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The Video Dead (1987)

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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 overview, first billed only:
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
The Woman
Victoria Bastel ...
April Ellison (as Vickie Bastel)
Libby Russler ...
Garrett Dressler ...
Mr. Ellison
Melissa Martin ...
B-Movie Housewife
Cliff Watts ...
The Garbageman


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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The living dead are here, and they're lusting for blood - yours! See more »


Comedy | Horror


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Release Date:

November 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El video de la muerte  »

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Box Office


$80,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


While filming the infamous coming out of the television scene, actor Jack Stellman nearly fainted from breathing in the Co2 used to create the fog effect and had to be taken outside for air. See more »


When Maria (Libby Russler) is being strangled by Ironhead, she is still clearly breathing heavily throughout the ordeal. See more »


Jeff Blair: But why mirrors?
Joshua Daniels: The reason for the mirrors is simple, the dead can't stand to look at themselves. Same goes for when a living person comes up against one of 'em. When the living person shows fear, it all comes home again, that they're different. All they wanna do is kill the only thing they can never be: the living.
Jeff Blair: But what if a person could keep from showing fear? Wouldn't he be safe?
Joshua Daniels: Keep from showing fear? Only two ways of doin' 'em in, least as far as I know. First is to, trap 'em in a ...
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Referenced in Robot Ninja (1989) See more »


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A fun movie for those Zombie lovers.
25 February 2003 | by (Canberra, Australia) – See all my reviews

The Video Dead is truly another classic Zombie movie. Although corny in parts, it epitomises the true Zombie culture - to devour human flesh and brains. There is no mucking around with this movie. The Zombies come straight out of the box (literally) and the residents are faced with the dilemma of how to entice the flesh eaters back into their haunted television. There is also an unexpected scene in the movie - one which surprised me when I fully expected the person to survive the Zombie encounter.

Although not recommended for those who are not Zombie lovers, it is a must for the Zombie fanatic. After all, Zombies do normally get a bad rap - bring on more Zombie movies.

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