Sunday, January 26, 2014

Dead Pit - Review - @BrandonCSites


Dead Pit (1989) *1/2
D: Brett Leonard
C: Jeremy Slate, Cheryl Lawson, Stephen Gregory Foster, Danny Gochnaver

Plot Synopsis: An amnesic young woman finds herself in an asylum suffering from visions of a mad doctor, the experiments he conducted and of zombies. And it looks as though those visions might just become a terrifying reality. 

Review: An asylum setting, involving a mad doctor, mixed with zombies and a heroine that doesn't know how she fits into this whole scenario. Seems like a surefire idea, but, unfortunately, Dead Pit misses the mark. 

The problem is that this type of material begs for mystery like approach. When it comes to a mystery, you can't reveal all the answers right off the bat. They have to gradually unfold throughout the course of the film. However, Dead Pit seems more interested in buoying this aspect of the material so that they can get to the mad doctor and zombies.

If all you want is a mad doctor acting mad and some zombies running around, you're in luck. They have that in spades, but, even then, the zombies aren't particularly interesting as they aren't given anything new to do. The mad doctor isn't given any depth other then stereotypical character traits. After you've seen the mad doctor and zombies a few times, it wears thin real quick. All that's left is to watch while the heroine runs around and screams.

Dead Pit has a solid premise, but a solid premise can't carry a film alone. The plot has to be engaging, the characters have to be interesting, none of which are to be found here. [R] 102 mins.

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