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DEAD COUNTRY
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Reviewed by: Ammon Gilbert

Directed by: Andrew Merkelbach

Starring:
Andrew Merkelbach
Ted V. Mikels
Jacqueline Lovell

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What's it about
A spaceship explodes above Earth, casting its cargo of a deadly alien virus into the Earth's atmosphere above a little Australian town called Romero. When the dead come to life and start to eat the living, it's up to a mercenary from outer space to try and stop it.
Is it good movie?
Note: I'm quoted on the DVD cover of DEAD COUNTRY saying "This project has all of us drooling at the mouth!"; this was taken from a news article and not from a review. What you are reading now is the first review of the movie by me or anyone else at AITH / JoBlo.com.

What do you get when you combine zombies, aliens, gratuitous nudity, crappy special effects, and a shoestring budget? In a nutshell, you get DEAD COUNTRY. In a way, it's a throwback to classics like NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD and PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE. Unfortunately for the audience, when it comes to quality, it's closer to the likes of PLAN 9 than NOTLD.

If you look at DEAD COUNTRY as a movie a couple of high school buddies made on their crappy VHS camcorder, then you might be inclined to enjoy this more. You won't mind the goofy special effects which includes traveling space ships, CGI blood splurts and gun blasts, and the shoddy blood / gore effects (the main zombie mask was used on about 6 different zombies and there's a plastic severed arm that they sell at Kmart during the Halloween season). But if you look at it through the lens of a movie that was professionally done and out to entertain you... well, you'll likely be disappointed.

In fact, I can honestly say that in between all of the prolonged landscape shots, the goofy acting, the random (and pointless) cast of characters, the unlikable 'hero,' and the few attempts at getting a laugh, this movie was far from entertaining... it was painful to watch. That is, except for one thing: boobies. Lots and lots of boobies. If not bare-chested boobies, then boobies in lingerie, boobies in bathtubs (with dogs!), boobies running from zombies, and boobies taking impromptu bird-baths. If you judge a movie solely on the amount of bare-chested chicas, then this movie scores an A+. Even when not fully nude, practically every chick shows up in her underwear. Let it be known that DEAD COUNTRY also features one of the hottest clothed dry-hump sex scenes I've seen on film. So... take that for what it's worth.

DEAD COUNTRY is supposed to be "an exploitation, arthouse, horror, action, zombie-filled spoof set in rural Victoria. It is the FIRST authentic, humor filled "video nasty" of the new millennium.." but I didn't find it to be that as much--I thought of it more as a low budget zombie flick with bad effects and lots of boobs... and maybe that's what they were going for after all.

Video / Audio
Video: Full screen, grainy video quality along the likes of a VHS camcorder from the early 90s.

Audio: Mono. Some moments when dialog was too quiet to hear, but for the most part, the sound was decent.

The Extras
Photo Reel: A selection of still photos from the film. About as much fun as a MySpace page.

Behind the Scenes: Speaking of the MySpace page, this features 3 behind the scene short documentaries that you can find on the film's MySpace page. Boring, but at least they're short!

Trailers: We get trailers featuring other low budget flicks with lots of gore and nudity including BACHELOR PARTY IN THE BUNGALOW OF THE DAMNED, WATCH ME, and DEAD COUNTRY.

Last Call
Don't believe the quote--DEAD COUNTRY is nothing to drool over. It dishes out the same alien / zombie storyline we've seen a hundred times before, but in a shoddy high school film project kind of way. Avoid if possible, but if you are subjected to sitting through this bad zombie movie, know that you'll be rewarded with plenty of boobies.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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