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Dead Alive (1992)

Original title: Braindead

New Zealand zombie horror comedy film directed and co-written by Peter Jackson, starring Timothy Balme, Diana Peñalver and Elizabeth Moody.

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Story: A young man’s mother is bitten by a Sumatran rat-monkey. She gets sick and dies, at which time she comes back to life, killing and eating dogs, nurses, friends, and neighbors. (IMDb)


The delightfully gonzo tale of a lovestruck teen and his zombified mother, Dead Alive is extremely gory and exceedingly good fun, thanks to Peter Jackson’s affection for the tastelessly sublime.
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Why should you add Dead Alive to your Watchlist?

Innovative use of practical effects: The movie features some of the most creative and over-the-top practical effects in horror film history, with gallons of fake blood and slime used to create some truly disgusting scenes.

A unique blend of horror and comedy: Director Peter Jackson strikes a perfect balance between horror and comedy, creating a film that manages to be both terrifying and hilarious.

Cult following: Over the years, the movie has amassed a dedicated cult following of horror fans who appreciate the film’s unique style and irreverent humor.

Influence on the horror genre: The movie has had a lasting impact on the horror genre, inspiring filmmakers to embrace the use of practical effects and blending horror with comedy.

Intense gore and violence: This movie is not for the faint of heart, as the film features some of the most graphic and disturbing scenes of violence and gore ever put to film.


Dead Alive (1992) is part of the following movie collections:

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