The Dead One

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Wilmer Valderrama, Angie Cepeda, Joel David Moore, and Michael Parks star in director Brian Cox's adaptation of Javier Hernandez's gothic-flavored comic book about a young man gifted with a strange supernatural power, and determined to save the soul of the woman he loves. As a young orphan, Diego (Valderrama) met a mysterious Indian man who spoke Aztec and marked the boy with the sign of Tezcatlipoca before dropping dead and leaving the child to fend for himself in the desert. A decade later, Diego has settled in a Latino community in the southwestern United States. The love of Diego's life is a beautiful girl named Maria (Cepeda), the niece of a padre who resides at a local mission. To this day Diego holds a strange fascination with the Aztec gods, and on the Day of the Dead he paints himself up as a zombie mariachi before setting out to celebrate. On the way to the party, however, the mark on Diego's hand reappears and he is suddenly killed in a violent automobile accident. Upon awakening in the Aztec afterlife, Diego's heart is ripped out by Mictlantecuhtli and offered up to Tezcatlipoca. Now Tezcatlipoca retains full power over Diego's soul, and the apocalyptic prophecies of the Aztecs begin to come true as a cycle of sun showers commence. But with each sun shower a sacrifice must be made - a sacrifice of significant symbolic value. Unfortunately for Maria, her family is of the same Christian bloodline that once brought about the demise of the Aztecs, making them an ideal candidate for sacrifice as the sun showers commence. The one thing that Diego doesn't realize is that the mark left on him by that strange Indian so many years ago singled him out as the sacrificial priest charged with carrying out the sacrifices, and that his supernatural mission won't be completed until the last of Maria's bloodline has been offered up to the ancient gods. Now, in order to protect his love and prevent the apocalypse, Diego must turn against an ancient deity whose power and wisdom is beyond that of anything than the newly transformed sacrificial priest can even comprehend - much less hope to defeat.

Cast

Wilmer Valderrama
as Diego de la Muerte/El Muerto
Michael Parks
as Sheriff Ezra Stone
Tony Plana
as Aparicio
Tony Amendola
as Padre Somera
Billy Drago
as The Old Indian
Darien Dikeos
as Young Diego
Michele Marsh
as Co-Worker
Brandon Molale
as State Trooper
Nathan Mussell
as Mictlantecuhtli
Saro Solis
as 2nd Deputy
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Critic Reviews for The Dead One

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  • Dead One never generates either the fear or just tension that it intends with its portentous music, religious iconography and meant-to-be-creepy voice-overs.

    Sep 13, 2007

Audience Reviews for The Dead One

  • Oct 14, 2011
    An interesting story, but the movie itself just wasn't that great.
    Jacob P Super Reviewer
  • Aug 26, 2007
    It's a bit familiar to <i>The Crow</i>, but very different story based on the comic book. Wilmer Valderrama does a fine performance as the zombie superhero, but the action was average.
    Dean M Super Reviewer

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