Brain Dead

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Six people are forced to hunker down in an old fishing cabin when a meteor crashes down to Earth and releases alien spores, spore that turn those unlucky enough to be close by into ravenous zombies.

I can’t help but feel a little bit of love for my space zombie brothers and sisters, they may come from a different world but we’re all dead at heart. There’s only one thing I just don’t like about them, coming from a different world really just gives them a big head. They think they are so damn much better than us poor Earthbound undead, as if the Terran Zombie (there cute, scientific name for us in order to make themselves feel bigger and more important while putting us down as some lame zombie classification) could give two shits about outer space. We have everything we need right here, great food (humans), great entertainment (humans when they squirm in our grasps), and great sights to see (humans when they try and run). You know what, fuck those space zombies. Whatever, at least I don’t have some giant ugly slug in my head.

Our film for the evening starts out with Clarence Singer being interviewed behind bars for the murder of several individuals. Mr. Singer is trying to plead his innocence to the doubting interviewer, a story that begins with a giant mistake in space. That’s when we turn back the clock a bit and see the small meteor hurtling through the cosmos, bound for Earth and heading right for the head of a hapless fisherman. The poor guy falls to the ground dead and comes back a moment later as a horrid thing with a love for human brains. It’s here that we meet Mr. Singer once again, only this time he’s at the local police station handcuffed next to a brutal killer. When both escape they find an abandoned hunting lodge in the deep of the woods and decide to hide out for the night, only to end up having several unwelcome guests show up. While the living ones prove unwanted, it’s the living impaired ones desiring some human brains that they should be truly worried about.

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{Mmmmm}

Yet again, another film I didn’t have much hope for going into (I’m going to seriously need to learn to stop judging a book by its cover, or a film by its jacket, whichever). It didn’t look at all like it was going to be much more than a cheap attempt to thrill, but I was pleasantly surprised to discover a movie that was well written, had great characters, some awesome effects, and enough laughs to keep you rolling on the floor for most of the film.

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{Plus, now there is at least one more film where zombies eat brains instead of just flesh}

The thing that caught me right away was the hilarity, from the first couple of minutes the movie will already have you laughing. The dialogue is extremely funny, especially from actor Joshua Benton (Clarence Singer) whom I give an extra pat on the back for bringing so much humor into both his mannerisms and how he handles situations with the character he was given. The guy is a constant smart ass throughout the movie and a great character that I thoroughly enjoyed. Add in some other great actors that handled their character just as well, the perfect dialogue, and the way the cast interacted so well with each other and you have a recipe for humorous perfection. Now, I don’t want you to think that the movie is nothing but a laugh fest, or just yet another comedic horror flick, there is definitely a lot more here.

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{See, not just humor, there’s also lots and lots of tasty brains}

The gore is one of the things that made this movie so great as well. I couldn’t tell you what the budget for this flick was, but whatever they had, they used it effectively. The effects stand out for an independent horror movie; I was blown away by the things they managed to do here and was very happy with how creative they got with the effects. The death scenes are gory and disgusting and there are some truly horrifying moments (one in particular that involves lady parts and some alien goo had me cringing).

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{Trust me, you won’t be able to unsee it}

The story isn’t really that in depth and it’s been done a couple times before, but is there anyone who would watch this movie and expect a story that could make Charles Dickens weep (and I said weep, not sleep, sleep is what everyone who reads Dickens does). Where the filmmakers succeeded in the story is in keeping it moving. There are no overly dramatic, touching moments, or any love stories to drag the film down. Nope, what you get here is a hilarious gore fest at its best. The other thing that makes this film work so well is the talented actors they procured for the movie. This film proves that even if you’re making an indie flick, you can still find great actors that can take a good movie and make it excellent.

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{Proving you don’t need a face to enforce the law}

All in all this is actually one I would highly recommend. Brain Dead is easily one of the better independent zombie flicks I’ve seen and not one you are going to want to miss.

 

The Undead Review

 

Directed By: Kevin Tenney (Bigfoot, Endangered Species)

Starring: Joshua Benton (The Red Machine, Shifted), David Crane (Cherry., Team), Sarah Grant Brendecke (Look, It’s a Wonderful Death), and Andy Forrest (The Scenesters, Forgiving the Franklins)

Released By: Prodigy Entertainment and Breaking Glass Pictures

Release Year: 2007

Release Type: Straight to Video

MPAA Rating: Not Rated

About The Undead Review

When I was alive I was an asshole and after I died remained pretty much the same, if not a little worse. You’d think becoming a member of the walking dead would mellow a person out, no more worrying about awkward small talk with people, no more having to be politically correct, and the entire world is your upright, bipedal buffet. Don’t get me wrong, it’s fun as hell to be a zombie, just somewhat irritating at times, especially those times you have to watch a lame movie or read a lame book. Thankfully, when I am forced to watch these films or read those books, I’ve got places like The Undead Review to bitch and moan to my heart’s content. {When he’s not devouring the living or sinking his teeth into a good film The Undead Review (Andy Taylor) spends his time writing his own stories or hunting down the paranormal. Oh, and did we mention his blind dog once saved the world?)
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