Reviews: Dead Kansas

Dead Kansas.  I knew I was in for it when I saw the title.

Bring me the head of
that pesky dog, Toto.
Aaron K. Carter's Dead Kansas is to me about as inspired as the title sounds.

I think if I would have viewed Dead Kansas in its original 5 part mini-series format as opposed to having it presented to me as a full movie, it would have felt a lot less jerky to me plot wise.  I found myself having to rewind a few times to keep myself in check with the story.

The acting is spotty and special effects are non-existent in this film.  I've always been a fan of “less is more” when it comes to horror entries, letting my imagination do the work.  But, when my mind is not even fired to do any churning to the creator's visuals and ideas, it falls flat for me. However, there is an oppressive nature to the movie that, while I could not put my finger on it intellectually, fit the mood I think Mr. Carter was trying to create.  It made me think of what the world would be like if the “rottens” took over.  It would probably be relatively boring and mindbogglingly suffocating in between rounds of “rotten” removing as far as interesting conversation and mind stimulation is concerned.

This film also confirmed to me that if the “Rottens” were to take over, we as a people would perish not from the imposing threat, but from our own shallowness, greed, and utter barbarity.  Well, maybe I already knew that, but this film just reinforced it.  In any event, meat heads would probably rule the earth.  Sad.

white trash whores
Are we not inbred?

Dead Kansas is a sad film that to me ends on an even sadder note.  That is not at all bad, but it plods along to its conclusion like a drunk would have to walk home if he or she were on stilts.

Regardless of my personal opinions of this film after viewing Dead Kansas, I still respect the process of having an idea to make a film and desiring to make that idea come alive.  I still respect all of the hard work, determination and setbacks that goes into making a film.  I still respect the fact that as a film project moves along, ideas and the vision can change, making things very complicated and difficult to complete a project.  I have a feeling that may have been the case with Dead Kansas.


Scott Lambert