Short Film Review: The Deadening (2007)

Directed by Dillan Nicholls, written by Andrew Jones and Mark Jones, and starring Mark Jones, David Kay, and Claire Rigby.

"It is not behind you... It is within you." This nine minute short is about as low budget as it gets, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. The entire short focuses on a man after he has been bitten by a zombie, and his dwelling on the events that led to it, and his dealing with the change. The star has no dialog, actually, and any words said throughout the movie are by others (TV reporter, 911 operator). I felt that the first six minutes or so crept along at a slow pace. Having the man "remember" the attack two or three times was not necessary. Where the short does succeed is in its final minutes, with the man sitting in front of the TV where a reporter is talking about the outbreak, and that if one of your family members has been bitten, the best thing you can do is put them out of their misery before they change. And slowly we see the man change during this, whether willingly or not. You can watch the short film right here at FEARnet.

Best quote: None.


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