Dead Life Release Date: 12 April 2005 (USA) Genre: Horror Director(s): William Victor Schotten Writer(s): William Victor Schotten Staring: Michael Hanton, Ashleigh Holeman, Jayson Garity Feeling that digital video was too cheap looking, and film out of their price range, the team behind Dead Life decided to shoot their $10,000 zombie film using Super-8. If […]

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Dead Life
Release Date: 12 April 2005 (USA)
Genre: Horror
Director(s): William Victor Schotten
Writer(s): William Victor Schotten
Staring: Michael Hanton, Ashleigh Holeman, Jayson Garity

Feeling that digital video was too cheap looking, and film out of their price range, the team behind Dead Life decided to shoot their $10,000 zombie film using Super-8. If you’ve ever seen a short film shot on Super-8, imagine a feature length movie trying to pull off something watchable with this method, and you can see where the filmmakers made a mistake.

A virus by the name of Necrotizing Faceitis M affects the water supplies in midwestern towns, bringing the dead back to life and infecting many people. A group of beer drinking friends team up to take out the zombies, without much luck along the way.

I love George A. Romero’s zombie formula, and wasn’t disappointed in Dead Life’s writer for copying it. What’s wrong with Dead Life comes down to much of everything else. I understand that this is a very low budget movie, but certain things have to be in order before one should set off making a zombie movie. If the audience can easily see your zombies are wearing make-up, thanks to small spaces of natural skin near the scalp, you shouldn’t proceed with your film. It’s that simple.

Then there are elements that don’t work at all. Martial arts almost always looks cheesy on a tiny budget, and adding in the element of it being done to zombies just makes it worse. That’s not all either. At one point a trashy man sees a hot zombie chowing down on his neighbor. Naturally, despite the fact that the man’s stomach is cheaply ripped open four feet in front of him, he pulls down his pants and (u hum) enters her. And then there’s the aftermath, featuring zombie fellatio, which just caps this off as not being worth it.

DVD: A behind-the-scenes featurette that would’ve benefited from being shot on DV, and a commentary track with a lot of people from the production.

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