Upon its release, DotD was heralded as being one of the best of 2008. After two viewings, the only way I can see this claim being accurate is if the list was "Best After School Horror Specials for 10 Year Olds." There are many things that do work in this film, with actors that look like legitimate high schoolers, a butt load of zombies and gore, and some very funny moments. I wanted to like each of these aspects as much as everyone else, but even the things I liked felt very scripted and amateurish. The writing feels like a 'teen-edgy' blend between XYZ Zombie Flick and Superbad, minus any real scares or clever dialogue. Bishop clearly has a great grasp of the genre, and steps up the technical aspects with interesting camera work, fun gags, excellent makeup, and an attempt at a unique script despite the derivative storyline. In the end, he does pull of an impressive and ambitious effort for a small Indie film, but the look and feel of the film is completely evident of the small scale and low-budget. The acting and character exchanges feel very forced and there are many moments in the plot that are also clearly contrived. Taking all things into account from the size and scale to the final outcome, the film is a better-than-average Indie film and is worth checking out for sure. A group of teens must ban together to save the prom after it is overrun by a zombie epidemic!