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Dead on Arrival

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Emmy nominated Billy Flynn stars in an ensemble cast as Sam Collins, a pharmaceutical sales rep who visits a small town in Louisiana to close the business deal of a lifetime. He finds himself in a dark world of sex, corruption and murder as he is poisoned with no antidote to save his life. Desperate for answers, with less than 24 hours to live, Sam turns to a local girl Jesse. Their path leads to a voodoo priestess who only confirms Sam's doomed fate. On the run, caught in a deadly vertigo with no one to trust, Sam and Jesse find themselves running from police detectives, the Mob and a dirty sheriff who wants him dead.

Inspired by the 1950 classic noir thriller D.O.A. I TrailerTwitter I Facebook I Festival bookings


Dead on Arrival, Review by Siraj Syed: Sex, corruption and corpses

A pharmaceutical sales representative is driving when he has a seizure and barely manages to stop his car and crawl out. Picked-up by a Sheriff on patrol and taken to a hospital, he is told that he has been poisoned and will die in the next 24 hours. Time to realise that you are just two minutes into the film, when the stage is already set for a noir thriller that is inspired by the 1950 classic but speaks the cinematic language of today, delving into the dark world of drugs, greed and forbidden desire.


In a single flashback, we learn that 12 hours earlier, Sam Collins, the rep, was in Louisiana to close the business deal of a lifetime, with the influential Dr. Alexander. He gets invited by the doctor to a party where wine and women are in abundance. The doctor signs the deal, and Sam has a good time. Next morning, he leaves early, and soon discovers that he has been poisoned, through a spiked drink. What’s worse,  there is no antidote. Sam needs answers, and staying at the hospital is not an option. He dodges the guarding Sheriff and escapes, unaware that his escape trail will be marked with a string of corpses, one of which might be his own..


DoA has Stephen C. Sepher in a triple role, as actor-writer-director. You might recall his 2015 effort, Heist, in which he starred alongside Robert De Niro, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Dave Bautista, an action thriller which he also wrote and produced. Here, he integrates noir elements like the Mob, sex, voodoo and cold-blooded murders in an easy-flowing medley, with a clever whodunit twist waiting for you round the corner. Sepher keeps the characters credible, and even his hero is not given to unbelievable heroics.


Handsome, sweet-faced, and Emmy nominated, Billy Flynn got his big break in 2014, with the NBC drama series, Days of Our Lives. As Sam Collins, Dead on Arrival marks his first starring role in a feature film. Given just one day to live, and unravel the mystery, he has your sympathy from scene one. Also from TV is Christa B. Allen as the night club dancer Jesse, who tries to help Sam solve the jigsaw puzzle. Allen emanates both sex and sympathy.

Daniel Bernard Sweeney (Cutting Edge, Chi-Raq) and Nazo Bravo play the down-to-earth detectives on the case, with quiet commitment. Their banter about Armenians and Andre Agassi is good, understated humour. Watch out for Chris Mulkey (Whiplash) as Hans Dunkle.


Billy Slaughter (The Magnificent 7, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, Billionaire Boys Club)

is cast as an unusual looking, and even more unusual behaving doctor, the reasons for which are manifest in the script. For himself, Sepher chooses a negative role, and enjoys being a bad guy. Adequate support comes from Tyson Sullivan and Lillo Brancato. As a nod to the 1950 version, Sepher has Maria O'Brien, daughter of lead actor Edmond O'Brien, in a cameo, as a suspicious neighbour. It’s an ensemble cast that comes together as an effective unit.


Dead on Arrival has also been called Blood River, and blood does flow time and again. What else do you expect when a debt-ridden doctor, a gun-toting mobster, a corrupt law officer and a sex maniac find themselves on the same page?

The thriller noire Dead on Arrival has arrived—Dead on Time!



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