The Dead

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  • Year: 2009
  • Director: Howard J. Ford, Jonathan Ford
  • Country: UK, Ireland, USA
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  1. Shemp - April 30, 2012

    In an era of “fast” zombies and “infected,” this was a refreshing return to the “real” undead. These are among the slowest undead I have seen, except for the last couple inches of their attack. Oddly, this made them more frightening. Too many movies rely on make up to create scary monsters. This movie relied on acting. These undead are also silent, which added to their horror.

    Another strength of this movie is the siege that’s not a siege. Undead movies too often are about humans trapped in a house/mall/school/what-have-you, surrounded by the undead. The Dead, by contrast, is a road movie. Two men, enemies at war, allies against a greater enemy, are trying to find their families. They recognize the danger of getting trapped by hordes of the undead, so they keep moving. Often they do not expend ammunition or energy killing an undead person who can simply be avoided.

    Another strength of this movie is the characters’ willingness to loot the corpses. Too often the living kill the undead and flee. These men take time to retrieve weapons, water, equipment, etc. from the corpses. I wanted to stand up and cheer.

    The movie ended with a twist I should have seen coming, but I didn’t. It wasn’t a “Bruce Willis has been dead all along,” kind of twist, but just when I was preparing to hate the end of the movie, the writers or the director or someone saved it for me. The ending was as “happy” as one could hope in such a situation.

    I rate this movie 5/5.

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