Storm Of The Dead (2006) – By Brian Morton

 When you see ‘of the dead’ in the title of a movie, your first assumption, like mine, is probably that this is some lame George Romero zombie rip-off movie. Now, I have nothing against low budget zombie movies in general, in fact, I’ve seen quite a few that I loved, but sometimes you just get a bad feeling about things. So, when Storm Of The Dead arrived, I was a bit apprehensive about it. Turns out that I couldn’t have been more wrong about the movie, or liked it more!

Storm Of The Dead is set in the Florida panhandle in 2008, a category five hurricane has hit and chaos has ensued. In order to avoid another ‘Katrina-like’ disaster, the military has been activated quickly and is out with orders to shoot looters on site. This is the start of a movie that led me down a path that I didn’t expect, at all. As the members of Beta Company, a division in the Florida Militia are sent out to search for a missing group of Militia members, they begin to think that their comrades are dead. When they reach the site of the massacre strange things start to happen. It turns out that the original Militia members have followed a looter who just happened to be the grandson of a voodoo priestess, and she’s not really happy that they shot her grandson and has declared ‘voodoo war’ on the Florida Militia.

Storm Of The Dead is well acted, the locations are beautiful and slightly claustrophobic and the story is one of the most original that I’ve seen in ages. Bob Cook, the writer/director has crafted a low budget movie to be proud of! The only issue I had with the whole movie was that it seemed like some of the ‘searching’ scenes dragged on a little bit, other than that this is a top shelf movie.

It’s called Storm Of The Dead and while there is one zombie in it, it’s really not what you’re expecting it to be. If you want to check it out for yourself, run over to Storm Of The Dead.com. I recommend it, highly. So, until next time, when I’ll reveal my plans to do a low budget remake of Home Alone, but as a horror movie where Joe Pesci finally gets to beat and torture that annoying little kid, remember that the best movies are bad movies.