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DEAD INSIDE
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Reviewed by: Andre Manseau

Directed by: Travis Betz

Starring:
Sarah Lassez
Dustin Fasching

Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
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Overall:  
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What's it about
Wes and Fi are a couple of lovers who feel like they've hit a creative block. Wes photographs weddings for a living and Fi can't get past a certain part in her zombie writings, The Dead Survive. Fi starts to go nuts and is possessed by a demon.Wes is left to try to pick up the pieces and defeat the evil beast that has inhabited his lady love.
Is it good movie?
I'm someone who enjoys musicals- I admit it. No, I don't love them all, but I do enjoy the classics, without naming names (*hairspray*cough*cough*). With that said, this is a tough film to describe, as it combines crazy zombie moments, posession and tons of songs too. It's zany, over the top and tough to put your finger on- which makes it fun!

The whole thing basically takes place in the home of the couple, and the two actors (Sarah Lassez and Dustin Fasching) have some heavy lifting to do. Not only do they play their human characters, but they play the undead ones too, under a crazy amount of makeup.

The movie uses a sort of "meta" concept, where the events within Fi's writing are taking place within the film. Fi just can't figure out how to get her zombies fed (and these zombie characters show up throughout the film and are super funny and interesting..wish they had their own series!), and she's looking for answers almost anywhere, although she tends to let her mind wonder a little too often. Eventually, she goes crazy enough to cut off her own finger, and then tries to stab her husband with those scissors. She gets carted off to the nuthouse, but comes back seemingly possessed by a soul known as Emily. Fiona is the character we focus on the most, what with her whole possession going on, and Wes' character tends to only bust through with any real presence during the second part of the movie.

And then when you least expect it, the zombies break out into song. The songs range from really funny to kind of lame, but if I were to make a generalization about them, I'd say the lyrics tend to be pretty funny, but the tunes aren't quite as memorable. I realize it might sound tacked on and stupid, but the music portions of the film don't wear out their welcome and serve as an interesting way to move the plot along. Mad props go out to Dustin Fasching and Sarah Lassez, our main characters. These guys do all the singing, zombie acting and human acting and do it with a great touch of versatility.

At the end of the day, this is an original and exciting study of relationships, a loss of creativity, cynicism and a whole bunch of zombie madness. If you're looking for something different instead of the same old brains, sink your teeth into this one.
Video / Audio
Video comes in 1.78:1 Widescreen and is colorful, vibrant and sharp.

Audio is presented in Dolby 5.1 Surround and is well mixed, with good surround work. Lots of nice, clear zombie singin' audio.
The Extras
First, there's a 30-some minute making of featurette, and it's super fun to watch. This really gets to show off the love that was put into this film in a fun, well-edited way. You get to watch film tests, body casting and other effects, singing tests, photo shoots, dancing, choreography and more. This is fantastic and actually made me like the film even more.

There's a Deleted Song included as well, called "What is Wrong"- it's a full on music video style inclusion and it's well done.

Finally, besides a trailer you get two commentaries, one with the actors (Lassez and Fasching) which is lighthearted and full of jokes and laughter, along with funny little anecdotes. It's not exactly jammed full of technical details but it's a fun listen and the cast is clearly having a good time re-watching the film. The second one is one with  director/writer/editor Travis Betz and the cinematographer, Shannon Hourigan, and Shannon's a little nervous but she opens up as the commentary goes on. I preferred the fun actor track, but this one has a lot more details about budget, writing concerns and song choices. Still, a great pair of tracks.


Last Call
This sweet film really grew on me. It looks fantastic and I really liked the bizarre musical aspect. If this sounds like your cup of tea, get at it..the Dead Inside is a quality scream.
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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