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The Dead Next Door -- An inventive scientist has created the ultimate virus: it takes over and replaces a corpse's cells, using it as a slave to keep supplying its favorite dish...humans!


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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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Sam Raimi used his pay from Evil Dead II (1987) to fund this film.See more »
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Left For Dead (Instrumental Version)See more »


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19 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
There's no budget, there's no talent either, 24 April 2001
Author: josh nolan from England

This movie can claim to be a low, low budget gore movie without any attempt to actually any talent even though it thinks it has. The plans were just too big for the director J R Bookwalter to handle, he also covers most of the other production roles from cameo to credits designer, evidently everything he touches, he has no talent to back up whatsoever. The movie has no pace, tension, shock value, nothing at all. The ideas are great but Bookwalter, one can only assume was exercising sloppiness, chose not to care much about them. 85 minutes long and it feels like three hours; the acting is truly awful Scott Spiegel turns up in a small role, ruins the scene and then years later directed From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money, easily one of the worst movies ever made.

I may be a tad harsh, after all these types of horror movie aren't meant to be serious, but that's the rub, I think Bookwalter is so convinced that he was making a classic that he, and the large cast could not see that he couldn't handle the scope and the end result is so bad it's bad.

The gore parts, which is why most people watch these types of movies are good for the tiny budget, every penny spent us up there on the screen, but that is it's only saving grace. Mr Bookwalter, go and learn how to make movies before actually making one, The Dead Next Door entertained me for all the wrong reasons turning what was meant to be a serious stab at filmmaking, into a camp classic for the 'Don't care' generation. Sorry mate.

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