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Dead Within review

Cabin Fever in a Post-apocalyptic World

Zombies not Required

Dead Within review
(2014, USA)
by TS Alan

Originally written and published on TS Alan’s blog on November 2014

Plot Summary:
Mike (Dean Chekvala) and Kim (Amy Cale Peterson) are a married couple that have taken sanctuary in a remote, solitary cabin for six months after a devastating viral outbreak. Time and isolation has taken its toll on their supplies, and on their marriage. Not only have they had to kill off the infected friends that had taken refuge with them, but also had to bury their infant child, who had succumb to a virus that turns your eyes and blood black, and drives you into a deranged, murderous state. Faced with almost inevitable death, either due to hunger or the deadly infected prowling outside, Kim begins a slow decent into psychosis, brought on by her seclusion within the dark, fortified cabin and driven by the secrets and regrets of how the couple has survived, which slowly unfolds as her hallucinations become more vivid and reality slips away. Mike, on the other hand, has taken the alpha male approach of providing for his mate by risking his own life searching for supplies in a post-apocalyptic environment filled with plague victims on the hunt for the uninfected, never realizing that his refusal to allow Kim outside is fueling her disintegration into madness — until it is too late and tragic consequences befall the couple.

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Review:
It’s a shame that Dead Within fails to deliver when it had so much potential for being an excellent post-apocalypse zombie film; especially with Dean Chekvala (True Blood) and Amy Cale Peterson (Vicariously) turning in top-notch performances.

The fault here lies with director and co-writer Ben Wagner, who keeps the narrative within the walls of the cabin. Because of this we never truly get a sense of the threat and devastation outside. Instead, we get a film padded with hallucinations and a smattering of gore in an attempt to gratify the audience; neither of which terrifies or is enough to makeup for the missing undead chaos.

Dead Within
Directed by Ben Wagner
Written by Matthew Bradford, Dean Chekvala, Amy Cale Peterson and Ben Wagner
Cast: Amy Cale Peterson, Dean Chekvala, Rick Federman, Sarah McMaster and J. Claude Deering (voice)
Run Time: 91 minutes
Release Date: VOD, Sept 9, 2014

Cabin Fever in a Post-apocalyptic World Zombies not Required Dead Within review (2014, USA) by TS Alan Originally written and published on TS Alan's blog on November 2014 Plot Summary: Mike (Dean Chekvala) and Kim (Amy Cale Peterson) are a married couple that have taken sanctuary in a remote, solitary cabin for six months after a devastating viral outbreak. Time and isolation has taken its toll on their supplies, and on their marriage. Not only have they had to kill off the infected friends that had taken refuge with them, but also had to bury their infant child, who had…

Review Overview

C-

Summary : Unfortunately, what could have been a compelling and terrifying post-apocalyptic zombie film that examines the psyche of someone forced to seclude them self in a small, darkened space in order to survive runs out of steam at the halfway mark.

About TS Alan

TS was the former managing editor of Zombie Training before co-founding ZEA with former associate editor Mike Garman. TS was born outside Buffalo, NY. After attending high school he entered into a two-year community college to study Communications and Media Arts. There he became involved in the college’s radio station as a radio personality, under the pseudonym of J.D. Hollywood. After a year with WNCB radio he also became the station’s Promotions Director. J.D. Hollywood was also one of two names he used as a music reporter and Associate Editor for Buffalo Backstage, a local music magazine. After moving to Manhattan and experiencing the Northeast blackout of 2003, he became interested in prepping and urban survival, learning much of his experience through self education and observation of tragic events like 9/11 and Hurricane Sandy. TS Alan currently resides in the East Village of New York City and is a published author of the zombie novel The Romero Strain.

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