Dead and Deader
|Dead And Deader|
DVD release poster
|Directed by||Patrick Dinhut|
|Theme music composer||Joe Kraemer|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Running time||89 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Mindfire Entertainment|
|Original network||Sci Fi Channel|
Dead And Deader is a 2006 zombie horror comedy film directed by Patrick Dinhut. The movies stars Dean Cain, Guy Torry, Peter Greene, and Susan Ward, with cameos from Armin Shimerman, John Billingsley, and Dean Haglund. It was aired from Sci Fi Channel on December 16, 2006.
After communications to a small medical outpost in Cambodia was cut off, a U.S. special-forces squad was sent to investigate. As they approach the outpost they are attacked by zombies. As the zombies are dispatched, Lieutenant Bobby Quinn survives with heavy injuries. He radios for a medivac airlift, then falls unconscious.
Quinn wakes up on an exam table at Ft. Preston Army Base. The shocked coroner explains that he arrived in a body-bag and had been pronounced DOA. Suddenly feeling a pain in his right arm, Quinn grabs a scalpel and cuts it open. Gushing out of the wound is green blood and a strange scorpion, which he crushes. The incision then rapidly heals, and Quinn finds that he now possesses superhuman strength. He also begins feeling intense hunger that can only be dulled by ingesting raw, red meat.
Quinn fights his way out of the army base and leaves to find his fellow squad-members. He stops at a small road-side bar and meets Holly, a part-time bartender. The local news had aired a report about the killings at Fort Preston, labeling Quinn a suspect. The bar patrons lock him inside the cooler. The bar is then attacked by Zombies. Holly frees Quinn, and they fight their way out.
Quinn eventually learns that a doctor named Dr. Scott plans to use the scorpion venom to revive dead tissues and sell for a profit. Quinn and Holly follow Dr. Scott back to Ft. Preston, where Scott is killed by zombies attempting to extract a scorpion. After destroying the scorpion and killing all of the zombies, Holly and Quinn escape from the base and leave.
Outside the base, Quinn and Holly lure zombies toward the armory, blowing it up using a stash of ammunition. They narrowly escape as the base goes up in flames. After making sure no zombies survive, they walk away together.
- Dean Cain as Lt. Robert "Bobby" Quinn
- Guy Torry as Judson
- Susan Ward as Holly
- Peter Greene as Dr. Scott
- Ellie Cornell as Dr. Adams
- Kirk B. R. Woller as Major Bascom
- Colleen Camp as Mrs. Wisteria
- Armin Shimerman as coroner Flutie
- John Billingsley as Langdon
- Natassia Malthe as Dr. Boyle
- Dean Haglund as "funeral home director"
- Ho-Sung Pak as "superstar merc"
Dead and Deader was director Patrick Dinhut's first feature film. It is a lighthearted zombie movie, and has a strong comedic bent.[who?] The film is filled with of pop-culture references and joking asides, including to Star Wars and Dawn of the Dead. For example, the character Judson hints about Dean Cain's role as Superman on Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, at one point suggesting that Quinn use "heat vision" as a means of escape from a cooler.
Several characters have names containing pop culture references. For example, Armin Shimerman plays a character named "Flutie", which is a reference to his role on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Shimerman he played principal Snyder, the successor to a principal named "Flutie". There is also a debate between Pvt. Connery and Pvt. Lazenby on the merits of various versions of James Bond actors. Sean Connery and George Lazenby were actors who played James Bond. The soldiers' conversation mirrors dialogue by director and writer Kevin Smith.
The film made its debut on the Sci-Fi channel on December 16, 2006. It was later released to DVD in the US on April 10, 2007. In Australia it was released via Starz Home Entertainment in 2007, and had a theatrical release in 2008 in the UK via Fluid Entertainment.
Travis Estvold of Boise Weekly wrote "It probably would've done better as a 45-minute episode of The Outer Limits rather than as a feature film, except it may have even given that show a bad name". Jon Condit of Dread Central rated it 2/5 stars and wrote "By the time the closing credits rolled, Dead and Deader felt less like a new movie and more like a rejected mid-80s TV pilot".
Bloody Disgusting rated the film 3.5/5 stars, and wrote "Truth be told for a low budget feature that made its debut on the Sci-Fi Channel it definitely has its moments". Scott Weinberg of DVD Talk rated it 2.5/5 stars and wrote "It's nothing but a low-budget, tongue-in-cheek mixture of Blade, 48 HRS., 28 Days Later, and any 'angry commando' action flick you can imagine – but it's also kinda fun, too".
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