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Dead Air (2009)

Not Rated | | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller | 2009 (USA)
Logan Burnhardt is the ego-king of the airwaves, but his unflappable persona is put to the test when a terrorist bio-attack unleashes a plague of flesh-ripping maniacs on Los Angeles.

Director:

Corbin Bernsen

Writer:

Kenny Yakkel (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Navid Negahban ... Abir
Corbin Bernsen ... Dr. F
Bill Moseley ... Logan
David Moscow ... Gil
Haley Pullos ... Dee Dee (as Haley Alexis Pullos)
Dan Lauria ... Fred
Patricia Tallman ... Lucy
Jeanne Cooper ... Paranoid Caller #1
Larry Drake ... Vernon
Susan Ruttan ... Maggie
Anthony Ray Parker ... Tanner
Federico Dordei ... Kalil
Jason Davis ... Maniac
Danielle Petty ... Business Woman
Lakshmi Manchu ... Gabbi
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Storyline

Radio Host, Logan Burnhardt, starts off his show with off-beat questions such as the whereabouts of the Taj Mahal, and why it is only photographed from the front. With listeners calling in on a variety of issues, he soon becomes aware that terrorists have planted chemical bombs in stadiums and crowded areas that make people violent. He subsequently asks his colleague to travel home to ensure that his wife, Gabbi, and child are safe - not knowing that terrorists will soon take over the building and hold him and other colleagues hostage and force them to make a live broadcast of their real agenda. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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All America's worst fears. Realized. At once. See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

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Also Known As:

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The term "dead air" is used primarily in broadcasting, be it radio or television, and it defines any amount of time where nothing goes out over the air unintentionally, like silence on radio or a black screen on television. Dead air is considered a broadcaster's worst nightmare, as it eats up precious advertising time. See more »

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The door that is blocked with furniture in the studio opens away from the blockade. See more »

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Logan: [the radio station employees are barricading the doors with heavy desks. Lucy walks over and sets a potted plant on top of the desks] And that's supposed to do WHAT?
Lucy: Fuck you!
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References Soylent Green (1973) See more »

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I Don't Wanna Die
Written by Theresa Walker
Produced and Performed by Theresa Walker and Tim Hall
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Cheap and creaky zombie tosh for the undemanding. See Pontypool Instead
24 November 2009 | by espontaneo-1See all my reviews

I watched this film mistakenly thinking that it was that other radio station zombie flick. The shonky production values and low-rent cast soon gave away that this was another one of the those cheap sci-fi channel style knock offs.

The central performance from Bill Moseley is initially quite engaging as the dubious radio shock jock but as the film goes on becomes less and less convincing as he is actually required to act. The rest of the cast have little to do other than look concerned and have no depth whatsoever.

The cinematography is dull, flat and completely uninspired, like so many of these kind of films. It doesn't even manage a decent bit of convincing gore, the zombie make up is literally pathetic apart from one notable exception towards the end of the film.

The film tries to inject originality and a message into it's concoction of half baked and ripped off ideas by somehow equating this outbreak with intolerance towards Islam and the war on terror. This is woefully handled with all the intellectual clout of a 6 year old. As the characters and seemingly the writers are unable to distinguish the difference between race and religion - describing all people of a certain skin colour as "muslims." Most notably one character is revealed to be Muslim by skin colour alone. At the same time the "muslim" terrorists who cause the outbreak are the usual psychopathic stereotype.

Presumably the far far superior Pontypool had a similar budget as Dead Air yet shines everywhere where this film fails miserably.


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