Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The Dead and the Damned (2011)

In the world of movies, imitation is a given. After "Animal House", there was "King Frat" and "Van Nuys Boulevard." After "Halloween" and "Friday the 13th", you got a whole bunch of slasher movies. I think you get the point. So with the likes of "Shaun of the Dead", the "Dawn of the Dead" remake and the TV series "The Walking Dead" to name a few, it's a given that zombies are hot property. With that being said, a lot of the zombie movies you are going to get-especially nowadays-are pretty poor to forgettable films that go straight to video. Films like "The Dead and the Damned."

Mortimer (David A. Lockhart) is on a mission to capture a Native American man named Brother Wolf (Rick Mora), and plans on using Rhiannon (Camille Montgomery) as bait. Meanwhile, a meteor has crashed onto Earth, and is found and sent to town. After it's cracked open though, it lets forth a toxic chemical that turns the townspeople into zombies. Can Mortimer and co. survive?

Made with a budget of $30,000, "The Dead and the Damned" is the kind of movie that defines uninspired. I can't fault it for having such a low budget and poor production values, but I can fault it on having no idea what to do with that budget, as well as horrible acting. The movie tries to make Mortimer and Wolf sympathetic figures, but the stories given to them are as cliche as they come. Sure, the zombie make-up looks good, and there's nudity, but it's nothing you haven't seen before, not to mention done better. Also, while there's gore, it's also of the "seen it a billion times" variety, with unconvincing prosthetic limbs, machetes to the head, and cheap looking splatter filling time.

I'd also be more forgiving if it felt like writer/director/composer/editor Rene Perez had done a movie with more effort put into it. For all I know, he put all he could into it. However, the end result feels like something made without any passion so it can con a dollar or two out of the viewer. It would also help if he knew how to tell a story, because nothing in the story presented is particularly interesting or investing.

I wish "The Dead and the Damned" was a better movie, as I really like the idea of mixing a western with zombies. However, this is just a bore to sit through, and isn't worth your time.

Rating: 1/10

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