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Dead Alive (1992) More at IMDbPro »Braindead (original title)

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Dead Alive -- 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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Release Date:
12 February 1993 (USA) See more »
Some things won't stay down... even after they die. See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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13 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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Oh, God, I Love This Movie! See more (562 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Timothy Balme ... Lionel Cosgrove
Diana Peñalver ... Paquita Maria Sanchez
Elizabeth Moody ... Mum (Vera Cosgrove)
Ian Watkin ... Uncle Les
Brenda Kendall ... Nurse McTavish
Stuart Devenie ... Father McGruder

Jed Brophy ... Void
Stephen Papps ... Zombie McGruder
Murray Keane ... Scroat
Glenis Levestam ... Nora Matheson
Lewis Rowe ... Mr. Matheson
Elizabeth Mulfaxe ... Rita

Harry Sinclair ... Roger
Davina Whitehouse ... Paquita's Grandmother
Silvio Famularo ... Paquita's Father
Brian Sergent ... Vet
Peter Vere-Jones ... Undertaker
Tina Regtien ... Mandy
Bill Ralston ... Stewart
Tony Hopkins ... Winston
Tony Hiles ... Zoo Keeper
Duncan Smith ... Drunk
Tich Rowney ... Barry
George Port ... Lawrence
Stephen Andrews ... Spike
Nick Ward ... Spud
Kenny McFadden ... Gladstone

Angela Robinson Witherspoon ... Courtney (as Angela Robinson)
Johnny Chico ... Head Chief

Peter Jackson ... Undertaker's Assistant
James Grant ... Tram Driver
Michelle Turner ... Blond Woman
Jim Booth ... Lionel's Father
Sam Dallimore ... Young Lionel
Anna Cahill ... Mother at Park
Kate Jason-Smith ... Mother at Park

Fran Walsh ... Mother at Park (as Frances Walsh)
Norman Willerton ... Tramp at Park
Robert Ericson ... Boy on Bike
Morgan Rowe ... Baby Selwyn
Sean Hay ... Baby Selwyn
Vicki Walker ... Selwyn (voice)
Chris Short ... Customs Official

Jamie Selkirk ... Father at Zoo
Brad Selkirk ... Son at Zoo
Forrest J. Ackerman ... Forry
Gim Bon ... Featured Party Zombie

Sarah Scott Davis ... Featured Party Zombie
Anthony Donaldson ... Featured Party Zombie
Jo Edgecombe ... Featured Party Zombie
Mel Edgecombe ... Featured Party Zombie
Melody French ... Featured Party Zombie
Ken Hammon ... Featured Party Zombie
Michael Helms ... Featured Party Zombie
Mary O'Leary ... Featured Party Zombie
Simon Perkins ... Featured Party Zombie
Annie Prior ... Featured Party Zombie
Vanessa Redmond ... Featured Party Zombie
Chris Ryan ... Featured Party Zombie
Tim Saywell ... Featured Party Zombie
Paul Shannon ... Featured Party Zombie
Belinda Todd ... Featured Party Zombie
Elizabeth Brimilcombe ... Zombie's Mother
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Queen Elizabeth II ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Peter Jackson 
Writing credits
Stephen Sinclair (story)

Stephen Sinclair (screenplay) &
Fran Walsh (screenplay) (as Frances Walsh) &
Peter Jackson (screenplay)

Produced by
Jim Booth .... producer
Jamie Selkirk .... associate producer
Original Music by
Peter Dasent 
Cinematography by
Murray Milne 
Film Editing by
Jamie Selkirk 
Casting by
Fran Walsh  (as Frances Walsh)
Production Design by
Kevin Leonard-Jones 
Art Direction by
Ed Mulholand 
Costume Design by
Chris Elliott 
Makeup Department
Damian D'Cruz .... assistant makeup artist
Susan Davis .... assistant makeup artist
Kareen Donaldson .... assistant makeup artist
Debra East .... makeup artist
Debra East .... wig designer
Marjory Hamlin .... prosthetics/makeup supervisor
Clifford Hughes .... prosthetics makeup assistant
Bob McCarron .... makeup artist
Bob McCarron .... prosthetics
Belinda Villani .... prosthetics sculptor 'uncredited'
Production Management
Nicola Olsen .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Witemara Rakete .... second assistant director
Chris Short .... first assistant director
Art Department
Tony Arnolo .... carpenter
Karen Baker .... set finisher
Dave Cleary .... scenic artist
James Dickson .... art department runner
Tony Eversen .... carpenter
Peter Frahm .... model maker
Mike Heffernan .... construction foreman
Shaun Jacobs .... carpenter trainee
Simon Jones .... model maker
Denise Kennedy .... art department researcher
Brad Mill .... property buyer
Brad Mill .... set dresser
John Morton .... stand-by carpenter
Colin Pacey .... carpenter
Christian Rivers .... storyboard artist
Tich Rowney .... model maker
Bryan Wakelin .... carpenter
Nick Weir .... stand-by props
Norman Willerton .... construction manager
Sound Department
Pino Ammendola .... (additional dialogue: Italian edition )
Michael Hedges .... sound mixer
Mike Hopkins .... sound designer
Tony Johnson .... sound recordist
Neil Maddever .... sound recording engineer
Sam Negri .... sound designer
Axel Paton .... additional sound (as Alexander Paton)
Axel Paton .... boom operator (as Alexander Paton)
Beth Tredray .... additional sound
Helen Luttrell .... foley recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Allan Burne .... creature and gore effects: technician
Stuart Conran .... creature and gore effects: technician
Clifford Hughes .... creature and gore effects: technician
Steve Ingram .... special effects coordinator
Alex Kennedy .... creature and gore effects: technician
Christian Rivers .... creature and gore effects: technician
Tania Rodger .... creature and gore effects: administrator
Dominic Taylor .... creature and gore effects: technician
Richard Taylor .... creature & gore effects
Richard Taylor .... stop motion animator
Bill Tompson .... creature and gore effects: technician
Grant Wallis .... creature and gore effects: technician
Visual Effects by
Michael Eastwood .... miniatures
Glen Henderson .... miniatures
Anna Hill .... miniatures
Peter Jackson .... miniatures
Jarrod Linton .... miniatures
Paul Noble-Campbell .... miniatures
Grant Wallis .... miniatures
Damon DeBerry .... stunts
Peter Hassall .... stunt coordinator
Peter Hassall .... stunts
Mark Taylor .... stunts
Tony Woolf .... stunts (as Tony Wolf)
Camera and Electrical Department
Rick Allender .... Steadicam operator
Richard Bluck .... Steadicam operator
Solomon Bollinger .... electrician
Amanda Clark .... clapper loader
Linda Halle .... assistant grip
Steve Latty .... additional photographer
Thad Lawrence .... gaffer
Ian McCarroll .... lighting assistant
Hamish McIntyre .... grip
Mark Olsen .... camera operator
Gerry Vasbenter .... focus puller
Pierre Vinet .... still photographer
Nicola Wong .... video assist operator
Alan Woodfield .... electrician
Animation Department
Peter Jackson .... stop motion animator
Euan Frizzell .... animator: main title (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Tina Harris .... stand-by wardrobe
Hilary Niederer .... wardrobe assistant
Paul Sayers .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Eric De Beus .... assistant editor (as Eric De Beus)
Emma Haughton .... assistant editor
Location Management
Anna Cahill .... location manager
Music Department
Tony Backhouse .... musician: backing vocals
Peter Dasent .... music producer
Peter Dasent .... musician
Fane Flaws .... musician: guitar
Chris Gough .... music coordinator
Jim Lawrie .... musician: drums
John O'Connor .... musician: guitar
Lisa Spence .... musician: backing vocals
Kate Swadling .... musician: backing vocals
Jonathon Zwartz .... musician: guitar
Other crew
Jeff Addison .... puppeteer
David Arnell .... executive for Avalon
Fiona Bartlett .... production assistant
Damon DeBerry .... fight choreographer
John Gifford .... puppeteer
Linda Klein-Nixon .... accountant
Mandy Lowe .... puppeteer
Suzannah Morrison .... production assistant
Peter Martin Nelson .... legal service: USA
George Port .... puppeteer
Simon Rayner .... runner
Ramon Rivero .... supervising puppeteer (as Ramon Aguilar)
Sue Rogers .... title designer
Reg Russ .... executive for Avalon
Sue Thompson .... executive for Avalon
Bryn Tilly .... production assistant trainee
Ross Townsend .... caterer
Michelle Turner .... production coordinator
Jenny Vial .... continuity
Maureen Zust .... executive for Avalon
Gianluca Nardulli .... press officer: Italy (uncredited)
Linda Seger .... (script consultant ) (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Braindead" - New Zealand (original title)
"Dead-Alive" - USA (DVD box title)
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Rated R for an abundance of outrageous gore (heavily cut)
104 min | Argentina:99 min | Germany:94 min | USA:85 min (R-rated version) | USA:97 min (unrated version) | Germany:80 min (FSK 16 version) | Finland:92 min (cut version) (1992) (1993) | South Korea:85 min (heavily cut) | Spain:99 min (DVD edition)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:18 | Australia:R18+ | Austria:18 | Brazil:18 | Canada:R | Canada:18+ (Quebec) | Canada:16+ (Quebec) | Denmark:15 | Finland:K-18 (DVD version) (uncut) | Finland:(Banned) (original rating) | Finland:K-18 (cut) (1997) | Finland:K-18 (cut) (1993) | France:16 | Germany:(Banned) | Germany:BPjM Restricted | Germany:Not Rated | Germany:16 (heavily cut) | Hong Kong:III | Iceland:16 | Italy:VM14 | Japan:R-15 | Mexico:C | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:18 (video premiere) | Norway:15 (2004) (DVD rating) | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:(Banned) | South Korea:(Banned) (original rating) | South Korea:18 (re-rating) (heavily cut) | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | USA:Unrated | USA:R (heavily cut)

Did You Know?

The song played on the organ as the mourners wait to enter the church (prior to the embalming scene) is none other than Sodomy from Peter Jackson's previous film Meet the Feebles (1989).See more »
Anachronisms: The first Aleister Crowley "Thoth" deck appeared in a monochrome edition published by the Simpson Printing Company of Dallas, Texas, in the early 1960s. Llewellyn, in conjunction with the Ordo Templi Orientis, published the first color version in 1969.See more »
Mr. Matheson:[Eating custard with Vera's pus squirted in it] Damn fine custard. Rich and creamy, just the way I like it!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Horror Business (2005) (V)See more »
29 StepsSee more »


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76 out of 94 people found the following review useful.
Oh, God, I Love This Movie!, 22 August 2006
Author: CTS-1 from USA

This film is truly the finest hour of the young, aggressive, full-speed-ahead Peter Jackson. Check your squeamishness at the door and get ready for proof that splatter can be played for laughs.

Not all the laughs are splatter-based. The opening scene shows a zookeeper waving a permit to a tribe of hostile natives about to kill him, shouting out "per-mit! Per-mit!" From there, the film descends into the inspired, amused lunacy of the splatstick. Look for the cameo of a young, thin Peter Jackson as a mortician's assistant. Also look for the minor hilarious characters- the Nazi vet, the idiot football player, and most famous of all, Father MacGruder, he of the film's best one-liner.

Timothy Balme is excellent as the nebbishy mama's boy who ends up taking on the whole undead world by himself, with a couple of mechanical aids. He out-Ashes Ash! Like any good zombie film, the end features waves of zombies, but many with unique and twisted personalities of their own. The best is, of course, zombie baby. It is shocking and yet hilarious to see what zombie baby endures, and yet survives (perhaps to live on in the long awaited sequel?) Ten stars, and five out of five blood splats thrown up against the wall (during the last half hour).

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