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Empire State of the Dead (2016)

The recently deceased rise, feasting upon the living as a zombie outbreak spreads across the globe. In Central New York, a small Marine patrol, led by Seargent Ritter, tries to keep order. ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Wes Reid Wes Reid ... Olen Ray
Eli DeGeer ... McCrae
Wayne W. Johnson ... Draven
Joel Miscione Joel Miscione ... Ritter
Todd Hamilton Todd Hamilton
Michael Merchant ... Sheets
Cassandra Hayes Cassandra Hayes ... Christian Woman / Zombie Extra
Alan Doshna Alan Doshna ... Three different zombies
Moe Isaac Moe Isaac ... Scag
Larissa Groesbeck Larissa Groesbeck
Mary Snell Mary Snell ... Zombie / Soldier
Alyssa Reed Alyssa Reed ... Allison
Steve Smith Steve Smith
L. Thomas Minion L. Thomas Minion
Nathan Faudree ... Vince


The recently deceased rise, feasting upon the living as a zombie outbreak spreads across the globe. In Central New York, a small Marine patrol, led by Seargent Ritter, tries to keep order. But while battling the living dead they are also faced with roving gangs going unchecked and entire military units defecting. Amid the chaos, a drug lord named Ray sees an opportunity to rule the new world rising, and he is sabotaging rescue centers and military bases to help further break down the Government's attempts to restore order.

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13 June 2017 | by paul_haakonsenSee all my reviews

Yay, another zombie movie that I happened to stumble upon by blind random luck. And with it being a zombie movie, of course I had to sit down and watch it. Granted, I had heard nothing about "Empire State of the Dead" prior to finding it. And it was the movie's cover/poster that instantly caught my attention, because it has that classic 1980's zombie feel to it.

The music score to the movie was quite interesting, and it was rather fitting to the movie and to the genre.

"Empire State of the Dead" is a low budget zombie movie, no doubt about it. Especially when you take a look at the zombie make-up, the props, the scenery, the camera work and such. But being a low budget zombie movie is not necessarily a death sentence, especially not if the heart and spirit is in the right place.

The story told in the movie was adequate, but it wasn't really a story that draws in the audience. Nor was it a story that was particularly outstanding or captivating.

I wasn't familiar with anyone on the cast list, which is usually a good thing, because I find it nice to have new talents in a movie, so you don't associate them with other played characters in other movies. But of course, the acting performers need to be up to the part and have some acting skill. The level of performance in "Empire State of the Dead" was adequate; I have seen worse in other zombie movies, but I have most definitely also seen much better.

As for the special effects, well the effects were there, and they worked well enough to their purpose. However, it wasn't the best of effects, but again do take into consideration the production level and the budget of the movie.

Zombie movies need to have proper zombie make-up in order to be fully convincing. And while there were indeed zombies in "Empire State of the Dead", then the zombie make-up wasn't particularly outstanding. It was a shame though, because more funding to the make-up and props department would definitely have boosted this movie. They tried though, and I do believe that they made the best of what they had to work with. But of course, since this movie was set in the initial stages of a zombie outbreak, the bodies of the reanimated dead would not be decayed and decomposed. So in that sense, it was alright. But still, more adequate make-up and prostethics would have been preferable.

Most of the characters in the movie were rigid and wooden, which reflected onto the rest of the movie. Especially because they also lacked background story, and you had no reason to Invest any kind of attachment or feeling into most of the characters. So the character gallery in the movie was a bit weak.

"Empire State of the Dead" is not in the top league of zombie movies, nor is it in the lower end. It was actually a mediocre attempt and foray into the zombie genre. If you are a hardcore zombie aficionado you will find a little bit enjoyment in "Empire State of the Dead", however, don't get your hopes up for something impressive.

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