Movie Review – Dead Before Dawn (2013)

Dead Before Dawn
Directed by April Mullen
Courtesy of Vivendi Entertainment
Release Date: October 1, 2013


If you love horror-comedy like me, then you’re always on the lookout for the next SHAUN OF THE DEAD or TUCKER & DALE VS. EVIL. There’s just something about combining hilarity with brutality and gore that brings a smile to my face…and not just because it’s funny. Obviously, I’m a huge fan of horror, but I also love to laugh. So when the fine folks at Vivendi announced the release of DEAD BEFORE DAWN, I knew it was a flick that I wanted to check out. And thankfully, it’s just as funny as I hoped it would be.

If you are not familiar with DEAD BEFORE DAWN, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Vivendi Entertainment:

A horde of Zombie Demons, or ZEMONS, are unleashed on the world after college kids unwittingly create an evil curse. This curse causes everyone that they make eye contact with to kill themselves and turn into ZEMONS! Now, they only have 24 hours to reverse the curse. Armed with a slew of homemade weapons, avoiding eye contact, dodging hickies and seducing Zemons, will our heroes be able to reverse the curse? The fate of the entire world rests on their shoulders, or all of humanity will be Dead Before Dawn!

Before I continue, I do have to admit: this film is not as funny as SHAUN OF THE DEAD or TUCKER & DALE VS. EVIL. But those are two iconic pieces of cinema that are hard to beat. DEAD BEFORE DAWN is a great film, though, and is filled with lots of laughs and great gore. If you’re looking for entertainment, then look no further.

DEAD BEFORE DAWN is shot well and looks good from a production standpoint. I wish I could have seen it in 3D, as I understand it’s pretty spectacular. But the 2D version is just as fun, I’m sure.

The acting is pretty good, with Devon Bostick heading up a great cast. I am particularly impressed to note that director April Mullen also starred alongside Bostick as one of the lead female roles. Mullen is beautiful and talented, a multi-faceted actress and director that I hope to see more of in the future.

The laughs come quick and heartily in DEAD BEFORE DAWN as well. One of my favorite scenes that made me literally laugh out loud is when the fans and players at the football game all start to kill themselves. The cheerleaders are kicking themselves in the face, while the football players impale themselves on the line markers. It is hilarious!

Although DEAD BEFORE DAWN might not be as funny as the prior two films I mentioned, it is still a great flick and one that deserves your attention. It’s chocked full of goofy laughs and grisly gore, so you can’t ask for much more in a horror-comedy. I recommend giving this one a shot. It is available now in a variety of formats, but I suggest watching it on Blu-ray. In addition to the great picture and sound, you get a nice bunch of Special Features, including a Behind the Scenes featurette, a Making Of documentary, and a Blooper Reel.


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