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.
Directed by Jeremy Kasten, written by Zach Chassler, and starring the talents of Sarah Rose Harper, Brandon Thane Wilson, and Katie Foster, The Dead Ones is a psychological horror film that seems to blur the line between reality and fantasy while also telling a morality tale of redemption and regret.
Topics as dark as incest/sexual abuse, self harm/suicide, bullying/revenge, and mass murder…
…keep the mood as dark as the school setting itself.
You see a lot of carnage, so be warned. I found it difficult to watch scenes of children at school being slaughtered and I nearly walked out but the climax was worth it, I think.
Sometimes there is nothing we can do about things, and other times…that’s just what we tell ourselves so we don’t feel guilty for not taking action when we could.