Review: DEADSIGHT Is Blind To Its Own Problems

FIRST IMPRESSION

Deadsight is centered around an admittedly frightening concept, but unfortunately, it is simply too generic to be particularly entertaining.
Writing
Directing
Acting
Technical Merit

Deadsight, directed by Jesse Thomas Cook and written by Liv Collins and Kevin Revie, is yet another horror film hoping to revitalize the dying zombie subgenre. Unfortunately, like so many other movies of this type, Deadsight falls victim to its gimmick and ultimately feels much more dead than alive.

The concept behind this film is surprisingly quite unique. Being partially blind during a zombie apocalypse is an absolutely terrifying thought. Sadly, the script does not take advantage of the sense of internal dread that this idea evokes, instead opting for a rather trope-laden survival thriller that is frankly not that interesting.

Perhaps the single biggest issue with the movie is that it is so repetitive. Even beyond the fact that almost everything about the film is generic, Deadsight is frustrating because it presents the same bland thing over and over again for the entirety of its hour-and-a-half-long runtime. Then the movie ends in what is likely the most anticlimactic way possible.

The first action sequence of the film, in which the blind protagonist attempts to escape an ambulance while unaware of his surroundings or the events transpiring, is undeniably the coolest in the movie, if only because it is the first. Most of the subsequent action sequences play out in a similar fashion, and as such, are unable to live up to the somewhat satisfying precedent set by the opening.

deadsight key art

The film certainly doesn’t look bad, which is more than you can say about most entries in the genre. For a B-horror movie, the cinematography and production design are pretty solid. The movie as a whole has a muted color scheme rooted in tones of grey, which, albeit overused in horror in general, works in this case. The practical effects for the zombies and gore are very good too.

Additionally, the characters in the film aren’t written terribly. They are rather archetypal and don’t have much of a personality, but at least they aren’t stupid people making stupid decisions for the length of the movie. Unlike most horror characters, you don’t hate them and you actually want them to succeed and survive the events of the film.

The actors do a solid job of bringing their characters to life, even if what they have been asked to do isn’t that demanding. Stars Adam Seybold and Liv Collins have good chemistry together and are believable as an “end of the world” duo who are forced to pair up in order to stay alive. Ry Barrett has an extremely brief but effective cameo as someone who the two leads encounter on their journey.

Deadsight is the type of movie that will fade from your memory almost immediately after seeing it. Although it definitely isn’t the worst movie to come out this year, it is unlikely to please most who will watch it.

Deadsight hits DVD and VOD on July 2. The DVD includes no bonus features.

TRENDING THIS WEEK

‘There’s Two Sides to Every Story’ Ep. 3 Official Clip | Love Fraud | SHOWTIME

We meet Lee, former girlfriend of Richard Scott Smith. Filmmakers sit down with Lee to discuss their close relationship. Watch the finale this Sunday at 9/8c on SHOWTIME. #SHODocs #LoveFraud Subscribe to the SHOWTIME YouTube channel: http://goo.gl/esCMib Don’t have SHOWTIME? Order now: https://s.sho.com/1HbTNpQ Get SHOWTIME merchandise now: https://s.sho.com/33FGC1D Get more SHOWTIME: Follow: https://twitter.com/Showtime Like: https://www.facebook.com/showtime…

Michelle Buteau: Welcome To Buteaupia | Netflix Standup Comedy Special | Trailer

Michelle Buteau, the scene stealing queen of Netflix, delivers the night out we all need right now in her uproariously funny new special, Welcome to Buteaupia. Letting loose with a goblet of frosé in hand, she delivers a dynamic hour of comedy that delves into parenthood, cultural difference, and the overlooked value of short men.…

Veep: How to Survive Office Politics | HBO

Nobody navigates the tricky aspects of office politics as well as Selina Meyer and her crew. We hope you’re taking notes. #HBO #VEEP #SelinaMeyer Subscribe to HBO on YouTube: https://goo.gl/wtFYd7 Julia Louis-Dreyfus is Vice President of the United States Selina Meyer, who finds the job is nothing like she expected, but everything her incompetent staff…

‘Tariq’s Eulogy’ Ep. 2 Clip | Power Book II: Ghost | STARZ

In the end, Tariq spoke his truth about his father. Catch up on #PowerGhost on the #STARZ App. #PowerGhost #PowerBook2 #PowerNeverEnds #STARZ Subscribe to the STARZ YouTube Channel for more Power: http://bit.ly/1kalhP0 Get your special offer of the STARZ app: https://starz.tv/32s4aGT Like Power Book II: Ghost on Facebook: https://bit.ly/2Zfs6gw Follow Power Book II: Ghost on…

Lovecraft Country: The Craft – Storyboard Artist Eric Yamamoto | HBO

“I want the director to feel comfortable and competent with the idea that they’re going to put on the screen.” #LovecraftCountry Storyboard artist Eric Yamamoto talks about how he helps bring directors’ visions for the show to life. #HBO #EricYamamoto Subscribe to HBO on YouTube: https://goo.gl/wtFYd7 Official Site of Lovecraft Country on HBO: https://itsh.bo/lovecraft-country-series Stream…

Summer Sizzle 2020 | The CW

Stream new episodes of your favorite shows free only on The CW! SUBSCRIBE: http://go.cwtv.com/YTSubscribe About The CW: Official YouTube Channel for The CW Network featuring the hit series Riverdale, as well as Black Lightning, The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Supernatural, The 100, Dynasty, In the Dark, and Roswell, New Mexico. Connect with…

Live Guide • This is How U Hulu with Brad Hall

Live in the moment with Brad Hall. Watch as he shows you what’s on and what’s upcoming with the Hulu Live Guide. SUBSCRIBE TO HULU’S YOUTUBE CHANNEL Click the link to subscribe to our channel for the latest shows & updates: http://www.youtube.com/hulu?sub_confi START YOUR FREE TRIAL http://hulu.com/start FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hulu/ Hulu on…
Avatar
Sean Boelman
Sean is a film student, aspiring filmmaker, and life-long cinephile. For as long as he can remember, he has always loved film, but he credits the film Pan's Labyrinth as having started his love of film as art. Sean enjoys watching many types of films, although some personal favorite genres include dramatic comedies, romantic comedies, heist films, and art horror.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here