A descent into Hell is triggered when "Ex-Lord" Donald Brocklebank finds that he must leave Longleigh House for London to find a way to pay for the medical treatments for his wife Nancy. Alone, his over-protected, delusional, adult son, James, fancies himself in charge of the manor house with his terminally ill mother, and barricades the two of them into the house for a series of ever more panicked home treatments.
This is one of those films that is very hard to watch, not because it's bad but because it deals with a subject matter that will hit home for a lot of people, caring for a loved one at home at needs constant care. The film's takes along on a ride to hell as one man's delusion turns deadly as he cannot seperate what's real and what isn't. Credit must go to Writer/Director, Simon Rumley, for creating a film with a real story and characters that you can feel about. This is indeed a rarity in film today let alone in the horror genre. When watching this film you get the sense that here is a situation that can very easily happen and most likely has which makes it that much more scary. The cast is incredible and believable, Leo Bill, who plays the son is amazing, he really draws you into his character and lets you feel everything that he feels rapid descent into madness. The Living and The Dead is one of the most realistic horror film's I have seen in some time, you feel like you are there watching the lives of these people crumble to the ground, a terrifying and eye-opening film that sends chills down your spine. I cannot recommend this film enough to all fan's of the genre. The movie will makes it's DVD debut on March 25, 2008, this is one to bookmark and own. Released by TLA Releasing. ***** Out Of *****