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Dead Mate (1988)

Not Rated | | Horror | September 1988 (USA)
Cute waitress/hooker is romanced and wed to handsome stranger/funeral director. He, as well as most of the town prefer their women dead. She is the obvious candidate for that position, as ... See full summary »




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Elizabeth Mannino ...
Nora Mae Edwards
David Gregory ...
John Henry Cox
Larry Bockius ...
Sheriff Porter (as Lawrence Bockius)
Judith Mayes ...
Emmaline Strickland
Adam Wahl ...
Evan Matthews
Rev. Collins
Kelvin Keraga ...
Morley the Chauffeur
Kenneth Giek ...
Bill Billings
Nevada Belle ...
Kathleen Margo ...
Cicely Matthews
Elizabeth Schram ...
Her Feet
Mark McCally ...
Dawn Carpenter ...
James Brummel ...
Jimmy, the Dishwasher
Lars Hundere ...


Cute waitress/hooker is romanced and wed to handsome stranger/funeral director. He, as well as most of the town prefer their women dead. She is the obvious candidate for that position, as his two previous wives were in terrible shape even for dead persons. She must be fleet of foot indeed to avoid their fate. Written by P Ferrell <philf@olypen.com>

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Don't kiss me, I'm not dead...yet.




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September 1988 (USA)  »

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Graverobbers  »

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Kenneth Giek was the owner of several local funeral homes and his hearses were used in the shooting. See more »


John Henry Cox: And best of all she's safe, it's safe sex now, because we can't get AIDS from dead people.
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Performed by Shawn Casey O'Brien and The Cripples
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check the double bill: "Monstrosity" is worse
23 December 2003 | by See all my reviews

I saw this on a DVD double-bill with Andy Milligan's "Monstrosity". I see where people say "Graverobbers" (a.k.a "Dead Mate") is the worst movie ever. I dunno, I kinda think "Manos: Hands of Fate" is worse, but this merely a matter of semantics; both are awful bad. But, the other film on this DVD, "Monstrosity" is certainly worse than "Graverobbers". Both films were well-pared. Both are tasteless, cheap exploitation films, and surprisingly, "Graverobbers" has the higher production values of the two. The director of "Graverobbers" had once worked with "Monstrosity" creator Andy Milligan. Imagine, both incredibleminds and their films on one disc!

The thing is, as tasteless as "Graverobbers" is, it is still more entertaining (again, semantics) than "Monstrosity". At least I was (sort of) rooting for the heroine in "Graverobbers", and well, the production values in that film were better. "Monstrosity" cannot escape its bargain-basement production values, its hideous, altering tone, and the most grating lead performance (by Haal Borske) in my long term memory.

But, that's not to say "Graverobbers" is any good. It's low-grade direct to video nonsense that is about as useful as J. Lo's nipple-tweeker. Of course, at least that guy has a skill.

The makers of "Graverobbers" display no skill that I can descern. Granted, some parts were funny (a category "Monstrosity" fails in, unintentional laughs aside), but I think even there I give "Graverobbers" too much credit.

Forget any of the praise. Just avoid that double-feature DVD disc, because the side effects of watching both films on the same day will leave you sticking your tongue in a power outlet because you can't take another minute of the pain...

Unless you enjoy the bottom-of-the-barrel bad movies...

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