Watch: Red Band Trailer for Tribal Martial Arts Drama 'Dead Lands'

February 24, 2015
Source: Magnolia & Magnet

The Dead Lands

After playing at the Toronto International Film Festival last year, the tribal martial arts flick The Dead Lands is headed to theaters this spring, and it just might put New Zealand on the map when it comes to action. The film features the traditional (and terrifying) Maori martial art of armed combat known as Mau rakau, making the film full of genuine culture as it's set in pre-colonial New Zealand. We got a glimpse of the film last year when it hit TIFF, and now a red band trailer has just surfaced to show off how brutal this flick can be. Between this and What We Do in the Shadows, there's good stuff coming out of New Zealand.

Here's the red band trailer for Toa Fraser's The Dead Lands from Magnolia & Magnet:

And here's a more tame green band trailer for you to check out as well:

The Dead Lands

You can still watch the first trailer for The Dead Lands right here.

Hongi (James Rolleston) – a Maori chieftain’s teenage son – must avenge his father’s murder in order to bring peace and honour to the souls of his loved ones after his tribe is slaughtered through an act of treachery. Vastly outnumbered by a band of villains, led by Wirepa (Te Kohe Tuhaka), Hongi’s only hope is to pass through the feared and forbidden Dead Lands and forge an uneasy alliance with the mysterious Warrior (Lawrence Makoare), a ruthless fighter who has ruled the area for years. The Dead Lands is directed by Toa Fraser, from a script by Glenn Standring, and it hits VOD & limited theaters on April 17th.

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Reader Feedback - 7 Comments


I'll definitely be seeing this as i'm very familiar with the Maori. My brother lives in New Zealand and when I visited him we went to this temple (not literal temple more like a large tent) where the Maori talked about the lifestyle, war paint, and war dances of there ancestors.

Rob on Feb 24, 2015


Magnet films can offer some gyms every now and then. Love to see other cultures when times were simple and brutal. I wouldn't last one day, I'm delicate.

mooreworthy on Feb 24, 2015


One hit from one of those shark tooth clubs...

DAVIDPD on Feb 25, 2015


It's bloody violence, all right. But couldn't they just sort it out with some intertribal orgy, it would be less bloody and definitely less messy. I know, it sounds like porn, but it would be still more reasonable ...

shiboleth on Feb 25, 2015


One does not simply F with the Maori. There's a reason a Haka is still performed by NZ Rugby teams.

R3last on Feb 25, 2015


Im IN!

Liam Knurtsis on Feb 25, 2015


Where's the intricate fight scenes? Violence? Oh, yes indeed! Quick cuts don't work for me after seeing Tony Jaa's pics. One 5-6 second brutal fight scene with the camera staying on 2 characters woulda been great. Not a slice here and a bash there.

JudgeMethos on Mar 1, 2015

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