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The Video Dead (1987)

R  |  Video  |   |  Comedy, Horror  |  November 1987 (USA)
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A family takes delivery of a new TV set, unaware that it is the gateway by which killer zombies enter the world.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael St. Michaels ...
Henry Jordan
Thaddeus Golas ...
Deliveryman #1
Douglass Bell ...
Deliveryman #2 (as Douglas Bell)
Al Millan ...
Taxi Driver / Ironhead
Roxanna Augesen ...
Zoe Blair
Lory-Michael Ringuette ...
Mover #1 / Half Creeper (as Lory Ringuette)
George Kernan ...
Mover #2
Rocky Duvall ...
Jeff Blair
Sam David McClelland ...
Joshua Daniels
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The Woman
Victoria Bastel ...
April Ellison (as Vickie Bastel)
...
Maria
Garrett Dressler ...
Mr. Ellison
Melissa Martin ...
B-Movie Housewife
Cliff Watts ...
The Garbageman
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Storyline

An unlabelled crate from an unknown source is delivered to a house in the woods. The homeowner unwisely accepts the delivery, only to discover it contains a TV set that starts spewing giggling zombies all over the place. When a new family moves into the now-abandoned house, the son discovers the haunted televsion and is soon told what he needs to do to send the zombies back where they belong. Knowing and doing, however, are two very different things, and the zombies are not likely to go quietly. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Look what's living inside your television. See more »

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Comedy | Horror

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November 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El video de la muerte  »

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$80,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The film was originally meant to have about 14 zombies spew from the cursed television set, all of which were developed characters that had written backgrounds that only the actors portraying them would know. Due to budget constraints and the demand of having grotesque zombies with full latex appliance pieces - the number of zombies was dwindled down to the main five but a sixth was added later in the production when more money was given. See more »

Goofs

Joshua, Jeff, and Zoe place mirrors on the front door in order to keep the zombies away from the house. Then moments after their dialogue, a camera shot from outside of the house reveals that the mirrors on the front door are now gone. Yet no zombies where ever seen removing them. See more »

Quotes

Zoe Blair: Your strange!
Jeff Blair: Well that's me ok? I'm a STRANGE person!
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References The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) See more »

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Gotta Love It!!!
1 April 2004 | by (York, PA , U.S.A. silly!) – See all my reviews

It was the year 1989 (or so), and back then renting horror videos was the coolest thing a kid could do. I remember coming across some strange, hilarious, campy, and downright offensive stuff, and I thought it was great. The Video Dead eventually crossed my path. Now this flick definitly isn't a serious entry in my personal horror hall-o-fame, but now that the years have passed I kinda miss it. True: the acting is bad, and the punch-line about the poodle screwing a skunk is unneccesary at best. (This isn't Hollywood folks. BUT WHO THE HELL NEEDS HOLLYWOOD?) These Days I have began a tedious quest to collect those campy flicks I saw as a kid, and Video Dead is one thats evaded my grasp to date. I truly recommend this film for any Zombie fan or horror enthusiast simply because it is a prime example of B-Movie Glory. Great Zombie make-up EFX... A Twilight Zone-esque story about a posesseed television set... Nostalgic 80's synthed out soundtrack... Chainsaw mayhem... Ands lets not forget about a mysterious Goth girl that seduces the teenage boy (and who almost resembles a male crossdresser)...

Sounds groovy if you ask me!

I still cant find a single copy of this film(no dvd produced to date)


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