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Hmmm....I wondered about how I felt about this one. I don't believe the horror was found in the Zombies. Rather, the horror and believability was in the situation of the survivors. Sure....the ducking, weaving and bludgeoning of said Zombies were all in a day's work. But, the scary part was being in the shoes of the survivor's. One could easily picture the disparity of those that are on the run. But one could also feel the controversy of their plight as well. The pseudo-heroes are not where they want to be yet forced into a community with some pretty strange ideas of survival. The ending provides plenty to think about. The question I always ask myself when doing a review is, will I ever watch this again. Maybe....after I have seen about another 500 horror movies with zombies. Yet YOU might say, "I gotta see that one again"....bravo. Scary to some....thought provoking to others...YOU choose. ......Q(:-}
I feel like one of the very few that is going to tell you the honest
truth about this movie. I've seen 10 stars, 8 stars etc. There is no
saving grace here this movie is in all honesty below "B" level or at
least a B-. The acting is college level, the director and
cinematography are barely adequate and the effects are very poor.
I'd like to know what motivates people to give this movie a high score. It's not a matter of opinion, it's either they stand to gain from it or they have no standards whatsoever. Playing the Romero Fanboy card is just silly. It has nothing to do with Romero but it has everything to do with competence which is in short supply here in every aspect.
I rarely feel compelled to write reviews about movies as most are
neither particularly good or particularly bad. However, on this
occasion I cannot help but feel I need to warn the rest of you
potential victims that this movie is a complete waste of space.
Directorship - OMG! Acting - Oh dear! Storyline - Hmmm!?!?! Effects/Action/Gore - Don't get me started! Camera work - Poor at best.
How anyone could have likened this to The Walking Dead series (of which I am an avid fan) needs a smack!
Honestly, go do some knitting with your grandma, you'll feel ultimately more satisfied.
This is a film about a couple of people (Elvis and Tweeter) who meet up
during the devastation of a zombie outbreak. They come across a guy who
has some supplies and keys for a boat. They leave the Florida mainland
and head towards an island. When they get there they are taken by a
group of survivors to a gated complex with others living there. They
soon fit in and find that there is more going on here than they
thought. It soon becomes a fight for survival, and not just against the
Surprisingly, Dan Hicks is in this film. You probably will not see him, but it is interesting to me that a noted horror veteran showed up for this endeavor. His appearance may be the best thing about the movie.
Aside from some sound issues, the film is pretty good. Not a life-changing experience, but a zombie film with more going on than just zombies. There is a back story (though it remains rather murky) and a "shocking" twist (that does not really make much sense). It is a thinker... sort of.
I loved this film. There was a depth of character, back story for each, a well thought-out plot, good mythology, and a genuine sense of urgency throughout. It keeps you guessing, and is anything but a "formulaic" zombie film. Probably for financial reasons, they did not go crazy on make up, or walker special effects. It was not distracting, like some low budget films can be (white pancake makeup with tan necks showing through), but it was not elaborate either. It seems they spent more money on gruesome but necessary close ups, and kill scenes, making it disturbingly realistic, and gritty. The walkers are largely symbolic, and the constant threat is conveyed by the scenery. The bunkers, the stark military look, that sense of paranoia that extends to the living as well as the walking dead. A great use of tension, with the scenery functioning as a character in its own right. Foreboding, and the sense of constant danger is conveyed nicely. This film is exhausting to watch, in the best possible way. They used their resources wisely. Good actors, good script, great little film for the horror fan. I gave it eight genuine stars, and hope to see its profile rising as more people see and enjoy this shocking, intriguing, anything but boring, and welcome addition to the genre.
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After a zombie plague has wiped out pretty much all of humanity, a girl
named Tweeter & a doctor named Elvis, team up & get a boat to an island
inhabited by a small band of survivors trying to survive from the
zombie plague, but things fall apart mighty quickly. DEAD SEASON is
basically no different then the other 294796354749 zombie movies that
have been released in the past few years, but at least the film-makers
tried & it is slightly better than the vast majority of the zombie
films churned out for a quick buck. Unfortunately like many zombie
epics released today, the film's plot really has nowhere to go, there's
no overly serious threat with the zombies & no real action to speak of,
sans the zombie attack sequences, which are at the very least
competently shot. The films acting is pretty passive & the direction is
not bad, plus the gore effects are pretty decent for what is obviously
a low budget production. The zombie make-up is also okay for what it
is. Unfortunately DEAD SEASON hasn't much to offer in the ways of
creativity, as it pretty much follows the path taken by practically
every film-maker who has helmed a zombie epic since George A. Romero
first woke the dead, with the truly excellent & ground breaking NIGHT
OF THE LIVING DEAD back in 1968. In fact, one has to wonder if there
isn't some kind of zombie horror movie check list that every film-maker
wanting to helm a zombie epic is given: The only way to kill a zombie
is by a shot to the brain? Check. A world overrun by hordes of zombies
& the remaining survivors banning together, with other survivors, some
of which aren't exactly "good guys" Check. Said survivors hiding out &
eating whatever canned food they can stumble upon? Check. Zombie bites
will turn it's victim into a zombie? Check. Well you get the picture.
All in all, DEAD SEASON is strictly for die hard zombie fans who just
can't get enough of the genre, but on a whole, for those who are
looking for something at least a little different, with a different
take on the usual zombie fed storytelling, their most likely be
disappointed by the films lack of creativity. A watchable film if you
can't find anything else on the video shelf, otherwise I say pass on
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An extremely poor attempt at cashing in on the 'Walking Dead'
phenomenon. There are no redeeming characters or qualities to be found
here. "Tweeter" always looks like she just swallowed a bug and the
people who are surviving on an toxic island with no steady supply of
food are all overweight. Watching is like stumbling through a midnight
forest in the dark as you jump from scene to scene. Awkward dialogue.
And why didn't they just label the food "Soylent green" and make it a
bit MORE obvious. Ha!
It's a good movie if you enjoy pointing out all the incongruities but other than that don't waste your time.
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Dead Season is about a couple, of 20 something people, guy's probably
closer to early to mid-thirties and the chick, who's decent looking and
a badass, is late teens, early 20's, 23 max, escape their city to an
island fortress. A makeshift military fortress, where food is scarce
and it's not all that secure, but it's still a fortress, I guess. Push
comes to shove, the 2 new arrivals bring about the complete destruction
of the place. Blah, blah, blah....
Dead Season is well..., I don't know, it's pretty much a run of the mill zombie flick. Well..., except for the island fortress thingy, which actually reminded me of a couple issues of, "The Walking Dead," comic, I think issues 31, 32, or 30 something anyway, barely minus the rape in the comic and the fact they're on an island where there is nothing to eat. The acting was almost bearable in very few scenes, while being bad for most. The zombies themselves are rather shameful. I mean, the make up is passable. The effects are..., passable. But..., I don't know, it was something about their overall demeanor and the way they moved. I didn't know that you could make a character who is literally braindead seem stupid. But they manage it in this C-movie. There's actually a whole helluva lot more that I should really point at as bad, but like I said, it's a C-movie (not really sure if that's an actual class of movies, I just know this isn't good enough to be considered a B-movie), so, rather than point out all the bad in this movie, I'm just going to say don't have any kind of above par expectations for this, and it's okay. I was going to rate this a 1, but..., I don't know, the heroine just seems cool to me, and the surviving daughter is pretty hot.
Dead Season is a mediocre rip-off of George A. Romero's Day of the Dead
(1985, not to be confused with awful Sean S. Cunninhgam remake in name
only from a few years back). We've got the tropical island (check),
stupid, horny military dudes (check), mad doctor experiments (brief,
but check), fenced-in compound (check), and zombie gore (check). What
we don't have is a good movie. Oh, and the other film it rips off is
Romero's terrible Survival of the Dead (by setting people up to go to
an island of presumed safety).
The acting is okay, as are the zombie makeup and gore effects, and the music and cinematography are pretty good (a little too much shaky-cam here and there, however).
The weak link is the script, which is not only slow and predictable, but frequently makes no sense. The most egregious example being that the cast spend the whole movie fighting slow zombies and then, for no reason at all, all the new zombies that get made out of the survivors at the end are super-fast 28 Days Later-style killing machines (complete with bloody eyes). This would have been okay if it were explained, but it isn't. It's just sloppy writing.
There is pretty much zero character development. Unlike Romero's Day of the Dead, where even the lamest of the military goons had at least a scene or two spent developing their personalities and maybe giving them a memorable line or two, the goons here are completely forgettable, interchangeable zeros. So who cares when they die? And the two leads aren't very interesting. The redhead is annoying, and the paramedic dude is too nice. They don't grow or change or do anything cool, at least not enough to make me root for them. The screenwriters need to read a copy of Blake Snyder's Save The Cat! and/or Jeffrey Schechter's My Story Can Beat Up Your Story! to learn how to write a good screenplay.
Dead Season takes itself seriously (a bit too much so, as there are not enough lighter moments to give you a break from the overall grimness). It's not a bad movie, just not a very good one. It's better than any of the nonsense the SyFy Channel produces, but that's not saying much. Zombie fans will no doubt be able to sit through this film and be moderately entertained if they have nothing better to watch.
Another Zombie Movie.
I love zombie movies and the series The Walking Dead so when I see zombie movie I just have to watch it. I don't finish them all because some of them are just terrible and based on just blood and gore.
I Watched the movie with my wife and thought it was so bad, but we watched it all, we couldn't stop so it has to say something.
Most frustrating things were people doing things not logical and leaving weapons behind. Interesting take on the shortage of food but it does not make up for the bad acting and "special effects". Camera work wasn't bad so there is someone with a future that was involved in the movie.
Nothing special but be warned when you start U probably won't stop.
Acting not so great, story line not so great.
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