October… Halloween country… The Dead! You’ve heard the buzz about this film to be certain and coming October 14th a select few of you will begin to know what Toto was singing about in the song “Africa” especially if you’re one of the walking dead (or one of those who listens to Toto in this day in age). Quite a few big cities will be having premiers. I’ll be attending the Exhumed Films Horrorthon in sunny (always) Philadelphia the weekend before Halloween to view it as a part of their 24 hour test of fandom. We’ll be talking about that more soon enough, but for right now get read for a new look at zombies; a new social commentary that very much feels like a Mr. Romero work.
Global Cinema Distribution is proud to present the Ford Brothers’ debut feature THE DEAD, opening at the AMC Empire 25 on Oct. 14, with over 40 locations in over 20 cities including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Austin, Washington, D.C. and more also debuting the exotic zombie feature.
When the last evacuation flight out of war-torn Africa crashes off the coast, American Air Force Engineer Lieutenant Brian Murphy (ROB FREEMAN) emerges as the sole survivor in a land where the dead are returning to life and attacking the living.
On the run in a hostile and inhospitable parched landscape, where sudden death lurks around every sun-burnished corner, Murphy has to use his wits and ingenuity if he is to get home alive to his family.
When Murphy’s path clashes with that of Sergeant Daniel Dembele (PRINCE DAVID OSEI), whose village has been torn apart by the reanimated dead, they join forces.
The two desperate men from two very different cultures fight side by side to survive across the incredible vistas of Africa as the world succumbs to the deadliest of viruses.
In the first zombie road movie set against the spectacular vistas of Africa, the Dark Continent becomes a dead zone. A stunningly shot horror fantasy announcing the arrival of the Ford Brothers on the global genre scene, THE DEAD is as much an emotional journey through terror terrain as it is a physically demanding and beautiful-looking one. Shot in life-threatening, never-before-seen locations in Burkina Faso, French-speaking West Africa, and Ghana, including the Sahara Desert, on 35mm film by the award-winning Ford Brothers, THE DEAD is one of the most unique zombie movies of all time.
Shot on 35mm in Ghana and Burkina Faso, West Africa, THE DEAD explores new terrain in zombie tales, using all indigenous African actors as the ever hungry flesh-eating undead. Braving the harsh condition of deep Africa, Howard and Jon Ford have fashioned a zombie film in the vein of grand master George Romero, crafting a terrifying film without the use of CGI gimmickry or flashy camera movements. Everything that happens in THE DEAD happened in Africa, happened in the camera, and happens on the screen, in the dark, and in your nightmares.
Directors: Jon Ford and Howard J. Ford
Starring: Rob Freeman, Prince David Oseia, David Dontoh
Run Time: 105 minutes
Shooting Format: 35mm
Screening Format: HDCam
Bonus listening material to put you in the mood to see zombies rip flesh from the bone: