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Dead Alive (1992)
"Braindead" (original title)

 -  Comedy | Horror  -  12 February 1993 (USA)
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A young man's mother is bitten by a Sumatran rat-monkey. She gets sick and dies, at which time she comes back to life, killing and eating dogs, nurses, friends, and neighbors.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Timothy Balme ...
Diana Peñalver ...
Elizabeth Moody ...
Mum (Vera Cosgrove)
Ian Watkin ...
Brenda Kendall ...
Stuart Devenie ...
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Stephen Papps ...
Zombie McGruder
Murray Keane ...
Glenis Levestam ...
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Elizabeth Mulfaxe ...
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Lionel, a Mama's boy has the unwanted honor of having to look after his overbearingly evil mother. He ends up falling in love with a local woman who believes that they're destined together. In a moment of intentional sabotage of one of their dates, his mother is bitten by a mysterious creature that ends up zombifying her. It's only a matter of time before she rises from the dead a powerful, bloodthirsty zombie. It's only a matter of time before she starts infecting residents of the town and Lionel has to stop her...and them. Written by Mystic80

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love | zombie | monkey | new zealand | zoo | See more »

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Comedy | Horror

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Rated R for an abundance of outrageous gore | See all certifications »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$242,623 (USA)
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| (R-rated) | (unrated) | (FSK 16) | (1992) (1993) (cut) | (heavily cut) | (DVD edition)

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doesn't get any better..
9 October 2003 | by (Happy Land, who lives in a Gumdrop House on Lolly Pop Lane) – See all my reviews

Quite possibly the best horror movie of all time, Dead Alive (the unrated version)is bar none the epitome for zombie violence. Peter Jackson is the man when it comes to making any type of movie, low budget-high budget, whatever. There are so many spectacularly creative deaths in this movie, and scenes of pure blood splatter, that no other horror movie will inflict a severe gross out effect on you again. I'm serious too, I saw this movie in '94, and I've still yet to see anything this awesome. I've heard there are some pretty cool Japanese movies like "Lai Wong", and "Versus" was really good, though not as gross as "DA". Of course, if you really need to see something off the charts, watch "Urotsukidoji". It doesn't matter which one, I'm sure they're all nuts. Back to Dead Alive, at first the movie is really iffy, though the gore is still present, but then it just starts to roll. Greating acting by Timothy Balme as well! Just watch it, and love it! Just make sure you're a horror fan.


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