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The Dead Next Door (1989)

Unrated | | Horror | November 1989 (USA)
An anti-Zombie team is assembled by the government to cope with an ever-growing undead infection and a religious cult of people protecting the zombies.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pete Ferry ...
Raimi (as Peter Ferry)
Bogdan Pecic ...
Dr. Moulsson (as Bogdan 'Don' Pecic)
Michael Grossi ...
Jolie Jackunas ...
Robert Kokai ...
Rev. Jones
Floyd Ewing Jr. ...
Capt. Kline
Roger Graham ...
Dr. Franklin
Maria Markovic ...
Jon Killough ...
Vincent / farmhouse zombie
Scott Spiegel ...
Jeff Welch ...
Cmdr. Carpenter
Michael Todd ...
Jason / Van Driver
J.R. Bookwalter ...
Jennifer Mullen ...
Joe Wedlake ...
Dr. Savini


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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The character of Rev. Jones is most likely based on Reverend James Warren "Jim" Jones. Jones was the founder and leader of the Peoples Temple. This was a well known cult in the late 1970's and is best known for the November 18, 1978 death of more than 900 Temple members in Jonestown, Guyana along with the deaths of nine other people at a nearby airstrip and in Georgetown, Guyana. As the Congressman, news and television reporters, and temple defectors boarded the plane, several armed guards from the temple arrived and fired at the group. One of the fatalities was Congressman Ryan. The murder of Congressman Ryan was the only murder of a Congressman in the line of duty in the history of the United States. Simultaneously, temple members committed mass suicide by drinking cyanide-laced grape flavored Flavor Aid along with a sedative. Jones was found dead in a deck chair with a gunshot wound to his head. Because of Jones, the tragedy at Guyana ranks among the largest mass suicides in history. It also the greatest single loss of American civilian life in a non-natural disaster until the events of September 11, 2001. See more »

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Out On The Road
Written by Mick Corcoran
Performed by Willie & The Wagon Wheels
© 1989 Mikk Music
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An unassuming zombie flick brought to fruition on zip budget, admittedly had its occasional moments.
29 July 2007 | by See all my reviews

When I first approached this, I was not half expecting something more crude and nasty, but instead I found this to be mildly entertaining and an inoffensive ode to the classics of the genre, e.g. 'Night of The Living Dead', 'The Evil Dead', et all.

Something about this I particularly enjoyed was the tongue in cheek, often self-mocking sense of humour, with such things as a zombie frequenting a video store, and its subsequent choice selection of tapes to rent, and there is a plethora of other in jokes which should please real fans. Other more satirical things like protesters congregating for the civil rights of zombies, and also a religious cult of fanatics which believe it is Gods' will that the un dead becomes the successors to the human race. I suppose many of these little touches go to lengths in characterising the movie.

As for the acting here, every player gives Oscar winning Jack Nicholson style performances, um, er, . . . I jest of course, seriously though, all of these willing unknowns do try, and seemingly give their best, and granted the somewhat underdeveloped threadbare script to work with, I think in most case's make up for general lack of natural talent with more gumption and enthusiasm.

The director\producer\writer here gives many of the characters names of established horror directors, like calling the main protagonist Raimi, and another one is called Doctor Savini. , And so on. On a side note, Fred Dekker took a similar approach with 'Night of The Creeps' released a couple of years later.

One of the problems that pull the rug from under this movie is that there is just too many characters, and none are really fleshed out properly, and there isn't really anything under lying the story to get your teeth into (sorry) making this rather chaotic and boring at times.

Effects wise, this has a few good moments, with occasional scenes which sport a zombie that has proper prosthetic makeup, which does look quite good taking into account the minimal resources. Also, some limited special gore effects, such as blood squirting and twitching body parts, which are done here in the style of Sam Raimi's aforementioned sleeper. Other than this however, most effects constitute just extras running around with some green paint smeared on their faces, as you might come to expect.

Overall, 'The Dead Next Door' remain a fairly decent zombie outing, and given the production values and time spent in development, can be looked at as a sort of achievement in its own right. Some chuckles and decent effects save it from being a complete waste of time, and I think it is more worthwhile than many modern horror efforts.

I can't recommend this one to everybody, but non-discriminating horror movie goers, and real splatter aficionado's will most likely get a bit of a kick out of it.

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