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Fred Olen Ray (screenplay) &
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1 June 1980 (USA) See more »
They're consuming every living creature in sight! See more »
A meteor strikes a houseboat in the swamps near a southern town populated by Yankees with fake accents... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Hey Cletus, pretend to grab that chick by the neck but reach for her boob! Huh! Hu-huh! See more (33 total) »


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Buster Crabbe ... Sheriff Kowalski
Ray Roberts ... Tom Corman (as Raymond Roberts)
Linda Lewis ... Shawn Michaels
George Kelsey ... Emmet Michaels
Mike Bonavia ... Miller Haze
Dennis Underwood ... Deputy Campbell
John Leirier ... Paisley
Rich Vogan ... Krelboin
Martin Nicholas ... Doc Ellerbe (as Martin Alan Nicholas)
Norman Riggins ... Mr. Griffith
Nancy Kranz ... Mrs. Griffith (also as Nancy Karnz)
Ellena Contello ... Mae Hawkins (also as Ellena Contella)
Shelley Youngren ... Angry Wife

Fred Olen Ray ... Pool Player
Chuck Sumner ... Gordon / Zombie
Bernice Kelsey ... Farmer's Wife
Ken Triplet ... Farmer / Mandolin player in bluegrass band
Jocelyn Davies ... Girl Swimmer
Donn Adrian ... Hunter #1
Bob Wagner ... Hunter #2
Wesley Place ... Second Deputy
Edi Stroup ... Grocery Cashier
Bonnie Irvine
Albert Davies
Lena Blanton
Steve Kaplan
Carl Bowman
Terry Stephenson
Ray Duckworth
James Christian
Barbara Barrs
Mary Jane Kelsey
Nancy Ray
Terry Drean
Jim Cartwright
Bobby Conwell
Elton Kemper
Freddy Frei
Mike Domansky
Michael Smith
John Ray ... Zombie in flannel shirt / Houseboat tourist
Michelle De Gurse ... Zombie
Joe Lang
Denise Thompson
Noli Lagrossa
Ron Liburn
John Green
Chris Robinson
Rene McCune
Phil Cardwell
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Henry Kaplan ... Corpse (uncredited)

Directed by
Fred Olen Ray 
Writing credits
Fred Olen Ray (screenplay) &
Martin Nicholas (screenplay) (as Martin Alan Nicholas)

Produced by
Henry Kaplan .... executive producer
Fred Olen Ray .... producer
Chuck Sumner .... producer
Shelley Youngren .... associate producer
Original Music by
Franklin Sledge (musical score)
Chuck Sumner (musical score)
Cinematography by
Peter Gamba 
Fred Olen Ray  (as Fred Ray)
Gary Singer 
Film Editing by
Mark Barrett 
Makeup Department
Allen Duckworth .... special makeup designer
Art Department
Jon Keck .... title graphics
Sound Department
Malcom Brooks .... audio
Joe Lang .... audio
John Weyrick .... audio
Special Effects by
Fred Olen Ray .... special effects (as Fred Ray)
Visual Effects by
Bart Mixon .... special animation effects (as Bart J. Mixon)
Camera and Electrical Department
Malcom Brooks .... still photographer (as Mac Brooks)
Will Harbeson .... still photographer
Colin Heron-Vanta .... still photographer
Joe Lang .... still photographer
Music Department
The American Bluegrass Express .... additional music
Paul Jones .... additional music
Sugar Lee .... additional music
Other crew
Mike Gorenfio .... production assistant
Colin Heron-Vanta .... production assistant
John Ray .... production assistant

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USA:74 min
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Continuity: Towards the end of the film a woman gets attacked after running away from hers and her boyfriend's broken down car. You see a zombie eating what is supposed to be her severed right hand but in one of the following shots you can see her right hand still attached to the bodySee more »


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Hey Cletus, pretend to grab that chick by the neck but reach for her boob! Huh! Hu-huh!, 8 February 2010
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

Ah, zombies and hillbillies! Can you think of a better recipe for fantastically awful B-movie entertainment? "The Alien Dead" is a true winner! It's a truly horrendous 70's no-budgeter with a seemingly improvised script, more inexperienced redneck actors than you can wave a stick at and painfully inept dialogs that nearly make your ears hurt. This debut feature of legendary bad film maker Fred Olen Ray (if you don't count the half-long "Brain Leeches" and "Demented Death Farm Massacre" for which he just shot some additional footage) is set in a little Louisianan swamp town where some really strange occurrences are taking place. Following the crash-landing of a meteor, all the alligators suddenly vanished mysteriously and a local drunk fisherman keeps claiming his wife got dragged into the water by "something". Then, swiftly, "The Alien Dead" turns into a zombies-on-the-rampage flick! Can you actually believe that the zombies ran out of alligators to eat, so they switched to villagers instead?!? First there's one zombie attacking a lone girl. Then there's a bunch of zombies devouring a stereotypical elderly couple (she chases her husband with a frying pan, for crying out loud) and finally there's a whole army of zombies chasing two sole survivors. Oh, and did you know that zombies use pitchforks? They do!

There are some fantastic supportive characters in this piece of junk, like a deputy with a fetish of waving his whacking bat around and a sheriff in desperate need of some anger management. He also refuses to investigate the swamp because there are too many mosquitoes. Excuse me? You're really working in the wrong district if you're afraid of mosquitoes, pal! There are numerous little examples to illustrate the average IQ of the local swamp rednecks. The more incidents we have with zombies attacking people in the lake, for example, the more dim-witted town members aimlessly decide to spend their free time there. There's a blond girl who goes to the absolute most remote spot in the Bayou all by herself to have a skinny dip. And because everybody loves boobs, this exact same ritual is repeated twice in a span of nearly twenty minutes (albeit with a brunette the second time). The zombie attacks are filmed in slow-motion to increase the dramatic effect, I suppose, and they actually look more like a bunch of retarded rednecks fondling a victim on the ground. Characters that were previously devoured by zombies re- appear later in the film and cheerfully get killed again! The make up effects are gory but hilariously fake, with cups full of blood spurting out of people's mouths and chests. But what I found the most hilarious little detail to spot was how all the male swamp zombies immediately grab for the female victims' breasts! It's obvious that these yokel extras wanted to make some additional personal benefit! There's one really good sequences in the film as well (I'm not kidding really), namely when the investigators go and visit the psychiatric clinic to interrogate the first person to claim there was something not quite kosher with the swamp. That scene even has suspense and a surprise twist. And, no, I'm really not kidding! At the end of "The Alien Dead" absolutely nothing is solved. The town still is – and probably always will – be infested with zombies! But who cares, right? Let's go to the bar and listen to some banjo music…

Never mind the miserable rating I've given this movie. It's a must-see!

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