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See the Dead (2008)

 -  Short | Horror  -  14 August 2008 (USA)
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Sarah awakens to a dead world. As she struggles with her emotional traumas, she must survive the advance of nightmarish ghouls.

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Sarah
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Jason
Max ...
Max (as Max Dog Filion)
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Roger
Steve Holt ...
Zombie Zero
Cindy W. Filion ...
Neighbor
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Barbra
Robert Ricky ...
Hank (as Robert Rickey)
Reginald Brown ...
Skeletal Arm (as Reginald Corey Brown)
Robert Newman ...
Mr. Beaumont
Ben Yemba ...
Twitcher
Michael Melendez ...
Police Captain
Zerubabel Chickoree ...
Officer 1
Troy Armstrong ...
Officer 2
Sam Orlov ...
Officer 3
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Sarah awakens to a dead world. As she struggles with her emotional traumas, she must survive the advance of nightmarish ghouls.

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This film was done for the George Romero film competition in Charlotte, NC, February 2009. See more »

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Stylishly filmed and satisfying zombie flick
6 May 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

***** Originally posted on openfilm.com in January 2009 by Miami Movie Critic *****

Wikipedia defines a zombie as a reanimated corpse, but what is it that causes the zombie genre to reanimate itself every few years or so? These movies have thrived ever since George A. Romero's groundbreaking Night of the Living Dead was unleashed on an unsuspecting public in 1968, and since then we've gotten sequels, remakes and "reimaginings" by directors as gifted and diverse as Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire) and Zack Snyder (Watchmen). I think the appeal has something to do with the fear of death, specifically what death does to the human body. By the time we're in our early teens, we're fully aware that our friends and neighbors are all worm food, but at least we have the comfort of knowing our loved ones will be placed six feet under and out of sight. The zombie genre provides no such comfort - it takes the rot and the filth and puts it out there in broad daylight.

This theme is at the heart of See the Dead, Robert W. Filion's stylishly filmed and satisfying zombie flick. (It's even there in the title: "Look at these dead people.") The movie has spectacular makeup effects, and one of the most f'ed-up car accidents I've ever seen in my life.

The melodramatic opening scenes are there to soften us for the kill, much like Stephen King does whenever he wants the reader to gain his characters' sympathies. An attractive suburban woman named Sarah (played by the singularly-named actress Vanelle) wakes up from a bad dream and walks through her empty house. She then opens her front door onto a strangely purple sky and a neighborhood populated by walking corpses. These are some vividly imagined zombies, with flayed, peeling skin and blood that comes out in a watery splash. The effects and Vanelle's intensely committed performance create a rich atmosphere of dread that climaxes in one bravura shot of Sarah running down the street as zombies enter the frame from both sides.

Zombies always make for good social commentary, and Filion doesn't hesitate to have some fun with wide shots of identical houses and dead-looking neighbors. Stick around after the end credits for an amusing shot of a zombie stumbling down his driveway. He's carrying a briefcase and appears to be on his way to work.


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