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Before Dawn [DVD]
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 2 March 2015
Paddy needs to stick to fixing animals for a living in the quiet village of Emmerdale! Read alot of positive things about this film but found it slow, dull and non eventful.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 27 May 2014
Had read all the reviews before purchase so went into this with my eyes open. Very clear that there were two camps on this one. Whilst not that bad the poor (ie misleading!) cover art for the DVD really doesn't help.
As for the film itself, the plot is straightforward, a 'close to divorce' couple take a break in the country to try to salvage the marriage, and things take a zombie affected turn for the worse. The effects are fine, but what let it down for me was that I was hoping for a bit more on the estranged husband / wife aspect, the background to it and the consequences of their predicament on their (terminally?) fractured relationship.

The take home message is that this is a low budget Brit zombie horror, the cover is largely irrelevant (apart from it shows zombies) and it should be bought and viewed with that in mind.
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on 14 June 2015
Not a bad horror but very slow to get going, and the acting is a bit wooden and awkward at times.

Low budget zombie horror about a couple who decide to retreat into the English countryside to rekindle their relationship. A very small cast, which initially focuses on the couple and their problems before the zombies hit. Slow yet the tension builds, and the ending is very haunting.

I would persevere with this, as I thought the ending was pretty good.
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18 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on 28 February 2013
This is a superb film, and a brilliant directorial effort from Dominic Brunt, clearly a man of many talents and tremendous potential. The acting between Brunt and his wife Joanne Mitchell is deeply saddening and sensitive in their roles of a couple whose relationship is disintegrating (perhaps the fact they are married in real life adds that intimacy to an exquisite performance by both of them). Then of course we have - zombies!! Although the landscape is not swarming with zombies, when they do appear, this makes for some very scary moments set against the tranquility and beauty of the film's Yorkshire location. There is enough juicy, bloody, gore to satisfy diehard zombie lovers without the film descending into a parody of zombie films. This is actually a film which maintains its integrity throughout, and is as much a classic as Siege of the Dead and La Horde, which themselves are great examples of the European zombie movie genre. Dominic Brunt is an incredible talent, both as an actor and director. I look forward to his next film.
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14 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on 25 February 2013
I absolutely love zombie films and this latest offering from Dominic Brunt and Joanne Mitchell was superb. It was showing at FrightFest last year and I missed it so couldn't wait for the DVD (which came out today). Great story, fantastic makeup and effects and a really tense atmospheric feeling throughout the whole film. Film also stars Nicky Evans who plays Shane Maguire in Shameless.

Loved the film and I will watch it again. So great to see a small production being so good.
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18 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on 26 February 2013
I don't like them either. But I saw this one in Hebden Bridge becuase it was locally filmed. Beautifully shot and absolutely gripping. Loved every minute and had a real twist at the end. I've been so looking forward to it coming out on DVD. One of those films that stays with you for days afterwards. Brilliant acting and great story line. Some great one liners.
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12 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 10 November 2012
Paddy from Emmerdale's made a Zombie movie you say? Hmmmm, I thought, I wonder if Marlon's in it?? Well he wasn't, but I wasn't disappointed, oh no, because if he had of been in it, it would of been like watching an episode of Emmerdale, and believe me, this was nothing like Emmerdale!
This is one of the best zombie films I've seen in a long time!
Dominic and his real life wife Joanne Mitchell, play a married couple who head off to the countryside to try and mend their broken relationship. Unfortunately, things don't go to plan! No plot spoilers here though!
Trust me, if you love zombie films then buy it, you won't be disappointed.
This film is both sweet and savage, and hints at a very bright future for it's director.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 10 March 2014
I am big fan of the Zombie Flick and I know the formula, this however throws most of it away. They take time to build the 2 lead characters to a point where you care for them. You can feel the tension in the relations, but both are really trying to make it work. the snide comments that slip out, the fumbled apology afterwards, the battle over the mobile phone all build to a picture of a fractured relationship that once mattered. The music helps to build tension and the feelings of frustration.

Once it all goes to hell, your left with the raw emotions of the survivors. Rather than a low budget horror, you can a very close and person story, told through a small cast, in tiny setting, with little information. the claustrophobic feeling is added to by some great camera work, some cleaver story telling (just listen to the Phone call!)and a different approach to the Zombies. The are fast and noisy, which set them apart in the quite rural location. The music again adds to this feeling of otherness.

Make wise, these zombies are fresh and gory. The blood pours from them in an arterial red with great eye effects and some planned use of costume to give use something new.

All in, its not a throw away horror template film. its a different approach to tell the same old zombie story. Its not a Remero Film, nor is it 28 days later. This is a closer to 'Colin' in the tight way its told. A great film for its budget and the film makers should be proud of this effort. Just give time to run. it doesn't grab you at the start, but this again builds as you grow to feel for the characters. its NOT an action film, but a new way to look at the Zombie film.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 10 April 2015
Just another boring, dull, blood fest Zombie film with the same old plot and scares but worse than most that have been made. The money spent on this, which was probably a small amount, would have been better spent on tea and cakes.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 6 May 2014
I like Zombie films, I like low budget zombie films, I've watched many, many zombie films. This film does not fall into the category of a zombie horror film. Nothing happens for the first hour apart from a couple attempting marriage therapy in a remote location. Then the zombies turn up- all 4 of them. Hardly a terrifying horde to contend with, especially given that they turn up one at a time.
This film gets a one star as I can't give it any less. People that rate it any higher have obviously been watching a different film.
About the best thing to say about this film was that I got more money for trading it in than I paid for it.
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