Join us for Michal Imielski’s first feature film DEAD SUNRISE – PREMIERE!
A group of friends find a research lab in the woods only to unleash little evil children onto the world.
DENDY – Circular Quay
Wednesday 9th November 7.30pm
Tickets/Donations are $25
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Finally after many years we are having first ever premier of the film under this part of Hemisphere.
Join us and support us so that we can travel and promote flesh eating children overseas.
Check out the TRAILER
Michael’s life is in Crisis. He’s waking up every morning Depressed. He feels like he doesn’t even know his wife anymore; and that quite possibly his daughter is taking over his life.
A Road Trip with four old friends just might be the perfect antidote. A Getaway from the Hum Drum of it all. A Wild Adventure to Bring Him Back To Life.
Five friends. One Road Trip. One Hell of a Discovery…
Join the Ride and Hit the Road in search of fun, freedom, excitement. Try some murder, mayhem, and madness. For when the Sun Rises on this unsuspecting group of friends in the middle of nowhere – so does the Horror – so does the Fear – so do The Dead…
Camping – stranded – in isolated Bushland, they have stumbled upon an Abandoned Old School. Yet, there are still children Abound. Children Everywhere! Sick children. Children in need of Help. No immediate tele-communication available. No transport nearby. No chance of Escape…
For these particular Children are Hungry – and they want you for Dinner. School’s Out; and this time it aint no Playground Rules…!
This Time; it’s Every Man, Woman, and (Zombie) Child for himself…!!!
Check our HOLLYWOOD INVESTIGATOR REVIEW
Dead Sunrise is a rough, choppily edited, aesthetically uneven zombie film. But also an affecting film, in a 1970s indie grindhouse kind of way. Watching it, I felt as I did when I first saw Don’t Look in the Basement, or Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things, or Deathdream, oh so many years ago. Dead Sunrise filled me with a sense of … more than anything else … nostalgia.
The story is ridiculous but, wisely, played straight, without falling into the easy trap of dark humor. A group of nondescript young adults finds a research lab in the woods, teeming with zombie children. These zombie kids then attack the adults.
Now, these adults have no business being together. Their friendship makes no sense. Three girls and two guys — one of whom has a wife and child at home. In fact, it was the wife who insisted that he go off camping with this one guy and three women, “his friends,” because the wife needed some time alone. He didn’t want to, but she insisted. Go figure.
The five friends drive off, partying on the way to the camp grounds. They’re not a terribly interesting bunch, doing the usual drinking and crude sex jokes, but the road trip is enlivened by a montage interlude put to classical music. It’s an odd interlude, artsy and out of place, and reminiscent of a similar montage in the bizarre and artsy Eliza’s Horoscope.
We’re a third into Dead Sunrise before this group encounters their first zombie. That’s when things get interesting. The sun rises and hordes of small children baring teeth attack our heroes.
Unexpectedly, director Michal Imielski actually makes these zombie kids plausibly threatening. He achieves this with a matter-of-fact, documentary style of presenting the bizarre, decent acting, and great gore effects. Dead Sunrise also benefits from a mostly good music soundtrack, featuring many genres. The beautiful classical scores are especially effective, creating powerful emotional contrasts with the gruesome visuals. (The heavy metal is mostly just annoying.)
Overall, Dead Sunrise is an odd mix of grindhouse gore and haunting beauty, lowbrow humor and pretentious artistry, cheap sentimentality and searingly honest agony.
Australian cinema produced some great horror during the grindhouse era’s heyday, notably, Strange Behavior, Thirst, Alison’s Birthday, Nightmares, and the decidedly non-grindhouse Picnic at Hanging Rock. Dead Sunrise is no Picnic, but it makes for an interesting addition to Aussie horror.