Dead Shack (2017)

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With their best attempt at a wholesome family vacation already being sabotaged by f-bombs and baser desires, three teenage friends are suddenly sent careening on a detour into over-the-top, gory horror in this ode to '80s genre flicks from Peter Ricq (whose band HUMANS supplies the synth score). Thanks to the equal attention lavished on characters and physical comedy/carnage (courtesy of first-rate practical effects), this severed-tongue-in-cheek film's blunt-force trauma packs all the more punch.

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Critic Reviews for Dead Shack

All Critics (9)

Despite its many problems, a distinctly Canadian sensibility of dopey, gross-out fun manages to rise to the surface of this teens vs. zombies curio.

Dec 7, 2018 | Rating: C | Full Review…

The pieces don't always fit, the jokes sometimes miss their mark, the horror elements can be clumsy, but the film holds together on the basis of charm.

Nov 2, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Canadian zom com Dead Shack is refreshingly small scale, with great comedic timing and relatable characters. It's a great, entertaining little film

Sep 21, 2018 | Full Review…

Best viewed late at night in the company of friends and alcohol, Dead Shack, is a bonkers, bloody and fun horror comedy.

Aug 29, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

A small film that offers small pleasures for fans of off-beat zombie flicks.

Aug 23, 2018 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

This spirited, silly horror movie isn't particularly fresh or scary, but it has enough charm to be worthy of a viewing by genre fans.

Aug 3, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Dead Shack

½

There was no review yesterday as it was a repeat of a movie I reviewed a few months ago, Dude Bro Party Massacre III. With that said, however, including the aforementioned movie, I've been on a good run of movies. Five good movies in a row. And during the annual horror fest too, which is when I would expect that good run of movies the least. Out of 9 movies I've seen this month, not including this one, 7 of them have been good or better. That's unprecedented for me, I think. With that said, however, does this movie make six good movies in a row and 8 out of 10??? Well, and this one really hurts me to say, but no. The reason that it hurts me is that, legitimately speaking, I enjoy these kinds of movies. Not that there's a whole 'genre' of films like this, but what I mean is middle of the pack horror films that just sort of sneak past people. Most of these usually have a low-budget, but it's never to the film's detriment, a good script and a more than game cast. I remember a movie called A Little Bit Zombie (which is on Prime as we speak), that I saw some years ago, and that movie would fit in that category. It's not gonna win any awards, but it is still a lot of fun to watch regardless. And this movie seems to be cut from that same mold that the aforementioned movie is cut from. And I don't know why but, as I mentioned, the scripting is solid, the cast is really good, particularly Donavon Stinson (who plays Roger) and the horror, while not great gets the job done. Here's the thing about this movie, though, and that is that it's completely undemanding. You don't need to be intelligent to figure out what's going on in this movie. Jason and his best friend's family go to this shack in the woods. While there, they find out that their 'neighbor' is killing people and feeding them to her family, who have been turned to zombies somehow. Jason, Colin and Summer decide to put a stop to this after Colin and Summer's father is in danger of being zombie food. Simple and to the point. I say undemanding, but I don't mean it as a negative in the slightest. This is a point I seem to stress quite often, but movies like this need to exist. There needs to be a balance, not everything needs to be thought-provoking, vague or confusing. So I think the movie definitely embraced that simplicity and they focused on what, they knew, would be the strength of the movie and that is the interplay between the cast. I already mentioned that Donavon Stinson is great in this movie, but Lizzie Boys, Matthew Nelson-Mahood and Gabe LaBelle (Summer, Jason and Colin respectively) have to carry the load and they're more than up for the task. Seeing as this is a Canadian movie and I don't know much about Canadian TV or, really, its films, I'm assuming that these three had to have had some experience. That's not the point, however, the point is that their chemistry is top-notch and, realistically speaking, they have to do most of the heavy lifting as Roger is a secondary character. To the film's credit, the young actors are very enthusiastic and they deliver the goods. If I'm being honest, and I always am in these here reviews, I would say that the movie was good for the most part. But there was just a moment, somewhere in there, where the movie just sort of tapered off. I think they blew their comedic wad too early and the latter half of the film suffered because of it. There's this one scene that should be really funny, where Roger has this father-son talk about how Roger wants to be the cool dad and how he's a bit irresponsible at times. While all this is going on, Summer and Jason are killing some kid zombies in the background. Well, you don't see it, you just hear them 'arguing' with each other about how to kill the zombie kids, while some blood splatters on a nearby wall. And, somehow, it's not as funny as it probably read on the script. Again, I don't know why, but the scene didn't work. Well, I mean, it did, but the point I'm making is that it wasn't as funny as I'm sure they originally meant it to be. Like I mentioned, the latter half of the movie is not as good as the first one. That's not to say that it was bad, just that it paled in comparison. It's even weirder when the movie isn't even 77 minutes long before the credits start to roll. So you'd think a movie like that would just fly by. Though, to be fair, I did have some issues with my laptop (that I hook to the TV via HDMI cable because my PS3/4 controllers are fucked and I can't use my consoles. So that delay went on like 30 minutes or so. But, to be fair, if I did watch it in 'two sittings', as it were, I think that's probably to the benefit of the movie and not the opposite. So there definitely were some issues with pacing or, at least, structuring the jokes in the movie to where all the best jokes were in the first half. With that said, I mean, I still found a lot to enjoy in this movie. Like I've already mentioned, the casting is great and the scripting, for the most part, is good. The movie, in general, has a lot of enthusiasm and I like its spirit and its tone. The sad thing is that despite all the goodwill the film builds up, it doesn't add up to a movie that I felt was good. It falls just slightly short of that. This pains me, because I legit was on the road to liking this. Regardless, 2.5 stars isn't the worst rating either. In fact, I'd probably give it 2.75 stars if I could. There's some inconsistency issues here that keep this from being good, but I do applaud the effort of everyone involved. This was clearly a labor of love, even if I can't wholeheartedly recommend it..

Jesse Ortega
Jesse Ortega

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½

Suspension of disbelief? Never heard of it! But I still managed to have a good time with Dead Shack, and that's worth more to me than something as mundane as quality.

Gimly M.
Gimly M.

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