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Product Description

A priest with a troubled past and an assassin's daughter find themselves trapped in a house surrounded by the undead. As they battle each other and the walking dead, the secret threads of their past lives bind them together in a web of conspiracy and death. Their only hope for survival lies in facing their greatest fears and their darkest secrets. In a world ruled by betrayal, the real monsters may not be outside. Redemption comes with a price.

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Jeff Brookshire is a genius!" --Best-Horror-Movies.com

It's a worthy addition to any zombie fan's collection and horror fan's attention. --JoeHorror.com

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Product Details

  • Actors: Gary Douglas Kohn, Nate Witty, Lindsey Morris, Paul Dion Monte, Will Harris
  • Directors: Jeff Brookshire
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Brain Damage Films/Silver Storm Productions
  • DVD Release Date: November 6, 2007
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000V53C0O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #237,623 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

No, not like Night of the Living Dead.
Noah K Mullette-Gillman
The film is shot terribly in bleak black and white for the most part with this annoying techno music playing throughout most of it.
Robert Cossaboon
Unless you're like me, and want to experience the full spectrum of zombie movies, don't waste you time on money on this one.
Old and in the way

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Zombob on January 14, 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Not bad, not bad at all...

1) ACTING: For a low budget, no-name indie production, the acting was pretty good. The three main characters seemed very real to me and the script seem to flesh out their characters. There were, of course, the usual hit and misses when it comes to indie productions and quality actors, but nothing that really distracted me from the film.

2) PRODUCTION: The script, I felt, was pretty strong. There were many plot lines going, and luckily for the viewer, they are all wrapped up at the end. A number of scenes were filmed with that grainy texture look which I personally do not care for, but to each his own. There was an original score by an actual band! How unusual for an indie! Normally, we, the viewers get some heavy metal music blaring through certain scenes, and this was a nice change of pace. I did have an issue with the sound. While viewing this movie, I was constantly adjusting the volume up and down. At times, I could hardly hear the actors, and then suddenly ZOMBIE ATTACK! and I was blown out of my chair. The zombie make up and gore was pretty good, but I felt, it could have /should have been more.

3) THE ZOMBIES: Really nothing new brought to the zombie genre here.

4) THE CAUSE: Experimental virus that transforms the living into the living dead.

5) NUDITY: None.

Overall, I feel that this was a pretty good entry for the low budget indie scene. Normally, we get the usual "Zombies attack, the heroes fight to survive, and maybe, it's over." This movie had a lot plot to keep you, the viewer interested in the movie. Is this movie top of the line, top notch zombie fare? No, there are a few problems, but nothing too extreme to take away from the viewer being entertained by this movie. And, it is WAY above the usual low budget indie crap that is normally pushed on us, the zombie genre's biggest fans.

RATING: 3 out of 5
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jeffery Brookshire on September 10, 2009
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This one grew on me. Once you get past the budgetary concerns, you find a pretty good story here. I'm not one of those internet bashers who bash anything they can because they can. Rather, I appreciate what they did. If you enjoy movies in general, you'll enjoy this. There was quite a bit of humor. Check it out.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Worldwalker1967 on May 21, 2013
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Given the proliferation of low-budget zombie flicks, I sometimes take the plunge just for the "wake-up call", i.e., the reminder that even allowing for the widest possible taste among viewers, entertaining movies are still hard to create. Alternatively, once in a while, I find a new story or film technique that makes the time expenditure rewarding even if the movie is deplorable. Over the years, I have stumbled upon shoe-string budget train wrecks and needle-in-a-haystack astonishing successes. Unfortunately, this one tends to the former.

With Indie productions, I lower my expectations and do my best to forgive flaws... whether they be special effects, technical, script or acting. Bringing any movie to fruition (even a poor one) requires effort, resources, vision and guts. In that vein, I hope the folks behind this movie learn from the experience and develop more worthwhile offerings. For example, a low-budget zombie movie that delivered was Exit Humanity: A Zombie Saga. I have no problem recommending that one to fans of the zombie genre. An example in the vampire/zombie crossover field would be Stake Land... again, a decent romp for the price.

So, back to Awaken the Dead... the film technique was annoyingly grainy, monochromatic and video-like. Since Blair Witch, the "realistic" style of filming has gained popularity, but it's definitely hit or miss on the viewer. This was not a handheld camcorder as in Blair Witch, but it didn't feel far off that mark. While the three main characters had varying levels of acting talent (I enjoyed odd moments of good performance from Gary Kohn as the conflicted Priest and Nate Witty as the naïve Jehovah's Witness), they were unable to rise above their flawed surroundings.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By THE MOVIE GUY on December 3, 2010
Format: DVD
My DVD box said the movie was in color, but mine was the color of of a washed out VHS movie. This is a "Night of the Living Dead"- light. A group of bad actors with a bad script are held up in a secured house while there are zombies and a guy taking notes outside. The zombie make-up ranged from mediocre to rubber mask. The people seemed to know that only head shots killed zombies, although that was something that was just done and not learned. The box hides some of the "mystery" of the plot by describing the girl as an "assassin's daughter." The writer, director, producer, and editor are all the same person, Jeffery McMichael Bookshire. The real mystery of this movie is why Mr. Brookshire didn't star in this film. Do not waste your time or money.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By THE MOVIE GUY on August 8, 2012
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My DVD box said the movie was in color, but mine was the color of of a washed out VHS movie. This is a "Night of the Living Dead"- light. A group of bad actors with a bad script are held up in a secured house while there are zombies and a guy curiously taking notes outside.

The zombie make-up ranged from mediocre to rubber masks. The box reveals some of the "mystery" of the plot by describing the girl as an "assassin's daughter." The writer, director, producer, and editor are all the same person, Jeffery McMichael Bookshire. The real mystery of this movie is why Mr. Brookshire didn't star in this film.

Do not waste your time or money.
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