While watching the store for his Grandfather several of Casper's college friends drop by and before they know what has happened, they create an evil curse that results in everyone they make eye contact with turning into a zombie demon.
Devon Bostick (Casper), Martha MacIsaac (Charlotte), Christopher Lloyd (Horus), Brandon McLaren (Dazzle), Brittany Allen (Lucy), Kyle Schmid (Patrick), Tim Doiron (Seth), April Mullen (Becky), Kevin McDonald (Prof. Duffy).
Dead Before Dawn begins with some good character development and smoothly transitions to plot setup. From there the storyline slowly takes form as the curse is cast and zombie creation begins. Zombies being created with eye contact is an unusual, and somewhat silly, theme. Not quite a B-movie, the film is light and silly with a few good laughs. At the same time, the simplistic plot is more solid than expected and flows quite well.
Acting was pretty good with Bostick playing well with the reset of the cast, particularly MacIsaac who also did a good job. Lloyd delivered his usual quirky style. The remainder of the supporting cast did nicely even if they were a bit green.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were all well done with solid attention to detail. Effects, both physical and CGI, were good and fit the film. Zombie makeup was nicely done throughout, as was costuming. Dialogue was a bit campy at times as expected from a teen scream flick. Sound and soundtrack were good.
Overall Dead Before Dawn is a light-hearted zombie film with enough plot to keep things interesting while technical work and acting add a good, solid feel to the film. Zombie fans and those who enjoy a lighter style of horror should enjoy this one.
With violence and some mild sexual references this should be fine for teens and above.
copyright ©2014 Dave Riedel
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