Dead (2020) preview of New Zealand comedy horror movie

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‘A murder mystery with ghosts’

Dead is a 2020 New Zealand comedy horror feature film about a stoner who can see ghosts and a recently dead cop searching for a serial killer.

Directed by Hayden J. Weal (Chronesthesia aka Love and Time Travel) from a screenplay co-written with Thomas Sainsbury (Wellington Paranormal; Alien Addiction; Guns Akimbo), both of whom star, the Augusto production also features Tomai Ihaia, Jennifer Ward-Lealand, Michael Hurst and Cameron Rhodes.


Marbles (Thomas Sainsbury), a hapless stoner, who can see ghosts and Tagg (Hayden J. Weal), a recently dead wannabe super-cop, both need to find a serial killer.

Can a critical ghost cop and a directionless stoner get over their prejudices and work together to save lives – and deaths?


The U.S. premiere of Dead will be at the Dancing Spider Film Festival on August 22nd 2020, followed by the Horrible Imaginings Virtual Film Festival on September 4th 2020.

Dead will be released in virtual cinemas on September 25th and released on VOD platforms by 1091 Media on October 6th 2020.

Cast and characters:

Hayden J. Weal … Tagg – Guns Akimbo (Daniel Radcliffe’s stand-in)
Thomas Sainsbury … Marbles – Wellington Paranormal; Alien Addiction; Guns Akimbo
Tomai Ihaia … Yana
Jennifer Ward-Lealand … Janine
Michael Hurst … Ross
Cameron Rhodes … Lloyd – Deathgasm; Housebound
Jess Sayer … Henna
Kayne Peters … Xavier

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