Really, they could have gone with a different title. Creeping up on us in time for Christmas is Dawning of the Dead, a grim if generic looking British zombie affair set in and around a news studio. See below for the trailer and a couple of official stills.
Originally sporting the equally uninspired title Apocalypse, the film comes from director Tony Jopia, who gave us Cry Wolf 3D, Deadtime and recently, Cute Little Buggers. Interestingly, press materials list Nika Braun, Yannis Zafeiriou and Alexander Zwart as ‘segment directors’, although the film does not appear to be an anthology. Either way, it stars Ruth Galliers, Cry Wolf 3D’s Honey Holmes, Leo Gregory (Wild Bill), Pixie Le Knot and Sean Cronin (The Seasoning House).
While a virus that causes the dead to reanimate brings the world to its knees, the scientist responsible entrusts his cataclysmic findings to Katya Nevin, a troubled ex-war correspondent turned anchor-woman at W.W News. While she and the rest of her crew witness the collapse of society via video feeds from around the globe, a deadly special agent climbs the building floor by floor, his only goal to ensure her silence. Armed only with information and an indomitable will to live, Katya must overcome her crippling anxiety and learn to lead in order to make it out of the studio and into a terrifying new world where only the dead survive.
Dawning of the Dead premieres on Digital on 5th December from Uncork’d Entertainment, with a DVD release to follow in March.
Words: Kevan Farrow (@KevanX)