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After hearing strong praise about Dead Weight on the festival circuit by those "in the know," I finally got a chance to see it and I'm glad I did. Less of a zombie film and more of a horror drama, Dead Weight is a film that swims against the current. Taking place amidst the beautifully desolate landscape of a Minnesota winter, Dead Weight marks new territory, making its own path, with a slow, creeping sense of dread that trails all the way back to the original Night of the Living Dead. Characters are given dimension here. The importance of the group is stressed. Society is still necessary, especially in the apocalypse where survival hinges upon what you can bring to the group and what the group can provide for you. Dynamics not usually explored in most direct-to-video zombie films these days. While relieved, at times, by the occasional dark bit of humor, it's this Grapes of Wrath style perspective culminating in a climatically brutal loss that makes Dead Weight a standout in the genre. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
The post-apocalyptic world is a well-trod staple of the horror genre. Some would say, not without good reason, that it has been trod just a few too many times. But "Dead Weight" succeeds with this theme by making it the background rather than the foreground of the story. This is, in fact, a romance story disguised as horror, adding an emotional level that most horror films lack.
The sheer level of acting talent going into this production is remarkable. Some of those involved are professionals, who spend their every waking moment acting. Some (in fact, most) are amateurs, making their theatrical debut here. And with one or two easily overlooked exceptions, all the performances come across as strong and bold. I have seen my fair share of independent films, and this one takes talent to the next level.
Directing and cinematography are top notch. A few shots seem inspired by some of the better directors out there, or even bad directors (M. Night Shyamalan) when they were at their peak. I have lived in Wisconsin for three decades and have hardly thought of it as beautiful, but the camera has brought out the best and the bleakest that winter has to offer, depending on what the scene called for. I am told that due to snow one scene had to be moved from a field to a barn, but this turned out to be a stroke of good luck -- the scene in question is among the most ominous in the film, and a field would be more difficult to capture the angles and shadows needed for the terror that ensues.Read more ›
1. The acting.
Yes there are a few actors that are first timers and it shows in their scenes but that just isn't the case for the most part. Charlie, played by Joe Belknap, portrays his role perfectly. He's hanging onto personal issues that are creating inner turmoil that prevents him from doing the right thing throughout. That's not the easiest role to play with the subtlety of emotional switches and Joe pulls that off. Aaron Christensen and Michelle Courvais as Thomas and Meredith respectively, are on the other hand seasoned actors and they nearly steal the show as riveting side characters that truly help guide the direction of the film.
2. Not enough happens/there are no zombies.
If you're looking for a creature feature, yeah you'll be disappointed. Blame the idiot distributors for changing the cover art to portray something completely different than the story for this one.
The thing is, stuff DOES happen. It's NOT about a zombie overrun. You've SEEN that a million times. Go pick up some Romero or something if that's what you want. This is about people. How they react to such an event and how their own personal demons can play a major role in whether they survive or not. It IS a slow burner, but for all of the right reasons. The editing (award winning from the 2012 Elvira's Horror Hunt/HorrorHound Weekend Awards) puts you back in Charlie's head, thinking about his relationship with Samantha and how he got into the mess he's in when you're watching... but the slow burn makes sense.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I saw Dead Weight in 2012 and have been telling people about it ever since. Do I like it? I bought it twice, so yeah. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Holi Hill
The Zombie infection in Wisconsin. An interesting take on the Zombie apocalypse. I had a couple challenges this movie. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Tony K
This is not a zombie movie. The cover art has nothing to do with the story. I have no earthly idea what the guy with the axe and the arm of the dead person is supposed to convey,... Read morePublished 15 months ago by John Evans
Acted like what would really happen it if the world did have a disaster.Published 16 months ago by Clifton Lowrey
I should have read more of the one star reviews. Glad I only rented it in SD. What a terrible movie. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Robert E. Malone
A bit slow in parts but the basic storyline was somewhat intriguing.Published 17 months ago by Alfred Fleming
Terrible, slow, boring, musical score sucks. If you're a fan of the genre, this isn't what you're looking for, trust me.Published 17 months ago by JEB
I liked this movie but again I don't know why so many movies do flashbacks with the characters because that can be confusing. Read morePublished 17 months ago by dee1030