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Zombies In Africa Feature ("The Dead") Posts Impressive Box Office; Did You See It?

by Tambay A. Obenson
May 29, 2012 4:04 PM
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It's been on DVD/Blu-ray/VOD for a few months now; It's been on my cue, but I just haven't gotten around to it yet.

However, what I really wanted to draw your attention to here is something I learned earlier today (via Deadline) that I thought was worth sharing: And that is... the $150,000 zombie film, grossed $10 million worldwide

Granted, that figure is combo domestic and international, total.

Still... it's quite impressive for a film of its size, and awareness; and likely thanks in part to its success, the filmmaker is on to his next one - a supernatural thriller that's been acquired by newly formed Armory Films, scheduled to begin shooting in September.

Territories that contributed to that $10 million include the USA, and the UK, so I'm assuming some of you must have seen it. And if you have, your reactions?

We first alerted you all to The Dead, in April 2010; at the time, its future was uncertain.

A month or so later, it screened at the Cannes Film Market to strong positive audience responses, and managed its way to some distribution opportunities - opportunities that were eventually realized.

As I said in my initial post… if District 9 was the “Aliens In Africa” project, then we could maybe call The Dead the “Zombies In Africa” project.

Co-directed by brothers Howard J. Ford and Jonathan Ford (Americans), the film was shot entirely on location in mostly Burkina Faso and Ghana, in West Africa, and is described as “a powerful story of one man’s struggle to survive in extreme circumstances all the while battling against a menacing threat all around him!

An American mercenary, the sole survivor of a plane crash, has to run the gauntlet across Africa, battling the living dead, joining forces with a local military man, who is desperately searching for his son amongst the chaos, as they fight together to survive.

S&A reactions to it, based on the synop and trailer, weren't enthusiastic; but I'd like to hear from those of you regular readers who did see the film.

Trailer embedded below:

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  • M | May 29, 2012 11:44 PMReply

    saw this in a film festival...good production value, pretty's just a survival procedural, nothing about this movie particular stands out, except that the director nearly died when he contracted malaria during production---but as usual Africans in Africa were just back drop, obstacles for the Caucasian characters to move around...could've been something special...

  • blah, blah | May 29, 2012 4:47 PMReply

    Picture every White man saves the native film you ever seen. Now picture it with zombies.

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