Siege of the Dead Movie Review
Written by Daniel Benson
DVD released by Revolver Entertainment UK
Directed by Marvin Kren
Written by Benjamin Hessler
2010, 59 minutes, Rated 15 (UK)
DVD released on 25th October 2010
Theo Trebs as Harper
Michael Fuith as Michael
Emily Cox as Gabi
Steffen Münster as Klaus
I think I’m all zombied out.
Too much in the way of fast-paced zombie action coupled with AMC’s The Walking Dead series, has set the bar high for zombie movies to impress. Enter Germany’s offering to the undead genre: Siege of the Dead (UK Title). It borrows from 28 Days Later in the infection being rage-based and adds the interesting twist that it will only consume its host when they get angry or stressed. So stay calm and you’ll be safe, which is a pretty tall order when one half of the population is running round trying to eat the other.
Like the recent euro-zombie chapter The Horde, Siege takes a similar approach in not giving any time to explain how the pandemic has come about. That’s fine, but as well as not explaining any origins, it also falls short of a respectable running time by a good 30 minutes. At a lightweight 59 minutes, it’s too long for a short, too short for a feature.
The film opens as sappy Michael (Michael Fuith) is visiting his ex-girlfriend in Berlin to return her keys. Yes, he could have posted them, but he sees it as one last chance to be with her and effect some kind of reunion. When he arrives at her apartment there’s no sign of her, just two plumbers working on the heating. The senior of the two tradesmen is fixing a radiator and, in a scene curiously reminiscent of the title scenes of The Incredible Hulk TV show, his wrench slips a couple of times sending him into an angry rage. No green muscles and ripping shirts here though, just bloodshot eyes and much gnashing of teeth as the infection takes over his system.
From this point on, we’re in very familiar territory as Michael and the plumber’s apprentice, Harper, and a few isolated groups of survivors in the apartment block fight to survive. There is a married couple within the group that has food, which Michael and Harper don’t, but the two men have access to sedatives which the food bearer needs to keep his wife from turning. Thus much of the film is taken with their quest to get from one apartment to the other to secure their bounty. Once the medicine is delivered, the focus turns to getting out of the building and, fortunately, Michael hatches a plan involving a boat he spotted floating in the river that runs past the block.
There isn’t really anything new on offer, save for a poignant scene of zombie love between two characters near the end. Any horror fan who has racked up a decent number of zombie film viewings won’t find anything to get overly excited about, but neither will they be too disappointed either. Siege of the Dead is fast-paced, serves up a few thrills and splats and will keep the average zombie fan entertained for one viewing. Just don’t expect to be going back for second helpings.
Video, Audio and Special features:
Video, audio and special features will not be graded as this was a screener.