The Running Dead [DVD]
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It has been over a year since the start of the outbreak. Society has collapsed and the world is in chaos.
Elvis and Tweeter, two of the last people alive, decide to escape the United States in search of an off-shore haven. Reaching an island that seems deserted, they make camp only to quickly find they are not alone... The pair must join forces with the local band of remaining humans in order to hold out against a brutal army of Zombies!
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Well Elvis has made a deal to get a boat and enough fuel to get to this island that is allegedly Zombie free. So they go for it. At this point in time the Zombies can only shuffle around in the normal way, but they are beginning to mutate and reports are coming through that they have managed to evolve to being much more athletic.
Once on the island they discover that what they were told was not a clear representation of the facts and the daily struggle gets worse. There are loads of Zombie films that do a new take on the genre and this does try that, but for gore fans there may not be enough here to hold your full attention as much of the movie deals with the relationships of the non Zombies and how they are coping with the mental trauma. However the film actually works better for it as the Zombie menace is never very far away and is influencing everything else.
This is a well acted and directed film but I really didn't think it was overly inventive which is actually fine for Zombie purists as we have seen some very un Zombie behaviour in a few of late like `Dead Heads' to name but one. Still if you like a good character study with Zombie `action' and half a market (yes they bought the gore in a market in Mexico) of gore, then you will probably enjoy this.
Weak story line and a weak ending.Poor budget all round.
Character development could have been better then you would care what happens to them.Zombies also have fast and slow types with a nod to Left 4 Dead games.
Okay, it's not the new 1979 Dawn of the Dead, but, considering zombies are getting pretty tired right now, anything that vaguely breathes even a little bit of life into a rotting corpse of a genre is worth a little look.
Dead Season is set a year after your average zombie apocalypse blah, blah, blah and two human survivors seek refuge on a - supposedly - zombie-free island. Of course there are a few zombies (or `walkers' as they call them here) who make in into their little paradise, plus the local human inhabitants have some secrets up their sleeves.
The first you should know is that this film is pretty low budget. You don't see an awful lot of the undead at the best of times, which means that gore is also kept to a minimal for most of the film (the `pay-offs' all come in the last twenty minutes or so). However, what the film lacks in gore it makes up for by its general gloomy atmosphere and great use of scenery on the island (you really get a feel for the place). Plus, for a low-budgeter, the actors all turn in pretty good perfomances.
If I had to compare Dead Season to another zombie film, I'd say it shared a few traits with Day of the Dead (1985).
If you can stomach yet another zombie film, I'd keep in mind that this was made on quite a shoestring and give it a go.