The Dead Outside 2010 Horror Movie Review
Horror movies Review
I think it’s Scottish, anyway. I saw this a few months ago and it really stuck with me…imagine 28 Days Later taken down to a quiet low budget indie film focusing mainly on the characters and less on the infected/zombies trying to get into the “siege” area. There are scattered violent bits here and there but it’s maybe at a PG-13 level for gore…then again this one is unrated so maybe there are bits I haven’t seen.
I’ll try to avoid spoilers, but it’s really about the interactions and less about any surprises or “twists”.
The movie starts with Daniel, an average looking 20something leaving his home and setting out to gain distance from the areas heavily infected with what’s basically the “rage virus” from 28 Days Later. It’s concentrated in urban areas so he’s part of an exodus into the countryside along with many other uninfected citizens. He finds a farm with a generator and other amenities so he decides to rest for a while - before waking up to teenage April sticking a gun in his face. From there the plot revolves around their growing trust of one another and April’s back story…without getting into that, I’ll say the various twists and revelations can be a bit confusing but not enough to detract from the story and I’m sure on the second viewing I’d “get it”.
The climax comes in the final act when a new survivor shows up at the farmhouse and becomes a third wheel in an increasingly awkward and intimate relationship between the two main characters…you never really know if April sees Daniel as a brother figure or a romantic interest, but it’s pretty clear she’s not a fan of the unexpected female guest in any case.
That’s as far as I can go into detail without detracting from the experience(I hate reviews that tell you what the movie is “really about”), but it’s a fast runtime and I was never bored up to and especially during the surreal and relatively intense final scenes. A solid 4.5 stars but of course I couldn’t label it as such. I’d give it 5 stars easily if not for Sandra Louise Douglas’ occasionally uneven performance (though in all fairness her mannerisms may be intentional as I’ve met many teenagers that act in an identical fashion) and the “twists” to her back story that didn’t detract from the film but were just kind of…there. Tacked on, maybe. Some people may find the accents a tad think, but I never noticed. Just a warning.
If you’re an indie film fan that likes some horror or a horror fan that wants something smarter than the painful remakes being cranked out recently, this will hit the sweet spot just right.
About The Dead Outside (2010)
Starring: Sandra Louise Douglas, Alton Milne, Sharon Osdin, Vivienne Harvey, John Erskine,
Director: Kerry Anne Mullaney,
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