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The Dead Next Door (1989)

Unrated | | Horror | November 1989 (USA)
An elite anti-Zombie team is assembled by the Government to cope with an ever-growing undead infection and the religious cult zealots who fanatically protect the festering foes.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pete Ferry ...
Raimi (as Peter Ferry)
Bogdan Pecic ...
Dr. Moulsson (as Bogdan 'Don' Pecic)
Michael Grossi ...
Mercer
Jolie Jackunas ...
Kuller
Robert Kokai ...
Rev. Jones
Floyd Ewing Jr. ...
Capt. Kline
Roger Graham ...
Dr. Franklin
Maria Markovic ...
Anna
Jon Killough ...
Vincent / farmhouse zombie
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Richards
Jeff Welch ...
Cmdr. Carpenter
Michael Todd ...
Jason / Van Driver
J.R. Bookwalter ...
Lloyds
Jennifer Mullen ...
Powers
Joe Wedlake ...
Dr. Savini
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The government sets up a Zombie squad after an epidemic has made the world run rampant with living corpses. Raimi, Mercer, Kuller, and others head off to Ohio to try and find a cure to the epidemic but soon run into a crazy cult of zombie lovers who are set on preserving the zombies and letting a new world be born because they believe that it's God's will. When Mercer gets infected with the zombie virus, Raimi and the others must work quickly to find a cure and avoid the cult. Written by Josh Pasnak <chainsaw@intouch.bc.ca>

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How do you kill something that won't die? Where do you run when they're everywhere? See more »

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Horror

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November 1989 (USA)  »

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A Morte  »

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$75,000 (estimated)
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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The movie that Randalls and the others are watching, that he says Raimi can improve his zombie hunting skills with, is The Evil Dead (1981). See more »

Crazy Credits

Filmed in "Amscovision" -- A Process where camera rigs are made out of 2x4s and PVC pipes. See more »

Connections

References Creepshow (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Death & Violence
Written by Mick Corcoran and Greg Bennett
Performed by Wilbur & The Hoodlum Patrol
© 1988 Mikk Music
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The feeble dead.
18 October 2010 | by (Edinburgh.) – See all my reviews

Apparently, Sam Raimi used his pay from Evil Dead II to fund this film and, after watching it, I really wish that he'd found better things to spend his money on.

There has been, surprise surprise, a zombie epidemic and there are now Zombie Squads assigned to protect the public despite some members of that same public wanting the zombies to be treated with a bit more respect. There are people working on a cure, people treating the epidemic as a judgment from god and people bickering while zombies mill around them in a surprisingly harmless fashion. They're not always harmless, of course, but there are one or two moments when people just seem to meander through a group of the shambling undead.

Writer-director J.R. Bookwalter is far from the worst person to ever try and make a decent film from very limited resources but it's a shame that the few plus points here are overshadowed by the numerous failings. The acting is pretty risible from everyone involved, which is easy to overlook if other facets make a better impression but they don't. The writing is okay when moving the plot forward and bringing up one or two fresh (well, kinda fresh) ideas but too many scenes revolve around arguments and banal chit-chat. A few special effects provide some fun but not enough and the least said about the many sloppy mistakes the better. Prime example . . . . . a door blowing off it's hinges before the sound and light/smoke effect occurs.

It's obvious that this was made in the same spirit as Raimi's early work, with gusto and a love of the genre. But it just doesn't manage to put that across. Naming characters Raimi, Carpenter, Romero, King and Savini is okay when it's not a joke being hammered over your head in a way that makes you think the maker couldn't think of any other way to show his affection for horror. A game attempt but you will miss nothing if you never get around to seeing it.


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