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The Dead Reviews

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January 7, 2020
It's a blood-spattered road movie-cum-African travelogue that makes wonderful use of an exotic setting that helps distinguish it from the crowded field of zombie films.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.2/5
October 21, 2019
A serious, almost contemplative zombie film, with no jokes and snarky homage.
May 23, 2013
A dread filled homage to the classic zombie pictures of the seventies and eighties...
February 25, 2012
The Dead reveres the films that came before it and wears its love for them on its sleeve.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 21, 2012
The Dead is not the great zombie film I was hoping for but it does deliver a more grown-up horror film that eschews gimmicky shakycam and CGI to try and tell a real story, and for that I am appreciative.
October 14, 2011
The Ford brothers' take on this tradition offers a fair number of shocks and the arm-chomping that is de rigueur mortis for this genre. Yet it has things to say, mostly by implication, before a finish that took me by surprise.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 11, 2011
The Dead, with its vast, pitiless landscapes and moral seriousness, is Night of the Living Dead reimagined as a Sergio Leone western. It's a knockout.
October 7, 2011
You get used to the sight of the slow-moving undead swaying against the film's natural landscapes like half-imagined phantoms, and somehow that makes them more unnerving.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
October 7, 2011
The film provides a whole new way of looking at the same old dead things. Eat up.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 7, 2011
"The Dead," evocatively filmed in grainy 35mm, might carry the cinematic vibe of an old-school, flesh-eating adventure, but as it should be with stories like this, it's not a pretty picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 7, 2011
With its desiccated plains and rotting crops, the Africa depicted in the Ford Brothers' zombie flick proves an evocative setting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 5, 2011
The film's rough edges contribute to the film's disconcerting rawness.
September 1, 2011
The low-budget zombie movie market may have long since reached saturation point, but this one displays some talent, style, intelligence and imagination, proving that in the right hands there's still plenty of life in the genre yet.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 9, 2011
The directors do a very fine job of keeping things creepy and consistently unsettling while trying to make their larger points.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 23, 2010
The Ford brothers' zombie apocalypse is the better for being told so straight - although its adherence to Romero's shuffling conventions does not extend to the film offering any coherent contemporary social commentary.
November 26, 2018
The lack of a single decent central performance does detract from its unique ideas and its social awareness that gave it the potential to do something really different with a tired out genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 13, 2011
A long, chemistry-free slog through the zombified countryside.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
October 10, 2011
The ironies of the white man having to face potential extinction in a country infamous for racially tinged violence is too neat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 6, 2011
Beyond its auspicious premise -- survivors fighting a zombie outbreak against the continent's scorching vistas -- there's little else to chew on here.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 2, 2011
More marks for effort than achievement are notched up here.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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