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A welcome addition to the zombie sub-genre,
This review is from: Siege of the Dead [DVD] (DVD)
Christmastime has seen my nearest and dearest furnish me with a stack of new horror DVDs and so, I started working my way through them with 2010's Siege of the Dead, which (to my knowledge) is a first for me since I have never watched a German zombie film before.
Within the first few minutes of the film, I was worried. Worried that what I was watching would simply turn out to be a German rip-off of excellent Spanish horror REC, which was regurgitated almost scene for scene for Western audiences in Quarantine. Thankfully, my fears were allayed and Siege of the Dead proved to be considerably more realistic than many zombie films, in that these survivors don't find themselves conveniently holed up in a shopping mall, which happens to be replete with gun stores and so on; these very ordinary people are in their own homes and forced to utilise whatever they have to hand in order to keep the undead at bay.
The zombies are of the 28 Days Later ilk rather than your Romeroesque undead but due to the location of where the survivors find themselves trapped, there is a distinctly claustrophobic feel to proceedings that is missing from many other larger budget zombie affairs and the characters attempt to negotiate the flats that were once their homes and is now effectively their coffin. Also, I quite enjoyed the novel take on the infected provided by this film, something that I will not reveal and leave you to discover!
Unfortunately, the film is far too short with a running time of only 62 minutes and additionally, the cover is misleading, with an Apache helicopter launching rocket strikes on a zombie horde... a scene which never occurs in the movie! Also, I would suggest that the final line of the synopsis is not simply hyping up the movie but is clearly untrue. This film does not have "astonishing special effects", most definitely not a "gorefest" and is not "laced with pitch-black humour". What Siege of the Dead is though, is a competent little zombie flick with something missing from many genre films, characters that you genuinely care about their plight and are interested to see the outcome of proceedings for them. Michael Fuith and Theo Trebs work very well as the protagonists thrown together by this unforeseen zombie apocalypse and there's certainly worse ways to spend a little over an hour than by watching this!