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Wednesday, July 10

Midnight Horror Review: Dead Trigger

*This is a sponsored review. All opinions are 100% mine.

Why is it movies based on video games always tend to suck?

Doom, Resident Evil, House of the Dead, Street Fighter, BloodRayne, Silent Hill, and many other games have been poorly adapted to the big screen, so my expectations for Dead Trigger were pretty low to begin with.

Dead Trigger is a 2017 low-budget adaptation of the first-person zombie-themed 2012 mobile game by Madfinger Games. Writer-director Mike Cuff began filming a feature film based on the game in May 2016 and was later removed from production due to creative differences. Scott Windhauser replaced him as director. The film premiered at the Moscow Film Festival in 2017 and over the last two years it has been released in other countries.

Dead Trigger landed on Blu-ray + Digital in the United States last week from Saban Films and Lionsgate Home Entertainment. It's a bare-bones release with absolutely no special features or bonus extras.

The 92-minute horror action flick is set in a world where billions of people where killed by a mysterious virus that turns the victims into mindless zombies! Sounds original, right?

The government created a zombie survival game called Dead Trigger with the purpose of finding the best zombie killers from around the world. Yeah, that's a brilliant idea!

The top Dead Trigger gamers are briefly trained by Captain Kyle Walker (played by Dolph Lundgren) and Rockstock (played by Isaiah Washington) just before being sent into the undead zone to rescue Tara Conlan (played by Autumn Reeser), a scientist who could possibly have a cure for the outbreak.

Final Thoughts

I've been watching zombie flicks since the early '90s and over the years I have seen many horrible movies, but Dead Trigger happens to be one of the dumbest of the bunch. The plot is beyond stupid! No government would ever send a bunch of young gamers into a war zone!!! Spoiler: The gamers get killed off really fast!

Beside from Dolph Lundgren, Autumn Reeser, and Isaiah Washington, the rest of the cast all give really bad performances. The makeup-effects for the zombies are alright for the most part but there was too much CGI blood for my liking.

For those of you who need to know, the picture and sound quality are pretty good on the Blu-ray. Considering the production problems, it doesn't surprise me one bit that this release doesn't have any special features.

Overall, Dead Trigger is a poorly made zombie flick. While it's not the worst I've ever seen, it's still really bad with very little entertainment value.

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