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A misanthropic, struggling photographer just wants to watch TV and eat candy while his wife is out of town, but when a desperate old pal resurfaces, his plans are thwarted, with spooky consequences.


  • Clay Tatum
  • Whitmer Thomas
  • DeMorge Brown
  • Budd Diaz
  • Christian Lee Hutson
  • Teresa Lee
  • Robert Longstreet
  • Anthony Oberbeck
  • Anna Seregina
  • Chris Thayer

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Feb 9, 2023

Gently discursive and virtually plotless, The Civil Dead is a walking-and-talking movie that finds uncommon humor in Whit’s need to be seen and Clay’s extreme discomfort with that responsibility.

Metacritic review by Jeannette Catsoulis
Jeannette Catsoulis
The New York Times
Feb 2, 2023

Some viewers will probably find the film’s inertness with story and scale frustrating, but Tatum and Thomas’ commitment and chemistry won me over. The fact that both leads are real-life friends goes a long way, given the baggy pacing and some of the more uneven comedic moments, and Tatum’s usage of long takes helps increase the awkward tension of both characters’ forced arrangement.

Metacritic review by C.J. Prince
C.J. Prince
The Film Stage
Jan 30, 2023

Clay Tatum’s film is wholly and refreshingly uninterested in tugging at the heartstrings.

Metacritic review by Steven Scaife
Steven Scaife
Slant Magazine