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The Dead Outside (2008)

Not Rated | | Horror, Mystery, Thriller | 7 June 2009 (USA)
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A neurological pandemic has consumed the population. April, a secretive young girl, and Daniel, a man desperate and bereaved, come together on an isolated farm. When a mysterious stranger ... See full summary »
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Alton Milne Alton Milne ... Daniel
Sandra Louise Douglas Sandra Louise Douglas ... April
Vivienne Harvey ... Eleanor
Robin Morris Robin Morris ... Daniel's Son
Sharon Osdin ... Kate
Max Adair Max Adair ... April's Brother
John Erskine John Erskine ... April's Grandfather
Samantha Mullaney Samantha Mullaney ... April's Mother
Phyllis Douglas Phyllis Douglas ... April's Grandmother
Mona Thomson Mona Thomson ... Neighbour
Moyra McWhirter Moyra McWhirter ... Old Lady on Road
Peter Lochburn Peter Lochburn ... Man on Road
Sharon MacLaughlan Sharon MacLaughlan ... Injured Girl
Ralph Berger Ralph Berger ... Man on Fence
Cheryl Easton Cheryl Easton ... Woman on Fence
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A neurological pandemic has consumed the population. April, a secretive young girl, and Daniel, a man desperate and bereaved, come together on an isolated farm. When a mysterious stranger turns up, they are confronted with a new enemy even deadlier than the one beyond the perimeter. Written by Kerry Anne Mullaney

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Dying is easy


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7 June 2009 (USA) See more »

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Morde Dar Biroon See more »

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Mothcatcher Films See more »
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2.35 : 1
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Made for only £4,000. See more »

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Written and Performed by The Boxer Rebellion
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A Poor Man's 28 Days Later...
14 March 2010 | by fastfoodiSee all my reviews

Completely derivative, and not very rewarding. Although the talent of the filmmakers involved is evident, they sabotage themselves by working with completely empty content. Badly written, badly acted and repetitive, the film failed to justify its running time. THE DEAD OUTSIDE works for about 15 minutes, after which its lack of momentum makes it hard to sit through. I suspect it would probably have made a good short film, however.

It has been mentioned that the film "expects a lot from its audience", but this isn't quite true. There was far too much exposition in some scenes. The characters and their stories are simply not very interesting. It's a common thing to see in an indie, but the extent to which bad acting can weigh down even a good script *cannot* be overstated. I'm sure THE DEAD OUTSIDE will be the cast and crew's ticket to bigger/better things, but as a cinema experience it simply is not up to par.

I'll try and contextualize my score by listing scores for the last couple of indies I've seen:

RULE OF THREE (Eric Shapiro). Good acting for an indie. Reasonably good Script. Terribly shot, terrible music. 5/10

INK (Jamin Winans). Some pretty good ideas, hugely ambitious and elaborate production. Weak execution and bad acting. 5/10

SHALLOW GROUND (Sheldon Wilson). A bloody mess. Nonsensical plot. An exercise in pointlessness. 3/10

THE DEAD OUTSIDE (Kerry Anne Mullaney). A technically competently lensed film, but lacking any real focus or originality. Badly acted, boring script, repetitive sound design. 4/10


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