Dead Alive (1993)
Front Cover Actor
Timothy Balme Lionel
Diana Penalver Paquita Maria Sanchez
Elizabeth Moody Mum (Vera Cosgrove)
Ian Watkin Uncle Les
Brenda Kendall Nurse McTavish
Stuart Devenie Father McGruder/Zombie McGruder
Davina Whitehouse Paquita's Grandmother
Duncan Smith Drunk
Peter Vere-Jones Undertaker
Chris Short Customs Official
Movie Details
Genre Comedy; Horror
Director Peter Jackson
Language English
Audience Rating Unrated
Running Time 97 mins
Country USA
Color Color
If you're not a connoisseur of graphic horror and gruesome gore, you'd better steer clear of this wicked 1992 horror-comedy from the demented mind and delirious camera of New Zealand-born writer-director Peter Jackson. However, if nonstop mayhem and extreme violence are your idea of great entertainment, you're sure to appreciate Jackson's gleefully inventive approach to a story that can judiciously be described as sick, twisted, and totally outrageous. The movie's central character is a poor schmuck named Lionel who's practically enslaved to his domineering mother. But when ol' Mum gets bitten by a rare and poisonous rat monkey from Skull Island and is turned into a flesh-eating zombie, Lionel has the unfortunate task of keeping Mama happy while fending off all the other zombies that result from her voracious feeding frenzies. If you've read this far, you'll either be crying out for censorship or eagerly awaiting your first viewing (or second, or third...) of this wildly clever and audaciously uninhibited movie. And while director Jackson would later achieve critical success with his fact-based drama Heavenly Creatures, his talent is readily evident in this earlier effort. If you find this kind of thing even remotely appealing, consider Dead Alive a must-see movie.
Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 64
In Collection Yes
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
UPC 031398684138
Release Date 1998
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Closed-captioned Widescreen