Much like Antisocial, Anthony Dixon’s The Dead Experiment is a contained – also sluggish – thriller with limited characters bound to a house setting. But that’s about the extent of the similarities. Where Antisocial‘s themes were externalized on a wide scale, The Dead Experiment rests its quiet story on the shoulders of three characters.
Imagine if Re-Animator cut out all of the zany, bloody parts and became a bland relationship drama with Herbert, Dan and Megan. That’s The Dead Experiment.
The story finds a man named Chris wandering home in tattered, dirty clothes. When his girlfriend, Maddie, finds him, she’s distraught and shocked because, you see, Chris has been dead for two weeks. His resurrection is the result of some scientific experimentation he has been fiddling around with with his pal Jacob – who later comes into the picture and is also surprised to see Chris, naturally.
What plays out is a series of verbal conflicts about the moral implications of Chris and Jacob’s experiments and the impact it has on loved ones (such as Maddie and Chris’ mother). It’s all dull and lifeless and the direction and performances certainly don’t elevate the material. I can tell that the film’s heart is in the right place, and in spite of one interesting little twist, there’s not much going for this one.