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A meteor lands in Jamestown California in 1849 during the gold rush. It is found by miners who release it's spoors which turn the population into blood thirsty mutants.
As the film opens we are witness to a good old western shoot-out, bounty hunter Mortimer is in a middle of a gun fight with a wanted man. Once he gets his pay he asks if there's anymore work and is told there is an Apache warrior that is wanted for rape and murder but he seems to take out every man that goes after him. Mortimer decides to go and bring him in, his journey takes him to an 1849 California gold rush town where the locals tell him the man he's looking for is in the mountains. But while he's gone the locals unearth a meteor and after cracking it open it spoors out turning them all into the living dead, now Mortimer and his captured Apache must join together and fight to stay alive.
Zombie movies are a dime a dozen nowadays but after seeing the trailer for this one I was pretty excited, the whole western/undead thing has also been done before as well but I like the combo so was eager to sit down to it. Like I said before it starts off like a good old fashion western but soon changes to humans versus mutants in a story of survival. I enjoyed this film a lot, there's plenty of action, some good gore and the make-up work is very well done too. If it has a flaw it's in character development, I felt it could of used a bit more so you have some sort of feelings for these people when it counts the most but that's a small problem that is easily over looked considering the genre here. The cast did a good job considering what the had to work with and the story was good enough for the genre as well. Director/Writer, Rene Perez did a great job at keeping the film moving at a brisk pace even when things where a bit slower as far as action goes early on.
"The Dead and The Damned" doesn't break any new ground or isn't all that original but it's still an entertaining film that zombie fans are going to like. The DVD comes with the Original Extended Trailer and nothing else but the film is fun regardless. If you like the genre then I recommend picking this up, you can order the DVD HERE.
Released by Inception Media Group
*** Out Of *****