‘The dead don’t burn’
The Burning Dead – aka Volcano Zombies – is a 2014 American horror film directed by Rene Perez (The Obsidian Curse; Playing with Dolls and sequel; The Dead and the Damned) and written and produced by Jeff Miller and Jason Ancona (co-writers and producers of Axe Giant: The Wrath of Paul Bunyan).
The film was released on DVD in the UK by Point Blank on 24 October 2016.
Danny Trejo (Halloweed; 3 Headed Shark Attack; Dead in Tombstone), Tom Downey (Axe Giant, The Beast of Bray Road), Moniqua Plante, Robert F. Lyons (Dark Night of the Scarecrow, 10 To Midnight), Nicole Cummins, Kevin Norman, Kyle T. Heffner, Julia Lehman (Cheerleader Massacre 2), Tom Nagel (Hillside Cannibals) and Jenny Lin (Piranhaconda).
A sheriff and an estranged family must escape not only the impending eruption of what was thought to be a dormant volcano but also a horde of zombies brought to life by the cursed mountain…
“The Burning Dead is yet another of those tepid puddles of piss that leave you feeling sorry for everyone involved in the production who threw away time and energy into something so utterly worthless on every level. Like with all these Syfy Channel type films, the core concept is fun, and seems to promise 80 odd minutes of cheesy goodness, but in fact we get all of 15 minutes of fun scenes whilst the running time is padded out with the usual stock characters…” Ben Bussey, Brutal as Hell
“The acting is utterly unconvincing, with Thomas Downey making Tommy Wiseau look like Marlon Brando, among other forgettable faces. The film may offer the most tenuous and trying set-up to any zombie movie, and that alone might be something worth a round of applause, but certainly none of your time.” Dominic Cuthbert, Starburst
“You know, I’d almost be ok with unburnable, lava-barfing zombies if the story and cast were ok. But I’ve heard better line delivery at 4 am at a bar than the horrible acting on display in this film. There’s some kind of story involving an estranged family trying to rescue their reclusive grandfather in the middle of the woods that just feels like filler in between lava zombie attacks because it is…” Ambush Bug, Ain’t It Cool News
“The Burning Dead belabors so much of its short running time, tediously setting up its razor-thin premise and non-entities assortment of characters, only to make matters worse by taking itself far too seriously when the few zombies emerge to do what zombies do … Trejo pops up briefly at the beginning and end in a framing device divorced from any of the action in between… ” Foywonder, Dread Central
Cast and characters:
- Tom Downey as Sheriff Denton
- Moniqua Plante as Mindy Roberts
- Nicole Cummins as Nicole Roberts
- Kevin Norman as Ryan Jacobs
- Kyle T. Heffner as Dr. Stevens
- Julia Lehman as Eve Jones
- Tom Nagel as Deputy Tisdale
- Adam Gregor as Ranger McGee
- Jenny Lin as photographer
- Robert F. Lyons as Old Ben
- Danny Trejo as Night Wolf