Deadlands: The Rising 2007 NR

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Unexplained explosions rock several major U.S. cities. As the night unfolds, more mysterious events are yet to come.

Starring:
Dave Cooperman, Gary Ugarek
Runtime:
1 hour, 3 minutes

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Genres Thriller, Action, Horror
Director Gary Ugarek
Starring Dave Cooperman, Gary Ugarek
Supporting actors Michelle Wright, Brian Wright, Connor Brandt, Mélisa Breiner-Sanders, Josh Davidson, Jeremy Paris, Chris L. Clark, Nathan Rosen, Brian Marinelli, Bruce Morgan, Tom Gambrill, William Abel, Patty Aiello, Williams Albers, Alex Alcaro, Ray Allen, Michael Anderson, Michael Arenas
Studio Splatter Rampage
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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I like many bad Z movies.
Rewob
This little slip ruined the next scene for me where Conner's mom finds the cop dead after being attacked by zombies.
Zombob
The lack of special effects/make up/costumes/acting made it impossible to tell who was who.
Michael Barone

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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 27, 2007
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C- = A little disapointed I must say. After watching tons of zombie movies, several of them indie recently - I set a high bar for Deadlands. The expectation did not meet the result. Sorry to say.

The editing was poor. Several shots showed nothing but empty street. And showingcasing that Mustang - was boring.

The two protagonists - drew no sympathy from me. Neither did the fat mother and the child. I could not wait until they all got eaten.

The two interesting characters - survivalist gun nut brother in law, and the guy with the hat who warned the folks at the shelter - did not get enough airtime.

Gun handling was terrible in this movie. No regard for the rules of safety. And drinking while shooting. Wow. Another terrible stereotype.

The entire National guard squad - was unshaven, did not have full uniforms. One can only suspend ones disbelief for so long.

Lastly one side of the freeway is jammed with cars, yet the other side is wide open. None of the people decide to do the smart thing - turn back. Genius.

Sixty three minutes for $17.99? Not worth it. Wait until it hits the $5 bin if you really need a mediocre zombie movie.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Zombob on November 20, 2007
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Well...here's goes...

1) ACTING: Not bad; typical for low budget fare. Some are good, some are bad, some are REALLY bad, the usual. Again, some of the lines that the actors had were a little tough, and I wonder if even the best of master thespians could have pulled those lines off. While it is nice to see "everyday people" in a movie, Hollywood has almost demanded that the main heroes are "pretty people."

2) PRODUCTION: Again, not too bad. I enjoyed the scene where all the cars are backed up in traffic and the zombies attack. Nicely done; very apocolyptic. Some minor lighting issues (one dark scene had the "Gary" character talking to someone, and only Gary's ear was in the light...unintentional humor). The blood and gore wasn't all that bad...for what there was of it. One continuity goof that REALLY stuck out was the Conner's dog. It is written into the script, the scene where Conner's mom goes upstairs to get the dog. She comes back downstairs with the dog and...that's it. Conner and his mom leave the house, seconds later, and the dog is nowhere to be seen. This little slip ruined the next scene for me where Conner's mom finds the cop dead after being attacked by zombies. I was so distracted by the missing dog, I had to hit reverse on the DVD player to see if I missed anything. There was also a lot of slow-motion shots used in the movie that I really didn't understand why. And the ending was rather abrupt. I wasn't even sure the movie was over until the credits began to roll. Of all that I seen, I think the biggest problem was the script. Minimal action for the first 30 minutes or so caused my mind to wander.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Melanie C TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 17, 2013
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When I rented this movie, it was rated at 3.5 stars. Normally, Amazon's rating system is more accurate than Netflix's, so I figured, 'hey, must be a decent movie, anyhow.'

I'm not even sure where to begin on this movie. It is cheap, and not just 'B-movie' cheap, but watching it, you feel like you are watching your own camcorder work, in action. I am quite-confident they didn't mean to do this, like a 'Blair Witch' or anything, this was the result of doing this movie with simple over-the-counter phone cameras and camcorders.

The script drags badly. It's like watching the movie being shot in your backyard, and listening to your redneck friends all carry on, during the filming. It ambles, it is slow, REALLY SLLLLLOOOOOWWW to develop, and when they are saying something, they aren't saying much anyway.

Ok, the show is supposed to be located in Maryland, but when the zombies come out, so do the guns. I own several, and even like the 'shoot the zombies' movies, but this one is so 'in-your-face' with 'we're loaded for zombie shootin' that it's just too much. I kept thinking during the movie, 'I don't think there are that many pistols IN Maryland, due to their gun laws, anyhow. Really bad, when that catches your attention.

The zombies are mad-dash runners, and not something you see in too many movies. If anything, they are STILL the best acting in the whole movie, and almost on level with what you'd see in 'The Walking Dead - Season 1', compared to the rest of the cast, which seems like just anyone they decided to grab off the street to read a line for the show. Watch the faces in the rescue shelter, and you'll understand what I mean.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert Beveridge HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on March 30, 2009
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Deadlands: The Rising (Gary Ugarek, 2006)

Gary Ugarek's microbudget zombie flick Deadlands has received almost universal scorn since its release three years ago. While I guess I can understand why, given that most people don't watch nearly as many microbudget horror movies as I do, I have to be the voice of dissent on this one. While its harsher critics are certainly accurate in their assessments of the movie's amateur feel, both in the acting and in the technical details, and the slowness of the thing to get anywhere, I didn't think either of these shortcomings outweighed the surprisingly realistic feel or the solid script.

Plot: two guys, Dave (Dave Cooperman) and Gary (Gary Ugarek), find themselves in the middle of a zombie invasion after a military experiment gone horribly wrong. Yeah, that's pretty much it. And I should mention, since this seems to be one of the bones of contention among the movie's many, many critics, that the actual zombie invasion doesn't really take place until the final half of the movie. There's quite a bit of character setup and the like for a movie that runs shy of eighty minutes.

Because of this, a lot of how you feel about the movie is probably going to be based on whether you're expecting Hollywood-quality acting from a next-to-zero-budget movie. If you are, you're looking in the wrong place. I've seen a few microbudget horror films with incredible acting, but in general, they're indie flicks that got Hollywood actors who were willing to work for very little because they believed in the project (Deadbirds and Shallow Ground being obvious examples). This is way, way more indie than that; it's a bunch of guys with a camcorder who decided they wanted to make a zombie movie.
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