The Reel Review


While cleaning out the home of his recently-deceased mother, William uncovers an old ham radio that belonged to his father who had died when William was just a boy. After turning it on, he starts hearing a mysterious male voice over the radio as he strikes up a relationship with an agoraphobic woman, Eva, in this indie horror/thriller.

Madison and Mackenzie Skodkenzie and Kevin Hicks in Dead Air.

Kevin and Vickie Hicks, who respectively directed and wrote this film, star as the lead characters William and Eva. Their acting is well enough for a very low budget film, but the production values, and in particular, some of the abrupt and cloudy sky scene transitions, are distractingly clunky, amateurish and just plain lazy. Just a bit of creativity would have gone a long way.

Vickie Hicks in Dead Air.

The biggest problem with this film, however, is the snoozer of a story – it is a real slog, with way too many sedentary talkie scenes and almost no action. And when Dead Air tries to pull off a twisty ending it just comes off as hackneyed and silly, an unsatisfying waste of time, like watching a lot of… well… dead air.


• The phrase “dead air” is a broadcasting term, where nothing is going on – radio silence or a dark television screen. It is a broadcaster’s worst nightmare.

• This Dead Air is not to be confused with the 2009 horror film Dead Air directed by and starring Corbin Bernsen, about zombies taking over a Los Angeles radio station.

• Kevin and Vickie Hicks have created several other low budget films, including Behind the Door, America’s Beach and Doppel.




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