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First news/exclusive photos: “zombie drug”-inspired “ESCAPING THE DEAD”

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ESCAPING THE DEAD is always difficult when a zombie plague hits, and so it is in a new European production by director Martin Sonntag based on headlines about a “zombie drug” that has recently turned up in the United States.

Set in Copenhagen, ESCAPING THE DEAD gives new meaning to Shakespeare’s famous line, “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark,” and was inspired by a series of articles about Krokodil, a dangerous designer drug that has spread across Russia and Ukraine and has flesheating symptoms. Sonntag describes the storyline: “The film starts during a typical day for the lead character, David [Bastian Brinch Pederson]. David is a marijuana pusher, but he is the kind of dealer who smokes more than he sells. The country has been hit by a new death drug, and when David and his partner in crime Ahmir [Rama Øzel] are offered some exceptionally cheap cocaine, they see it as an opportunity to earn big money at a techno concert the following Friday. But the cocaine turns out to have a terrible side effect, creating a giant zombie outbreak that spreads across the entirety of Copenhagen. The film then follows David and his bloody fight out of the city.”

The cast also includes Daniel Hutera, Ali Öezkan, Iben Ma Bønnelycke, Nicolai Huan Nguyen, Camilla Ludvigsen and Kim Sønderholm. We’ll keep you posted on when the movie will be ESCAPING into release.

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Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold has been a member of the FANGORIA team for the past three decades. After starting as a writer for the magazine in 1988, he came aboard as associate editor in 1990 and two years later moved up to managing editor, the position he holds to this day while continuing to contribute numerous articles and reviews.
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