October Movie Marathon: 3rd day of October brings us the third zombie flick in ‘Dead Season’

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affiche-dead-season-2012-2In the aftermath of the zombie apocalypse, desperate survivors Elvis and Tweeter flee America for the safety of a tropical island, only to find that the locals have lost their humanity, and pose an even greater danger than the flesh eaters back on familiar shores. In addition to be the first feature film shot on the Canon 7D camera, Dead Season also holds the unique distinction of being the first film shot on the island of Vieques, Puerto Rico since Peter Brook’s Lord of the Flies. (summary from Fandango)

Well, the good news is that this will be the last back to back zombie review I’ll be posting for a while. The bad news is that this is the last zombie movie for a few days. So what did I think of the last movie in this line up? Not such a great movie all around. It wasn’t a horrible movie; it’s just a mediocre one. Let’s dive into this review and see what did or did not work for Dead Season.

The movie did bring an interesting twist within the plot. It just didn’t bring anything beyond that. The acting was fine, the cinematography was impressive, and the special effects were ok. I wasn’t the biggest fan of the zombies, but I did appreciate the differences between the different generations of zombies.

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[SPOILERS] Survivors Elvis and Tweeter are using short wave radios to carry on an online dating relationship with culminates when they plan to flee the city for the safety of a supposedly “safe” zone. The biggest difference is that they actually flee and they do make it to the island. Once they arrive, they meet up with the paramilitary group that is running the island. That’s when all of the fun begins. 

There is one huge plot detail that did make this movie stand out. All natural, free growing food is rotting or unpalatable. Survivors are starving unless they can get canned food which is running out. So were do the people on the island turn to for nourishment? The long pig. For those of us who aren’t was well versed in island lingo, “long pig” is a reference to human flesh. So in other words, our survivors are dining on the bodies of other uninfected survivors. 

Dead-Season-1The middle of the film is mainly made up of various people dying or fighting the living dead (they call them walkers). There were some interesting scenes involving bitten victims and the attempts to save them. The movie comes to a finale with Tweeter trying to rescue the military leader’s daughter who has been locked up in her room. The daughter refused to eat the long pig.

The end of the movie involves Tweeter and Elvis fighting against the paramilitary types and the walkers invading the compound, killing all of the survivors. All of the dead rise up and chase down the few survivors as they make their escape on a boat waiting in the bay.

So that is the run down. It wasn’t a bad movie, but I would have enjoyed seeing more special effects with the zombies and maybe more effective character development. Overall, I would give this movie a rating of 5 out of 10. It’s a decent movie for the zombie film fan, but it may not do much for most viewers.

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