Carter Reviews Dead Kansas
In a world that's fallen apart, what would you fight to save? In September 2013, if Emma wants to save her father's life, she's going to have to fight off more than just the Rottens.
Directing this 64 minute comedy/horror is Aaron K. Carter.
Some of the cast is: Alexandria Lightford as Emma, Erin Miracle as Emma, Aaron Guerrero as Glenn, Joe McQueen as Skinny, Michael Camp as Jebediah and Kevin Beardsley as Zeke/Rusty. With appearances by Irwin Keyes as Giant and Ben Woolf as Squeak.
Living in a post-apocalyptic world, the few survivors left have to fight off the Rottens that wander the land. Emma has never been affected by the Disease that swept the world, which makes her pretty special. Unfortunately, fighting off the Rottens isn't the only problem Emma and her father have to deal with. A gang is looking to kidnap Emma and sell her off for needed supplies to survive. Between being hunted by Jebediah's gang and fighting off the Rottens, Emma's life is looking pretty grim...
I got a chance to check out a new Indie zombie film that I hadn't heard of before that originally started out as a 15 minute short. Thinking it would be cool, the cast and crew got together and did another 15 minute short to continue the storyline. When it was all said and done the film turned into a 5 part web series. Eventually, all 5 parts were edited together for DVD release.
The story that writers Nicholas A. DeNicola and Aaron K. Carter came up with follows your typical zombies rule the world kind of film with a few stylized twists that make it kind of cool and different. Unfortunately, I didn't care for the dialogue. It came off empty and lacked some crucial things like more of a back story or character development, which could have made it more interesting. The lines served no other purpose than to barely move the story along from scene to scene.
The playthrough was ok. It has a bit of a slow pace with little action scenes, so the flick had a hard time holding my attention. Now, something I thought was different, instead of flooding the screen with Rottens (zombies), they decided to go a different direction. Here they spin the camera around and let you see through the eyes of the Rottens with a black and white POV (Point Of View). The POV style was a nice change up and helped break up the normality that has become a regular staple for all the other zombie films out there.
The cast was ok, but no one really stood out and wowed me. It was pretty cool to see Woolf again and it's always cool to see Irwin in anything. As for the two different Emma's, I thought Lightford had a more natural flow when delivering her lines. Unfortunately, due to filming schedules and finding out she was pregnant Lightford was unable to continue filming, which is why Miracle stepped in and finished out the film.
They kept the special effects pretty low key by not having a ton of bloody moments or gruesome zombie attacks. When a zombie does show up though, I thought they did a good job on the look of it. I also liked how they kept down the cost of effects by using clever camera angles and leaving a lot of things off screen and to your imagination.
The cinematography work done by Hector H. Garcia, Adam Ledezma and Michael Benton Newman was good for the most part. There were a few shaky camera moments, like you see in found footage films that made the scene look rough, but they were quick. Otherwise the camera was steady and smooth.
The soundtrack for the flick came from the punk rock band Power Of Aggression, which Aaron K. Carter (bass) and Adam Ledezma (drummer) were a part of. The songs used were The Ruler, Walls Of Insanity, Hate, The Way We Feel, Behold The Terror, and Now, which came from a demo tape the band made back in the day.
Overall, I liked where Carter was going with some of the ideas in the film, but I can't say I'm a fan of the finished product. However, I am looking forward to seeing what else Carter comes up with down the line.
It's rated NR (not rated) but has violence and language.