The zombie genre has enjoyed unprecedented popularity with mainstream audiences thanks to the success of films like Dawn of the Dead and Frank Darabont’s hit TV series The Walking Dead. But 13 Eerie is a fresh take on a genre that’s literally decomposing. This epic battle of the undead follows the story of six ambitious forensic undergraduates who find themselves marooned on a remote island during a university field project. Not surprisingly, the troop finds themselves ill-prepared for a night in the wilds of the former site of the Eerie Straight Penitentiary. Unbeknownst to the group, the site was formerly used as an illegal biological testing ground for life-term criminals left for dead. But they aren’t. They’re undead. What ensues is as captivating as it is terrifying. This fast-paced, action-filled zombie flick defies audience expectations. And, while you may have seen a zombie movie before, you haven’t seen zombies quite like this. These zombies are mean. And they’re ruthless. An abandoned wild animal park in the central Canadian prairie province of Saskatchewan was the unlikely host to a motley crew of criminally-minded zombies when Kevin DeWalt, Roger Christian and Don Carmody selected the site to film their epic zombie thriller 13 Eerie late in October 2011. The last day of shooting marked a memorable Halloween for the cast and crew, when the final scenes concluded production in a veritable ghost town in the cover of night.
Lowell Dean is an up-and-coming Canadian filmmaker with a talent for the twisted and a name to watch in the world of genre filmmaking. After graduating with a BA in Film Studies, he began working as an editor, writer and director for production companies across Canada. His short films have screened at festivals around the world including New York, Los Angeles and Sydney. 13 Eerie is his feature length directorial debut.
Recommended rating: Cert 18.