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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)
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Maria
Garrett Dressler ...
Mr. Ellison
Melissa Martin ...
B-Movie Housewife
Cliff Watts ...
The Garbageman
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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 »

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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

A sequel was written for the film, but never materialized. It was to do with a victim instead being pulled into the television set, rather than the zombies coming out, and having to find a way out before the film ended. Director Robert Scott wanted a lot more zombie action, and far more zombies than in his original film but was offered the same budget as the first to make the sequel - he declined and a sequel has yet to come to fruition. See more »

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When Jeff and April find Chocolate, the dog, dead in the woods, the one short shot of the dog clearly shows that it is breathing. See more »

Quotes

Taxi Driver: I thought you said this was your house?
Zoe Blair: It is, but I have never been here before. Actually it's my parents place.
Taxi Driver: [Sarcastic] Oh...
Zoe Blair: But they haven't ever been here either.
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The Video Dud
9 May 2010 | by (Cleburne, TX) – See all my reviews

A television set from who knows where allows zombies to enter into the real world. A brother and sister are readying the new family home while their parents are on a trip. The former discovers the set in the attic and mayhem ensues.

For some reason, this has garnered a cult following over the years. There are scenes that try for stupid humor but fall flat, while other scenes are unintentionally stupid. For example, the cowboy sets up a plan to have the brother hang helplessly as bait while he hides in a shed and picks off the zombies. So, what does he do as soon as he's in the shed? He sits down and goes to sleep. Brilliant move. Speaking of the brother, his acting is atrocious. Just watch the scene where he's talking to the guy on the TV and try not to laugh. None of the acting is good here, but wow. That whole scene is really bad though, not just the acting. Another poor scene is when a maid is killed. It's done in a ridiculous manner and seems to go on forever.

The effects are okay for the most part, though one sequence with a severed zombie hand is pretty bad. I did like the way the sister deals with the zombies in the climax. That made for some hearty amusement. The ending was good too, but as a whole, there's nothing I can see here to warrant such popularity. The charm of something like Night of the Comet just isn't there.


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