The Dead Reviews

January 7, 2020
It's a blood-spattered road movie-cum-African travelogue that makes wonderful use of an exotic setting that helps distinguish it from the crowded field of zombie films.
October 21, 2019
A serious, almost contemplative zombie film, with no jokes and snarky homage.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
October 7, 2011
The film provides a whole new way of looking at the same old dead things. Eat up.
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.
September 7, 2011
With its desiccated plains and rotting crops, the Africa depicted in the Ford Brothers' zombie flick proves an evocative setting.
September 5, 2011
The film's rough edges contribute to the film's disconcerting rawness.
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.
January 9, 2011
The directors do a very fine job of keeping things creepy and consistently unsettling while trying to make their larger points.
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.