Deadlands: The Rising (2006) – By Brian Morton

 It seems that the most overused monster in the low budget horror movie community is the zombie. Anyone who’s got a camera and a bunch of homemade blood wanders out into the back yard and makes a zombie movie. Now, most of the time these movies are just as bad as you’d imagine, but once in a while you get one that’s got something going on that makes is special. That’s the case with the new movie, Deadlands: The Rising.

Set in Baltimore, Deadlands: The Rising begins with a normal day in the U.S., when terrorists attack the city. The attack leaves many in the surrounding area stranded on freeways in the evacuations and, as night falls, the dead begin to rise. What’s different about Deadlands: The Rising is that it’s three small stories set against the same backdrop of the dead rising, one is the story of a mom who finds herself caught in town during the zombie crisis, the second is about a man who’s desperately trying to convince the local authorities that the crisis is much worse than they’re being told by higher ups and the third storyline is about two friends (one who’s the husband of the woman in the first storyline) who are trying to get back to their families through the rising dead.

The really interesting thing about Deadlands: The Rising is that, while this is a good zombie movie, it has the feel of the first of a series of movies, this one being a great setup for more zombie terror to come. Gary Ugarek has crafted a compelling movie that flows well, but I was left wondering where the story would go next, which I suppose is good for Gary, since I’m sure he’s got an idea of where this story will go next. I’m giving Deadlands: The Rising three and a half out of four cigars because, as much as I enjoyed it, I felt like I wanted more right now…which isn’t always a bad thing. You can check it out for yourself by heading over to the Tempe Video website! So, until next time, when I’ll tell you about the troubles with making my own zombie movie, the main problem is that I have no friends to cast as zombies, until then, remember that the best movies are bad movies.