The First Zombie Road Movie Shot in Africa: The Dead is a Stunningly Shot Film


When the last evacuation flight out of war-torn Africa crashes off the coast, American Air Force Engineer Lieutenant Brian Murphy (ROB FREEMAN) emerges as the sole survivor in a land where the dead are returning to life and attacking the living.

On the run in a hostile and inhospitable parched landscape, where sudden death lurks around every sun-burnished corner, Murphy has to use his wits and ingenuity if he is to get home alive to his family.

When Murphys path clashes with that of Sergeant Daniel Dembele (PRINCE DAVID OSEI), whose village has been torn apart by the reanimated dead, they join forces.

The two desperate men from two very different cultures fight side by side to survive across the incredible vistas of Africa as the world succumbs to the deadliest of viruses.

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Why should you take a look at this film? There are many reasons why you should. These reasons include the shooting itself, the feel of the film, the special effects, and the storyline itself. There aren’t many negatives for me when it comes to this film: it tells a story and it tells it well. The characters are pretty well developed and the viewer is able to identify with some of the survivors and understand their reactions to this rising of the living dead.

This is the first zombie road movie to be shot with the grandeur of Africa as the backstop. The beauty of the landscape and natural formations of rock are offset by the horrors that have arisen. Watching Murphy cross the Sahara and encounter one of the shambling dead was a beautiful rendered scene with the sand dunes and tough desert plants.  Even the scenes that contain a plentitude of dead bodies, I still was amazed by the background and the effect it had on the overall film. The desolate beauty of the locations created an even more amazing and lonely feel that aided in the overall success of the film.

Another thing that helps the film is the way many scenes are shot like a documentary. The way the camera moves and points almost makes it seem like the camera is another person and this makes the shooting more personal and immediate. Even the attack scenes are filmed this way, with the camera jerking and hopping, simulating the chaos of the fight. While this may be off putting to some, I found that this added to the overall film experience.

This movie is the type of zombie fiction that I love: the bleak, surviving-the-apocalypse type of film where it is humanity against the living dead, but with a huge involvement of the human to human interactions. There is a definite grim feel to the movie as the characters realize that nothing can be done to stop the plague; all that can be done is survive as best as possible. The relationship between our main two survivors exemplifies what is great and pure about humanity. A lot of zombie films focus on how humanity would negatively act out during such an apocalypse, people stealing, looting, raping, and killing to further their own cause or satisfy their own dark desires. This movie more focuses on the good parts of us all. When one of the leads is injured and the other carries him, this action shows the bond that exists between even excombatants during a zombie apocalypse like this one.

The special effects are pretty impressive and do create a unique feel to the dead. The white contacts and hungry stares of the actors playing the zombies create creatures who actually seem bent on eating all living people. The blankly staring eyes make the dead to seem almost like another species, one that is deadset on eating the flesh of humanity. The gore and wound effects are appropriately gruesome and done very well. One zombie is shambling along with a compound fracture of one leg, the bones poking out and slowing the shambler even more. It is very convincing makeup and a minimal amount of CGI was used.

For a zombie movie which are notorious for leaving huge gaps in storyline or plot, this movie actually sticks to a path and covers everything that is needed to make the story whole. There is an attempt to avoid the typical pitfalls of the majority of zombie flicks: the killing of survivors and zombies just to add to the body count. One thing that might not be pleasing to some people is the fact that the one lead spends a lot of time alone while traveling Africa so there is a lack of dialogue. About a third of the movie does not contain dialogue at all. While I thought that this added to the film, I’m sure that not everyone will agree.

I would definitely recommend this movie to the horror fans out there and to those who are repressing their inner horror fan. This movie is not a huge budget film, but it sells itself well. I would rate this an 8 out of 10 stars. Check out the trailer below and let me know what you think!



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