Army engineer Lieutenant Brian Murphy is the sole survivor of a plane crash, finding himself washed ashore on the African continent. He's far from home, low on supplies, cut off from all contact with the outside world, in one of the most dangerous places on Earth, and he just wants to get back to America and be with his family. Unfortunately for him he's found himself trapped in the middle of the Zombie Apocalypse
, making Africa all the more dangerous for him.The Dead
is a low budget 2010 film by Indelible Productions. At the time of its release it was considered just another sub-par zombie movie but the fan reaction was intense making it highly popular and successful. A sequel is currently in the works.
The Dead is unique compared to other zombie movies not so much for what it features but what it doesn't feature. Gore is kept to a minimum and the slow and agonizing build up of tension is utilized instead of cheap and cliche jump scares, and before the movie is over the audience is practically begging for the random zombie to pop up with an accompanying scare chord.
The Dead include examples of:
- America Saves the Day: Averted. Whatever causes the dead to rise has enveloped the entire globe and America is no better off than anywhere else. Those that aren't running to look for safety elsewhere are standing to meet their violent ends trying to stem the undead tides.
- Apocalypse How: The end of the movie suggests the Class 3 category.
- A-Team Firing: Most African soldiers appear to be shooting from the hip, however they mostly stick to single fire rather than laying down copious amounts of rounds downrange. And to their credit they do have a fairly high rate of critical hits.
- Black Dude Dies First: Justified as the movie takes place in Africa.
- Black Cloak: Brian invokes this trope as he's crossing the desert portion of Africa. However more due to protection from the sun than anything else
- Big Damn Heroes: Daniel pulls this off magnificently when he arrives just in time to save Brian from being eaten after his truck gets stuck.
- Boom, Headshot: As per usual the only way to really kill a zombie.
- Bottomless Magazines: Averted. All players are careful not to expend ammunition freely.
- Car Fu: Brian resorts to this to take out a zombie in order to gain access to its canteen and possibly other supplies. Later on it's averted when he says he's worried he'll bust the truck's axle.
- Darkest Africa: This trope is toyed with a lot here. While trucks, electricity and radio equipment are all present a lot of the scenes still take place in remote villages that look untouched by the modern world.
- Downer Ending: Brian Murphy learns that he's not getting out of Africa, his family is dead and America is as bad off as Africa. And right after that the refugee center he's taken shelter in collapses and the undead horde forces its way in and begins killing everyone. Although it isn't shown it's implied he dies with the rest of the refugees.
- Fanservice: Daniel and Brian are both featured shirtless and muscular (and even glistening) as they refresh at a watering hole.
- Gory Discretion Shot: Blood and gore is kept to a relative minimum considering the context of the film.
- Infant Immortality: Played completely straight.
- Jump Scare: Almost nonexistent.
- Machete Mayhem: Brian and Daniel each take turns dispatching several zombies with a machete, to save on ammo and to keep the commotion to a minimum.
- Made of Plasticine: Averted for most of the film, but played straight near the end as Brian hacks and slashes his way through a horde of zombies to get over the walls of the refugee center.
- Mercy Kill: Brian does this to a severely injured woman who's about to be eaten.
- No Indoor Voice: Daniel deliberately invokes this to force Brian to turn on the truck's headlamps so they can see their surroundings.
- Not a Zombie: The zombies present can easily pass for humans as there are few telltale signs of their status. The only clues to their true nature are whited out irises and whatever injuries they may have suffered.
- Our Zombies Are Different: In so many ways. The exact cause of the undead outbreak is never explicitly stated. Bite transmission suggest the plague variety but the planet being overrun would suggest the Romero variant is at work.
- Plot-Induced Stupidity: Brian and Daniel are in the middle of the African continent, in the dead of night, surrounded by silently moving zombies. So what do they do? They decide they're both going to sleep on the ground rather than sleep in shifts, or better take refuge in the trees where the zombies can't reach. To their credit they set up a perimeter with a tin can alarm, but the perimeter is so small it's of little use until the zombies are quite literally right on top of them.
- Room Full Of Zombies: Encountered by Daniel and Brian in one of the villages.
- Zombie Apocalypse: And how! Whatever the cause of the undead plague has caused the entire world to be overrun, not just Africa. America has fallen as has everywhere else and there's nowhere safe left to fall back to.
- Zombie Gait: And how. The zombies present move so slowly that Romero's zombie can easily cover more distance. However this slow pace allows them a greater degree of stealth as they search out a meal and makes them almost undetectable in terms of audio cues.