Alice Jacobs is Dead

By Brett Mullins

Released: 2009

Written and Directed by Anthony Horwitz

Alice Jacobs is Dead is a different kind of zombie film that illustrates how open this genre is for new ideas. Instead of a world plagued by the threat of ‘the infected’, we see war torn streets and dilapidated structures two years following the end of the outbreak. Instead of a group fighting for their lives, we explore the life of the doctor that discovered the cure, who can’t seem to let go of the past.

This film features an excellent story with even better acting. John Lazar and Adrienne Barbeau deliver expert performances as Dr. and Mrs. Jacobs. The doctor’s lab partner, George, is played by Peter Cambor who also gives a great depiction of a concerned scientist.

Top notch production value would be an understatement for this film, especially considering it is a short. The opening scene sets a chilling atmosphere with an almost completely destroyed Golden Gate Bridge. By the film’s conclusion, the audience has been on a rollercoaster ride of hopefulness and despair.

The only major complaint I can make about the film is that it is too short (only around 21 minutes)! I would love for it to be the opening of a feature length film or even series comparable to The Walking Dead.

Rating: 8/10

This film was screened at the 2011 Buried Alive! Film Festival.

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