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Dead End (1985)

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An unstable filmmaker risks his crew to shoot a documentary in a town overrun with flesh-eating zombies.

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Tom Rennigan
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Lolia Hollander
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An unstable filmmaker risks his crew to shoot a documentary in a town overrun with flesh-eating zombies.

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The filmmakers used real blood and gore donated from a local slaughter house. See more »

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During the final showdown between Zombies and Military, a zombie winces and begins to cover his face just before an explosion. See more »

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Tom Rennigan: And here, I thought that stinky smell was bile.
Don Collier: What're you talkin' about?
Tom Rennigan: I'm talkin' about fleas, Donny. Mindless hopping vermin, ofttimes carried by mangy strays, and by people of questionable nature. People who turn backs on friends and the like.
Don Collier: I just want to live, Tom. That's all any of us want, is to live.
Tom Rennigan: No one lives. End of the day, Donny, we're all chalkmarks.
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Credits appear at the end of the film, as blood and scattered body parts strewn upon the ground. See more »

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Funny, but way too violent
1 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I like gory movies, but a baby Zombie returning to the womb is simply going too far. In "Dawn of the Dead," George Romero deliberately used off-color blood. It was red, but it didn't exactly LOOK like blood, and I think that was good. It added a slight non-real look to the film. The producers of "Dead End" supposedly used real blood and real gore, and that's just gross. There's an unusual "realism" to this movie which is unnerving, and at times I felt like I was watching a snuff film. There's so much screaming and so much misery, it's hard to believe any of these people were just acting. The zombie attacks in this movie aren't scary, they're simply ugly. It's like the filmmakers wanted to remind viewers that people bleed when they die, and they don't stop screaming until the lights go out. SOME of the gore would have worked, if not for the ugly documentary-style of film-making, constantly jolting the viewer. The characters are more or less believable, but none of them are very likable. The dialogue is fast and funny, but again, we don't like these people. The lead character is a reckless, devil-may-care jerk who thoughtlessly endangers the lives of everyone around him, just for the sake of "getting the shot."

However, in between all the disgusting deaths and the restraints of what must have been a non-existent budget, this movie leapfrogs to Naked Gun-like comedy, much of which is laugh-out-loud hysterical. The filmmakers take jabs at everything from Rocky Horror and Star Trek to President Reagan and Scientology, and numerous '50's horror movies, including a hilarious homage to Howard Hawks' "The Thing." There's even a character named Romero who starts kicking a dead horse.

It's too bad this movie can't be edited and re-released, minus most of the bloodshed. It could've been one of the funniest movies ever, but instead it's just one of the ugliest, redeemed by some imaginative deaths and some very funny moments.


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