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Dead Before Dawn [Blu-ray] (2013)

Devon Bostick , Christopher Lloyd , April Mullen  |  R |  Blu-ray
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Devon Bostick, Christopher Lloyd, Martha MacIsaac
  • Directors: April Mullen
  • Format: Blu-ray, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Vivendi Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 1, 2013
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00DILAJRM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #206,500 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A horde of Zombie Demons, ZEMONS are unleashed on the world after college kids unwittingly create an evil curse. This curse causes everyone that they make eye contact with to kill themselves and turn into ZEMONS! Now, they only have 24 hours to reverse the curse. Armed with a slew of homemade weapons, avoiding eye contact, dodging hicky's and seducing Zemons, will our heroes be able to reverse the curse? The fate of the entire world rests on their shoulders, or all of humanity be Dead Before Dawn!

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:Amazon Instant Video
Zombie Type: "Zemons" (demon zombies); basically fast-walking (they don't really sprint) undead
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!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
"Everything we said at the shop is actually happening! Whoever we make eye contact with is gonna kill themselves, then come back as zemons and kill us...via hickeys" Casper Galloway (Bostick) is a teenager who is very shy and jumpy due to what happened to him as a kid. When his grandfather (Lloyd) asks him to watch his store he is very afraid. After a group of kids from school show up Casper tries to kick them out until an urn breaks, thinking the warnings are a joke they begin to come up with ideas of what a curse would be. Then they realize its not a joke at all. This is a very very funny movie, but it is mainly stupid humor. I really liked it and laughed a lot but I don't think everyone will find it as funny as I did. For example the plot of the movie involves being killed by getting a hickey from a half zombie-half demon. The writing is funny and the acting is good for a movie like this. There really isn't much else to say about this other then if you like movies with humor like Anchorman and Shaun Of The Dead then you will like this as well. Overall, very funny but not for everyone...also hearing Christopher Lloyd say "Great Scott" was amazing. I give it a B.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Watchable, if free. September 11, 2013
Format:Amazon Instant Video|Verified Purchase
I thought the movie has some laughs and the pacing is okay, but it is definitely B movie status. The movie goes right to the line of spoof comedy, but doesn't quite cross it. So, I kind of felt like stuck in the middle not knowing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars ONE, TWO, THREE, CURSE! October 12, 2013
Format:DVD
The teenage kids vs. zombie comedies have become popular and have boasted some success. Some are funnier than others. This is an "other."

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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
This is not the 3D format. If I can help save time and frustration from buying this thinking it is a 3D format, then I have done a good deed. This is not the 3D format. The blu-ray that will be delivered is the 2D version. I ordered this a long time ago thinking it was going to be in 3D. Amazon listed the product incorrectly. I have asked for a refund.

Amazon, you should triple check the items' description before causing havoc and disappointment to customers. No one is perfect, but after you learn this is not the 3D version, you should change the description to reflect the correct information.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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advertised as a 3d blue ray movie but is not 3d I got ripped off so be careful so dissapointed
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3.0 out of 5 stars So Bad You Have To Laugh April 10, 2014
By kv
Format:Amazon Instant Video|Verified Purchase
This movie is so bad that you enjoy it. The dialogue awful, the plot is even worse, the characters are campy and predictable. It makes the perfect movie for "Who can bring the worst movie night". It has NO redeeming qualities, but I think that is the purpose of this movie. It's so stupid you have to laugh........hard.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, Sily and Worth Watching
This turned out to be better than I expected. If it were trying to be a serious horror movie it would have been a distaster. Read more
Published 18 days ago by orion725
4.0 out of 5 stars zombie junkie
Comedy and zombie flick this was actually good, movie pace was steady and full of zombies .plot was teenage oriented .I like it.
Published 1 month ago by candygirl
3.0 out of 5 stars Another Teen Zombie Movie.
Some laughs, but very predictable. The stock character "hot girl" really shines as an actor AFTER she becomes a zombie.
Published 1 month ago by John S. Socha
3.0 out of 5 stars Funny
Amusing horror spoof. Not scary in the least but worth a watch for Zombieland, Shawn of the Dead, and other zombie spoof fans...
Published 2 months ago by Taylor James Sapp
4.0 out of 5 stars Liked It
This is a hilarious satire film that keeps my laughing all the time and I received it a week and a half.
Published 2 months ago by Ciara Berry
2.0 out of 5 stars "Dead" Sums It Up About Right
Dead Before Dawn is my least favorite type of horror-comedy. It's the type where the horror isn't scary or fun, and the comedy isn't that funny. It's also pretty boring. Read more
Published 4 months ago by B. Wasden
2.0 out of 5 stars Was Ok
The Movie is watchable and a wee bit funny, would not worry if you did not see this movie or missed the showing.
Published 4 months ago by Peter John Dawson
5.0 out of 5 stars Dead Before Dawn
I love this movie. It's a very different take on a comical zombie movie. The disc worked fine. Not much else to say.
Published 4 months ago by Casper
5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent and funny "horror" genre. Break out of the box and check...
Hilarious and unique movie. Subtle (and overt) humor. I see this move as "Indie Awesome", the dialogue and interplay between the characters blows predictive factory... Read more
Published 5 months ago by J. Blinn
4.0 out of 5 stars A comical zombie flick
I liked the graphics and most of the characters. Christopher Llyod is always great. This is the first zombie film I've seen him in and thought it would be a good laugh.
Published 5 months ago by R. Abello
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