Dead List

A struggling actor and his friends become victims of supernatural events.

 

United States
2018
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Anthology
Tale Amount: 
5
Animals: 
Imaginary
Fluids: 
Ooze
Clown: 
Buffoon
Dolls: 
Voodoo Doll
Object: 
Book
Garment
Wizards: 
Voodoo Sorcerer
Possessor
Evoker
Alchemist

Zander

A Caucasian man’s skin suddenly turns black while he is driving.

Scott

A man’s hearing slowly deteriorates, driving him mad.

Jason

A creepy old lady terrorizes two men.

Kush

A man becomes engulfed in a strange corrosive substance.

Bob

A scary clown stalks a junky.

5.04
One for the books!
7.04
5.04
6
6
2
3
3

Zander

Scott

Jason

Kush

Bob

Performances
Pace
Plot
Dead List doesn’t have the weaknesses of most low budget horror anthology films of its decade. It doesn’t rely massively on compositing. The post-production effects are kept to a minimum. There is an important proximity with the characters who are sometimes sympathetic, sometimes amusing, but always credible. This is minimalist filmmaking at its best.
The film contains five segments and a wraparound story. Segment one is a commentary on racism. Segment two is a complete mindfuck. Segment three is a tense road story. Segment four will make you reconsider swimming in lakes. Segment five is about a scary clown. The wraparound story deals with acting and witchcraft. All segments have a supernatural element, and they are brilliantly interwoven.
Contrary to most horror anthology movies, Dead List keeps the best for last. The segments get better as we go, which I believe is how it should always be. The shorter segments, though, feel incomplete. Sometimes scary, sometimes provocative, sometimes claustrophobic and always captivating, this movie needs to be seen by all horror anthology film completists.
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