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Dead Kansas

Live in Hell Long Enough… Everyone Turns Into a Demon

Dead Kansas is an indie film from Rotten Productions, co-written, produced, and directed by Aaron K. Carter. This is a spoiler-free overview of the film, and you can follow the links provided at the end of this to watch it.

Dead Kansas is a zombie apocalypse film that follows the survival of a young woman named Emma (played by Erin Miracle, and later by  Alexandria Lightford) and her father, Glenn (Aaron Guerrero). As the first segment opens, the film introduces you to a gang of bandits, led by a man named Jebediah (Michael Camp). Quickly, the storyline is relayed to the viewers – as in, the first few minutes of the film – Jeb tells his fellow bandits of a plan to kidnap a young woman and sell her for profit (food, guns, etc.). After the brief scene with the bandits, the narrative has set up the transition to the young woman, Emma, and her religious father, Glenn; and once the introduction sequences between the characters are finished, the film has a very rapid pace – a welcome change in today’s saturated zombie apoc films, if I may opine. Emma’s father is wounded during a shootout, and she must go to a neighboring town to seek help, all while avoiding the bandits who want to capture her. During her trek, she is accompanied by Skinny (Joe McQueen), Rusty (Kevin C. Beardsley) and Leo (Anthony Della Catena).

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Enough with the storyline. This is a plot that while unique, is still general enough to convey what the movie is about in a couple of sentences. I don’t mean this as a detriment: only that if you are reading this – and especially if you are a zombie apoc fan – you already have a firm grasp of certain post apoc plot lines and themes, and no doubt have read and seen countless books and films on the subject.

The coolest aspect of this film, in my opinion, is the presentation of the zombies (called “Rottens” in the movie). The characters mention zombies, but you never actually see one until much later in the story. The technique used is to shift the camera to a POV (point of view) of the zombie, where the color goes to black and white, with distinct sound design to convey its approach. I find this incredibly clever and it gives the film a uniqueness. The sound design and effects used were really unique, and again, a clever use. Little tricks such as these make me eager to see what this filmmaker will do in the future.

Dead Kansas

Indie horror, and especially DIY horror impresses me. Watching this film, the micro budget is glaring and apparent, and if such micro budget films are not to your liking, this will not be a film for you. For me, however, it’s not about over-inflated budgets (although that is always the dream), it’s about the presentation of the story. Many people lament the lack of funding, or the incredible difficulties associated with creating film, but Dead Kansas shows that indie films can be made, and the stories can be presented in an accessible way – it just takes dedication and creative thinking.

The credits for Dead Kansas include many people who contributed to the film, but the lion’s share of credit goes to a man by the Aaron K. Carter. Director, Producer, and Co-writer of the film, and even some of the soundtrack,  Aaron K. Carter obviously had the drive to see his project finished, and I’ll say it again, I will want to see more of this man’s work in the future.

Dead Kansas

Dead Kansas is available on YouTube and is divided into 5 Acts – Dead Kansas on YouTube and it is also available on Amazon Instant Video. You can also follow Dead Kansas on Facebook.

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Night Keep

So since our relaunch we’ve brought you some NEWS regarding Bill Oberst Jrs latest venture and a MOVIE review of the brilliant Fatal Pictures production Heir. So it’s only right that we now bring you some MUSIC! As always at Erebus Horror we only bring you the best that independent horror has to offer, and our musical feature certainly falls under that category. Night Keep, A side project by our very own Daniel Edenfield, is an instrumental masterpiece. It’s chilling, eerie but also has a calming effect.

Now you might just be thinking that I’m posting a good review because Dan is one of the team. But I kid you not my friends; the proof is in the pud! Check out this little snippet below. But FIRST – go somewhere quiet, turn off the lights, make yourself comfortable, and close your eyes. Press play (if you can find it with your eyes closed…) and relax.

Allow yourself to be immersed in the story. Pretty cool stuff right? The musical score wouldn’t be out of place in any big budget horror/thriller!

We’ve previously posted on Dan’s other project Throne of Anguish but as you can see he’s definitely going from strength to strength! Following the success of his other projects, Dan embarked on yet another musical venture – Cinematic Horror Music! Every year, during October he releases an original horror symphony and tale of terror, presented in graphic audio format. He does all the compositions and recordings but brings in others to provide the voice acting. So far, he has released two albums under The Night Keep and is in pre-production for this year’s horror album.

If you want to check out more of his music, head over to The Night Keep’s website here

If you’re a musician who would like to be featured by us, head over to the Contact section of our website