Dead Still – USA, 2014 – reviews

   

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Dead Still is a 2014 American horror feature film directed by the Booth Brothers and starring Ben Browder, Ray Wise (Twin Peaks, Jeepers Creepers), Gavin Casalegno and Elle LaMont (Dusk Till Dawn, Machete Kills).

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Upon the death of his grandfather, Brandon Davis, a wedding photographer inherits an antique camera famous for taking victorian death photography. After photographing his subjects they start to die from horrible, bizarre deaths, then reappearing as eerie death portraits.

One by one, Brandon begins to lose people very close to him as he struggles to uncover the haunting mystery behind the cursed camera. When his eleven year old son goes missing, Brandon discovers the camera has supernatural powers and has trapped his son inside of it. He must now risk all and journey beyond the realm of all imagination, to fight the hideous entities within, save his son and reverse the deadly curse that plagues them before they all become….Dead Still.

Reviews [click links to read more]:

“Some people might enjoy it: Ben Browder fangirls will wet their pants and undiscriminating gorehounds will relish some surprisingly gruesome deaths. But none of them will have a clue what’s going on. Because neither did the writer-director. There’s a terrific horror movie waiting to be made based around the idea of death photography. But this ain’t it.” MJ Simpson,

“I liked the basic concept, the set design was gorgeous, visual effects spot-on, special makeup effects worthy of big budget movies and was overall a creepy way to pass 94 minutes from the opening credits to the subtle twist ending.” Joe Young, Ginger Nuts of Horror

Dead Still works best when it focuses on Brandon’s bond with his son and his attempts to save the people trapped inside the camera. The film manages to succeed in making him a likeable character who is easy to root for, which is always a benefit. It’s also refreshing to see a horror film which doesn’t rely on clichéd jump scares; it’s just a shame it’s let down by some dubious acting and a weak script.” Chris Asiama, Roobla

Cast and characters:

  • Ray Wise … Wenton Davis
  • Ben Browder … Brandon
  • Elle LaMont … Ivy Monroe
  • Toby Nichols … Young Brandon
  • Carrie Lazar … Jenna
  • Steffie Grote … Crow Head
  • Gavin Casalegno … Bobby
  • Lawrence Turner … William
  • Han Soto … Camera Clerk
  • Corey Mendell Parker … Detective Calhoun
  • Eric Ruff … Professor Mcklaren
  • Evelyn Boyle … Lela
  • Heather Buckley … Hidden Mother
  • Shawn Sanz … Groom
  • Natalie Mejer … Zamora Braniski

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Dead Still had a $2 million budget and first aired on Syfy on October 6th 2014 as part of the channel’s 31 Days of Halloween.