While serving detention for a horrific incident, four students are locked in a school and hunted by a gang dressed as the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. While fighting to survive, each student must confront past traumas.
For four outcast teens, summer detention means being assigned to clean their high school after a horrific incident. But they are not alone; a macabre gang wearing guises of The Four Horsemen Of The Apocalypse - Famine, Pestilence, War and Death - has locked them inside and is hunting them through the school's ravaged hallways. As the four students battle to survive, each must confront the supernatural echoes of past traumas they have struggled to forget - and may be condemned to relive.
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A Predictable Yet Well Told Tale
I cannot understand how some people miss the whole point and concept of this film. I admit I guessed the whole plot and twist about 20 minutes in, yet that did not spoil my enjoyment because I watched it properly.
Scottie, Mouse, Emily and Louis are all driven to their high school with instructions that they have to clean up the mess they made. The place is aged and derelict. Not just your standard graffiti here and there, we're talking run to the ground closed off forever look to it. Ms Persephone is the tutor in charge, hard stone faced doesn't take any messing kind of teacher.
What we also witnessed pre credits was a group of high school kids tormenting a young lad who has his face covered in a video which went viral on YouTube. This of course connects with the plot in a big way. Before we go there, our teens look bewildered at the chaos whilst Persephone threatens that Ammit will eat their hearts. Mouse explains the Egyptian God status and why Ammit consumes the sinful hearts.
Outside in the darkness, four people are putting on hideous masks to represent the Horsemen and are getting ready for something. They head into the school after chaining the doors up. We find out that Emily is off her medication, so is becoming quite erratic in her behaviour from the start. After Scottie sees the four masked figures who run past him totally ignoring him, Mouse looks for Ms Persephone. The tutor is sat in her office surrounded by photos of a screaming child. Mouse asks if the heating can be turned down a bit. "But it's so cold." says the woman and turns, half her head is missing.......
Thus begins a continued nightmare as visions and nasty things occur moment after moment, reminding me very much of Event Horizon.
The use of the darkness and the derelict corridors is perfectly old school, turning the building itself into a character.
It all comes together and clearly explains the goings on which many will have (like myself) guessed by a certain early point in the film. The Dead Ones is a simple tale well written and excellently played. Recommended for Halloween viewing or just a creepy night in.
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