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Before Dawn (2013)

Not Rated | | Horror | 8 June 2013 (Japan)
An estranged couple's vacation to save their troubled relationship goes awry when they find themselves under attack from the walking dead


Dominic Brunt


Mark Illis (screenplay), Joanne Mitchell (story)


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Credited cast:
Dominic Brunt ... Alex
Joanne Mitchell ... Meg
Eileen O'Brien Eileen O'Brien ... Eileen
Nicky Evans Nicky Evans ... Stephen
Alex Baldacci Alex Baldacci ... Zombie
Alan French Alan French ... Peter
Holly Illis Holly Illis ... Sarah
David Nolan David Nolan ... Garage Zombie
Neale Myers Neale Myers ... Zombie
Bryn Hammond ... Zombie
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mark Charnock ... Zombie (voice)
Tony Earnshaw Tony Earnshaw ... Zombie (voice)
Ian Jowett Ian Jowett ... Shop zombie


An estranged couple's vacation to save their troubled relationship goes awry when they find themselves under attack from the walking dead

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Release Date:

8 June 2013 (Japan) See more »

Filming Locations:

Yorkshire, England, UK


Box Office


GBP25,000 (estimated)
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Mitchell-Brunt Films See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Before Dawn (2013) was in preproduction for more than a year while money, a crew, special effects, cast and a gap in everyone's calendar was found. See more »


Referenced in Zoe Ball on ...: Sunday 9 (2018) See more »

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Zombie Honeymoon II: The Divorce
4 November 2012 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

Some five years ago many of my horror friends were quite enthusiastic about an experimental zombie movie named "Zombie Honeymoon", whereas I remained rather unimpressed. Surely the idea of blending zombie-horror with romantic comedy aspects was inventive and courageous, but I felt the result was too awkward and ineffective. What we have here with "Before Dawn" is pretty much the same idea, except that the romantic comedy gets replaced with melodramatic soap opera guff, since the two protagonists are a married couple in the process of separating. Mentally tormented Alex and Meg head out to the British countryside in a final attempt to resolve their marital issues and get reconnected. Things aren't looking too positive, especially for the husband Alex, but then Meg gets attacked and bitten by a zombie when she goes out running. As she's slowly but surely turning into a zombie, Alex still attempts to save his marriage and even find a remedy for his undying wife… There's no real audience for a movie like "Before Dawn". Fans of bloodthirsty horror films are likely to find it tedious and overly dramatic (and rightly so), whereas admirers of more sophisticated cinema will stumble over the many plot holes and loose ends in the story. Where exactly do Alex and Meg's marriage issues originate from? Are they just bored with each other or was there some adultery/betrayal? Besides, at several occasions before the zombie attack, it's clear to see that their marriage is beyond saving. The zombie invasion part of the plot remains vague and unelaborated throughout the entire movie. We never properly find out what caused the dead to rise again and the menace of a narrowing apocalypse is never really sensible. I realize that the events supposedly take place in a remote and isolated area, but three zombies throughout the entire film is hardly worth referring to as an invasion or even an epidemic. The story remains focused on our married couple, even though their story becomes (even) less interesting when she slowly starts decomposing. "Before Dawn" benefices mostly from the idyllic and peaceful Yorkshire filming locations, so it would have been very cool to see these being overrun with rotting corpses, kind of like certain memorable sequences in "28 Weeks Later". Speaking of corpses, the make-up effects are barely mediocre and director Brunt makes the same dreadful mistake of making them fast and furious. The two lead actors, Dominic Brunt and Joanne Mitchell, who also wrote and directed "Before Dawn" together, are married in real life as well, so I certainly hope for them the movie wasn't autobiographic.

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