Year of Release: 1983
Rated: Not Rated
Director: Peter Jackson
Approx. Running Time: 97 minutes
My Rating: 3 Stars (Out of 5)
From Back Cover:
Throw out all your preconceptions about the limits of horror! A new standard has been set with Dead Alive - The Mother of All Horror Films.
On a quiet street, in a small town, pure evil has come to stay. Lionel, an innocent young man, is forced to care for his domineering mother and finds the task a whole lot more demanding after she's bitten by the cursed Sumatran rat monkey. Passing the point of death, Lionel's mother sucks friends and family into her gruesome existence among the living dead and Lionel is sent spiraling into a ghoulish nightmare.
Now a crazed zombie, she soon infects enough people to make it difficult for Lionel, still the faithful son, to keep the neighbors from suspecting that something is terribly wrong.
Dead Alive is dripping with state-of-the-art special effects that feature mutilations, rock 'n roll dismemberments and household appliances, combining into the most bizarre ending ever filmed.
I had a good time with this movie. It's pretty low budget and isn't scary at all, but it was pretty funny. Probably more 3.5 or 4- than 3, but I'm not sure how much my enjoyment of it was dependent on alcohol and prescription narcotics.
Not Rated (MPAA)