges as the sole survivor in a land where the dead are returning to life and attacking the living.

On the run in a hostile and inhospitable parched landscape, where sudden death lurks around every sun-burnished corner, Murphy has to use his wits and ingenuity if he is to get home alive to his family.

When Murphy’s path clashes with that of Sergeant Daniel Dembele (PRINCE DAVID OSEI), whose village has been torn apart by the reanimated dead, they join forces.

The two desperate men from two very different cultures fight side by side to survive across the incredible vistas of Africa as the world succumbs to the deadliest of viruses.

In the first zombie road movie set against the spectacular vistas of Africa, the Dark Continent becomes a dead zone. A stunningly shot horror fantasy announcing the arrival of the Ford Brothers on the global genre scene, THE DEAD is as much an emotional journey through terror terrain as it is a physically demanding and beautiful-looking one. Shot in life-threatening, never-before-seen locations in Burkina Faso, French-speaking West Africa, and Ghana, including the Sahara Desert, on 35mm film by the award-winning Ford Brothers, THE DEAD is one of the most unique zombie movies of all time.

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About Dave_P

Dave_P studied fine arts and film history and is a graphic and web designer, and a diehard movie fan. David has been involved with a variety film festivals including the Cinephile Film Festival, the PRIDE Film festival, and the Manhattan Short Film festival, and is currently the director of the Dark Carnival Film Fest in Bloomington, Indiana. (www.darkcarnivalfilmfest.com)

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