Movie Review – The Demented (2013)

The Demented
Directed by Christopher Roosevelt
Courtesy of Anchor Bay Entertainment
Release Date: July 30, 2013

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Anchor Bay’s most recent zombie flick, THE DEMENTED, is sure to continue a bit of discussion that has plagued the zombie community over the past several years: can a creature be classified as a ‘zombie’ if it runs? To me, I don’t suppose I really care whether or not they move quickly, as long as they haven’t been dead for a while (I think a body that has been rotting for 10 years would have a hard time getting around at any speed). But regardless of which side of the fence you are on, this is one film you should check out anyway. Be forewarned, however…it does not introduce anything new and barely has any gore.

If you are not familiar with THE DEMENTED, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Anchor Bay:

Six college friends meet up for a carefree weekend that turns deadly. A terrorist attack in a nearby town infects much of the townspeople with a deadly virus that induces rabies-like symptoms, only far more severe. Several of those infected attack the estate where the friends have been vacationing. Can they survive? Where will they hide? Is anyone left? Will we ever get our fill of these flesh eating zombie fiends?

THE DEMENTED caught me by surprise. I wasn’t expecting what I got, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. I wanted to like it up front because the beautiful and talented Sarah Butler is in it, but I was surprised to find out she was not the main character. And although I enjoyed it on the whole, the film does have some glaring flaws. Even so, the movie is pretty good overall and a decent addition to the modern-day zombie canon.

The acting in this film is good, with the aforementioned Sarah Butler doing a fantastic job in her role. But Kayla Ewell, the woman portraying the main character of Taylor, is who really steals the show. Ewell tackles her role with enthusiasm, and is a true talent to watch for in the future.

THE DEMENTED is also shot well and the production value looks fairly high. However there are two major issues that I have with this film. First, the ending is beyond horrible. I initially thought the filmmakers had messed up and sent the wrong thing to print…but from what I understand, this was the way they intended to end the film. I will not disclose any spoilers, but I seriously hope the production team never does anything like this in future films.

Secondly, there is practically no gore in the film at all. For me, you can’t make a good zombie flick without gore. It simply has to be there. Period. I don’t know if budget constraints kept them from adding any, but I would have been happy to see chocolate syrup and corn syrup all over the place as opposed to nothing.

These two issues with THE DEMENTED should not be enough to dissuade you from seeing the film, though; on the contrary, I would love for more people to watch the ending, just to make sure I’m not being critical for the wrong reason. And, aside from the two problems I noted, there’s nothing else wrong with the film. It has tension where needed and moves at a nice pace. The ‘zombies’ will eat you if they catch you, and there’s really not much else you need.

I recommend giving the film a look next week when it is released. And after you watch it, hop back here or on Facebook and let us know what you think. After all, regardless of whether they are shambling or sprinting, zombies always make great conversation pieces.

MSB

3 thoughts on “Movie Review – The Demented (2013)

  1. Just finished watching this and i agree with the Ending statement it was nearly the worst ending i have ever seen in a horror film topped only by The Plague wich was a great Film till the end then it just sucked.
    I would like to point out that this is not a Zombie Film for 2 reasons first off Zombies are reanimated Corpses these People where infected and changed to Raving Lunatics in about 10 seconds.
    Secondly Zombies don’t Die because they are already Dead and these People Die when Shot so that proves my Point that they are indeed not Zombies some will say if you Shoot a Zombie in the Head it dies as well but that would be wrong because they are already Dead they just stop functioning these people Die harder but they do Die.
    This is more like 28 Days later where they where also Infected not that i am saying it’s a bad thing it’s still a not too Bad film minus the ending.

  2. You bring up two excellent points…thank you for sharing. And I’m glad you thought the same about the ending. I have not seen THE PLAGUE but will definitely have to check it out, if anything just for the first 3/4 of it. Thanks again!

  3. I had to write this somewhere, cause it bugs me a lot. The movie advertised at the cinema in the city is called: “Finale destination 6”. I wonder who spelled that?

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