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[BD Review] 'Dead Before Dawn' Is More Concept Than Substance

Dead Before Dawn is a Canadian horror comedy starring Devon Bostick (from the Wimpy Kid movies) as Casper Galloway, an average, insecure college student. After taking care of his grandfather’s occult book shop, Casper and his friends make the mistake of touching and breaking a “cursed” urn. However, they make up their own curse – one which causes a plague of “zemons” -zombie demons that are possessed by the cursed urn that don’t eat brains but give hickies and cause mass suicide and more zemons. With this originality, the movie should have a cute, silly plot, but in reality, it doesn’t hold much weight.

Bostick is a natural comedian in this capacity. His exaggeration and zaniness works well in regard to the script. The script itself is supposed to be over the top, and it has some moments of hilarity. While Bostick’s acting abilities mesh with the story, actor Tim Doiron comes across like a photocopy of a young Jim Carrey impression. His fedora wearing character ends up seeming unoriginal and distracting. Watching without knowing that both Doiron and female lead April Mullen are actually the creators of the film, was actually beneficial. To go back and rewatch the movie knowing this would have had made it less enjoyable due to the fact that their characters already feel like they are trying to steal the story away from Casper. Even with veteran Christopher Lloyd as Casper’s grandfather, this goofy movie falls a bit short in its slapstick routine. Perhaps it is supposed to be just that, but it has a presence that tries to suggest otherwise. READ MORE

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Dead Before Dawn 3D

Follows college kids that accidentally unleash an evil curse that causes people to kill themselves and turn into zombie demons, or zemons.

CASPER GALLOWAY’S future is one giant question mark. With only two weeks until College graduation he still lives with his mother, is indecisive to a fault and is one credit away from failing. But just when Casper thinks things couldn’t get any worse, he and his friends accidentally unleash a curse that causes people to kill themselves and turn into Zombie Demons, aka Zemons.

Armed with a slew of homemade weapons and a Winnebago, the team races through the night, killing Zemons and fighting time, frantically searching for a way to reverse the curse. But as the Zemon army starts to overpower the team, Casper finds himself with no choice but to face his fears and become the unlikeliest of heroes. Will Casper be able to reverse the curse and save the world, or will he and all his friends be “Dead Before Dawn?”

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Now You Know Which Dawn You'll Be Dead Before With These 'Dead Before Dawn' Release Dates!

April Mullen’s Dead Before Dawn 3D hits VOD on August 2nd from Wango Films and Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment. The film will also be released in 3D in Canadian theaters on the same date and select theaters in the US on September 6th.

Dead Before Dawn 3D follows college kids that accidentally unleash an evil curse that causes people to kill themselves and turn into Zombie Demons, aka Zemons. The horror/comedy starring Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future) and Devon Bostick (Diary of a Wimpy Kids series) has been gaining a lot of momentum and has a tone that some are describing as Shaun of the Dead meets The Goonies. Dead Before Dawn 3D was shot from start to finish in Stereoscopic 3D, making it the first live-action, fully Canadian Stereoscopic 3D feature.

Lloyd plays the occult shop-running grandfather of Casper Galloway, played by Devon Bostick. The ensemble cast includes Martha MacIsaac (Superbad), Brandon Jay McLaren (Tucker and Dale vs. Evil), Brittany Allen (All My Children), Kevin McDonald (Kids in the Hall), Ellen Dubin (Napoleon Dynamite) Tim Doiron (Rock, Paper, Scissors: the Way of the Tosser) , April Mullen (History of Violence) and Rossif Sutherland.

For more information visit the film’s official website, Facebook! READ MORE

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[News Bites] Acquisitions Edition!

The Toronto International Film Festival has been good to Makinov’s Come Out and Play (pictured above), his remake to the classic Who Can Kill A Child? Celsius has purchased the international sales rights to the film.

Vinessa Shaw, Ebon Moss and Daniel Gimenez Cacho star, “Beth and Francis vacation before the birth of their child. Francis insists on venturing to a more serene island, Beth hesitantly agrees. They set out to a beautiful island, but soon discover it’s mysteriously abandoned, and the only people on the island are children. Beth and Francis are left to uncover the mystery of the disappearances, and a day in paradise quickly turns into a struggle for survival.

Picked up for US distribution by Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment at Toronto is April Mullen’s Dead Before Dawn 3D. The film follows college kids that accidentally unleash an evil curse that causes people to kill themselves and turn into Zombie Demons, aka Zemons. The horror/comedy starring Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future) and Devon Bostick (Diary of a Wimpy Kids series) has been gaining a lot of momentum and has a tone that some are describing as Shaun of the Dead meets The Goonies.

The film is set to release in late fall. It was written by Tim Doiron, who also produces with Mullen. For more information visit the film’s official website, Facebook

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Zemons Possess Entire Town In 'Dead Before Dawn 3D' Trailer Premiere!

To celebrate Friday the 13th here is the exclusive first look at the official trailer for April Mullen’s Dead Before Dawn 3D!

Dead Before Dawn 3D follows college kids that accidentally unleash an evil curse that causes people to kill themselves and turn into Zombie Demons, aka Zemons. The horror/comedy starring Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future) and Devon Bostick (Diary of a Wimpy Kids series) has been gaining a lot of momentum and has a tone that some are describing as Shaun of the Dead meets The Goonies.

The film is set to release in late fall. It was written by Tim Doiron, who also produces with Mullen.

For more information visit the film’s official website, Facebook or read beyond the break!

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AFM '11: First Images from 'Dead Before Dawn'

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Half zombie, half demon, Christopher Lloyd (Piranha 3D) is part of Dead Before Dawn, the Canadian indie 3D horror film from Wango Films, now in post out of in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

The Emmy-award winning Lloyd will play the occult shop-running grandfather of Casper Galloway, played by Devon Bostick.

Dead Before Dawn, directed by April Mullen, “follows college kids that accidentally unleash an evil curse that causes people to kill themselves and turn into zombie demons, or zemons.

The ensemble cast includes Martha MacIsaac, Brandon Jay McLaren, Brittany Allen, Kevin McDonald and Rossif Sutherland. The genre picture was written by Tim Doiron, who co-produces with Mullen.

With AFM kicking off tomorrow, we’ve now got the first ever images and sales art! Click the pic above for the full gallery. READ MORE