Dead Alive

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Released 1993

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Dead Alive

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Director:
Peter Jackson
Released:
1993
Rating:
R
Dead Alive is the third wild and gory feature from a then up and coming future blockbuster director Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, King Kong , The Lovely Bones, Bad Taste, Meet the Feebles). Lionel Cosgrove is a good guy having a tough time with things. Ever since his father died saving him during a swimming accident, Lionel has been taking care of his manipulative and smothering Mum. Things seem to be on the up and up for him when he starts a romance with a local shop owner's daughter but a date to the zoo takes a turn for the worse when Lionel's mum follows him and manages to get bitten by a Sumatran rat monkey, a particularly nasty creature whose bite is killer - literally. The bite turns his mum into a zombie and each person she bites turns as well. Pretty soon poor Lionel is living in the house of the dead and fighting off a lecherous uncle scheming to grab the estate.moreless

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  • 75

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    A gonzo splatterfest from New Zealand that manages to stay breezy and good-natured even as you're watching heads get snapped off of spurting torsos.

  • 70

    Variety David Stratton

    Technically, this is Jackson's best to date, with state of the art creature and gore effects by Richard Taylor and prosthetics design by Bob McCarron. There's any amount of dismemb...

  • 60

    TV Guide Magazine

    An almost unrelenting barrage of gore, Dead Alive is also a constant assault on the funnybone, a film in which the graphic blood-spilling is taken so far over the top that it becom...

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Comedy, Drama, Horror

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Classics, Horror Masters, B-Movie Horror, Zombies,Vampires & Monsters, Gorefest