If you watch as many zombie movies as I do, you have no doubt wondered why people haven’t tried some things. My main one would be get out of the freaking sprawling metropolis, small towns and wide open spaces equal less people. First sign of the zombie apocalypse I’m taking the back roads (cause everyone jumps on the stupid highway) out of town. This isn’t my best case scenario escape plan, but I can’t execute the other because I don’t live near any coastlines. The best case, find an island. Because I’m pretty freakin’ sure that zombies can’t swim.
Dead Season actually executes my best case scenario. Set a while into the zombie apocalypse, Elvis (Scott Peat) and Tweeter (Marissa Merrill), trade supplies with a privateer for a boat and head to an island that is said to be safe. And it is mostly. There are still a few zombies around but the island inhabitants, headed by Kurt Conrad (James C. Burns), seem to be taking care of the problem. But this isn’t a free loving hippie commune and the island isn’t paradise. The island is an old military test base so most of the plants are toxic as well as the water around it, so most if not all the plants and animals are inedible. Because of this supplies consist of what was brought to the island and whatever cargo that may wash up on shore. Slso, Conrad runs the island with an iron hand. If you can’t prove somehow useful, you are not allowed to live. Elvis and Tweeter are reluctantly accepted into the group but they don’t feel like they are being told the whole story.
When the truth finally comes out, it may just be scarier than the walking undead.
I really wanted to like this movie, but my goodness is it slow. The acting is not that great and dialogue does very little to move the story along. I really think it could’ve been darker given the subject matter and what’s going on but it just hung there in blandsville. Watch it for a different take on surviving the zombie apocalypse but if you want to be scared, you are going to have to use your own imagination.