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The Dead Come Home -- Eight friends go to fix up an old house in which they find the former owner buried in the backyard. When one of the friends decides to destroy the grave, the carnage begins.


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Eight friends go to fix up an old house that Mark has purchased. Upon arriving they find the grave of Annabelle (the former owner) in the back yard... See more » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Mark Zobian ... Ron

Victor Verhaeghe ... Bob
Sarah Newhouse ... Jamie

Douglas Gibson ... Mark / OldLady (as Douglas F. Gibson)
J.D. Cerna ... Steve (as John Dayton Cerna)
Naomi Kooker ... Linda
Eugene Sautner ... Joey

Rob Moretti ... S
James Griffith ... Ricky
Leighann Belair ... 1940s Girl
Albert Jaccoma ... 1940s Dead Man (as Albert J. Wingate)
Darrell Gibson ... Old Lady Double
Bruce Spaulding Fuller ... Bob's Legs on Ground
Pam Lewis ... Old Lady (voice)

Directed by
James Riffel  (as J. Riffel)
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(in alphabetical order)
James Riffel  (as J. Riffel)

Produced by
Mark Bladis .... executive producer
Melisse Lewis .... producer
James Riffel .... executive producer (as J. Riffel)
Original Music by
William B. Riffel 
Cinematography by
Mark Petersson (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Valerie Schwartz 
Art Direction by
Janice Irwin 
Makeup Department
Ed French .... special makeup effects
Bruce Spaulding Fuller .... special makeup effects artist
Erica Jane .... special makeup effects assistant
Eugene Sautner .... special makeup effects assistant
Erik Schaper .... special makeup effects artist
Gary Yee .... makeup lab technician
Production Management
Ted Schilowitz .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michelangelo Csaba Bolla .... assistant director (as Csaba Bolla)
Scott Rhodes .... second unit director
Sound Department
Leslie Harkness .... boom operator
Douglas Tourtelot .... sound mixer (as Doug Tourtelot)
Bob Griffith .... stunt coordinator
Scott Rhodes .... stunt coordinator
Scott Rhodes .... stunts
Eric Shaper .... stunt double: Joey
Camera and Electrical Department
Bonnie Blake .... assistant camera
Arik Caspi .... grip
Arik Caspi .... swing electric
George Gibson .... key grip
George B. Kelly .... gaffer (as George Kelly)
Mark Miller .... still photographer
John Petersson .... gaffer
Paul Reuter .... assistant camera
Susan Starr .... camera operator
Alex Webster .... best boy
Music Department
Celeste Hines .... music editor
Valerie Schwartz .... music editor

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Also Known As:
"Dead Dudes in the House" - USA (reissue title)
"The House on Tombstone Hill" - USA (alternative title)
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95 min
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Completed in 1988 (as "The Dead Come Home").See more »
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Referenced in Dead Air (1999)See more »


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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
The "Dead Dudes" are Better than Some That are Alive, 23 August 2010
Author: Steve Pulaski from United States

Its been called "Troma's unsung masterpiece" and "the best Troma film ever made". No, it's not The Toxic Avenger, its the silent Troma film Dead Dudes in the House! Released in 1991, Dead Dudes in the House is a unique and very dark (literally) horror film that's campy style I can compare to Open Water. Both films take place in a simple setting, this one in a house, and Open Water in an ocean. 90% of the film takes place in the house and I've always loved movies like that. Its a claustrophobic, "put yourself in their shoes" movie. If you don't pretend you're one of the characters in a movie like this then you wont enjoy it. Teens locked in a house, yawn. Imagine you're one of the teens locked in the house, cant escape, gasp! The movie was without a doubt very poor in the production area with some scenes being shot so dark it's hard to see anything (thank God for the brightness on my computer). Same goes with movies like Albino Farm and H2: Halloween 2. So dark, whats going on is a mystery. One thing that also makes me laugh is the characters on the cover aren't the ones in the movie. Which leads to my assumption that they shot the poster/box art for the movie before they shot the actual movie and they had no idea who would play the "dudes" in the house, so they rounded up a few no names and boom, had themselves a poster. There's also three girls in the movie and their not on the cover. Plus they referred to the kids has "hip-hop teens" when no references to hip-hop are made.

Anyway, the story is about a group of adolescents that go to a seemingly abandoned house to fix it up and use it to their needs. After encountering a stubborn door that wont open, they try escape the house, but all of the windows aren't glass and the shutters close trapping them in the house. They learn a suspicious and unusual old women still lives in the home and she kills the teens off one by one. Its up to the teens themselves to escape the house or been the women's next victim.

For what ever minor budget they had on this film, they used it wisely because all the gore effects (all practical, of course) are so realistic and very gruesome looking. Its amazing a low budget movie has more appealing gore effects than ones done by CGI because isn't CGI supposed to improve matters in films? Not in the 21st Century, hell no. All CGI does is loosen the reality and the fun of Horror films nowadays. We finally see practical effects that are very much realistic and almost like they could be real blood.

The actors in the movie are less than professional, so are the punches they throw. But thats the fun of it. I love cheesy, low budget, no rules Horror movies. Indie films are taking over. Their now the closest to originality and style that we are gonna get. So we better take what we got. Dead Dudes in the House is a throwback to the 90s, all out gore fest that has some cool dialog shots and different character personalities. Some shots of dialog are great and I love the different types of teens shown in here. The jerk, the nerd, the jock, and the girls. Very strange and odd Horror film. Troma's best.

Starring: James Griffith, John Dayton Cerna, Sarah Newhouse, Douglas Gibson, Victor Verhaeghe, and Mark Zobian. Directed by: James Riffel.

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