Ahead of its UK release on DVD and Blu-ray on 3 Oct, The Ford Brothers and lead actor Rob Freeman reveal even more candid details of what really happened during the making of their epic African zombie flick, The Dead.
Producer/Director Howard J Ford reveals: “Seeing some of this new footage, a lot of which I had no idea was even being shot, takes me right back to the horrors we faced getting it in the can. Everything from my knifepoint mugging on the very first day of production to watching my own Brother Jon whither away to a near skeleton with dysentery and severe food poisoning while our lead actor Rob Freeman lay in a local hospital dying of cerebral Malaria…
“But now, with the film about to come out, Jon and I are starting to feel a sense of excitement that we haven’t felt before and if the release goes the way it looks like it will, we will owe it to those who supported us to get our asses back out to Africa and bring back The Dead 2 – whether we survive it or not!!”
Shot on locations across Burkina Faso and Ghana, West Africa on 35mm including many never before committed to celluloid locations, The Dead is an apocalyptic, savage journey to the heart of Africa.
The story centers on the journey of American Air Force engineer Lieutenant Brian Murphy (Rob Freeman), the sole survivor of a plane crash, who has to run the gauntlet across Africa, battling with the living dead. He joins forces with local military man Sergeant Daniel Dembele (Prince David Osei) who is desperately searching for his missing son. They must fight together if they are to survive the flesh-eating horrors of the bush.