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Dead Trigger (2017)

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A mysterious virus has killed billions and turned many others into bloodthirsty zombies. Unable to stop the virus, the government develops a video game, "Dead Trigger," that mirrors the terrifying events that curse the world.


Heinz Treschnitzer (story by), Heinz Treschnitzer (screenplay) | 3 more credits »



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Credited cast:
Dolph Lundgren ... Kyle Walker
Autumn Reeser ... Tara Conlan
Romeo Miller
Isaiah Washington ... Rockstock
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Brandon Beemer ... CSU Agent Pierce
Bleona ... Natalie
Derek Boone Derek Boone ... Lt. Krycek
Tamara Braun ... Gloria Russo
Ethan Breinholt Ethan Breinholt ... Zombie
Toby Bronson Toby Bronson ... Old Soldier
Luciana Carro
James Chalke ... Father Julian
Alyona Chekhova ... Nika
Justin Chon ... Daniel Chen
Chris Galya ... Chris Northon


A mysterious virus has killed billions and turned many others into bloodthirsty zombies. Unable to stop the virus, the government develops a video game, "Dead Trigger," that mirrors the terrifying events that curse the world.

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Action | Horror | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for bloody violence throughout | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

3 May 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Cancun, Mexico See more »


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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Director Mike Cuff left the production of Dead Trigger during shooting due to creative differences and the final film bears little resemblance to his original vision. Cuff and game developer Madfinger withdrew their support for the film and had no further input on its making. See more »

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Not a grand addition for the zombie genre...
11 May 2019 | by paul_haakonsenSee all my reviews

The sole reason for why I picked up a copy of "Dead Trigger" (aka "Zombie Shooter") was because it is a zombie movie. Yeah, that is sufficient to make me have an interest in watching a movie. However, reading the synopsis for the movie and the fact that Dolph Lundgren starred in a zombie movie, wasn't exactly factors that made me feel overly thrilled about watching "Dead Trigger".

Now hold on for a second, Dolph Lundgren does put out the occasional entertaining action movie for sure, but starring in a zombie movie? Not so sure that it was going to be the ultimate combo.

And my fears came true, because Dolph Lundgren is not particularly suited for a zombie movie, despite having done one prior to this one already, which wasn't particularly outstanding either. Or perhaps it was the fact that he seems very disinterested in the script and movie and was just there to cash in on a paycheck. It definitely felt like that given his performance and demeanor throughout the scenes he was in.

The storyline and script in "Dead Trigger" was fairly straight forward, albeit to the point where you need zero brain activity to keep up with the movie. You just switch to autopilot mode and sit back and watch the movie. The ultimate point of the movie, as revealed at the end of the movie, that couch potatoes sitting at home playing online shooters can become elite military personel trained to kill zombies and save the world was just a slap in the face. Playing online shooters gives you absolutely zero real-life skills worth of any proper job.

For a zombie movie, then "Dead Trigger" wasn't particularly outstanding. The zombie make-up and special effects were adequate, just don't expect anything overly gory or interesting in terms of decay and zombie injuries. It had an up-scaled low budget feel to it, but still managed to fair well enough, and the effects served their purpose. The horrible CGI animated blood sprays was just laughably bad to look at.

As for the acting in the movie, well let's just say that you shouldn't be expecting anything in terms of character development, dramatic acting, or anything even close to that. This was low budget to the core.

I managed to endure "Dead Trigger" to the end, despite my attention failing twice throughout the course and I started doing other things. But returning to the movie 5 minutes later revealed that nothing important had been missed. I've watched it once now, and can honestly say that this foray into the zombie genre didn't even leave as much as a dent.

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