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State of Emergency (2011)

Not Rated | | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller | 5 October 2011 (USA)
Chaos consumes a small town when a chemical facility explodes releasing a deadly toxin. Moments after the leak, the town's residents show signs of mutation, causing the military to ... See full summary »


Turner Clay


Turner Clay




Cast overview, first billed only:
Jay Hayden ... Jim
Tori White ... Ix
Scott Lilly Scott Lilly ... Scott
Kathryn Todd Norman Kathryn Todd Norman ... Julie
McKenna Jones ... Emilie
Loren Albanese Loren Albanese ... Jeremy
Andy Stahl ... Pivens
Clay Burke Clay Burke ... Infected #1
Dan Collett Dan Collett ... Infected #2
Chris Earley Chris Earley ... Infected #3
Philip Carson Philip Carson ... Infected #4 / Soldier #3
Gist Heinrich Gist Heinrich ... Infected #5
Bret Hopkins Bret Hopkins ... Infected #6
Eddie Napier Eddie Napier ... Infected #7
James Hendrix James Hendrix ... Infected #8


Chaos consumes a small town when a chemical facility explodes releasing a deadly toxin. Moments after the leak, the town's residents show signs of mutation, causing the military to quarantine the area leaving any survivors helpless and trapped inside. The story follows Jim, a young man isolated within the red zone, as he eludes flesh eating zombies in an attempt to win back his freedom. Written by Cinemavault

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The warehouse in which the four survivors are holed up is called 'Clay's', the same surname as the writer/director. See more »


When the Zombie is shot trying to get upstairs in the warehouse towards the end of the film, it slumps in to a sitting position with its back against the door. In the proceeding shots, it is laying on its front, through the doorway. There is also no sign of a bullet wound on the back of the head. See more »


Jim: [on Scott's neighbor] What Was He Doing When You Found Him?
Scott: [after a lengthy pause] He Was Eating His Wife!
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Better than I thought it would be
23 August 2013 | by krachtmSee all my reviews

The plot: After an explosion at a plant that stores biological weapons, a rage virus transforms a small community into bloodthirsty cannibals.

Yes, it's a straight-up ripoff of 28 Days Later and The Crazies. Once you get past that, it's actually pretty watchable, as long as you keep your expectations reasonable. The characters are a bit on the stupid side, but they're likable idiots. The slow pacing and brief run-time don't really leave much time for character development, and you end up not really knowing who these characters are. This is a bit of a problem because the film basically revolves around the characters; there's little gore or action, especially considering the genre. There's a little bit of drama, suspense, and romance, but don't hold your breath waiting for them. When the characters aren't have flashbacks to explain their thin back story, they're staring out windows or peering through rifle scopes. It's not very exciting, but it's a fairly tolerable waste of time.

If you're looking for a film that focuses more on characters and atmosphere, you may enjoy State of Emergency. Just keep in mind that it's an independent, low budget zombie film, and don't go in expecting a masterpiece. For example, the characters inject insulin into a diabetic's vein, and the zombies mostly just strike frightening poses and growl instead of attacking. My guess is they didn't have enough money for many stunts. It's not a great film, but it's better than I was expecting, given the budget and one man crew.

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5 October 2011 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Mt. Sterling, Kentucky, USA


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$1,300,000 (estimated)
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1.66 : 1
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