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Writers:
Fred Olen Ray (screenplay) &
Martin Nicholas (screenplay)
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Release Date:
1 June 1980 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
They're consuming every living creature in sight! See more »
Plot:
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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Decent... See more (33 total) »

Cast

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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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Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: When the blonde woman is coming around her car towards her house, she trips over a cable or wire from the equipmentSee more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Beverly Hills Vamp (1989)See more »

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10 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Decent..., 14 August 2004
Author: polysicsarebest from IN

I always heard that this was the absolute worst zombie movie of all time, but I'd much rather watch this than Zombie Nightmare, Revenge of the Dead, or Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things... definitely. You could do a lot worse than watching this movie, which actually has some pretty fun moments. I mean, people that this film was made for will probably find it appealing no matter what anyone says about it; anyone that is looking for a serious horror movie in here probably doesn't realize that the title of the movie is "ALIEN DEAD", which makes ME laugh quite a bit. Eh.

This film, which was made for $12,000 (and they used every penny of it), is about a meteor crashing and turning rednecks into zombies. The film suffers from a really grainy look and features horrible sound (which may have been cleaned up for the recent DVD release.. whoopty doo). The editing is quite awful; there are a few times when they cut to another scene while someone is talking (kind of like near the end of Invasion of the Blood Farmers when the cop is talking and picks up the phone and says "F..." and then it cuts to a scene of a guy driving -- what?!).

The story is terrible, the "effects" are terrible. A person will get killed, but the camera cuts away really quickly and then shows the aftermath of blood being in a big hole in a woman's chest. Or another woman will get stabbed with a pitchfork, but you won't see it actually enter the woman -- you'll just see the pitchfork sticking out of her back. It's quite laughably bad, but at least they tried to give some gore, with some of the zombies chomping on entrails. The musical score is cheesy but good; however, they actually use real country songs to add "ambience" to the redneck surroundings, which is hilariously awful.

When it was over, I can safely say I wasn't bored and I distinctly remember enjoying myself throughout the whole thing. However, it's kind of hard to write a really detailed review for this, as this flick is pretty much unmemorable when it's all said and done.

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