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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon March 17, 2013
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.

As for all the high reviews, I'm quite convinced that most of those who watched it and rated it 4-5 stars are one of the hundred-plus zombie actors in this show.

Even if you like 'B-movies', take a pass on this one, your kids could make a better film, just get them a camcorder and some greasepaint.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon March 9, 2017
There has been such a glut of zombie movies in the last decade that when you decide to watch one of the free ones, no matter what the source, they will not be B-movies but amateur movies. I can be pretty lenient on these because I appreciate the effort and enthusiasm of those who made it. However this movie is so ineptly made I can't say that I liked it at all. I saw it once before, too, since it's been floating around on YouTube for a number of years. I just wanted to see if it was as bad as I remembered. Guess what? Yes, that bad.

To its credit, this film was made just when the whole genre was becoming popular again: after 28 Days Later in 2002, and the Dawn of the Dead remake and Shaun of the Dead in 2004. So it's a little early, before every teenager with a digital movie camera or a smartphone started making them episodically (though those are generally better than this one. The error here was thinking too big with limited means to execute the concept. This is plotted as a full apocalyptic zombie film with big scenes before ending up in a remote country cabin. Here they tried. It has a large cast of both extra townsfolk and zombies. But its clear neither had much coaching and no one knows what they're doing. The best moment is halfway in when they actually had a street closed and set up a traffic jam-zombie attack. The time leading up to this is excruciatingly slow and involves too much of Gary Ugarek (writer, director and actor) and his friend Dave going out to drink and shoot guns. No one in the film can act and the script is uninspired and disjointed at times.

Still, they tried. Believe it or not there is a second installment, Deadlands 2:Trapped, and it's a giant step above this attempt. The director wisely does not appear in it and it takes place mostly at a multiplex theater. It's the standard plot of such films but much, much better than Deadlands:the Rising.
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on March 16, 2017
Yes, its low budget. Yes, it starts like every low budget cliché. Yes, it was another pre-zombie to beginning of zombie outbreak movie. The one thing I liked is the actors didnt try to be something there not. I hate when the average zombie movie maker makes actors try to be Brad Pitt, or Sam Jackson on Snakes on a Plane style. They were 2 buddies that banter like 2 friends should. The joking around and being smart a$$es to each other made me settle in to see if the story had some meat. The wife/mother waiting at home after the, yes i know, cliché terrorist atack seemed real. She just listened to radio, open book shes really not reading, and trying to get thru during a sporadic cell service to her husband. Meanwhile the average citizens are confused. Theres the dumb, dumber, and dumbest people ive ever seen in the traffic jam, and I couldn't wait to see them get eaten. Then the lame "safe zone" for everyone to gather. Budget really showed up there. The pathetic interpretation of national guard and citizens was laughable. But, when the story went back to the family I didn't mind it so much. The initial reveal of the zombies was alright to meh, but there was some good shots during traffic jam. I thought the side mirror slow down showing the zombies was not to shabby. There was some semblance of a eye for creativity. Then the reuniting of the family wasn't to bad, but the flash forward was lazy. Best friend worried of complacency, and the lack of supplies was classic set up. Ending.... well lets say, "nice try" They missed a opportunity to do something special with what worked, their natural family cohesion. Low budget, 1hr, and could be worse make up was worth the try. I'm trying to give all the low budget zombie movies a run since I love the genre, but if you are meh to zombies pass on it. You like zombies and like to see effort, this wasn't the worst I've seen. At a hair over a hour it at least tried.
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on February 10, 2017
If this was a first time effort by a young filmmaker I would say NOT BAD. That's why I gave it 2 stars. When you take out the very elongated credits and pauses between scenes, the movie is actually less than 1 hour. If you are expecting more than the basic DIY movie, forget it.

Now for those do-or-die zombie fans that were expecting more. I know: poor wooden acting, weak scene transition, barely believable zombies and unimaginative ending........take away another star.

Something to watch while your clipping your toenails or nose hair, or both.
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on January 23, 2017
Save your time and just poke yourself in the eye for a better way to spend the next 10 minutes you'll never get back.
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on February 28, 2017
clocking in around 60 mins if you cut out the 5plus minute ending credit sequence, this heap of crap isn't even a movie.
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on January 29, 2017
What is it with the garbage that Amazon let's on here a lot of these movies never would have even made it to video in the past!
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on May 30, 2017
Super lame acting for the most part. I love zombie movies and B movies, however this was less than B. Watched movie in fast forward mode.
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on February 25, 2017
Really, really poorly done. As many other reviewers have said, a high school A/V club would easily make something of better quality. Terrible line delivery (I won't call it acting), terrible video capture quality. It's not even so bad as to be fun to watch. Seriously just skip it.

Disclaimer: I only watched 33 minutes before I had to give up.
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on February 20, 2017
Was UN-watchable.....
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