I’m not normally a huge fan of zombies. As far as I am concerned, zombies are just a way for people to justify thinking about killing other people without guilt. However, there have been some entertaining films about zombies that I really liked (Shaun of the Dead being the front-runner). So, when I received the press release for Dead Before Dawn 3D, the invitation to attend the panel for this interesting-looking indie film was too intriguing to pass up.
The movie centers around college student Casper Galloway (Devon Bostick), grandson of occult shop owner Horus Galloway (Christopher Lloyd). Two weeks away from graduation, Casper and some of his friends wreak havoc when they accidentally unleash a curse: anyone that they make eye contact with commits suicide and rises from the dead as a Zombie Demon – a Zemon! The friends search desperately for a way to fix the problem that they caused. Will the crew be able to undo the Zemon curse? Or will they end up becoming Zemons themselves?
From left to right: Tim Dorion, Devon Bostick, a Zemon, Christopher Lloyd, April Mullen.
The panel at Fan Expo 2012 included:
- Devon Bostick (Actor)
- Christopher Lloyd (Actor)
- April Mullen (Director/Producer)
- Tim Doiron (Writer/Producer)
It also included one of the folks who played a Zemon in the movie; he stood in the background the entire panel, looking menacing and interacting with the cast/crew once in a while. The more I listened to the panel speak, the more excited I became about Dead Before Dawn 3D.
It was obvious from the get-go (and Christopher Lloyd made reference to this) that it was a family production; that is to say that the cast and crew got along really well and really put their spirit into this film. I personally enjoy hearing when things go right (rather than people storming off set and swearing and so on) – it is a testament to the folks in charge of the film when everything goes well, even in the face of adversity.
Filmed mostly at night, during a heat wave with some set pieces that were so small as to make 3D filming difficult, the intrepid crew did their best, sometimes only having one take to get it right – and they feel confident that they nailed it. Not bad for Canada’s first 100% Canadian 3D feature film with such a young director.
This man should be reason enough to see this movie.
What I like about this movie is that it plays up on stereotypes from other horror films, resulting in some very funny material. At the same time, there are moments during the film that are actually quite serious. I enjoy this style of film making, because it really takes you on a wild emotional ride – lots of highs and lows without letting you spend too much time at either extreme.
In speaking with some of the PR folks, I learned that this movie will be coming out sometime between November and April. In any case, I’ll be definitely seeing it – and I would encourage you to as well!