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The Video Dead (1987)

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 / Undead Ironhead
Roxanna Augesen ...
Zoe Blair
Lory-Michael Ringuette ...
Mover #1 / Undead 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)
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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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November 1987 (USA)  »

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$80,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Actor Jack Stellman would get so into his zombie role that he wouldn't talk to his other cast members, he would instead glare at them from across the room or grunt when they spoke to him. All of the zombies in the film had to audition for their roles by grunting/growling and performing their best zombie walk which were then incorporated into the finished film. Mr. Stellman came into his audition completely silent and in character, staring at the director with his "glare" and only delivering inaudible noises when asked questions. He was cast on the spot. See more »

Goofs

When Zoe leaves a message for her brother Jeff, she writes "Leff" instead of "Jeff" in cursive. 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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Dizzy Tonite
Performed by Debora Iyall
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Lotsa fun not to be taken seriously
8 April 2000 | by (DVD Drive-In) – See all my reviews

Everyone who says they hate this movie expected too much from it. A lot of "The Video Dead" is intentional humor that many viewers believe to be unintentional humor. Well, they're wrong.

"The Video Dead", unlike many zombie movies, doesn't try to be the next "Night of the Living Dead". It knows its limitations and doesn't try to break past them. The low budget is obvious, but just adds to the fun. The storyline contains a brand-new zombie myth complete with new methods of elimination, new motives, all that is left of the traditional zombie legend is the fact that they're dead and they walk around. The acting isn't the best, but Rosanna Augesen is excellent as the older sister who eventually has to serve the zombies dinner as they gather at her table! Not unnecessarily gory, some actually scary scenes (the zombies attack the brother as he hangs helplessly from a tree), and plenty of surprises, including a dead dog, a stripper killed by a "garbage man", and a love interest that gets squelched. Just expect anything, go into it with an open mind, and enjoy! I am serious, I love this movie, it makes my Top 5 zombie films list! It's so refreshing to see something so original after recently viewing crap like "Burial Ground" and "Night of the Zombies"!


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