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Dead Air (2009)

Not Rated | | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller | 2009 (USA)
Logan Burnhardt is the ego-king of the airwaves, but his unflappable persona is put to the test when a terrorist bio-attack unleashes a plague of flesh-ripping maniacs on Los Angeles.

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Corbin Bernsen

Writer:

Kenny Yakkel (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Bill Moseley ... Logan
Patricia Tallman ... Lucy
Navid Negahban ... Abir
Corbin Bernsen ... Dr. F
David Moscow ... Gil
Dan Lauria ... Fred
Haley Pullos ... Dee Dee (as Haley Alexis Pullos)
Jeanne Cooper ... Paranoid Caller #1
Larry Drake ... Vernon
Susan Ruttan ... Maggie
Federico Dordei ... Kalil
Anthony Ray Parker ... Tanner
Jason Davis ... Maniac
Tammy Felice ... Colleague #1
Danielle Petty ... Business Woman
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Storyline

Radio Host, Logan Burnhardt, starts off his show with off-beat questions such as the whereabouts of the Taj Mahal, and why it is only photographed from the front. With listeners calling in on a variety of issues, he soon becomes aware that terrorists have planted chemical bombs in stadiums and crowded areas that make people violent. He subsequently asks his colleague to travel home to ensure that his wife, Gabbi, and child are safe - not knowing that terrorists will soon take over the building and hold him and other colleagues hostage and force them to make a live broadcast of their real agenda. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Country:

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Language:

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Release Date:

2009 (USA) See more »

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Trivia

Riot footage shown on TV during the Movie, are from the "Göteborg Riots" during the EU Summit in Göteborg, Sweden in June of 2001 (Courtesy of Swedish TV4) and from riots following the seizure and clearing of the Youth Collective "Ungdomshuset" in Copenhagen on March 1st. of 2007 (Courtesy of Danish PBS Station DR1) See more »

Goofs

During the whole time Logan is searching his house for his family he is holding a 1911 .45 pistol in case he's attacked. The problem is that the hammer of the pistol is down and it won't fire unless it's cocked, so if he is attacked he can't shoot his attacker. See more »

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Logan: [the radio station employees are barricading the doors with heavy desks. Lucy walks over and sets a potted plant on top of the desks] And that's supposed to do WHAT?
Lucy: Fuck you!
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References Soylent Green (1973) See more »

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I Don't Wanna Die
Written by Theresa Walker
Produced and Performed by Theresa Walker and Tim Hall
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Low budget, yes. Well done, also yes.
16 August 2010 | by sideriteSee all my reviews

If it weren't for the ending, I would have given this film a full 9. The movie starts almost like Pontypool. Same controversial radio host, same woman boss, same feeling of weirdness from people that are at the same time isolated and in the center of attention of their listeners.

The plot is about some middle eastern guys that plant a zombification virus in the major U.S. cities, so people just get really mad and start scratching at each other. Later on, the plot is revealed to be slightly more complex. I really liked the dialogue of Abir, although I may be a little biased there. At least I was glad to see a terrorist that is smart, idealistic and petty at the same time. It really gave dimensions to the character.

One reviewer said that the zombies were ridiculous. What I find ridiculous are the films where infected people start acting like dumbed down superheroes, ripping arms and biting through necks. We're just human, damn it, with flat teeth and trimmed fingernails. From that standpoint, the movie was refreshing. Yeah, the extras were not professional zombies, I get it. Maybe that's why they call movies like this low budget. Like all zombie movies, it features a way for infected people to not attack each other, which for me seems the thing most hard to believe.

Babylon 5's Patricia Tallman is still sexy, even at her age, but her role is supporting at best. That gets a little annoying when the entire movie has about six characters beside the zombies, and most of them secondary. Also the ending was really bad. The film was decent for a long time, clearly overcoming the financial shortcomings, but the last 10 minutes just ruined a lot of the buildup.

Bottom line: it really was painfully low budget, but at the same time refreshing and showed a decent effort from both production and acting teams. It is a must see for a horror fan. Personally, I would get some more funding and redo the last 15 minutes, because they felt like a plane crash near the destination runway.


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