Zombies are the middle children of the otherworldly family. Vampires are the oldest brother who gets to have a room in the attic, all tripped out with a disco ball and shag carpet. Werewolves are the youngest, the babies, always getting pinched and told they're cute. With all that attention stolen away from the middle child zombie, no wonder she shuffles off grumbling, "Marsha, Marsha, Marsha."

- Kevin James Breaux

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Film Review: THE DEAD OUTSIDE (2008)

When a neurological pandemic decimates the population Daniel (Alton Milne), a desperate man bereaving over the death of his family, finds solace at an isolated farmhouse owned by April (Sandra Louise Douglas), whose family is all dead.  This is the premise behind the infected-zombie film The Dead Outside (2008).  I love zombie and infectious disease films of which there have been a lot in the past few years.  With such a glut of product being released on a monthly basis film makers have to do something different with the material in order to set it apart from other films.  There is nothing new in this film that hasn’t been done a thousand times before. 

The film suffers from having two unlikable characters in April and Daniel.  Neither make for interesting characters as Daniel is someone who does questionable actions throughout the film whereas actress Douglas as April doesn’t have the experience to pull off the complexities to make April a complex character.  The film also suffers from uninspired direction by Kerry Anne Mullaney (who also contributed to the screenplay).   The look of the film is as best as I can describe it is “domestic” as most of the action takes place in and around the farmhouse with a lot of time spent on flat dialogue between the two main characters.  The film wants to be a smart and intelligent take on the genre but there is not enough suspense or action to place it above anything other than another trivial horror film.

The film has nothing to recommend it unless you are a fan of UK horror films.  It’s a timid mess that if made in the ‘90s probably would’ve fared better but in this day and age with the glut of zombie-infectious films out there this film should’ve probably stayed in its grave.

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