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Cast: Sarah Rose Harper, Brandon Thane Wilson, Katie Foster

Director: Jeremy Kasten

Genre: Horror

Year: 2020

Rating: NR

For four outcast teens, summer detention means being assigned to clean their high school after a horrific incident. But they are not alone; a macabre gang wearing guises of The Four Horsemen of The Apocalypse - Famine, Pestilence, War and Death - has locked them inside and is hunting them through the school's ravaged hallways. As the four students battle to survive, each must confront the supernatural echoes of past traumas they have struggled to forget - and may be condemned to relive.

'The Dead Ones' is not an easy film to talk about without giving away too much but I will keep it spoiler free. As the film opens, the four classmates are being driven to their school at night so they can clean the mess they created. Once in the school the Principal tells them to get going or they will be there all night.

The first thing I notice was how big a mess the school was in. Not only were the halls full of garbage and books but the place looked like it hadn't been used in years with peeling paint everywhere.

Once the four bad eggs are in the building four more people arrive and put chains on all the windows and doors before entering the school them dresses as the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. It is clear they are up to no good but the mystery still remains as to whom they are and why does the school look the way it does.

From there Director, Jeremy Kasten begins using some flashbacks in order to fill in the story and to show the audience what the horrific act was. He still manages to hold all to the main mystery until towards the end of the film.

Make no mistake about it 'The Dead Ones' is about as disturbing film as you are going to see. There is a perfect mix of school violence and elements of the supernatural. For a low budget film it is very well made and effects are well done. The cast did a great job playing their parts including, Sarah Rose Harper, Brandon Thane Wilson and Katie Foster.

'The Dead Ones' is a mind trip of a film that will keep you thinking and at the edge of your seat the entire time. It will also still in your head for a long time after. The film also has its messages but you can figure out those for yourself when the film comes to DVD/Blu-ray and VOD/Digital on September 29, 2020.

I found it to be a powerful film that intended to make everyone that sees it upset and perhaps even to open your eyes to what is going on today in our society. Definitely a film you won't soon forget.

Released by Artsploitation Films

**** Out Of *****

The Dead Ones | Official Trailer from Artsploitation on Vimeo.