Dead Above Ground Release Date: 2002 Genre: Crime | Horror Director: Chuck Bowman Writer: Stephen J. Cannell (producer of the upcoming A-Team movie) Starring: Corbin Bernsen, Stephen J. Cannell, Robert Conrad When you’re a reviewer of direct-to-video films, you start to become used to the occasional logic gap, continuity slip, or a complete lack of […]

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Dead Above Ground
Release Date: 2002
Genre: Crime | Horror
Director: Chuck Bowman
Writer: Stephen J. Cannell (producer of the upcoming A-Team movie)
Starring: Corbin Bernsen, Stephen J. Cannell, Robert Conrad

When you’re a reviewer of direct-to-video films, you start to become used to the occasional logic gap, continuity slip, or a complete lack of sense. My collection of Fred Olen Ray and Jim Wynorski films is a testament to that. Sometimes, I get all three. Yes, that is Dead Above Ground. This is honestly one of the worst Scream-inspired direct-to-video films I’ve had the displeasure of seeing. Every moment it’s on screen, there is something happening that makes you question the sanity of the filmmakers.

I don’t even know where to start. There is so much to complain about that outlining every problem I had with the film would take pages upon pages. But you know what, I’ll try my best to detail it all.

The movie starts off with five-minute wonder Corbin Bernsen (who gets that title due to his penchant for appearing in recent DTV films in cameo appearances) and his female acquaintance getting murdered after accepting a faux Hollywood award. Much of this scene doesn’t make sense, as there are logic gaps all over the place.

In quite the random change of pace, we cut to a California high school, and are quickly introduced to a cast of characters. The worst of them is a crazy goth guy and his equally nutty goth girl friend, both of whom spend their time overacting and spitting out the most inane dribble straight out of a Shakespearian dictionary. Outside of the usual lot of know-nothing teens (which includes a token black couple who the director finds so unimportant that they’re not stalked nor killed), we learn that the principal of the school somehow finds time to teach a Media class. Huh? Then the crazy goth guy spits out some more badly acted crap, and he gets kicked out of the class by the principal. We meet the new guidance counselor and the football coach, which logically leads to a scene where the principal has a cookout at his house for the students that he teaches. Huh?

Soon enough, the crazy goth guy dies in a scene that, like usual, makes you say “huh?” Fighting occurs, which doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. Antonio Sabato Jr. and his out of control hair proceeds to appear as a detective who thinks that the teen who inadvertently caused the goth kid’s death is behind a recent murder. Another murder happens. More of the movie doesn’t make sense, as we’re introduced to a couple different “Did he do it?” characters.

To give you an idea of how inane the film is, a character says that “four murders” have happened when, in fact, only three have occurred on screen. To make matters worse, we get to see the crazy goth girl spit out more inane crap while Sabato randomly has sex with the guidance counselor. Random love is then declared between two main characters. And then, ummm, there’s the ending. I’ll leave that up to you to seek out, because you have to see this movie to understand how bad it is.

Game Over was bad, terrible, and downright putrid. Dead Above Ground nearly hits that level. If it wasn’t for the slightly cool murder method employed by the killer in one scene, Dead Above Ground would get stamped with the dreaded .5 rating.

I usually recommend someone avoid a bad movie. Makes sense, right? Well, you NEED to see this movie. Buy it, rent it, download it. Whatever you have to do, see Dead Above Ground.

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