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Dead Mate (1988)

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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
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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 <>

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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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Strange, sometimes compelling horror flick
16 October 2012 | by (Williamsburg, VA) – See all my reviews

Nora Mae Edwards (Elizabeth Mannino) is a waitress at a tiny dine who gets swept off her feet by wealthy John Henry Cox (David Gregory). Well, not really. She accepts his marriage proposal after knowing him for all of three minutes ("I've waited for something like this my whole life"). He takes her to his home of New Bury, New York and they get married in the Cox family funeral home (ah, romance!). Of course, things aren't as they seem in this small town and soon Nora Mae finds out the locals are all horny necrophiliacs because, well, they just are. This low budget horror film comes from writer-director Straw Weisman and producer Lew Mishkin (son of William). It is really a mixed bag as the production is pretty horrendous at points (the music changes sound like someone moving the needle to separate tracks on a record and the voice overs are horrendous) and the script is a total nightmare (they couldn't think up a better story than a random guy picking up a waitress; why not have them start as college sweethearts and he is finally taking her home to meet the family?). Yet there is something oddly compelling about the film. Maybe it is the small town or the gore effects. Or maybe its just that I'm not that discerning of a viewer? Only recommended if you have the desire to see a guy riding a motorcycle with his skin peeling off at top speeds.

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