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Gangs of the Dead

German DVD Cover
Directed by Duanne Stinnett
Produced by David Todd Ocvirk
Krissann Shipley
Written by Duanne Stinnett
Krissan Shipley
Starring Enrique Almeida
Reggie Bannister
Music by Ceiri Torjussen
Cinematography Yasu Tanida
Editing by Keith Henderson
Studio Outside Productions
Release date(s) June 30, 2006 (2006-06-30)
Running time 90 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Gangs of the Dead, originally Last Rites, is a zombie survival film released in 2006, starring Enrique Almeida and Reggie Bannister.



The film takes place in the city of Los Angeles, California, and follows two heavily intertwined subplots[1].

The main plot centres on a meteorite that crashes in Los Angeles, carrying alien spores that transform humans into flesh-eating zombies[2]. The spores spread like a contagious virus across the city transforming the populace into a race of mindless cannibals[3].

As the virus progresses, two rival gangs - The Lords of Crenshaw and El Diablo - attempt to fight one another for dominance of Los Angeles even as it falls into a zombie apocalypse, although it eventually becomes clear that gang dominance is of little importance in a world without humans[4].


  • Enrique Almeida as Santos
  • Howard Alonzo as Jerome
  • Reggie Bannister as Mitchell
  • Stephen Basilone as O'Bannon
  • James C. Burns as Campbell


The film was first released under its original title of Last Rites at the Los Angeles Film Festival on June 30, 2006. It was later released direct to video on May 1, 2007 under the new title of Gangs of the Dead[5].

In both Germany and Italy, the film was released under the title of City of the Dead[6].

In the United Kingdom, the film was released under the title of 48 Weeks Later, in an effort to capitalise on the success of 28 Weeks Later, which had been released in 2007.[7]


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