Welcome back to 1 out of 5 – Would Recommend, where today we’re celebrating the Halloween season (and my perpetual infatuation with 90s popular culture) and watching the SyFy/Asylum joint Dead 7.
What’s The Plot?
It’s the Magnificent 7, after the zombie (excuse me, copperhead) apocalypse, starring members of pop groups from the late 90s and early 00s. They’re ostensibly playing characters, but I *defy* you to see them as anything else besides TRL mainstays.
Who Made This Beautiful Garbage?
Lots of film professionals, but we’re gonna focus on the film’s star and “Story By” credit Nick Carter. Carter was the driving force behind the Backstreet Boys comic book one-shot back in his heyday, co-writing it with the likes of Stan Lee and Steve Gerber and also apparently contributing some art. Through that lens, it becomes decidedly less surprising that this movie was conceived.
Five Reasons to See It
- Sometime in the last 20 years, N’Sync’s Joey Fatone turned into the poor man’s Randy Quaid.
- Zombie teeth are the currency in these post-apocalyptic boom towns. That…makes a surprising amount of sense, as those would be hard to get.
- The movies starring turns for members of the Backstreet Boys, N’Sync, 98 Degrees, and O-Town. It features cameos from Art Alexakis of Everclear (a REAL LIVE MUSICIANlead singer of Crazy Town, and the rest of O-Town.
- Mad TV alumna Debra Wilson hams it up as the vaguely voodoo themed warlord Apocalypta.
- “So what’s up with you and Billy?”
“That’s a long story.”
“You and Jack?”
“ *dramatic pause* Even longer.”
The movie is a bit of seasonally appropriate fluff, elevated beyond the standards of the usual Syfy and/or asylum fare by…well, seemingly a bigger budget, one no doubt secured through the “strength” of its cast. BSB members Nick Carter & A. J. McLean and the aforementioned Joey Fatone are the standouts among the flick’s non-actor cast, delivering convincing if hammy performances. If you’re looking for something stupid to put on in the background this October, it is on Amazon.
Side note, it’s a real criminal crime that this movie was finished and got distribution but The Order, the action flick created by and starring former Power Rangers, languishes in development hell.
Come Back Next Week for a New Strange Times & Places!