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THE DEAD INSIDE (2011)

Written by: Greigh Johanson.

Many independent films with low budget are limited to small roles and a single point of necessity, but the director Travis Betz and cinematographer Shannon Hourigan has the visual feeling like talented cartoonist. They do not waste a single frame of designing a range of beautiful and imaginatively staged shots that often has the rich look of saturated colors on a black cloth. Betz manages to retain our interest which is basically a two positional story with two actors playing dual roles.




The graceful songtext is written by Travis Betz and the swinging music is composed by Joel van Vliet. This is mixed with a first class and an advanced document at the same time is very entertaining. The only two characters that the film shows have the talent to deliver the songs very effective, Wes (Dustin Fasching) and Fiona (Sarah Lassez) really crushes their vocal performance from the division between every song that reveals itself during the playing time.


Wes is a outburned photographer who pays the bills by photographing weddings. Fiona is the author of a number of zombie novels called The Dead Survive. They are a loving couple who at one time was at the peak of their creative career, but now they have lost their inspiration. When Fiona begins to show signs of schizophrenia, Wes doing everything in his power to help her get better. But darker forces lurk in her, and soon they realize the true horror of the situation. In the fight against a disturbed person, the inspiration rediscovers in the grimmest corners of this musical horror film.

The couple's first song together, "My Fucking Heart" which is a passionate lament that leads into a rollicking wishful fantasy about how funny it would be if a zombie apocalypse came and freed them from their daily tasks of life. Later songs grows ever darker and firing into action in an increasingly bleak territory. With Fiona's behavior shows signs of possible possession of an unknown person who threatens to take over her body. When we learn the truth behind what happens with Fiona, the story takes an emotional resonance that gives her final song, the beautiful lullaby "Ghosts Begone" a genuinely radical that is spooky and very powerful.

Travis Betz take us on a journey that goes from comedy to odd romance, to dark drama and a unique musical! The film has more artistic merit than many other of the world's Independent creators. I acknowledge the talent required to write own songs and have them delivered in an engaging way. It definitely has potential and unfolds like a dark opera which are very likely to please the theater audience and horror movie fans.

This is an original and exciting study of relationships, loss of creativity, cynicism and a whole bunch of zombie madness. If you are looking for a slightly different musical, then fasten your teeth into this. It entertains as much as it upsets. Highly recommended!

Rating: 4 out of 5



Directed by: Travis Betz
Written by: Travis Betz
Produced by: Galicia Vaca Lopez, Jessica Petelle
Cinematography by: Shannon Betz
Editing by: Travis Betz
Special Effects by: Joe VanDalsem
Music by: Michael Brake, Joel Van Vliet
Cast: Sarah Lassez, Dustin Fasching
Year: 2011
Country: USA
Language: English 
Color: Color
Runtime: 1h 38min

Distributor: Drexel Box Productions.


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