The Dead One (2007)

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Wilmer Valderrama, Angie Cepeda, Joel David Moore, and Michael Parks star in director Brian Cox's adaptation of Javier Hernandez's gothic-flavored comic book about a young man gifted with a strange supernatural power, and determined to save the soul of the woman he loves. As a young orphan, Diego (Valderrama) met a mysterious Indian man who spoke Aztec and marked the boy with the sign of Tezcatlipoca before dropping dead and leaving the child to fend for himself in the desert. A decade later, Diego has settled in a Latino community in the southwestern United States. The love of Diego's life is a beautiful girl named Maria (Cepeda), the niece of a padre who resides at a local mission. To this day Diego holds a strange fascination with the Aztec gods, and on the Day of the Dead he paints himself up as a zombie mariachi before setting out to celebrate. On the way to the party, however, the mark on Diego's hand reappears and he is suddenly killed in a violent automobile accident. Upon awakening in the Aztec afterlife, Diego's heart is ripped out by Mictlantecuhtli and offered up to Tezcatlipoca. Now Tezcatlipoca retains full power over Diego's soul, and the apocalyptic prophecies of the Aztecs begin to come true as a cycle of sun showers commence. But with each sun shower a sacrifice must be made - a sacrifice of significant symbolic value. Unfortunately for Maria, her family is of the same Christian bloodline that once brought about the demise of the Aztecs, making them an ideal candidate for sacrifice as the sun showers commence. The one thing that Diego doesn't realize is that the mark left on him by that strange Indian so many years ago singled him out as the sacrificial priest charged with carrying out the sacrifices, and that his supernatural mission won't be completed until the last of Maria's bloodline has been offered up to the ancient gods. Now, in order to protect his love and prevent the apocalypse, Diego must turn against an ancient deity whose power and wisdom is beyond that of anything than the newly transformed sacrificial priest can even comprehend - much less hope to defeat.
Rating: PG13
Genre: Drama , Horror , Mystery & Suspense , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By: Brian Cox
Written By: Brian Cox
In Theaters: wide
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Echo Bridge Entertainment

Cast

Wilmer Valderrama
as Diego de la Muerte/El Muerto
Michael Parks
as Sheriff Ezra Stone
Tony Plana
as Aparicio
Tony Amendola
as Padre Somera
Billy Drago
as The Old Indian
Darien Dikeos
as Young Diego
Michele Marsh
as Co-Worker
Brandon Molale
as State Trooper
Nathan Mussell
as Mictlantecuhtli
Saro Solis
as 2nd Deputy
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Dead One never generates either the fear or just tension that it intends with its portentous music, religious iconography and meant-to-be-creepy voice-overs.

Full Review… | September 13, 2007
L.A. Weekly
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Audience Reviews for The Dead One

Based on a comic I'm not familiar with, this reminded me of the comic Love and Rockets in tone and the artwork in the beginning. The story idea is good, but the execution is off by miles. There is no tension built, the horror aspects were downplayed with no scares, and a superhero connotation was possibly thrown in. I enjoyed the religious overtones, but the movie seemed to lack focus. I applaud the effort, but can't recommend it.

Don Schick
Don Schick

An interesting story, but the movie itself just wasn't that great.

Jacob Palacio
Jacob Palacio

He comes to eat! Diego always felt strangely drawn to the Day of the Dead as something in his heritage seems to draw him to the holiday. While celebrating the Day of the Dead, Diego dies and wakes as a reincarnated demon of some sort. Diego must uncover why he has returned from the dead and what his motives will be moving forward. "The Aztecs and their religion will return to dominance." Brian Cox, director of Scorpion Spring, The Obit Writer, and Keepin It Real, delivers The Dead One. The storyline for this picture had a little potential but is not anything special overall. The settings are fascinating and deliver the scenes well and the soundtrack is solid; however, the acting is less than average. "The foretold days have come." The Dead One is currently airing on Showtime. I was surprised to see Wilmer Valderrama (That 70's Show), Joel Moore (Avatar & Grandma's Boy), and Angie Cepeda starring in this picture. Overall, the characters were not presented well and the film never picks a direction. The film is not a horror movie but I'm not sure I would call it a drama either. I recommend skipping this picture. "I have faith in what I see." Grade: F

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins

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