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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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7 June 2009 (USA) See more »

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Morde Dar Biroon See more »

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An honest attempt, but seriously flawed
12 April 2010 | by yeah_sureSee all my reviews

A small budget, a few unknown actors, a secluded farm, a global epidemic that turns people into violent lunatics. It COULD work. But it doesn't.

The script has serious problems: it moves too slowly, and ultimately goes nowhere. We have the troubled guy, and the troubled girl. Both have issues. They have to depend on each other to survive, while overcoming their ghosts. All this is established early on, but dragged through ineffective flashbacks and poor dialogue, for far too long.

The infected are too few and far between, and never seem like a real menace. Two people with a crappy rifle and some barbed wire manage to fend them off easily. The doors and windows aren't even reinforced. Most of the time, they could as easily be there on (a very very boring) vacation, rather than in the middle of a world apocalypse.

The characters are not interesting. The guy is dull and clueless. The girl is always annoyed AND annoying. The other girl is just as dull as the guy, and doesn't bring anything new. Their past stories should give us new insights about them, but don't. The (possible) immunity subplot is never properly explored, or settled. Its just thrown in for the sake of it, like too many things in the movie.

Overall, "The Dead Outside" does have some upsides (for a post-apocalyptic movie) - a sense of isolation and lack of hope, a few (very few) mild scares, and the cinematography isn't great, but its watchable. But by the end, you're wondering which is worse: being infected, or being a part of this sad, boring bunch.


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