Dead Before Dawn [Blu-ray]
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Outbreak/Apocalypse Phase: Initial outbreak (characters experience the outbreak as it happens)
Sub-genre: Goofy Horror, Dark Comedy
Dead Before Dawn had an awesomely cheesy late 80's/early 90's vibe right from the start that carried the fun all the way to the very end. I'm a sucker for 80's cheese (hell yeah gimme some cheddar), so throw in some zombies and it's like crack for me. I had a good time watching this movie.
The first 20 or so minutes were a bit slow, but it's all fun once the stuff hits the fan. The basic premise involves a group of college kids fighting off the zemon menace. Main character Casper Galloway (played by "Diary of a Wimpy Kid's" Devon Bostick) is the grandson of Horus Galloway (great Scott, he's played by Christopher Lloyd!), the owner of a store called "Occult Barn." When Casper agrees to watch the store while the elder Galloway steps out to grab something, his friends accidentally unleash a curse that turns its victims into "zemons" and spreads itself from person-to-person either via eye-contact with Casper and his friends after 10pm or hickeys from the already infected. But wait! The zemons can be turned into your personal slaves if you seduce them with a French kiss! Needless to say, this movie's charm comes from the fact that it doesn't take itself the least bit seriously.
That's all you need to know. Dead Before Dawn is a bit over-the-top (not insanely crazy, more slapstick and funny than anything), surprisingly funny, cheesy, and fun to watch. I'm lucky to have found so many enjoyable zombie movies over the past month after years of sifting through random crap on Netflix.
Final Verdict: Recommended. Goofy, cheesy, funny, great to watch with a group of friends. If what I just typed doesn't immediately turn you off, go watch Dead Before Dawn!
Before I continue, I do have to admit: this film is not as funny as SHAUN OF THE DEAD or TUCKER & DALE VS. EVIL. But those are two iconic pieces of cinema that are hard to beat. DEAD BEFORE DAWN is a great film, though, and is filled with lots of laughs and great gore. If you're looking for entertainment, then look no further.
DEAD BEFORE DAWN is shot well and looks good from a production standpoint. I wish I could have seen it in 3D, as I understand it's pretty spectacular. But the 2D version is just as fun, I'm sure.
The acting is pretty good, with Devon Bostick heading up a great cast. I am particularly impressed to note that director April Mullen also starred alongside Bostick as one of the lead female roles. Mullen is beautiful and talented, a multi-faceted actress and director that I hope to see more of in the future.
The laughs come quick and heartily in DEAD BEFORE DAWN as well. One of my favorite scenes that made me literally laugh out loud is when the fans and players at the football game all start to kill themselves. The cheerleaders are kicking themselves in the face, while the football players impale themselves on the line markers. It is hilarious!Read more ›
In this film Casper (Devon Bostick) and his friends break a cursed urn belonging to his grandfather (Christopher Lloyd). The people they look at become suicidal, then turn into demonically possessed zombies called "zemons" although they weren't any different than regular zombies. They attack by giving hickies and can be controlled by giving them a French kiss, although these last two aspects were not overly utilized making this a "me too" comedy zombie film.
To give you an example of the writing, a funny one-liner from the film: "I remember my first trophy. Most improved hygiene."
This is a Canadian production, with all the spice of mayonnaise. The actors did well to deliver their lines, which were hit and miss, with too many falling into the "miss" category. The writers did better on the build up to the action than it did during the action.
Recommended as a rental.
Parental Guide: No f-bombs, sex, or nudity. Sex talk.
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Originally saw this on Netflix and loved it so much i bought it. Great movie for any horror collectors set!!!!Published 2 months ago by Jamie
Love the movie. Very campy but in a good way. My order was filled and delivered quickly and without incident.Published 2 months ago by Wendy B.
Dead Before Dawn (2012)
Sometimes, once in a while, not very often a film provides us with such a sense of fun and good humor that we totally ignore any budget induced flaws. Read more