Dir. Aaron K Carter
Victims: Erin Miracle and Alexandria Lightford
Recently I was informed by Heather Noel about a 5 act zombie movie available in full over at YouTube and moseyed on over to see what it was all about. As I began to play it at first I was like"WTF?? is this". Upon first glance I thought the actors were over acting but it quickly smooths out and you just realized this is supposed to be this way. Let me drop the synopsis by you and then I'll get back to my thoughts.
In a post-apocalyptic land consumed by "Rottens", a simple farmer and his teenage daughter struggle to survive. Meanwhile, an unruly gang make a plan to kidnap and sell the daughter for their own selfish profit. With the farmer/gang confrontation, a wicked tornado approaching, and "Rottens" everywhere - who will get out alive?
I must make note of how well the filming and use of camera was within this film. Those behind the camera definitely knows what they're doing. The excellent use of lighting and environment surroundings completely help sell this film. Now keep in mind this isn't your typical zombie film. There is only one physical zombie, in full make-up, towards the end of the film. The other Rottens are never shown. They are only simulated via Point Of View (POV) in black & white. The utilization of the view from the camera simulates the zombies. This is something that isn't easily done or done well I should say. Such as STATE OF EMERGENCY or PONTYPOOL a few have tried to accomplish implied monsters as such and most just don't seem to achieve success.
I think DEAD KANSAS works out thanks to the aforementioned camerawork and the stellar performance by Erin Miracle ( who replaced Alexandria Lightford midway through the second act due to a pregnancy) You may ask how this could be accomplished. well it was!! I will say I thought something was wrong as I continued watching this yet it took some digging to find out they switched actresses midway through production. They were so close looking that it fuses nicely. Both performances were executed very nicely and I hope to see more endeavors from both.
Overall DEAD KANSAS is just a fun film to watch and a very nicely done indie with tons of heart....I know I personally will be seeking out any and all things from director Aaron K. Carter, who even offers up duties playing bass for the punk band heard throughout the film.....The dude has talent and I'm anxious to see more.