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Dead Alive (1992)

Braindead (original title)
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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

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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 ...
Lewis Rowe ...
Elizabeth Mulfaxe ...
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Davina Whitehouse ...
Silvio Famularo ...
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Storyline

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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There's something nasty in Lionel's cellar - His family! See more »

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Comedy | Fantasy | Horror

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

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12 February 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dead Alive  »

Box Office

Budget:

$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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Trivia

Diana Peñalver's character is named after the grandmother of the actress, Paquita María Sánchez. See more »

Goofs

When Lionel recounts the tale of his father's drowning, framing his face are iron bars. At the end of the story when Paquita takes his hand, the bars are gone and he is instead leaning against a chain link fence. See more »

Quotes

Father McGruder: I kick ass for the Lord!
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Referenced in Turbo Kid (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Maori Battalion
Composed by A. Amarau
Performed by the Maori Battalion
Published by the Musical Import Company
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All time best horror-comedy? Could be.
20 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

Crazy, visceral, over the top, quirky, violent, gory, silly, extreme and (in it's own way) sweet, are just a few words that can describe this visual extravaganza.

What makes it such a good movie? It's fast paced, it's witty, it's charming... and it is GROUNDBREAKING,it's an important movie of the genre.

Lionel is a loser who lives with his dominant mother. Lionel finds a way out, by hooking up with Paquita (a beautiful Diana Peñalver), but soon Lionel's mother gets bitten by a RAT MONKEY and she gradually starts to decompose (it's hilarious) and turns into a living dead... Lionel like a loving son he is, tries to hide the fact that her mother is a zombie, keeping her sedated with drugs... until, naturally, all hell breaks loose.

Timothy Balme is genius as Lionel, I mean; HE'S SO UNDERRATED, he gives a truly comedic performance that's top notch and really entertaining, so is the rest of the cast.

This is my favorite Peter Jackson film, and maybe one of the best horror comedies EVER. It's so f***ed-up, crazy and over the top it's almost poetic.

Everyone who considers himself (or Herself) a Horror Lover, a GoreHound, a rare-movie seeker or a Three Stooges fan should get their hands on this unusual flick.


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