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The Dead Don't Scream (2008)

The Dead
Don't Scream


Because the focus here at Film Apocalypse is independent films, I watch a lot of movies that are far below the quality of what the general public is used to seeing.  As a result, the reviews here are usually geared towards fans of truly indi film and fans of no-budget movies.  Even though I know what I'm getting into, some of the films that are sent in for review still manage to disappoint me with their bad editing, poor audio and lack of direction.  I was looking forward to seeing The Dead Don't Scream based on the trailer, but I knew that there was a pretty good chance that the actual DVD wouldn't live up to my expectations.  In addition, I read that the movie was 90 minutes long and that's usually too long for a movie that's truly  inde keep a viewer interested.  However, The Dead Don't Scream was even better than I could have hoped.  I was blown away by the quality of the filming and the gore is some of the best I've ever seen in an indi film!

The Dead Don't Scream is an action thriller about a group of college students who head to the lake for a day of fun in the sun only to be kidnapped, tortured and killed by a company that steals expensive cars to chop for parts.   The action, blood and gore are delivered in huge quantities.  Although there is only once topless scene at the beginning of the film, there are lots of beautiful bikini clad hotties running around for almost the entire movie.

At $66,000, the budget here was a lot higher than most of the movies you'll read about at Film Apocalypse.  Still, compared to the movies in the theater or on cable, $66,000 is a very small budget.  The Dead Don't Scream managed to get every penny's worth out of the money and deliver a movie of a quality equal to most of what you would see on a television movie of the week or the Sci-Fi Channel.  The camera shots, the editing and even the sound were all 100% professional.  The story was solid and kept me entertained throughout the entire 90 minute running time.  Most of the actors and actresses were very good.  Actress Taylor Chadwell, who played one of the lead victims and could be considered the overall lead in the film, delivered an amazing performance.  I wouldn't be at all surprised to see her in more films in the future.  Trey Caldwell and Jeremy Schwab were two other standout actors who both did an excellent job of becoming their characters in this movie.   The audio mix was good through the entire film.  The soundtrack included way too much rap music for my tastes.  Although I'm not at all a fan of rap music, I do think that the quality of the music in the movie was professional.  Mitch Rogers and Michael Brower were the guys credited with FX Make Up.  They did an unbelievably great job on the slit throats, gunshot wounds and even shotgun blast carnage.

The man who pulled it all together was Richard Perrin of Texas Actor Studio and 3 Red Peppers Production Company.  Richard is an acting coach who wrote, produced and directed The Dead Don't Scream to give his students an opportunity to  work in a film.  After watching the film, it looks like this was one class of actors who really found the right class!  I can't imagine a better way to get started acting than being handed a part in a well made movie directed by your acting coach and staring you and your classmates!  Hopefully this won't be the last 3 Red Peppers film that I get to review for Film Apocalypse.  I look forward to seeing many more films made by members of this cast and crew!

Gore-o-meter rating: 5 out of 5 (Some of the BEST gore I've ever seen in an indi film)

Skin-o-meter: 1 out of 5 (One topless scene, lots of bikinis.  There could have been more nudity.)