“THE DEAD CENTER”— Arising from the Dead


Arising from the Dead

Amos Lassen

When a dead suicide victim (Jeremy Childs) disappears from the morgue, a chain of events begins that has the power to destroy everything, and everyone, it touches. 


Troubled psychiatrist Daniel Forrester (Shane Carruth) helps a mysterious patient who is brought to the emergency psych ward in a catatonic state. Forrester tries to break through to his mysterious patient. When a string of mysterious deaths shake the ward patient ward than he had thought. As he comes to realize what he’s let loose, a race against the forces of evil threatens to destroy him. 

“The Dead Center” is a supernatural thriller that looks at the demons that live inside all of us.  With this film, writer/director Billy Senese, has been regarded as a powerful new voice in terror . 

Senese establishes a hero who fits squarely within another, older horror tradition: the dedicated man of science who struggles to hold onto his own sanity when dealing with the boundaries of his  own world view.

Dr Forrester has been through troubles of his own but remains devoted to his patients. He’s used to coping with odd situations so when a confused man  who is seemingly unable to remember anything, he takes his aside, calms him down and  begins a conversation that might help him arrive at a diagnosis. What he doesn’t know is that just a few hours ago this particular patient was pronounced dead in another part of the hospital after being admitted as a suicide victim, and that another doctor is frantically searching for him. What he can’t understand  is that this John Doe has actually been dead more than once and that something has come back with him from the other side.


At first, this seems to be seem like just another horror film about possession or a zombie but it has a lot more going on both narratively and thematically. The slow bill might be disconcerting to some audiences, I see this as an intelligent act of filmmaking that demonstrates an understanding of horrors that are present in the world. There are several surprises coming at you so be prepared that all is not as it seems.


  High Definition (1080p) Blu-rayTM presentation

  5.1 DTS-HD master audio and lossless stereo audio

  Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing

  Commentary with writer-director Billy Senese, producer-actor Shane Carruth and co-star Jeremy Childs

  Commentary with writer-director Billy Senese, producers Denis Deck and Jonathan Rogers, and cinematographer Andy Duensing

  A Walk Through The Dead Center, an in-depth making-of documentary featuring new interviews with writer-director Billy Senese, producer-actor Shane Carruth, cinematographer Andy Duensing, and many others revisiting the locations and discussing the production

  Nine deleted scenes, including an alternate ending

  On-set interviews with actors Shane Carruth and Poorna Jagannathan

  Head-Casting with Jeremy Childs, a brief look at the creation of the make-up effects seen in the climax of the film

  Intruder, a short film from 2011 directed by Billy Senese and starring Jeremy Childs

  The Suicide Tapes, the original short film from 2010 directed by Senese and starring Childs that later inspired The Dead Center

  Midnight Radio Theater, six chilling radio plays ( Insomnia , The Long Weekend , Disposable Life , The Suicide Tapes , The Woman In The Basement , Blood Oath , Flu ) written, produced and directed by Billy Senese

  Theatrical trailer and teasers

  Image gallery

  Reversible sleeve featuring new and original artwork

  FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collectors booklet featuring new writing on the film by Jamie Graham

Leave a Reply