Film #94: DEAD GENESIS
1 out of 5 stars
So, here’s the deal, there is a LOT of zombie-related product out there. Trust me, *I* know. The sad thing is… a lot of it is crap. Case in point: DEAD GENESIS. This micro-budgeted film by director Reese Evenshen opens ok: a man walks in on his wife eating the guts of his son. So far, so good. And then, the film opens proper and becomes a ridiculously scripted, badly-acted fiasco about a reporter who is embedded in a Hunting Party (groups of supposedly trained zombie hunters). The thing is… none – and I mean NONE – of these people are trained in even the basest of survival skills (much less are they hunters). There’s some clap-trap about a Pro-Zomb Movement which is trying to win “zombie rights” for the undead, but thankfully that shit is left on the side of the road in short order. The bulk of the film is a ham-fisted, uninformed, and poorly-plotted film with some of the stiffest dialog imaginable. It’s filmed with such a poor understanding of what makes for a good story that its downright annoying. Thin character motivations and clumsy dialog (each actor is visibly waiting for his/her scene partner to deliver their lines, then there is a pause, and then, they say their next line), and some really shitty special FX. DEAD GENESIS is a mess of half-formed and summarily abandoned ideas and its narrative stands around waiting for something interesting to happen… rather than actually MAKE something happen. So, by the beginning of the third reel, it is all too obvious that the film has problems. So, when the wholly derivative and HIGHLY predictable ending comes (you will see this shit coming the SECOND the character with no other worth other than to do what he does is introduced), you’ll be just as bored as I was. DEAD GENESIS is a waste from opening credits to final fade-out. Avoid this at all costs.