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The Dead (2010)

R | | Horror | 1 October 2011 (USA)
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An American mercenary, the sole survivor of a plane crash, has to run the gauntlet across Africa, battling with the living dead.

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Howard J. Ford, Jonathan Ford (co-director) (as Jon Ford)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rob Freeman ... Lieutenant Brian Murphy
Prince David Oseia Prince David Oseia ... Sergeant Daniel Dembele (as Prince David Osei)
David Dontoh David Dontoh ... The Chief
Ben Crowe Ben Crowe ... Dan Ryder - Mercenary Leader
Glenn Salvage ... Suicide Mercenary
Dan Morgan Dan Morgan ... James
Julia Scott-Russell Julia Scott-Russell ... James' Fiancé
Laura Jane Stephens ... Drowning Woman
John Dunton-Downer John Dunton-Downer ... Lieutenant Frank Greaves
Nelson E. Ward ... Captain Edward Roy Cottridge Parker
Mark Chapman Mark Chapman ... Co-Pilot Collins
Anne Davaud Anne Davaud ... Doctor
Gaal Hama Gaal Hama ... Daniel's Son
Leala Tall Leala Tall ... Daniel's Wife
Tolu Ajayi Tolu Ajayi ... Major Mayhem
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Storyline

Lieutenant Brian Murphy, is the sole survivor of the final plane out of Africa, which crashes somewhere off the coast of West Africa. The night before, a zombie horde attacked many villages in that area. Brian gathers supplies from the plane crash and travels by foot until he finds and fixes a broken-down truck in a village. When driving, the truck gets stuck in a pothole as zombies get closer. Daniel Dembele, a local African soldier gone AWOL in search of his son, rescues Brian from certain death. Daniel's wife had been killed in a zombie attack the previous night and a local military unit, heading north to a military base, had rescued his son. Daniel agrees to lead Brian to the nearest airport, a day's drive away, in exchange for his truck upon arrival for Daniel to use to find his son. At the airport, Brian attempts radioing for help using the air traffic tower's radio, but he receives no response. Daniel gets fuel for the truck and the two agree it would be best to stick together ... Written by Jess Robertson

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Plot Keywords:

truck | radio | village | africa | zombie | See All (103) »

Genres:

Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for bloody zombie violence and gore | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 October 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Los muertos See more »

Filming Locations:

Burkina Faso See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$8,000,000, 31 December 2012
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The original schedule was to shoot the film over a period of six weeks. However, unforeseen problems meant that it actually took 12 weeks to shoot. A delay in the shipping of film equipment to Africa resulted in a loss of three weeks. See more »

Goofs

When Lieutenant Brian Murphy is carrying the swaddled baby after first rescuing it, The baby is clearly lay on its back facing upwards in his arms. Yet there is a leg dangling and facing completely the wrong direction. See more »

Quotes

Lieutenant Brian Murphy: [being rescued from a zombie] Jesus Christ!
Sergeant Daniel Dembele: Please! No blasphemy
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Connections

Referenced in Cinemassacre's Monster Madness: Land of the Dead (2013) See more »

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Great zombie movie
18 September 2011 | by javier1976See all my reviews

This is the best zombie movie I've seen in a long time. The film is dead serious (no pun intended), there are no attempts at humor (voluntary or otherwise) whatsoever. That alone sets it apart from about 90% of all recent zombie films. The 2 protagonists (the American looks a bit like Billy Bob Thornton at times) do a fine job delivering their (few) lines). The whole movie is rather bleak, and even though you see a lot of zombies and victims it is not overly gory. The effects are very good and there is no crappy CGI blood (or if there is any I didn't notice it). There are many zombies missing limbs (arms and legs) and I had read a while back that they even used real amputees, which is a nice touch. The other thing that sets it apart from all other zombie films is the setting. All of the movie takes place in the African savanna (from what I saw in the credits it was shot in Ghana and Burkina Faso), which leads to some gorgeous vistas while the characters try to reach their destination. And finally, it was shot on film, not on video or digital video, which I hate even more than CGI blood.


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