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The Dead Outside 2008

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2.6 out of 5 stars (24) IMDb 4.3/10

In the aftermath of a neurological pandemic, two strangers find refuge on a remote Scottish farm: April has a dark past and Daniel is bereaved.

Starring:
Sandra Louise Douglas, Alton Milne
Runtime:
1 hour, 24 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Thriller, Horror
Director Kerry Anne Mullaney
Starring Sandra Louise Douglas, Alton Milne
Supporting actors Sharon Osdin, Vivienne Harvey, John Erskine, Phylis Douglas, Robin Morris, Max Adair
Studio High Fliers
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
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Six months after an outbreak of a neurological virus that became a pandemic, Daniel(Alton Milne) is driving alone through the countryside of Dumfries, when his car runs out of fuel. He comes across an isolated farmhouse, where he discovers another uninfected person, young April(Sandra Louise Douglas) who shoots first and asks questions after. The two are initially very wary of the other's motivations, but start to become reliant on eachother. Then one day, a woman called Kate arrives at the farm, seemingly unaffected by the virus and looking for shelter. Meanwhile Daniel starts to wonder why April, who has been in close proximity to those who had caught the virus, should remain so healthy.
This low budget British horror is a very worthy addition to the genre. Making '28 Days Later' and its kind look like Comedy Playhouse, this is a dark,brooding,contemplative piece, as much a character study into loss, bereavement and isolation as it is an outright horror. Thats not to say that it doesn't deliver its fair share of chills, as the main characters are figures on a very dark canvas, the circumstances of the outbreak forcing them to carry out terrible acts in order to survive. This is especially the case for April, very impressively portrayed by newcomer Sandra Louise Douglas, who lives in a sort of motioness state of being on the farmhouse. Daniel too has a very dark skeleton in the closet.
I'm going to whisper this quietly, but I can see this becoming a bit of a cult film over the years to come. An excellent film that belies both its lack of budget and its lack of pretensions to shine out brightly in the world of the 21st Century British horror film. 5 out of 5
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I've watched many zombie films - seen some real rubbish. This is defanataley one of my favourites. Obvious made on a low-ish budget, but doesn't suffer from the same clunky camera work, editing and acting as some other recent films like Zombie Diaries and Autumn. Talking about Autumn this film is very close to the story line from the book Autumn. So if you liked that book watch this film.
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The film has a zombie feel to it. Daniel(Alton Milne) is fleeing infected humans in his Volvo when it runs out of gas in the Scottish countryside. He manages to make his way to a farmhouse where there is a young woman and nurse (Sandra Louise Douglas) who has managed to survive the viral outbreak. She is a tough cookie who shoots first and doesn't need to ask questions.

She has a past that is explored in flashbacks. Daniel is not as tough as her. The film examines the pyschological aspect of a "zombie" killer, someone who might be a bit insane to begin with. Then another woman shows up who Daniel does not want to kill. The film uses flashbacks and dreams, but not effectively. Ho-hum. A bit lame.

Parental Guide: F-bombs. No sex or nudity.
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A very tense film with a number of good jump moments. Only slight problem is the editing speed on some of the flashbacks. Otherwise this shows what can be achieved with a decent script, cast and director regardless of the budget. Would recommend. One of the better low budget horror films.
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This must be the most boring zombie film I have every watched. Yawn. Yawn Yawn.

guy drives round aimlesless in the highlands. meets a mysterious bloodthirsty girl. They hang out. shoot occasional zombies who get stuck on barbed wire.. and well.. don't do much else really.

Utter crap.. don't waste 90 mins of your life watching this.
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The Dead Outside is truly an awful film from start to finish. It is hideously boring and nothing really much happens. A virus has broken out in the uk and a survivor finds a remote farm in scotland in which a young girl is living on her own..she reluntantly accepts him into the fold and the 2 have a troubled relationship in agreing on what to do for the best. This is a zero budget film..now if you have a decent script you can get around the lack of zombies ( there's only 2 or 3 in the whole movie!!) and create a taught suspenful movie about the horror of the situation but the script is so dire and the actors so un-engagging you just don't care what happens next.

For the horror buffs out there don't expect lots of zombies,blood,gore or action as there is very little in the film.

Could have been god in decent hands but deadly dull.
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Firstly, I have no idea how this little gem of an indie movie escaped my attention for so long! `The Dead Outside' is a 2008 low-budget, independent Scottish horror film set in Dumfriesshire.

The film is based on the premise that a virus sees the infected reacting much the same way as they do in 28 Days/ Weeks Later and being dispatched in similar fashion. However, where the 28 films could be considered high paced horror/action, The Dead Outside is decidely more cerebral and has a more claustrophobic quality that is amiss from many zombie/plague movies these days that tend to go more for guts and gore rather than psychological terror. The Dead Outside sees the lead and only real characters coping with paranoia, bereavement, the fear of infection and their own personal issues in different ways.
It is noteworthy that the infected in this movie are NOT zombies. They are very much alive but in the grip of a terrible madness that sees them swing from confusion and disorientation to bouts of violence.

The Dead Outside stands testament to the fact that you do not need millions of dollars, a stellar cast and a Hollywood studio to make a movie that tells a powerful story since the film won Kerry Anne Mullaney the 2009 Best Director (Silver Unicorn) award at the Estepona International Horror and Fantasy Film Festival and I would suggest this is one to add to your DVD collection asap!
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