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Dead Heat -- Maverick L.A.P.D. officer Roger Mortis is a good cop who will do anything to nail the bad guys. Investigating some frightening goings-on, Mortis and his partner, Doug Bigelow pay a visit to Dante Laboratories. It is here that they discover the high-tech Resurrection Room churning out a weird band of recycled and indestructible criminals. And it is here that Mortis meets his untimely death.
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6 May 1988 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Treat Williams ... Roger Mortis

Joe Piscopo ... Doug Bigelow

Lindsay Frost ... Randi James

Darren McGavin ... Dr. Ernest McNab

Vincent Price ... Arthur P. Loudermilk
Clare Kirkconnell ... Rebecca Smythers

Keye Luke ... Mr. Thule

Robert Picardo ... Lieutenant Herzog

Mel Stewart ... Captain Mayberry
Professor Toru Tanaka ... Butcher
Martha Quinn ... Newscaster
Ben Mittleman ... Bob

Peter Kent ... Smitty
Cate Caplin ... Saleswoman
Monica Lewis ... Mrs. Von Heisenberg
Peggy O'Brien ... Jewelry Store Manager
Chip Heller ... Wilcox
Steven R. Bannister ... The Thing
Lew Hopson ... Whitfield
Tom Nolan ... Jonas
Steve Itkin ... Fireman

Shane Black ... Patrolman
Michael Saad ... Guard #1 (as Mike Saad)
Monty Cox ... Guard #2
Monty Ash ... Walter
H. Ray Huff ... Cop

Pons Maar ... Pool Zombie
Dawan Scott ... Pool Zombie
Ivan E. Roth ... End Zombie
Ron Taylor ... Shoot Out Zombie
Yvonne Peattie ... Gertrude Bellman
Clarence Brown ... Harry Latham
Pamela Vansant ... Lab Technician

Beth Toussaint ... Lab Technician
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Stephen Rocco Jacques ... Officer Liptak (uncredited)

Loren Janes ... Man In Room (uncredited)
Gene LeBell ... Guard (uncredited)

Linnea Quigley ... Zombie Go-go Girl (uncredited)

Directed by
Mark Goldblatt 
Writing credits
Terry Black (written by)

Produced by
Allen Alsobrook .... associate producer
David Helpern .... producer
Michael L. Meltzer .... producer (as Michael Meltzer)
Original Music by
Ernest Troost 
Cinematography by
Robert D. Yeoman (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Harvey Rosenstock 
Casting by
Steven Jacobs  (as Steve Jacobs)
Production Design by
Craig Stearns 
Art Direction by
Jon Gary Steele 
Set Decoration by
Greta Grigorian 
Costume Design by
Lisa Jensen 
Makeup Department
Carlos David Amador .... hair stylist
Roberto Carlos .... effects technician: XFX Inc.
Craig Caton .... effects technician: XFX Inc.
Roberto dePalma .... effects technician: XFX Inc.
Kathryn Fenton .... makeup department head (as Kathryn Miles Kelly)
Gunnar Ferdinandsen .... effects technician: XFX Inc. (as Gunner Ferdinandsen)
Eric Fiedler .... shop foreman: XFX Inc. (as Eric Fieldler)
Bill Forsche .... effects technician: XFX Inc. (as Bill Foertsch)
Steve Frakes .... effects technician: XFX Inc.
Chris Goehe .... effects technician: XFX Inc. (as Christopher Goeh)
Emilio M. Gonzales .... effects technician: XFX Inc. (as Emilio Gonzales)
Steve Johnson .... makeup effects creator
Steve Johnson .... makeup effects designer
Rick Lazzarini .... chicken animatronics: XFX Inc.
Leonard MacDonald .... first technician: XFX Inc. (as Lennie MacDonald)
Robert J. Marino .... effects technician: XFX Inc. (as Bob Marino)
Kenny Myers .... makeup artist: Mr. Williams
Anton Rupprecht .... effects technician: XFX Inc. (as Tony Rupprecht)
Andy Schoneberg .... effects technician: XFX Inc.
Russell Seifert .... effects technician: XFX Inc.
Michiko Tagawa .... effects technician: XFX Inc.
Bruce Zahlava .... effects technician: XFX Inc.
Mike Smithson .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Allen Alsobrook .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kenneth Edward Brewer .... second second assistant director (as Ken Brewer)
Joe Camp III .... second assistant director (as Joseph Shelton Camp III)
Patrick Read Johnson .... second unit director
Michele Panelli-Venetis .... second assistant director (as Michele Panelli)
Mike Topoozian .... first assistant director
Art Department
Steven Eaton .... assistant props (as Steve Eaton)
Amanda J. Flick .... sculptor (as Amanda Flick)
Barry Hoff .... swing gang
Tony Jackson .... assistant set dresser
Thom Magana .... set dresser
Michael Marcus .... leadman
Marc Meisels .... swing gang
Thomas Patrick O'Shea .... set carpenter
Stephen C. Peterman .... swing gang (as Stephen Peterman)
Michael Reinhart .... construction coordinator
Cyd Smyllie .... property master (as Cyd Smillie)
Bryan Utman .... set dresser
Pete von Sholly .... storyboard artist
Lauren York .... construction foreman
Christopher Gilman .... props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Wayne Artman .... sound re-recording mixer
Tom Beckert .... sound re-recording mixer
Desmond Cannon .... sound apprentice (as Desmond R. Cannon)
Tom E. Dahl .... sound re-recording mixer
James Dean Fisher .... foley walker
Charles Kelly .... boom operator (as Charlie Kelly)
Mike Le Mare .... supervising sound editor (as Mike Le-Mare)
Walt Martin .... sound mixer
Andrew Patterson .... dialogue editor (as Andy Patterson)
John Post .... foley walker
Carolann Sanchez-Shapiro .... sound assistant (as Carolann Sanchez)
Steve Schwalbe .... sound assistant
Karola Storr .... foley editor
Special Effects by
Nick Benson .... special effects (as Nick J. Benson)
Kristina Birkmayer .... production coordinator: XFX Inc. (as Christina Birkmayer)
Jeff Frink .... special effects assistant (as Jeffrey Frink)
Patrick Read Johnson .... special effects
Todd Masters .... project foreman: butcher shop, XFX Inc.
Shamu .... special effects technician
Jim Thomson .... special effects assistant (as James Thomson)
Bill Thurman .... special effects assistant
David Wood .... special effects assistant
Visual Effects by
Ernest D. Farino .... visual effects
Steve Johnson .... designer and creator: prosthetic deterorizations
Rick Barker .... stunts
May Boss .... stunts
Dan Bradley .... stunt coordinator
Dan Bradley .... stunts
Geoff Brewer .... stunts
Brian R. Carson .... stunts (as Brian Carson)
Chuck Clarke .... stunts
Scott Alan Cook .... stunts (as Scott Allen Cook)
Monty Cox .... stunts (as LaMont Cox)
Christopher Doyle .... stunts (as Chris Doyle)
Andy Epper .... stunts (as Andrew Epper)
Glory Fioramonti .... stunts
Andy Gill .... stunts
Loren Janes .... stunts
Al Jones .... stunts
Wayne King .... stunts (as Wayne A. King)
Lane Leavitt .... stunts
Gene LeBell .... stunts
Ray Lykins .... stunts
Troy Melton .... stunts
Noon Orsatti .... stunts
Mario Roberts .... stunts
Edward J. Ulrich .... stunts (as Ed Ulrich)
Steve Vandeman .... stunts
George P. Wilbur .... stunts (as George Wilbur)
Camera and Electrical Department
James Babineaux .... best boy electric
Wayne Baker .... Steadicam assistant
Marsha Blackburn .... still photographer
John Boccaccio .... first assistant camera
Jack English .... gaffer
David Goldner .... photography: jewelry store
Scott Grinham .... electrician
Bob Leitelt .... grip (as Robert Leitelt)
Willie Mann .... best boy grip
Mike Moad .... dolly grip
Richard Osborn Jr. .... second assistant camera (as Richard Osborn)
Les Percy .... key grip
Randolph Sellars .... second unit cameraman (as Randall Sellars)
Mark A. Shelton .... electrician
Charles Smith .... grip (as Charlie Smith)
Roger Spurgeon .... light operator: Musco
Kelly Waldman .... electrician
Greg Wardell .... electrician
George M. Chappell .... electrician (uncredited)
Animation Department
Scott Alexander .... video graphic animation
Patrick Read Johnson .... video graphic animation
Casting Department
Rosemary Welden .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Molly Corey .... wardrobe assistant
Terri King .... costume construction
Andrea Phillips .... wardrobe supervisor
Bess Walkes .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Dennis Brookins .... negative cutter
Teresa García .... assistant editor (as Teresa Garcia)
Bill Gentry .... assistant editor
Phil Hetos .... negative timer (as Philip Hetos)
Sarah James .... post-production coordinator (as Sarah James Arbeid)
Mary Morrisey .... assistant editor
Florent Retz .... associate film editor (as Danny Retz)
Music Department
Peter Hodgson .... music recordist
Barb Luby .... orchestrator
Phil Magnotti .... music recordist
Paul Mariconda .... music programmer: synthesizer
Paul Mariconda .... musician: synthesizer
Johnny Montagnese .... music recordist
Barbara Pokras .... music editor
Ernest Troost .... conductor
Transportation Department
John Anderson .... driver
Raymond Bastonero .... driver (as Ray Bastonero)
Marilyn Bell .... driver
Chuck Clarke .... transportation coordinator
Michael Helgesen .... driver (as Michael J. Helgesen)
Walt Miller .... transportation captain
H. Lee Noblitt .... driver
Jeff Purpus .... driver (as Jeffrey Purpus)
Other crew
Scott Andrews .... assistant to the director
Annette Buehre .... main and end titles: Opticam
Craig Caton .... creature crew
Buddy Enright .... location manager
Rich Fernalld .... main and end titles: Opticam
Jamie Glantz .... production assistant
Michael Glotzer .... production assistant
Mitch Goddard .... production assistant
Jane Goldsmith .... script supervisor
Abbee Goldstein .... production coordinator
Chas Hansen .... production assistant
Ann Harmon .... production assistant (as Anne Harmon)
Jolene Hastings .... production secretary
Sarah James .... assistant to the producers (as Sarah James Arbeid)
Jeffrey F. January .... production assistant (as Jeffrey January)
Carolyn Pham Johnson .... key set production assistant
Harriet Katz-Stevens .... assistant accountant (as Harriet Katz)
David Kohan .... production assistant
Jeffrey Lippa .... location assistant (as Jeff Lippa)
Kenneth Mancebo .... production controller (as Kenneth I. Mancebo)
Allan Nutkiewicz .... production liaison (as Dr. Allan Nutkiewicz)
Allan Nutkiewicz .... set physician (as Dr. Allan Nutkiewicz)
J.B. Rogers .... production assistant
Lisa Roman .... assistant: Craig Stearns
Cameron Striewski .... main and end titles: Opticam
Doug Taylor .... unit publicist
Sandra Vaughan .... production staff
Doug Williams .... craft service
Eric J. Goldstein .... production assistant (uncredited)
Paul Cho .... special thanks
Joe Dante .... special thanks
John DeChene .... special thanks
Barbara Fisher .... special thanks
Bill House .... special thanks
H.K. Huang .... special thanks
Buz Kohan .... special thanks
David Kraft .... special thanks
Richard Kraft .... special thanks
Jim Malconian .... special thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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86 min
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The lead character is Roger Mortis. Mortis is the Latin word for "death". Roger Mortis also sounds quite a bit like rigor mortis.See more »
Revealing mistakes: The large man attacks Mortis with the meat cleaver. Moments before Mortis wraps it in a bandage we see the hand is clearly a prop having a thumb and two fingers on the left side of the now missing digit and two fingers on the right. He did not have six digits before.See more »
Det. Doug Bigelow:Roger, you were underwater in that Jacuzzi for five straight minutes.
Det. Roger Mortis:That's right, I was.
Det. Doug Bigelow:Can you teach my girlfriend how to do that?
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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Best Zombie/Cop movie EVER!, 12 March 2005
Author: eastvanman from East Vancouver, B.C.

Dead Heat is one of my favourite movies. I remember seeing it opening weekend way back in 1988! I was only 12, but me & my younger brother dragged my dad to the Granville multiplex after seeing an ad on t.v. We were just expecting a good action movie with some yucks(both kinds).

Now, keep in mind, this was 1988. The whole concept of a horror movie also being funny wasn't as commonplace(or as stale) as it is now. I remember everyone in the nearly filled theater having a surprisingly fun time with this movie. We knew it was not on the same playing field as most of the major Hollywood action movies(Lethal Weapon, Die Hard)but Dead Heat managed to win over its audience with its combo of cheesy one-liners, insane(for 1988) action sequences, & truly remarkable f/x work by Steve Johnson.

A lot of people would watch Dead Heat & just shrug it off as a low-budget time waster(hey, that's part of it's charm for me) but I don't think I'm going too far to say that it deserves a 10/10 rating.

So why does it deserve a 10 out of 10 rating? Quite simply it's the only Zombie/Cop movie that I've ever seen & that means it's the best of it's kind...I think. Plus it has a kind of weird cinematic irony going for it because screenwriter Terry Black is the brother of Lethal Weapon scribe Shane Black(who also makes a cameo as a cop). This film is very much a tongue-in-cheek counterpart that huge hit of a film.

I think this was one of Vincent Price's last films too, so that right there gives it a little more allure as well(even if he's only in it for about 15 minutes). I'm really surprised no one's tried to remake this material, because with today's f/x & a committed cast/crew, this is the kind of oddity that could really make a lot of money(ie,Shaun of the Dead or Freddy vs. Jason). But who wants to remake a movie that bombed at the box office first time out? IF that EVER happens I'll be first in line with my popcorn.

If you've never seen it and decide to check it out there's a chance you'll just shake your head in disbelief at how "bad" it is, but that's the whole point. It's the very definition of the term "so bad, it's good", which is a fine line to walk for any film. So don't say you weren't warned...but I mean, come on, when was the last time you saw a GOOD Zombie/Cop movie?

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