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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Bill Moseley is widely considered a wily veteran of the horror genre appearing in dozens of horror movies over the years.See all Editorial Reviews
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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. Moseley and his costars--including Patricia Tallman, here reunited with Moseley for the first time since their appearance together in Tom Savini's 1990 remake of Romero's original NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD--do an outstanding job of acting, the directing is solid, and the zombie FX, while on screen for only a minimal amount of time, are realistic and effective. The film does take a bit of a nosedive at the end when Logan, reunited with his family, recites some saccharine (and presumably internal) diatribe in which he essentially blames the governments of the Western Hemisphere for war and terrorism. But that's a minor flaw, and most die-hard fans of the genre will still enjoy the film.
Anthem Pictures' DVD edition of the film has a few flaws. The most egregious problem with the disc is that the widescreen transfer, while crisp and clear, is not anamorphic. Also, when played on blu-ray players, two different copies of the disc skipped at the exact same spot (about the 5:45 mark), though both copies played fine on standard DVD players. On the other hand, the disc has some nice extras, which include a behind-the-scenes featurette and cast and crew interviews.
In short, DEAD AIR is a decent film that horror fans, especially zombie lovers, will want to add to their collections. We can only hope that a better DVD or Blu-ray release will appear at some point in the near future.
I'm not looking for high gloss shallow Hollywood budget nor "something new" in the zombie movie genre. I want believability in my suspension of belief. I also want a solid, well thought out and written story and strong actors playing solid characters that say and do believable things while in the mist of zombie chaos. It's those qualities that I feel separates ho hum crap movies from super great movies of any genre. (Just look at the original Night of the Living Dead... need I say more?) Dead Air is not an overproduced Hollywood "ain't it cool cause I think I`m so cool", shoot um up, egobation, piece of crap movie like the remade Dawn of the Dead movie; that I use to like until I watched the movie with the director's commentary on. Yes, there is underlining social commentary in Dead Air, but it adds to the tension of the movie and wasn`t heavy handed or overdone to me. The acting was top notch and believable due to them casting some great actors! The plot was believable and the story was well written with believable dialog. And production was great. Zombie movies have a fresh new innovative superstar, Corbin Bernsen! Dead Air is a super great zombie movie. I dare say one of my top favorites! Thank you Mr. Bernsen!