DEATH WALKS (2016) Reviews and overview

 

Death Walks is a 2016 British horror film about strange zombies that take over a shopping mall late one night.

Written and directed by Spencer Hawken (Road Rage), the Views From The Edge Films production stars Francesca Ciardi (Cannibal Holocaust), Lucinda Rhodes Thakrar, Jessie Williams and Joanna Finata.

Reviews:

“Now, all things considered with the non-budget, the inexperienced actors, and (shoot me for saying this) the inane plotline, the film is fairly amusing; and for a first-time directorial spin, Hawken manages to deliver on the goods of putting out a maiden voyage presentation.” Dread Central

“There will always be a creative voice that can find something interesting in nothing. Death Walks showed that it is possible to get resources from hard work and dedication. Though also being a good movie, it showed how successful a no-budget movie can be with the right people working on it.” HNN

” …it wastes no time in setting up its central premise and the plot is relatively fast-paced, driving the story forward all the time, with little in the way of padding. Plus there were some quite funny scenes of black humour, one of which involving a zombie in a wheelchair […] I was really bowled over at how professionally-looking this turned out…” Realm of Horror

“While it doesn’t rewrite the rule book of the zombie sub-genre, it does refreshing reminder that the undead still have some life in them after all. All aspiring filmmakers should see it at least once for inspiration; if anything it’s going to reaffirm that DIY filmmaking is stronger than ever right now.” Scream magazine

“Director Hawken takes his time to build dread, underlying everything with mystery and a genuine sense of menace. He’s helped tremendously in this task by the film’s composer, Tom Wolfe, whose throbbing homage to early John Carpenter, with clear touches of Goblin and Fabio Frizzi zombie-prog, is the film’s strongest single element.” Wonder Alliance

Choice dialogue:

Louise: “This is like a bad horror film.”

Cast and characters:

Francesca Ciardi … Lucrezia
Lucinda Rhodes Thakrar … Louise (as Lucinda Rhodes-Flaherty)
Jessie Williams … Poppy
Joanna Finata … Alice
Scott Mullins … Rob
Daniel Smales … Steve
Martin Holland … Andy
Jon Guerriero … John
Peter James Hole … Karl
Jordan Grehs … Simon – Lake Placid 3
Stief a Billy … Dan
Andy Kemp … Security Manager
Timothy McDevitt … Zombie
Tyrone Nestor … Zombie
Karis Pentecost … Beth
Kaylee Pleasance … Lucy
Andrea Sandell … The Watcher
Penny Judd … Laura
Adrian Shippey … AJ
Mike Stevens … Zombie
Samuel Window … Paul (as Samuel Windows)
Sarah de Courcy Rolls … Sarah (as Sarah Rolls)
Kris Tiwari … Kris
Dan Tyler … Dan

Filming locations:

The Mercury Mall, Romford, Essex, England
St. Faith’s, Brentwood, Essex, England (closing sequence)
Wigley Bush Lane, Brentwood, Essex, England (opening sequence)

Technical details:

85 minutes
Aspect ratio: 1.85: 1

Trailer: