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3 November 2004 (USA) See more »
A family that preys together, stays together.
A couple purchases a house in the country only to find out a family was murdered. They uncover a curse which brings the dead back to life. It's "Dawn of the Dead" meets "28 Days Later". Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

David Heavener ... Michael Richards

Amanda Bauman ... Renee Summers

Joe Estevez ... Jeffrey Morgan

Todd Bridges ... Ruben Herardo
Steven Bracy ... Daniel
Carrie Gonzalez ... Trisha

Robert Bustamante ... Hector
Alfredo Hernandez ... Jose
Andrew Crandall ... Mayan Father
Lauren Aguas ... Mother

Robert Aceves ... Teenage Boy
Elizabeth Webster ... Zombie Daughter
Victoria Libertie ... Little Girl
Ardena Francis ... Amanda
Maui Vang ... Mrs. Collins

Directed by
David Heavener 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
David Heavener 

Produced by
Whit Hauprich .... executive producer
David Heavener .... producer
Barry Strudwick .... executive producer
Cinematography by
Joseph Rubinstein 
Film Editing by
Christopher Roth 
Casting by
Andrew Crandall 
Production Design by
Sally Sherwood 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Steven Bakos .... first assistant director (as István Bakos)
Art Department
Jody Del Giorno .... set designer
Sound Department
Brett Hinton .... sound
Special Effects by
Ben Bornstein .... special effects
Josh Cameron .... special effects
Jeff Scott .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Pierre Chemaly .... camera operator: second unit
Richard Hama .... camera loader
Julia Hernandez .... still photographer
Dean Mongan .... first assistant camera
Meredith Rose .... assistant camera
Editorial Department
Eugene Gordon .... additional editor (as Eugene W. Gordon)
Other crew
Andrew Crandall .... production coordinator
Debbie McAlister .... script supervisor
Bethany Rigazio .... script consultant

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Also Known As:
"Curse of the Maya" - USA (original title)
"Dawn of the Living Dead" - UK (DVD box title), USA (DVD box title)
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90 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
A more human, religious perspective on the zombie theme, 7 June 2009
Author: crossrad from United Kingdom

Unlike "Night of the Living Dead" (1968), this film gives more emphasis to the religious and cultural basis for the zombies themselves. The film makes the most of the isolated desert location, using coloured filters and music with a South American feel to create an expectation of the zombies presence before we see them for real. The plot has plenty of twists, and the unusually, the film becomes increasingly absorbing as it progresses.

Admittedly, the production values are low, with music cutting in and out on scene changes in a distracting manner and special affects which are not only cheap, but unimaginative. However, this is made up for by good acting, makeup and authenticity in the interior scenes. Amanda Baumann plays the lead role in a convincing manner. Her character has a number of original facets that give her character a depth, so that you can't guess how things will turn out and keep watching.

As often happens with movies that have a supernatural dimension, the fact that supernatural means that things do not correspond to nature give the filmmaker the excuse to ignore logic and plausibility. We therefore see quite a few scenes that defy logic, and the viewer will have to be prepared to make allowances.

Overall, despite its limitations, I found it quite compelling to watch through to the the end.

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