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The Dead

A zombie horror movie directed by Howard J. Ford and Jonathan Ford

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  • Oct 26, 2012
Dead, The


Zombie movies seem to be coming out like crazy over the last couple of years. And with the success of "The Walking Dead" on AMC I am sure they will continue to come out. For me personally I love it and if this film is a sign of things to come then thank you "Walking Dead". I say that because it seems like more serious zombie films are being made. Don't get me wrong I like most of the horrible ones but I love the really good ones.

The film follows a U.S. Army engineer named Brain who survives a plane crash in Africa; he was trying to escape the zombie out break there. As he makes his way across the rough terrain of Africa he comes across a man named Daniel who is an African solider. They don't trust each other at first but they need each other to reach the goals of each. Brain needs to reach a plane as to fly home, Daniel knows where one is. On the flip side Daniel who lost his wife the night earlier to a zombie attack is looking for his son who has gone missing. He believes his son left with some soldiers and needs Brain to help keep their vehicle running since he is an engineer. So they make their way across the country in hopes of both men getting what they want.

This is not really a horror movie per say as it is much more a survival film and a really good one at that. I have to give credit to writer/director Ford Brothers for going with the less is more type of thinking here. Of course budget may have dictated that but still. Like a lot of other reviews have stated this is wonderfully shot and the location helps with that a lot. But I have to say that the biggest strength is the lead performances from Rob Freeman as Brain and Prince David Oseia as Daniel. Not only do they both do a really good job here but their characters are also allowed to develop.

Also the DVD comes with some great behind the scenes making of stuff but my favorite is the commentary from the brothers. All that adds to the overall value of this film in my opinion since I am a sucker for good special features. This is one of the better zombie films to come out amongst all the others, I liked it at least. I do recommend the film to any zombie fan out there and well to any film fan, like I said this is more of a dramatic survival film more so than a horror film.


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October 31, 2012
glad you finally saw this one--this was a refreshing zombie movie. Seen EXIT HUMANITY? It wasn't bad either....
October 31, 2012
Oh yeah man sure have, I should review that one as well.
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review by . February 16, 2012
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Finally, After Some Years...A Really Good Zombie Survival Horror Epic!
The past few years, American zombie horror movies have since fallen into the area of mediocrity. Even the recent fan favorite “Zombieland” wasn’t all that great. Even the proclaimed zombie maestro George Romero (watch me get hate mail for this) have fallen with his “Survival of the Dead”. I looked into the pages of comic books and found the excellent zombie epic “The Walking Dead” but there really wasn’t that much in the way of cinema until the French …
review by . June 14, 2012
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*** out of ****    "The Dead" possesses all the bare essentials of a zombie movie. That shouldn't be enough for it to succeed, yet here we are; with a respectable and well-made horror film with part-time elements of a road movie. Howard and Jonathan Ford (credited as The Ford Brothers) direct this familiar and not-so-original but nevertheless exciting take on the genre of the undead, demonstrating that they can uphold the task of making a few movies in one. Their film would not …
review by . March 15, 2012
   With the success of AMC’s recent outing with a serialized zombie drama (“The Walking Dead”), there’s been a chorus of folks – critics, mostly – crowing about how interest in stories involving zombies comes and goes over the years.  I think that’s incorrect.  I, on the other hand, maintain that there’s always been an interest in zombie pictures.  Why?  Because zombies are the perfect ‘scare’ for average folks, …
Quick Tip by . October 26, 2012
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This is not really a horror movie per say as it is much more a survival film and a really good one at that. I have to give credit to writer/director Ford Brothers for going with the less is more type of thinking here. Of course budget may have dictated that but still.
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Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Release Date: 2012
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: Howard J. Ford, Jonathan Ford
Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
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