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Dead 7 is a Made-for-TV Movie produced by The Asylum that premiered on SyFy on April 1st, 2016. It quickly gained notoriety for being written by Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys, and starring him alongside other 90's Boy Band alumni, such as his bandmates AJ McLean and Howie Dorough, as well as N Sync's Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick and 98 Degrees' Jeff Timmons, among other names such as Debra Wilson and Jon Secada.


Tropes associated with Dead 7:

  • Action Girl: Daisy Jane (well, before her death scene) and Sirene.
  • And Then John Was a Zombie: At the very end, as Apocalypta perishes swarmed by copperheads, Jack is bitten by a little girl copperhead, but manages to avoid turning into a copperhead by shooting himself in the head.
  • Author Appeal: Unlike some of The Asylum's most famous productions, this movie features no actual sharks, but the copperheads, and characters bitten by them, do show some traits associated with sharks, such as the Black Eyes of Evil and being drawn to the scent of blood.
  • Bald of Evil: Apocalypta.
  • Big Bad: Apocalypta.
  • B-Movie
  • Boom, Headshot!: Happens a lot, in particular to the copperheads.
  • Chew Bubblegum: The line itself is not referenced, but Whiskey Joe complaining about running out of whiskey during the final battle definitely brings it to mind.
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  • Covers Always Lie: Promotional material for the film featured plenty of Shout Outs to classic Backstreet and *NSYNC songs, such as "Larger Than Life" and "Bye Bye Bye". No such Shout Outs are made in the film itself.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: Billy in Jack's, after he takes a bullet from Johnny Vermillion, meant for Sirene.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Whiskey Joe and The Vaquero are initially wary about staying in the brothel Trixie told Komodo she was working at, but the sight of some of the prostitutes passing by them quickly change their minds.
  • The Dragon: Johnny Vermillion to Apocalypta.
  • Evil Laugh: Johnny Vermillion's mad cackle.
  • Eye Scream: In a flashback, it's shown Major Shelby had his left eye poked out by Apocalypta, which explains his eyepatch.
  • Forced to Watch: Daisy Jane is brutally and mercilessly stabbed in the stomach by Johnny as a helpless Billy is forced to watch.
  • Foreshadowing
    • During the brothel scene, Whiskey Joe describes to one of the prostitutes how he's planning to go out in case he's bitten by a copperhead. Later, as he's about to be eaten by a horde of copperheads, with his entrails dangling from his open stomach, he does exactly what he said he'd do.
    • Sirene refers to leaving a corpse to be eaten by Circling Vultures as a "sky burial". At the end of the film, it's implied this is what happens to Jack's corpse after he offs himself.
  • Gorn: All of the (CGI, of course) blood and guts are displayed in vivid detail. There's even a close-up of a corpse's head being crushed by the wheels of the protagonists' jeep as it drives away.
  • Gratuitous Spanish: Provided by The Vaquero.
  • Kill 'Em All: By the end of the movie, Sirene is the only one of the titular Dead 7 to survive the final battle.
  • Large Ham: The villains, especially AJ McLean as Johnny Vermillion.
    Billy: [as Johnny stabs Daisy to death] Daisyyy!!
    Johnny: [imitating Billy sarcastically] Daisyyy...' [goes back to laughing maniacally]
  • Mercy Kill: Whiskey Joe finds himself heavyheartedly shooting the infected Vaquero as he, Komodo and Trixie leave the brothel.
  • Mockbuster: To the 2016 remake of The Magnificent Seven, with elements of The Walking Dead added to the mix.
  • Not Using the "Z" Word: The zombies in this universe are never referred to as "zombies", but as "copperheads". Justified, as the plague that birthed them is said to have originated in copper mines; Sirene once mentions her grandfather was a copper miner and the first to be infected.
  • Off with His Head!: How Johnny Vermillion dies.
  • Seppuku: Komodo offs himself this way after being bitten by an infected Trixie while giving her one last kiss.
  • Ship Tease: Between Jack and Sirene at certain points. Given that Sirene's portrayer is Nick's real-life spouse (and was already pregnant with their first child during filming), it should be expected.
  • Sound-Only Death: The camera is focused on Whiskey Joe as he has to Mercy Kill the infected Vaquero, and at the end, after Jack is bitten, there's a cut to black alongside the sound of a gunshot.
  • Taking the Bullet: Billy takes one for Sirene and ends up dying in his brother's arms in the process.
  • World of Buxom: With the exception of Apocalypta, every female character with a speaking role has quite an impressive rack.
  • Zombie Apocalypse: Obviously.