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Braindead (1992)

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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Elizabeth Moody ...
Ian Watkin ...
Brenda Kendall ...
Nurse McTavish
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Stephen Papps ...
Zombie McGruder
Murray Keane ...
Scroat
Glenis Levestam ...
Lewis Rowe ...
Elizabeth Mulfaxe ...
Rita
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Silvio Famularo ...
Paquita's Father
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Storyline

Deep in the lush jungles of the isolated Skull Island lies the habitat of the elusive, yet endangered and utterly vicious "Simian Raticus", or better known as by its common name, the Sumatran Rat-Monkey, a hideous mix of a virus-carrying slave-ship rat and a tree monkey. Presently, back in New Zealand's Wellington, the oppressed Lionel Cosgrove who lives with his despotic mother Vera, has finally found his soulmate, Paquita, but sadly, his world will rapidly change when after a stroll at the local Zoo, a live specimen of the rare species will bite Vera. Now that she's got the "bite", with the infection spreading and turning Vera into a festering, puss-squirting living dead ravenous for flesh, things are bound to get out of hand, as an ever-growing collection of stiffs and other stimulant-enhanced zombie misfits detained in Lionel's house basement will demand immediate action. Poor Lionel he needs to step up and clear up the mess, but above all, summon the courage to confront his ... Written by Nick Riganas

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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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12 February 1993 (USA)  »

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Dead-Alive  »

Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£55,027 (UK) (16 May 1993)

Gross:

$242,623 (USA)
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The BBFC loved the film and found the gore so comical and inoffensive that they seriously considered granting it a "15" certificate. In the end they determined that the sheer quantity of gore would confound expectations at "15" and therefore rated it "18". See more »

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When 3 of the zombies are high on Animal Stimulants and are going rabid at the house party, several girls have locked themselves in a room. A guy starts to crawl in with no flesh from his waist down. In one of the shots as they pull him in, you can see his real body as the skinless legs are kicking. See more »

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Mum: [Waving a knife around] Look at this dust! It's an inch thick!
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References Allegro non troppo (1976) See more »

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The Stars and Moon
Composed by Peter Dasent and Jane Lindsay
Performed by Kate Swadling
Published by Mana Music/Central
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Brilliant zombie-movie
6 July 2000 | by (Arendal, Norway) – See all my reviews

Braindead was the first really gory splattermovie I saw, and I have seen plenty since then, but Braindead is still the best zombie/comedy-movie I`ve ever seen. All the actors are terrible but that is precisely what makes this movie so cool. It is the king of the cult-movie. What really makes this movie a must is all the zombies and the extremely ultraviolent way they are slaughtered. As you may understand by now, you need to have a sick sense of humour to watch this film. Peter Jackson rules! 10/10














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