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Gangs of the Dead (2006)


Director: Duane Stinnett
Starring: Reggie Bannister, Enrique Almieda, James C. Burns, Noel Gugliemi
Unrated 90 min.

A meteorite that crashes into Earth is the cause of a zombie outbreak in the shot-on-video GANGS OF THE DEAD. Rival gangs converge on an abandoned warehouse to do business with a grizzled old drug dealer played by Reggie Bannister (who gets splattered by a truck about ten minutes after he appears). Meanwhile, some cops are conducting a stakeout on the warehouse, waiting for the right moment to bust up the party. It doesn't take long for the zombies to start chomping on people. Once they realize that they are trapped, the gangs, the cops, and an obnoxious TV weatherman must work together to make it out alive.

I wasn't expecting much out of this one, but found it to be a pretty well done, entertaining gangster/zombie movie. Director Duane Stinnett handles the action scenes well, and there are a few very splattery gore FX. The acting is pretty spotty, but you don't watch a movie called GANGS OF THE DEAD for nuanced, naturalistic performances. My only gripe is that there were too many characters, and some of them were incredibly stupid. The film could have benefited from more zombie action, but I get the feeling there probably wasn't enough money for that.

This movie was also released under the title LAST RITES. In the UK it was titled 48 WEEKS LATER, which I find very funny. Imagine the surprise of the people who fell for it.

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