‘Sometimes the dead come back’
Abandoned Dead is a 2016 American supernatural horror film written and directed by Mark W. Curran (Poe: In His Own Words, An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe). It stars Sarah Nicklin, Robert E. Wilhelm and Carlos Ramirez.
In the UK, Abandoned Dead was released on DVD by Left Films on February 27, 2017.
Rachel Burke (Sarah Nicklin) is a young security guard assigned to a creepy run down inner-city addiction clinic, but soon discovers she is not alone. Paranormal disturbances manifest an angry malevolent force building in deadly intensity.
As visions emerge from the shadows, she must align with spirits of dead victims murdered by a sinister demon doctor (Robert Wilhelm) hell-bent on immortality.
With the help of a determined homicide detective (Carlos Ramirez) and a perceptive psychiatrist (Judith O’Dea) they investigate clues revealing a frightening, terrible secret from her shattered past…
“Nicklin does her best with what the role has to offer but this somewhat effective psychological horror at 78 minutes long mainly consists of banging, clanging and jump scares. The cinematography is of very good quality but overall it’s not a great movie and will be easily forgotten.” Peter ‘Witchfinder‘ Hopkins, Horrorscreams Videovault
“Abandoned Dead is a solid mix of a psychological, supernatural and a survival driven tale. Nicklin is a bonafide leading lady that I can’t wait to see in another dominant role. Fans will be so so on Abandoned Dead but if you pay attention to the smart and deeper story that lies beneath just the action on the screen it will be well worth your time.” Travis Brown, Horror Movies Uncut
” …a meandering, uninteresting snooze-fest. Given the setup and some of the basic happenings, comparisons to Anthony DiBlasi’s far superior Last Shift are inevitable – but where DiBlasi’s film successfully spent its focus on scaring the shit out of you with a sense of class, Abandoned Dead tries to play it smart on all fronts… but ends up less coherent (and less entertaining) than the ramblings of a drunken vagrant.” Gareth Jones, Dread Central
” …Curran has a talent and a knack of leading a story into an atmospheric conclusion and in these latter parts there are scenes that are unnerving in their portrayal. Whilst certain parts of the film look a bit weak it’s hard not to be impressed by this neatly packed supernatural thriller that offers creepy moments, confident direction and a willingness to express some maturity and aspiration beyond its limitations.” James Pemberton, UK Horror Scene
Sarah Nicklin (The Witching Hour; The Horror Geeks; Chupacabra Territory), Robert E. Wilhelm, Carlos Ramirez, Judith O’Dea (Night of the Living Dead: Genesis; Ed Gein: D.D.S.; Night of the Living Dead), Christopher Parker, Stacy Snyder, Jackson Stafford, Ivan Adame, Hannah Johnson.
Artesia, California, USA