Review of "The Dead Center" by The Headless Critic
The Dead Center – 2018
Production by: Sequitur Cinema, Movie City Films
A John Doe (Jeremy Childs) suicide just came back to life at the city morgue. Pictures were taken, the body was cleaned and just before the autopsy, there was life. With a missing body found in the lower levels, confused to catatonia an unknown man is found on the upper floors of Metro General Hospital squatting in a patient’s room. Verbally unresponsive the man is transferred to the psych ward. As medical examiner Eddie Graham (Bill Feehely) tries to find the origin of the missing body, psychiatrist Daniel Forrester (Shane Carruth) tries to figure out the mysteries his newest patient holds inside.
Do you know where you are? Do you know how you came to be here? According to John Doe when he died and came back to life it wasn’t the first time. It wanted inside this world and now it lives inside him. He thought he could stop it. He felt it crawling around inside him at night so he waited. One night he tried to get rid of it. He kept cutting and cutting trying to get to it until eventually he died. Now he’s back and it’s still there.
Writer, director Billy Senese creates a slow paced investigation into the paranormal, crazy mind. Crazed or cursed the newest resident at Metro General believes there’s something living inside him that’s going to take over the world. He may just be right. Bodies are being found in the hospital and the cause of death is very mysterious. A dual investigation into the man’s origins and into the man’s mind culminates in a murderous night where all the mysteries surrounding him will be revealed.
The Dead Center is a layered story that may not appeal to as wide an audience as studio features but plays out in a realistic way Hollywood has forgotten that I really enjoy. My greatest compliment to Billy Senese’s third feature is in his casting. His characters aren’t beauties. They’re everyday people you’d find in the believable settings. From the extras without lines to his stars, they’re relatable and real. Jeremy Childs is disturbing. While the runtime could have been cut to make the movie flow smoother this is still quality filmmaking, with a good story, all done on a budget.
3 out of 5 Headless Critics