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DEAD CREATURES
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Reviewed by: Andre Manseau

Directed by: Andrew Parkinson

Starring:
Beverley Wilson
Antonia Beamish
Brendan Gregory
Anna Swift.

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What's it about
Some ladies infected with a nasty skin condition that causes them to eat flesh are left to take care of their friend, who's infected even worse. Of course, along the way, they stop to eat flesh and discuss the daily gossip.
Is it good movie?
The premise for this movie is really rather awesome: it's like a zombie movie, told from the point of view of the zombies! Although- it isn't exactly like that, our zombies, while they do eat flesh, aren't raving lunatics. Our heroines (in theory) still maintain their wits, while luring in men by posing as prostitutes, before tearing them apart and eating them.

My problem with this movie is this- it holds a neat concept, but remains more of a one note joke. Once you 'get' the idea, there isn't much more to be had with Dead Creatures. Our characters are so human in their 'zombie' infections that after awhile, the viewer simply begins to wonder if there's anything else the film has to offer. The film's pace is s-l-o-w. Often times there are scenes of inane dialogue and banter that seem to never end, even the gory parts (which are rather nasty) have the fun sucked out of them as the girls simply go through it like it is no big deal.

I suppose that's really the point of Dead Creatures, the ability to have an almost tongue-in-cheek look at life as a zombie, with slight allegorical references to addiction or viral epidemics. Unfortunately, the movie simply crawls along at a snail's pace, and can really be rather confusing. There isn't a lot of evidence as to what caused the viral outbreak, and the 'zombie hunter' character didn't really click with me either, I simply didn't buy into his motivation.

I really enjoyed the idea that our two protagonists Jo and Ann are taking care of their fallen friend Ali, and thought that this concept really anchored the story. The acting from the female leads was strong all around. Unfortunately, the entire film remained unbalanced and just didn't work, which is unfortunate, given the awesome premise.

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Dead Creatures should be a movie I rant and rave about, but unfortunately, I can't do that. The film's main problem is that while it does serve as an awesome way to get you thinking, it fails to really serve up any horror movie 'goods'. It's not overly scary, and for a Zombie movie, the creatures are far too human. It's ok to sympathize with their actions, and almost too easy. I think that Dead Creatures could be improved upon, if it were cut shorter, and if the script were just a little tighter in terms of characterization.
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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