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Dead Air (2009)

Bill Moseley , Corbin Bernsen  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Bill Moseley
  • Directors: Corbin Bernsen
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Anthem Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: October 27, 2009
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002PCVLTA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #213,274 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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About the Actor

Bill Moseley is widely considered a wily veteran of the horror genre appearing in dozens of horror movies over the years.

Product Description

Logan Burnhardt is the king of the airwaves, LA's preeminent shock-jock prime-time radio host -- brash, egotistical, and totally unflappable. Until tonight. There's been an explosion. No, a riot. No, an attack of some sort... Terrorists again? Soon LA is an out-of-control madhouse of infected maniacs, and it's up to Logan to decipher what is happening long enough to stay alive, stay on air, and get out a message to the millions in danger.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Terrorists and Zombies February 24, 2010
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As in many of the zombie flicks that have popped up as of late, the zombies in 2009's DEAD AIR are not lumbering reanimated corpses but are, instead, living folk who have become fast-moving but mindless flesh-eaters as the result of some sort of viral infection. But what makes this film from director Corbin Bernsen--yes, THAT Corbin Bernsen, he of L.A. LAW fame--stand out from the others is the fact that the virus in question is released by terrorists. In a scenario that's not too far off from reality, the terrorists release the gas at densely peopled spots (such as professional sporting events) in major cities all across the U.S. The film, however, focuses on events that occur in Los Angeles, and the audience sees these events unfold from the perspective of a radio shock jock named Logan (played by genre regular Bill Moseley).

In spite of the differences in the zombies, DEAD AIR in some ways hearkens back to the claustrophobic feel of Romero's original zombie trilogy. Like the surviving humans in Romero's classic zombie films, Logan and his coworkers barricade themselves against the increasing zombie population by holing up in a building, in this case at the radio station where Logan works. Keeping tabs on outside events via TV news broadcasts and call-ins from their radio audience, they helplessly watch as the Los Angeles falls into the hands of flesh-eating maniacs. Eventually, though, their fortress also falls into the clutches of unfriendly hands, and Logan leaves to search for his wife and child...hoping that they have not been zombified.

Overall, DEAD AIR is a well-made little indie horror flick.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars When we turn on each other the terrorists win February 25, 2011
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I haven't had a lot of luck with horror movies that my Tivo digs up for me from the depths of Showtime's many channels (Showtime Extreme, Showtime Women, Showtime Movies that Time Forgot). So you can understand why I thought Dead Air was probably about zombies on a plane.

I was close. Dead Air is about zombies on the radio. Okay, it's not quite that either.

Dead Air is a surprisingly fresh update on the zombie genre using modern conventions of terrorism, conspiracy theory, racism in America, and freedom of speech. It tells the story from the narrow view of a late night shock jock Logan (horror staple Bill Moseley), and his production team of Lucy (delicious Patricia Tallman, teaming up with costar Moseley from the Living Dead remake), Gil (David Moscow) and Burt (Joshua Feinman). Gil and Logan are America at its worst, crude and condescending, mocking their listeners and taking glee in their paranoid conspiracy theories.

In contrast are the terrorists led by Abir (Navid Negahban). They too take great pleasure in mocking Americans, but unlike Logan and his crew, use more than harsh language on their targets. Abir's terrorists unleash their "zombie bomb" on crowded centers around the world, including a stadium near Logan's radio station. Logan and Gil's snide remarks about conspiracy nuts turn serious when it becomes clear that what's happening is no joke.

What happens next is less Night-of-the-Living-Dead-zombies and more 28-Days-later-zombies as the plague spreads, turning normal citizens into bloodthirsty maniacs. The terrorists are on the loose too, and they decide the best way to broadcast their message is - you guessed it - a radio station.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It never goes dead December 8, 2009
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We listen to it in our cars, our stereo, our TVs--we're even able to listen on our iPods and MP3s nowadays, all because of the technology of radio waves. Those that host these shows become friends, people we come to know and trust due to their entertaining personalities. Without them, what'd we do on our commute to work, or in our free time if we had nothing else to do?

What would happen if, in the midst of a terrorist attack, one of those radio stations managed to live? And what if, despite the odds, they continued to broadcast?

Welcome to DEAD AIR.

Centering around a radio host named Logan and how a nightly discussion about paranoia turns deadly, we follow a group of radiomen and women who happen to get caught up in what appears to be the worst attack since 9/11. Armed with nothing other than their radio, Logan, Gill, Burt and their producer, Lucy, prepare for the worst, all the while chronicling their experience over the air.

No matter what happens--no matter the odds--these four will continue to broadcast, all in the midst of the apocalypse.

I can't begin to tell you what I thought going into this movie. Though centering around a seemingly-simple thing, DEAD AIR surprisingly turns out to be a highly metaphorical and questioning movie ensues. With underlying themes such as terrorism, comparisons to the war, and a strong background of 9/11, DEAD AIR is sure to strike a point with some people. Therein lies what I believe will be people's main fault with the movie--the political undertones. Though I myself wasn't bothered by said undertones, it may be due to the fact that I'm not necessarily concerned with politics or the deeper undertones that flow through them.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars If you enjoy a good zombie flick, you'll really like this movie.
As far as B-grade movies go, this one beats them all hands down. And if you enjoy a good zombie flick, you'll really like this movie. Read more
Published 7 months ago by T. Barnett
4.0 out of 5 stars NIce Movie
I really like this movie even though it basically takes place in a radio station like Ponty Pool, but this was pretty good. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mattf94
4.0 out of 5 stars Good little flick!
First off, while there may be similarities this is NOT Pontypool! This came out 1st at any rate, and is a very well made low budget film. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Porsche Nut
4.0 out of 5 stars Dead Air American Pontypool? Not exactly.
A lot of other reviews compare Dead Air to Pontypool. Sure they do share similar settings in that a lot of the story takes place in a radio station, and both have "infected"... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Apsychgrl
5.0 out of 5 stars this AIN'T no virus being spread through language
I have read several reviews that say Dead Air is a poor copy of Pontypool. HOGWASH is all I have to say to all those reviews. I don't care which came first, ... Read more
Published on October 18, 2011 by Johnny Goodwin
3.0 out of 5 stars '28 Days Later' meets 'Talk Radio' in post 9/11 world
Ever since I first rented Return of the Living Dead from the local video store when I was about 10 yrs old, possibly even younger - I was hooked on the zombie genre. Read more
Published on May 28, 2011 by Mickey Ryan
1.0 out of 5 stars WHY THIS MOVIE FAILS
Unless someone has a death wish, no one would release a virus that would turn the whole world into a bunch of flesh tearing zombies, unless they planned to take a spaceship to some... Read more
Published on February 12, 2011 by A reader
1.0 out of 5 stars Another bad zombie movie.
This movie idea could of made a great new zombie movie. But instead it seems to been made by non zombie fans. That really have no clue on what zombie movie fans really want to see.
Published on July 26, 2010 by charles
3.0 out of 5 stars Unoriginal, but entertaining
Directed and produced by Corbin Bernsen, 'Dead Air' stars genre favourite Bill Moseley as Logan Burnhardt, a Los Angeles-based shock jock working the night shift. Read more
Published on April 22, 2010 by Anthony Pittore
4.0 out of 5 stars Remain Calm...
It has happened. The terrorists have struck! Another seemingly average day has turned into chaos and death! DEAD AIR does a competent job of getting this across. Read more
Published on March 17, 2010 by Bindy Sue Frřnkünschtein
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