To start off this review, I never seen the first Deadlands. So given that, I am glad to report, you do not need the first one to understand this one. The plot is basic zombie film plot. The US Government like always is testing out a highly effective chemical, gas, something that creates what they call the perfect fighting machine. Zombies who do not get tired and will kill and never stop. 6 strangers are trapped up in a movie theater trying to survive this nightmare, where they have no communication with the outside world as phones are down, cell phones have no signal. Will they make it thru the night or will the undead consume them?
I have seen so many indie zombie films. And I was expecting to hate this film, but I really had a good time with it. It was fun, and what it lacked in gore, it made up for with likable characters. First the negatives. The movie at times was too dark. Like you did not know who was who. And also some of the pacing. I felt like some of the scenes did not fit the film. That was the only negatives. The positive, it gives us some Argento love, Romero love, and also just flat out good gore scenes that did not come across as cheap. This film gave us characters who would handle things like any of us would, no unbelievable silly stuff. And thank god they did not hollywood the ending to this film. I wont explain what that means, but you should watch it and you will know exactly what it means. I know they have Deadlands 3 in the works. And, I cannot wait to see what is next for this series. I am now wanting to see the first one. If not for the dark periods in this film, and some of the scenes that stalled it.. this would have been so much higher. But, those were the very few flaws this film had. What a good 83 minutes of fun.