I absolutely love originality inside the zombie genre. If you know me at all, you know that zombies are my favorite kind of dead folks, so I have high expectations when it comes to movies that deal with those wandering slabs of carnivorous brain-cravers. I’m very happy to report that DEAD GENESIS is a welcome and unique addition to the zombie genre.
If you are not familiar with DEAD GENESIS, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of the film’s official website:
Seven months have passed since the dead took over. Many cities and states have been abandoned and left to die. Society is trying to create a new order from the chaos. The military has been officially assigned the task of fighting the undead hordes. However, several self-sufficient hunting groups made up of everyday citizens have established themselves to take on the zombie threat in a war aptly referred to as the ‘War on Dead’ (W.O.D.).
In the midst of this global tragedy, media has redefined itself to capitalize on the new world order. Jillian Hurst, a former news writer and amateur documentarian, has set out to make a pro-war propaganda film to support the W.O.D. She joins up with a pack of renegade undead hunters known infamously to North America as ‘The DeadHeads.’ Made up of Christians, atheists, and men and women of varying ages, the disparate band of anti-heroes seeks to cleanse the landscape of the undead with each DeadHead motivated by their own personal agendas. The moral dynamics and hardships of fighting in a war against the flesh-eating undead are told from several different perspectives. Everyday brings the possibility of death and horror, but also offers new bonds that redefine family and friendship.
If IMDB is correct, this movie was shot for about $15,000 U.S. dollars. If that’s the case, then director Reese Eveneshen deserves a special award for stretching his film dollars so thin that you could play music on them. This looks like a big budget film in just about all aspects.
The story of DEAD GENESIS is original and compelling, two factors that seem to be missing in many of the zombies films I see nowadays. What intrigues me the most is that Eveneshen seems to have pegged a very plausible scenario that could play out, if/when the zombie apocalypse does arise. The believability of the situation only helps to completely immerse the viewer into this world.
The acting is excellent for a low budget picture and the cinematography is good; but what really steals the scene are the special effects. Wow! These are damn good effects for being a home-grown movie. The blood and ichor flows freely and it looks gooooooooood. There’s plenty of carnage for gore-hounds, not to mention most of the zombies look very believable (I saw two that looked mediocre...the rest for phenomenal).
DEAD GENESIS gets a big thumbs up from me, and it’s a flick that definitely deserves a spot in your horror collection. It is available now and fans can buy it from Amazon.com or at the DEAD GENESIS Official Website (click the link on the title at the top of the page). Furthermore, you can buy or rent the streaming version at indieflix.com. Regardless of how you get it, be sure and check this one out for sure.