The Dead

The Coroner

Ahh, zombies. In many ways, speaking of the entertainment world, the end has already arrived and we are overrun with zombies. Zombie comics, t-shirts, movies, toys, and television shows. I used to love zombie movies. Hell, I wrote a zombie screenplay in college. The zombie craze reignited in the early 2000s with 28 Days Later and the remake of Dawn of the Dead. From then on, we’ve been fairly well saturated with the undead. Can you get too much of a good thing? Yes, yes of course you can. Too much of anything will eventually kill you or drive you insane. What a stupid question. Ignoring that momentary lapse of stupidity, when inundated with zombie flicks to the point of not caring, is it possible to find anything worthwhile, anything new? Enter The Dead. (That sounds pornographic!)

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Repeat after me: Zombies are only scary when they’re in large numbers. Despite the influx of the fast-moving variety, when zombies are slow, they’re only frightening if they’re coming in wave after wave of unstoppable, mindless, brain-hungry flesh. Without numbers, they’re nothing. Sadly, this memo never made its way to the team that made The Dead. Lt. Brian Murphy (Rob Freeman) is the sole survivor of a crashed evacuation plane, and he finds himself stuck in the African desert with a handful of zombies wandering around wanting to eat him. He meets up with Sgt. Daniel Dembele (Prince David Oseia) who is desperately searching for his young son while also trying to avoid being eaten.

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Fans of Fantastic Fest (which should include all human beings and several species of extra-terrestrials) always look forward to the wanton violence and downright weird imagery on display during the festival. On the eve of Comic-Con, in a truly wise marketing move, the freaky folks at Fantastic Fest released their first fireball toward the castle of our minds. That fireball consists of 13 films that look like a collective 24 hours of awesome. Cannes favorite Rubber and martial arts follow-up Ip Man 2 are just the tip of the iceberg.

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