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THE DEMENTED (BLU-RAY)
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Reviewed by: Andre Manseau

Directed by: Christopher Roosevelt

Starring:
Kayla Ewell
Richard Kohnke
Ashlee Brian
Brittney Alger
Sarah Butler
Michael Welch

Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
star star star star
Overall:  
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What's it about
Some horror stereotypes shack up for a weekend of debauchery in the middle of nowhere, Louisiana. Unfortunately, chemically weaponized missiles are rocketed towards their homestead, which results in a town full of crazy cannibals.
Is it good movie?
Here we are with another "they're technically not zombies" zombie flick that tries to borrow heavily from its predecessors (28 Days Later comes to mind) and actually doesn't suck! The Demented sure doesn't start in an overly promising fashion.

When everything goes down, our kids don't really seem to be nearly bothered enough, and the characters don't overly endear themselves or make much of an impact on the viewer. It's the same old story, really. David (Richard Kohnke) drops a promise ring on his girlfriend (Kayla Ewell). They're joined by a couple other people, Brice (Ashlee Brian) and Naomi (Brittney Alger). This weekend, they're off to the rustic but beautiful summer home of the annoying Howard (Michael Welch), who's accompanied by his girlfriend (Sarah Butler). I thought that the first third of this flick was really quite dull and didn't find myself overly engaged. It's obvious that the director was making an effort to get the viewer acquainted with the folks he's planning to wipe out, but things just get off to a really typical start. The Demented just isn't overly compelling until stuff starts going down.

However, once the not-zombies really start lettling loose, the Demented employs the gimmick of sound as what sets the zombies off. These guys can be destroyed without stopping the brain and for the most part are really stationary. This certainly makes for a tense atmosphere that pays off with some really close-quarters sneaking sequences.

From the time the odds start mounting against the survivors, the movie really picks up a good pace and manages to move along in an entertaining fashion. It helps that the infected folks have an awesome and physical style that really makes them seem ferocious, demented and focused on their awful, evil tasks. The infected are so good at what they're doing, that you can't help but feel a bit of compassion for our fairly vanilla survivors.

Don't get it wrong- there are still several routine and lame drawbacks to this one. The characters are pretty unmemorable, the budget is low (though they often try to creatively work around this), and there's some brutal CGI thrown in that just doesn't work. On top of that, the ending is a pretty sucky mess that just jumbles a few things together.

The Demented is certainly a bit of a mixed bag. There's some really cool work going on with the sound play and the ferocious physical performances of the baddies. The flick moves from location to location to keep it interesting, but the characters, dialogue and basic plotline are worn out and relatively paint-by-numbers. I had some fun with it, but I don't see this one lasting much longer than a one night stand in my books.
Video / Audio
Video is presented in 1.78:1 widescreen in 1080p and really looks quite good. It's colorful with good black levels and great attention to detail. Impressive stuff.

Audio features a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 track and it too is well balanced throughout. This is a perfectly fine audio track.
The Extras
The only thing you get is a DVD copy of the film. That's all!
Last Call
The best way to describe this flick is that it's perfectly suited to a Friday night when you've got nothing else to do. It's got some good tense moments and just enough of a twist on the zombie gimmick to be enjoyable for a watch.
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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