Pathogen (film)

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Directed by Emily Hagins
Produced by Emily Hagins
Written by Emily Hagins
Starring Rose Kent-McGlew, Alec Herskowitz, Tiger Darrow
Music by Cue, Dan Dyer
Cinematography Emily Hagins
Edited by Emily Hagins
Cheesy Nuggets Production
Distributed by Emily Hagins
Release date
  • March 25, 2006 (2006-03-25)
Running time
68 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Pathogen is a 2006 zombie horror independent film written, directed, and produced by Emily Hagins, who was twelve at the time of the film's production.[1] The film was released on March 25, 2006 and focuses on several middle school students who discover that an infection is turning people into zombies.


Fourteen-year-old Dannie (Rose Kent-McGlew) is horrified when a waterborne disease caused by bacteria begins to spread, but believes that the disease is somehow linked to her recurring dreams. As the disease becomes an epidemic, it's revealed that the disease not only kills those it infects but also turns them into zombies. As Dannie and her friends try to find the solution to the disease, they come across researcher Sue, who might hold the key to both the zombie disease and Dannie's dreams.


  • Tiger Darrow as Christine
  • Rose Kent-McGlew as Dannie
  • Alec Herskowitz as Sam
  • Tony Vespe as Cameron
  • Alex Schroeder as Stacy
  • Rebecca Elliott as Researcher Sue
  • Estrella Gonzales as Jen
  • C. Robert Cargill as Janitor
  • Joy M. Furman as Dannie's Mom
  • Ben Gonzalez as News Reporter
  • Amanda Haight as Chloe
  • Jim Hurley as Health Department Official
  • Dannie Helen Loraine Knowles as School Nurse
  • Harry Jay Knowles as Voice Actor
  • Melissa Martinez as Pharmaceutical Rep
  • Natalie Nooner as Ashley
  • Jay Giovanni Ramirez as Davey, Zombie Kid
  • Jose Ramirez as Doctor
  • Sebastian Rosas as Zombie
  • Ernest Rosas Roze as Math Teacher / Zombie


Hagin completed the film's script in 2004 and filming took place in Austin, Texas. In 2005 she received a grant from the Texas Filmmakers Production Fund for post-production work, which she used to partially replace equipment necessary for post-production work that had been stolen during the shooting.[2] A documentary entitled Zombie Girl: The Movie followed Hagin's filmmaking process.[3][4]


Dread Central gave Pathogen four out of five blades, commenting that "Although this film was seen as a learning experience, many indie film-makers could learn a few things from it."[5]


  1. ^ "Texas Filmmaker's Production Fund Gives A Grant To A 12 Year Old's Zombie Film!!!". AICN. Retrieved 30 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "Hagins, Emily (Pathogen interview)". Dread Central. Retrieved 30 November 2013. 
  3. ^ Savlov, Marc (2010-08-06). "Emily Hagins' Unsucky Movie Career: Austin's zombie girl taps into vamps for her third feature - Screens". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved 2013-10-25. 
  4. ^ Meyer, John P. (2010-11-09). "Zombie Girl: The Movie gets DVD release, complete with original Pathogen film feature". Pegasus News. 
  5. ^ "Pathogen (review)". Dread Central. Retrieved 30 November 2013. 

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