The Dead Outside

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The Dead Outside
The Dead Outside, Poster (Small).jpg
Original film poster
Directed by Kerry Anne Mullaney
Written by Kerry Anne Mullaney
Kris R. Bird
Starring Alton Milne
Sandra Louise Douglas
Sharon Osdin
Release date
  • 24 August 2008 (2008-08-24) (Film4 FrightFest)
Running time
86 minutes
Language English

The Dead Outside is a 2008 Scottish horror/thriller film, the feature debut of director Kerry Anne Mullaney (who also co-wrote the film), produced independently by Mothcatcher Films.


Set in a world devastated by a neurological pandemic, the film focuses on two survivors, April Scott and Daniel, who meet on an isolated farm in Scotland. April is immune to the disease and Daniel tries to get her to see someone about it as she might be the answer to a cure for the disease. April refuses to do so. Another woman, Kate, makes her way to the farm and is allowed to stay for the night. Kate is a nurse and when she understands April's potential value as a cure, she drugs her and attempts to kidnap her and take her back to the medical experts for further study. It is revealed that April had already escaped from a medical lab that been performing experiments on her. Kate's car crashes and Daniel is able to catch up and help April back to the safety of the farm. Kate becomes infected with the disease and is killed by April when she tries to kill Daniel.

Though ostensibly a zombie film, the film concentrates on the psychological states of the lead characters.[1]

Production information[edit]

The Dead Outside was filmed in Dumfries & Galloway over 15 days in March 2008.

Awards and nominations[edit]


  • Special Jury Mention at the Festival Internazionale della Fantascienza di Trieste 2008 (aka. Science+Fiction)[2]
  • Golden Unicorn for Best Film and the Silver Unicorn for Best Director at the 10th Estepona International Horror and Fantasy Film Festival[3][4]


  • BAFTA Scotland New Talent Awards (2009) in the categories of Best New Work, Director, Producer, and Writer[5]


The Dead Outside premièred at the London FrightFest Film Festival on 25 August 2008.[6][7]


  1. ^ Johnson, Andrew (6 July 2008). "Horror: Where girlie meets gory". The Independent. Independent News and Media. Retrieved 23 September 2009. 
  2. ^ "Tres Dìas wins the Asteroid Award". S+F (in Italian). Science+Fiction. 16 November 2008. Retrieved 23 September 2009. 
  3. ^ "Scots film scoops horror honours". BBC News. BBC. 23 September 2009. Retrieved 23 September 2009. 
  4. ^ "La Cinta Escocesa The Dead Outside Encabeza el Palmarés de la X Semana Internacianol de Cine Fantástico y de Terror de Estepona". X Semana Internacional de cine Fantástico y de Terror de Estepona (in Spanish). 13 September 2009. Retrieved 23 September 2009. 
  5. ^ "NTA '09 Nominations & Winners". Bafta Scotland. British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Retrieved 23 September 2009. 
  6. ^ "A Grand Engagement". FilmStew. 3 July 2008. Retrieved 23 September 2009. 
  7. ^ "Film index page". Film4 FrightFest. London FrightFest. Retrieved 23 September 2009. 

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