The dead have risen in Africa, leaving few left standing in their wake. That is, with the exception of two soldiers, one African and one American, who struggle to survive only in the hopes that their families might still be alive in some far-off place beyond the desert sands. The Ford Brothers have the potential to become this generation's Fulci and Lenzi, stepping out into the genre with what is sure to become a cult zombie sensation! THE DEAD not only offers extreme gore, but extremely realistic gore, and in all of the most unexpected ways. Unlike the new DAWN OF THE DEAD or 28 DAYS LATER, these are your granddaddy's zombies. Stiff. Slow-moving. And most of all, DEAD, not infected. The film has a crisp documentary look and feel, and the safety of daylight no longer applies when the majority of the events occur under the blistering African sun. For everything it lacks in story, it more than makes up for with its somber mood and chilling atmosphere. Although they exchange relatively little dialog, Murphy and Dembele share a genuine rapport, and are very likable heroes. Prince David Oseia gives a particularly devastating performance as he looks out at the lifeless bodies of his people, strewn across the African plains like so much garbage. THE DEAD can be read as a tragic allegory of the current AIDS epidemic in Africa, with the United States being both the first to arrive with aid and the first to bail out when the situation became uncontrollable, leaving the rest to die. A notable entry in the ongoing chronicles of the undead.
Movies like THE DEAD:
BLACK DEMONS, ZOMBIE, ZOMBIE HOLOCAUST, OASIS OF THE ZOMBIES, 28 DAYS LATER.