The Dead Center Reviews

July 23, 2020
This is a horror film - in the sense of horrific - through and through, a grim mystery which grows ever and ever nastier.
December 28, 2019
As riveting as it is fresh it's a slow and dreadful burn that, despite its detrimentally short run-time, manages to be one of the more intriguing, effective indie thrillers as of recent memory.
November 22, 2019
Mediocrely entertaining and repetitive in the procedures, The Dead Center lacks guts and never coheres into something special.
October 14, 2019
[Billy Senese's] second feature feels exceptionally authentic - no trace of medical soap operatics here - and is well played by a roster of newcomers, allowing it to build to a genuinely impressive clinical crescendo.
October 11, 2019
For pleasing pre-Halloween viewing, you could do a whole lot worse than The Dead Center. Just don't expect too many nightmares afterward.
October 11, 2019
There's a lot of excellent atmospherics here that are more unsettling than the actual violence, which in turn is all the more effective for largely being kept just off-screen.
October 10, 2019
Makes hospitals seem even scarier than they already are.
October 10, 2019
"There's an unknowable boundary around the human experience, and if you pass beyond that boundary, you are quite simply fucked."
October 10, 2019
[Billy] Senese... makes great use of the sound design, and glitchy visuals which are unnerving without resorting to cheap jump scares. But most importantly, The Dead Center gives us more [Shane] Carruth, and he brings the film to life.
October 10, 2019
Director/writer Billy Senese didn't have a ton of money to work with but "The Dead Center" wisely eschews gore and special effects in favor of setting a dark, malevolent mood.
October 9, 2019
The film is in tune with the need to remain lucid and empathetic while in the maw of human extremity.
October 9, 2019
[An] effective low-key chiller...
September 25, 2019
Whether because of its seemingly open-ended finale, the powerful performances delivered by the actors, the direction and screenplay, or whether due to the thematic material it chews upon, this film is hard to forget.
May 27, 2019
This is psychological horror at its best, when the eventual bloodletting pales in comparison to a Lovecraftian realization that one is well and truly doomed.
March 7, 2019
Though the slow build and genre-bending approach won't be for everyone, this is an intelligent piece of filmmaking that demonstrates an acute understanding of horrors present in the mundane world.
March 1, 2019
By dividing us between two conflicting forms - psychodrama and apocalyptic horror - it occupies the ambiguous, intermediate space of its title, sending us spinning in mental circles around a centre that is, for all its uncertainty, sublimely creepy
March 1, 2019
Clive Barker in style, The Dead Center is certainly creepy enough, and would make the perfect double bill companion with The Autopsy of Jane Doe.
September 24, 2018
You may come out of The Dead Center rooting for a sequel. I'm just rooting for whatever Senese's next movie is, even (especially?) if it keeps me awake at nights.