BEST UK ZOMBIE MOVIE SINCE SHAUN OF THE DEAD
, 14 Nov 2013
To be proof read: Bored of Zombies? Think youve seen everything there is to see when it comes to dead cannibals? We here comes the best of the low-budget horde. A truly unexpected entry from equally unlikely quarters. This comes from personnel who are, used to be , or may still be involved in the making of Emmerdale, one the UKs longest running soap operas. Ive never seen more than 10 minutes of it in my whole life so I couldnt comment on whether or not Emmerdale is any good, it just exists on my peripheries. Back to Before Dawn, the director and lead is Emmerdale actor Dominic Brunt (he plays Paddy Kirk) and according to his IMDB he is a mega fan of Zombie films. His devotion is apparent in a well-plotted, well-written (by his co-lead Joanne Mitchell) and exciting little Zombie horror that has enough original ideas of its own to leave most UK or international low-budgeters shambling in its wake. Estranged married couple Alex (Brunt) and Meg (Mitchell) are about to embark on a holiday deep in the North Yorkshire countryside to save their marriage. Being so far from everybody else, including their briefly glimpsed children and parents, they are little aware the world as we know it is in the grip of a Zombie epidemic. On their journey, small signs of the outbreak become apparent but missed by our protagonists. When they arrive they set about getting used to one another and slowly begin to settle into old habits, descending into hostile recriminations and arguments. Then the world arrives at their flimsy front door. Whilst this may not sound too compelling, the care in establishing two well rounded characters in relatively little time is commendable and also unusual in something so throwaway as a horror film. Its telling that Brunt is a fan of the genre. Hes probably sat through countless movies like this knowing that you cant be shacked up with boring and pale characters. Youve got to have people you can understand, maybe like and either root for, pray for their grisly end. Whilst there are zombies in the film its the anticipation of their eventual arrival that ramps up the tension. In the latter stages there are ample scenes of creeping around in the dark with candles and characters putting themselves in unnecessary harms reach. The only part of the plot that was poor was the scenes where the couple show up the house and immediately go on the offensive when they hear a noise upstairs. They have no idea that there is a zombie apocalypse taking place, so why tool up just to walk upstairs when it could easily be the cleaner just finishing off? This scene would have no place if it didnt happen to be in the middle of a horror flick. Theres no need for it and its unrealistic eventhough it transpires that our leading man is slightly mad. To say anymore about how the story develops will spoil some neat thinking on the makers part. Only a few elements indicate that were on a very small buget and it would be uncharitable to point them out but they are apparent nonetheless. In my book, a film can be a bit rough around the edges if its excellent where it counts and it gets near full-marks for acting, script and pacing. Jogger zombie was a bit crap, but still scary (to begin with). It does well to open up at times into the surrounding countryside, showing the eeriness of the otherworldly dales. Which are scary and empty even on the best of days sans- Zombie. Heres hoping that Emmerdale can spare Dominic Brunt and friends to make a few more low budget horrors. If you like this kind of thing, youll be hard pressed to find a better acted, more though out Zombie flick for a long time. It gets over what it took World War Z millions of dollars to do in half the time and a fraction of the toilet paper budget. Its not the most action packed zombie film in the world but it scores high in generating the escalating paranoia, confusion, fear and hell that an acopalypse could well bring with it. 8. 5 out of 10 On the UK Zombie charts this is the best since Shaun Of The Dead Zombie fans dont miss out. And there is still hope of good zombie films out there. PS: also check out Brunts demented bit-part in Inbred.
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