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The Dead Reviews

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
May 23, 2013
A dread filled homage to the classic zombie pictures of the seventies and eighties...
February 25, 2012
The Dead reveres the films that came before it and wears its love for them on its sleeve.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Beth Accomando
January 21, 2012
The Dead is not the great zombie film I was hoping for but it does deliver a more grown-up horror film that eschews gimmicky shakycam and CGI to try and tell a real story, and for that I am appreciative.
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
October 14, 2011
The Ford brothers' take on this tradition offers a fair number of shocks and the arm-chomping that is de rigueur mortis for this genre. Yet it has things to say, mostly by implication, before a finish that took me by surprise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Chuck Wilson
Village Voice
October 11, 2011
The Dead, with its vast, pitiless landscapes and moral seriousness, is Night of the Living Dead reimagined as a Sergio Leone western. It's a knockout.
Bryant Frazer
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
October 7, 2011
You get used to the sight of the slow-moving undead swaying against the film's natural landscapes like half-imagined phantoms, and somehow that makes them more unnerving.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
October 7, 2011
The film provides a whole new way of looking at the same old dead things. Eat up.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Los Angeles Times
October 7, 2011
"The Dead," evocatively filmed in grainy 35mm, might carry the cinematic vibe of an old-school, flesh-eating adventure, but as it should be with stories like this, it's not a pretty picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matt Glasby
Total Film
September 7, 2011
With its desiccated plains and rotting crops, the Africa depicted in the Ford Brothers' zombie flick proves an evocative setting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
September 5, 2011
The film's rough edges contribute to the film's disconcerting rawness.
Phelim O'Neill
September 1, 2011
The low-budget zombie movie market may have long since reached saturation point, but this one displays some talent, style, intelligence and imagination, proving that in the right hands there's still plenty of life in the genre yet.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Scott Weinberg
January 9, 2011
The directors do a very fine job of keeping things creepy and consistently unsettling while trying to make their larger points.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Anton Bitel
Little White Lies
September 23, 2010
The Ford brothers' zombie apocalypse is the better for being told so straight - although its adherence to Romero's shuffling conventions does not extend to the film offering any coherent contemporary social commentary.
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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
October 13, 2011
A long, chemistry-free slog through the zombified countryside.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine
October 10, 2011
The ironies of the white man having to face potential extinction in a country infamous for racially tinged violence is too neat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Horgen
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 6, 2011
Beyond its auspicious premise -- survivors fighting a zombie outbreak against the continent's scorching vistas -- there's little else to chew on here.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
September 2, 2011
More marks for effort than achievement are notched up here.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Derek Malcolm
This is London
September 2, 2011
Film-makers Howard J Ford and his brother Jonathan have shot the scenery well, but since the undead are everywhere the quest for safety becomes repetitive.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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