Dead Head - Review

It’s England in the 1980s, and part-time criminal Eddy (Denis Lawson) is tangled in an incomprehensible situation. He’s taken on a job of transporting a hat box across London. It sounds simple enough, until he discovers this box contains a decapitated human head… and someone is trying to frame him as its owner's murderer.

Viewers are plunged into a mysterious chasm of doubt, as Eddy tries to uncover who is setting him up as the culprit of this vicious crime. His journey takes him through an eclectic mix of environments, and for each new personality we are introduced to along the way, another small clue is uncovered.

Whilst an attractively intriguing premise to delve into, it’s difficult to watch the series without being distracted by the sheer eighties vibe emanating from everything: the camerawork to the tacky ‘ominous’ music we’re introduced to from the first scene. Despite this, the array of decent actors involved, including Denis Lawson, Lindsay Duncan, George Baker and Simon Callow, produces some electric scenes to keep your interest peaked.

There’s no denying that Dead Head has a gripping plot; but whether you can persist watching with the invariably ‘spooky’ eighties music long enough to uncover how the things end is another matter.

Bonus Features: a few deleted scenes.

Dead Head is due for DVD release in the UK on 15th April 2013.



out of 10

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