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

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The feeding begins.

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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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The opening scene in the desert was filmed on one of the last days of shooting. See more »

Goofs

When U.S. Air Force Engineer Brian Murphy dreams of his return home to his wife and daughter, he is wearing a white U.S. Navy service dress uniform rather than the appropriate blue U.S. Air Force service dress uniform. See more »

Quotes

Lieutenant Brian Murphy: [being rescued from a zombie] Jesus Christ!
Sergeant Daniel Dembele: Please! No blasphemy
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Followed by The Dead 2: India (2013) See more »

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A Serious Slice Of Zombie Horror
17 October 2011 | by amesmondeSee all my reviews

The dead are returning to life and attacking the living. After surviving a plane crash American Air Force Engineer Lieutenant Brian Murphy teams up with a local army Sgt. Daniel Dembele and they try to stay alive in dead infested war-torn Africa.

It's well filmed with the competent naturalistic visual style reminiscent of Monsters, less is also more in The Dead's case. Imran Ahmad's music score complements the on screen deeds and while not particularly memorable it is subtle and effective enough.

The African setting is a welcomed change, the on location shoot gives it an eerie real feel. The costume design appears authentic. Dan Rickard's special effects and Max Van De Banks' makeup are first rate, bones sticking out of legs, wounds, bites and the dead getting hit and shot at are executed perfectly. The traditional shambling sluggish dead are creepy enough and retain an air of menace.

The zombie/virus market has been saturated with countless sub-par films. There have been a few welcomed additions arguably - the Dawn of the Dead remake, cross genre Australian film Undead, 28 Days virus flicks, comedies including Shaun of the Dead, Zombieland and actioner Le Horde, Eaters, Mutant to name a few. I personally I like sober zombie films and The Dead is probably the most grounded undead film since Romero's original trilogy. Director and writer team Howard and Jonathan Ford manage to give their zombie offering scope, emotion and anxiety that arguably lacked in Land and Survival of the Dead respectively.

Due to the constraints of the story there's little dialogue. That said, what there is rings true and the characters are given time to develop. The acting all round is of a high standard, with fitting performances from both leads Rob Freeman and Prince David Oseia.

My only grumble is that there's been so many zombie films lately it mars the freshness that The Dead delivers. Intentional or unintentional as with Romero's films there is indeed a social commentary running though The Dead and the African setting is debatably no accident. The Dead may lack comradely wordplay but it doesn't try to reinvent the wheel.

Overall, The Dead gives the viewer a much needed solid piece of realistic zombie entertainment. Recommend.


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