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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
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
Scott Spiegel ... Richards
Jeff Welch ... Cmdr. Carpenter
Michael Todd ... Jason / Van driver
J.R. Bookwalter ... Lloyds
Jennifer Mullen ... Powers
Joe Wedlake ... Dr. Savini
Lester Clark ... Dr. Bow
Michael Tolochko ... Randalls (as Michael Tolochko Jr.)
Barbara Gay ... Dr. J.
Bill Morrison ... Vox
Jerry Porter ... Soldier #1
Emilio Cornachione ... Soldier #2
Kelly Helmick ... Drag-along zombie / Hood zombie
Matt Patrick ... TV announcer
Jeffrey W. Scaduto ... Video store manager
John Dearing ... Thug in prologue
Anthony Regic ... Thug in prologue
Tina Gill ... Phone booth zombie
James L. Edwards ... Dead kid in farmhouse / Zombie Squad Unit 319 zombie
Robert W. Armstrong ... Farmhouse zombie #2
Robert Hudson ... Worker in Zombie Squad rec room
Ken Ingersoll ... Worker in Zombie Squad rec room
Cameron Armstrong ... Worker in Zombie Squad rec room
Louise Leininger ... Zombie Squad Unit 319 zombie
Chris Breiding ... Zombie Squad Unit 319 zombie
Melanie Todd ... Sacrifice Room victim
Scott P. Plummer ... Luther (van driver's zombie)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David P. Barton ... Fire Hydrant Zombie (uncredited)

Bruce Campbell ... Raimi / Cmdr. Carpenter (voice) (uncredited)
Thomas Tennant ... Zombie extra (uncredited)

Directed by
J.R. Bookwalter 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
J.R. Bookwalter  writer

Produced by
J.R. Bookwalter .... producer
Jolie Jackunas .... line producer
Scott P. Plummer .... co-producer
Sam Raimi .... executive producer (as The Master Cylinder)
Michael Todd .... associate producer
Original Music by
J.R. Bookwalter 
Cinematography by
Michael Tolochko  (as Michael Tolochko Jr.)
Film Editing by
J.R. Bookwalter 
Casting by
Jolie Jackunas 
Jon Killough 
Production Design by
Jon Killough 
Costume Design by
Louise Leininger 
Makeup Department
David P. Barton .... special effects makeup department head
J.R. Bookwalter .... additional makeup effects artist
Ron Contenza .... makeup effects assistant
Mike Davy .... additional makeup effects artist
Joanne Gallagher .... makeup artist
Tina Gill .... makeup artist
David Lange .... makeup effects assistant
Sharon Mirman .... key hair stylist
Sharon Mirman .... key makeup artist
Bill Morrison .... makeup effects
Jennifer Mullen .... makeup artist
Dave Nadvornik .... makeup effects assistant
Sean Rodgers .... makeup effects assistant
Susan Rothacker .... makeup artist
Lori Siegenthaler .... makeup artist
Michael Todd .... additional makeup effects artist
Natalie Vaughn .... makeup artist
Patty Witteman .... additional makeup effects
Production Management
J.R. Bookwalter .... post-production supervisor (as Lance Randas)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Todd .... assistant director
Art Department
Lauren Beck .... scenic designer
Randall Enlow .... scenic designer
Kelly Helmick .... set constructor
Kelly Johnson .... props mistress
Jon Killough .... set constructor
Michael 'D.O.C.' Porter .... logo designer: zombie squad
Mary Sue Poulelis .... props assistant
Jeffrey W. Scaduto .... designer: zombie squad wagon
Michael Tolochko .... designer: zombie squad wagon (as Michael Tolochko Jr.)
Sound Department
David Aird .... post-production sound assistant
Cameron Armstrong .... sound mixer (as Cameron Auxer Armstrong)
Bruce Campbell .... audio post-production supervisor
Tony Cannella .... post-production sound engineer
Maui Holcomb .... sound re-recording mixer (as Kenneth Ingersoll)
Ken Ingersoll .... sound mixer (as Kenneth Ingersoll)
Special Effects by
J.R. Bookwalter .... explosive effects
Kelly Helmick .... explosive effects
Kelly Johnson .... explosive effects
Bryan R. Yoho .... special effects crew
Vince Rossetti .... special effects makeup (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
John R. Ellis .... digital effects artist
Kelly Helmick .... stunt coordinator
Kelly Helmick .... stunts
Scott P. Plummer .... stunts
Anthony Regic .... stunts
Michael Todd .... stunts
Joe Wedlake .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
J.R. Bookwalter .... camera operator
Chris Breiding .... grip
John Dearing .... grip
Roger Graham .... still photographer
Robert Hudson .... camera operator
Robert Hudson .... videographer
Anthony Regic .... grip
Jeffrey W. Scaduto .... gaffer (as Jeffrey W. 'Spud' Scaduto)
Joseph M. Setele .... gaffer (as Joseph Setele)
Michael Tolochko .... camera operator (as Michael Tolochko Jr.)
Joe Wedlake .... dolly grip
Casting Department
Gail Dearing .... extras casting assistant
Barbara Katz-Norrod .... extras casting assistant (as Barbara Norrod)
Martina Matich .... extras casting assistant
Jennifer Mullen .... extras casting supervisor
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mary Sue Poulelis .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Del Casher .... post-production services
Bill DeRonde .... on-line editor
Dave Keleshian .... color timer (as David Keleshian)
Ernest Prell .... on-line editor
Music Department
J.R. Bookwalter .... musician
Transportation Department
Joe Catrone .... transportation
Jerry Porter .... transportation
Other crew
Daron Anderson .... extra
Michael Aust .... extra
Carolyn Bookwalter .... insurance
Jennifer Bookwalter .... extra
Robert Bookwalter .... weapons
Christine Braybon .... extra
Chris Breiding .... slate (as Chris 'The Rock' Breiding)
Phyllis Brown .... extra
John Chapman .... locations
Dan Church .... locations: Edwin Shaw Hospital
Geoffrey Cole .... pre-production assistant
Judith Cross .... extra
Gail Dearing .... assistant coordinator
Lesa Dieter .... slate
James L. Edwards .... key intern
Ora Ford .... extra
Brian L. Gault .... intern
Tina Gill .... production coordinator
Tina Gill .... production secretary
Tina Gill .... script supervisor
James Gray .... locations: Springfield High School
Ralph Hannaman .... intern
Ronald Hintz .... locations: Tallmadge A&W Restaurant
Barbara Katz-Norrod .... production coordinator (as Barbara Norrod)
Delbert Killough .... weapons
Ray Murphy .... extra
Tracie Murphy .... extra
Dennis Petersen .... film conformist
Mary Picirilli .... extra
Vince Rossetti .... pre-production assistant
Jay Shaffstall .... pre-production assistant
Mike Shea .... production coordinator (as Michael Shea)
Douglas Snauffer .... pre-production assistant
Moses Stein .... extra
James Stout .... extra
R. Larry Stucky .... locations: Mogadore High School
David A. Wagner .... pre-production assistant
Fleet Woods .... extra
Ariauna Albright .... special thanks
Pat Antonio .... special thanks: The City of Akron, Ohio
Betty Ashcraft .... special thanks
Jerry Berkebile .... special thanks
Robert Bookwalter .... special thanks
Tina M. Bookwalter .... special thanks (as Tina Marie Gill-Bookwalter)
Daniel Greathouse .... special thanks
David Kuehls .... special thanks
J.L. Levy .... special thanks
Steve McKelley .... special thanks
Timothy O'Rawe .... special thanks

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Also Known As:
"The Dead Next Door: Another Evil Dead" - Japan (English title) (video box title)
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78 min
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Some of the main characters are named after important people involved in the horror movie industry: Raimi - Sam Raimi, Savini - Tom Savini, Cmdr. Carpenter - John Carpenter. Among these listed, the Captain also includes of soldiers that they have lost which include Romero (George A. Romero) and King (Stephen King).See more »
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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
An unassuming zombie flick brought to fruition on zip budget, admittedly had its occasional moments., 29 July 2007
Author: Nick Drew

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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