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The Laughing Dead (1989)

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Zombies, demons, and a mad doctor await a bus-load of folks looking for a tour of Aztec ruins. Father O'Sullivan is a Catholic priest who has lost his faith in God and who cannot forget the... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Sullivan ...
Father O' Sullivan
Wendy Webb ...
Tessie
Premika Eaton ...
Laurie
Patrick Roskowick ...
Ivan
Larry Kagen ...
Wilbur
Krista Keim ...
Clarisse
Gregory Frost ...
Frost
Raymond Ridenour ...
Dozois
Ryan Effner ...
Cal
Joey Acedo ...
Policeman #1
John Anthoni ...
Acolyte #1
Hank Azcona ...
Police Sergeant
George Barnett ...
Policeman #2
Edward Bryant ...
Bus Driver
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Zombies, demons, and a mad doctor await a bus-load of folks looking for a tour of Aztec ruins. Father O'Sullivan is a Catholic priest who has lost his faith in God and who cannot forget the nun with whom he once had an affair (and a son). O'Sullivan serves as tour guide for archaeological student Cal, New Agers Wilbur and Clarisse Lemming, runaway Laurie, and tourists Dozois and Frost on a bus trip to Mexico. No one is more surprised than O'Sullivan when his love, Tessie, also boards the bus with her bratty son Ivan. In Mexico, Cal reveals his knowledge of a crucial ancient text, just in time for the Day of the Dead festivities. Meanwhile, evil Dr. Um-tzec is planning an apotheosis for himself that will culminate in his incarnation as the Death God, and what he needs to accomplish this is the hearts of sacrificial children ... lots and lots of hearts. While Father O'Sullivan grapples with the emotions of seeing Tessie again, he is approached by Dr. Um-tzec to perform an exorcism; but ... Written by Fiona Kelleghan <fkelleghan@aol.com

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This film is notable for the large number of fantasy/sci-fi/horror authors in the cast, several making their only appearance on film. Writer/director/actor Somtow Sucharitkul has published numerous novels as "S.P. Somtow"; star Tim Sullivan published several novels both before and after this film. Other novelists in the cast include Tim Powers (twice nominated for science fiction's Nebula award); Gregory Frost (perhaps best known for 1984s "Lyrec"); Edward Bryant and Arthur Byron Cover (both protégés of Harlan Ellison, with numerous novels to their credit); Brynne Stephens (1986's ''The Dream Palace", but probably better known for her scriptwriting work on TV shows like Batman: The Animated Series (1992) and Gargoyles (1994); and William F. Wu (two-time Hugo and Nebula nominee). See more »

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During the sacrificial ball game, one of the zombies can be seen wearing tube socks. See more »

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Father O'Sullivan: Have you heard of Tourette's Syndrome, DOCTOR Um-tzec?
Dr. Um-tzec: I am a doctor of divinity.
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Referenced in There's Nothing Out There (1991) See more »

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Who's Laughing Now?
1 September 2004 | by (Anywhere but here) – See all my reviews

Christian fell asleep...Hell, I was in it and *I* fell asleep. As Ms. Kelleghan states, most of the actors were not actors, we were writers who knew Somtow and were invited to play characters, some of which he named after us (Ray Ridenour's character is named "Dozois", because award-winning sf writer/editor Gardner Dozois was originally slated to play the part). Me, I channeled equal parts of Roddy McDowell and Thurston Howell III; but Ed Bryant (damn his eyes) stole the movie simply by being Ed. Nobody could top the delivery of "big IL' armadiller." The crew in general seemed to like us a lot, mainly I suspect, because we were all giddy idiots thrilled to be making a film in Hollyweird, unlike, say, actors, who are usually fighting over who has the biggest RV.

However...you watch this thing at your own peril. GF


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