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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 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
October 13, 2011
A long, chemistry-free slog through the zombified countryside.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
September 2, 2011
Film-makers Howard J Ford and his brother Jonathan have shot the scenery well, but since the undead are everywhere the quest for safety becomes repetitive.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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
April 1, 2020
The Dead has to be one of the most strikingly beautiful zombie movies I've ever seen, with unbelievable vistas and hellish conditions as far as the eye can see.
October 21, 2019
A serious, almost contemplative zombie film, with no jokes and snarky homage.
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
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.
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.
May 23, 2013
A dread filled homage to the classic zombie pictures of the seventies and eighties...
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
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
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
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 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.
September 5, 2011
The film's rough edges contribute to the film's disconcerting rawness.
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