The Dead Center – USA, 2018

The Dead Center is a 2018 American psychological horror feature film written and directed by Billy Senese (Closer to God). The Sequitur Cinema-Movie City Films production stars Shane Carruth, Poorna Jagannathan and Jeremy Childs.


A hospital psychiatrist’s own sanity is pushed to the edge when a frightened amnesiac patient insists that he has died and brought something terrible back from the other side…


” …the medical examiner’s peculiar path stumbles somewhat from serving largely as intertwined exposition. Still, the unusual approach to storytelling increases the movie’s atypical appeal as a hypnotic chiller. Engaging performances from unfamiliar faces, a mesmeric score from composer Jordan Lenhning, and a cleanly clinical look to Andy Duensing’s cinematography tie the bow…” Ian Sedensky, Culture Crypt

“The pace is slow so if you like your movies with a bit more urgency, The Dead Center is likely not for you. If you like something thought-provoking though with some genuinely scary moments, The Dead Center is a perfect choice. ” Pip Ellwood-Hughes, Entertainment Focus

“Though the slow build and genre-bending approach won’t be for everyone, this is an intelligent piece of filmmaking that demonstrates an acute understanding of horrors present in the mundane world.” Jennie Kermode, Eye for Film

“It’s all in the storytelling and the world-building  of writer/director Billy Senese – who goes to great lengths to make the major setting, an overloaded hospital, a convincing, affecting environment.  One test of whether a horror film will stand out is to ask if you’d watch a film about these people in this place if a monster wasn’t going to show up, and this passes that impressively.  If this were a dogme-type hospital soap, it’d still be compelling.” The Kim Newman Web Site

” …definitely has its own way of suggesting something malevolent beyond the veil. That it doesn’t give us all of the answers is by no means a failing. This is a horror film – in the sense of horrific – through and through, a grim mystery which grows ever and ever nastier.” Keri O’Shea, Warped Perspective

“My greatest compliment to Billy Senese’s third feature is in his casting. His characters aren’t beauties. They’re everyday people you’d find in the believable settings […] Jeremy Childs is disturbing. While the runtime could have been cut to make the movie flow smoother this is still quality filmmaking, with a good story, all done on a budget.” Headless Critic, Without Your Head

Cast and characters:

  • Shane Carruth … Daniel Forrester – Swiss Army Man; Primer
  • Poorna Jagannathan … Sarah Grey – The Circle
  • Jeremy Childs … John Doe
  • Bill Feehely … Edward Graham
  • J. Thomas Bailey … Travis
  • Quinn Cooke … Parker
  • Josh Croft … Ward Janitor
  • Reegus Flenory … Officer Davis
  • Karen B. Greer … Patient
  • Clark Harris … Scream Patient
  • Heather Le Roy … Dr. Tracy
  • Jessejames Locorriere … Lobby Patient
  • Tyler Merritt … Paramedic
  • Anna Shalray … Attendant
  • Tamiko Robinson Steele … Darcy

Running time:

93 minutes

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