The Dead (2010)

7.0 Overall Score
Story: 6/10
Acting: 7/10
Visuals: 7/10

Great scenery, decent acting

Not enough zombies, feels a bit low budget, needed more plot

Movie Info

Movie Name:  The Dead

Studio:  Indelible Productions

Genre(s):  Horror

Release Date(s):  August 30, 2010 (Frightfest)/September 2, 2011 (UK)

MPAA Rating:  R


I need some humans for my tummy

Africa has been overrun by zombies. A United States engineer named Brian Murphy (Rob Freeman) is trying to get out on the last flight when tragedy strikes. The plane crashes and now Murphy must make his way through the deserts of Africa in an attempt to reach home and his family as the zombie plague grows. When Brian meets an African soldier named Daniel (Prince David Osei) who is searching for his son, Brian and Daniel must fight to stay alive.

Directed by Howard J. Ford and Jonathan Ford (collectively known as the Ford Brothers), The Dead was shot in West Africa and was a low-budget release that received moderate to positive reviews.


Hey, I bless the rains down in Africa!

The movie is very, very basic. The zombies are taking over and the humans just want to survive. Apparently other zombie movies don’t exist in this world of zombies because the characters don’t “go for the kill” when trying to stop them (aka shoot them in the head) and the zombies for the most part are slow and lumbering…only succeeding in sheer numbers. The other thing that the characters seem ignorant to is that they believe this is a containable outbreak…which ends up being a downfall (they should have watched Dawn of the Dead).

It is obviously low budget so the result is a good looking movie since the scenery becomes the movie. The African landscape is great and some of the desert scenes are shot amazingly. I wish there had been more combined zombie/desert scenes, but most of the good looking scenes just involve sweeping deserts. When the zombies show up, the sweeping film usually goes to close-up and loses the appeal.


Brains, brains, brains!

The zombies are pretty standard fare. I wish they showed up more in the film, but much of the film is spent driving around. The bond between Daniel and Brian is interesting, and it feels like it is the thrust of the movie. The scenes before Daniel’s arrival and after his departure kind of fall apart, and Daniel does help hold the movie together by being an interesting character.

The Dead is worth seeking out. It isn’t the best zombie movie you’ll see, but it is better than most of the later true “Dead” movies by George A. Romero.  The success of this film did spark enough interest for a sequel.  The Dead is followed by The Dead 2 (sometimes called The Dead 2:  India) in 2013.

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