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The Video Dead (1987)

A family takes delivery of a new television set, unaware that it is the gateway by which killer zombies enter the world.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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)
Libby Russler ...
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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November 1987 (USA)  »

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El video de la muerte  »

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$80,000 (estimated)
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In the original draft of the script, the origin of "The Woman" was explained by the Garbageman and Joshua Daniels but was later removed in subsequent drafts due to the director/writer realizing there was no need to explain her character - she was just another illusion of the cursed TV. 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 »

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April: You don't understand. He likes to chase skunks in the woods, and if he finds them he tries to mate with them. Only skunks don't like to mate with poodles, and then they spray him, and he really gets turned on!
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References The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) See more »

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The Terror Within
Written and Performed by Leonard Marcel
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Has its moments.
3 March 2013 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Robert Scotts' low budget shocker "The Video Dead" wasn't quite as much fun as this viewer would have liked. Sometimes it's just too silly and inane for its own good. Still, there's always something to be said for endearingly tacky cheap cheese fests like it; it's got its heart in the right place and there are some very entertaining sequences.

A mysterious package arrives at the home of a reclusive writer. It turns out to be a TV set, but this ain't your typical TV set. It only features one program, a movie titled "Zombie Nightmare", and soon the zombies in this movie-within-the-movie manifest themselves in reality. Fast forward a few months, and a new family is moving into the writers' house. They come to realize that the zombies are attacking the living, and with the help of a Texas character named Joshua Daniels (Sam David McClelland), they try to take care of the problem.

The makeup effects are a highlight, and the zombie performers are certainly enthusiastic. They're all fun to watch, especially one that is dubbed The Bride. There are some irresistible splatter moments, with extremities and other body parts being lopped off and some healthy nods to "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre". Best of all is a showdown between Jeff Blair (Rocky Duvall) and The Bride (Diane Hadley). The sense of humour really helps; writer / director Scott refuses to ever take this stuff very seriously.

The acting is frequently quite amateurish, but this merely adds to the amusement factor. Roxanna Augesen is appealing as our heroine, Zoe Blair, and Victoria Bastel is a hoot as local rich gal April. McClelland is very sincere as the guy who knows the answers to the zombie problem, and Jennifer Miro adds sex appeal as the mystery woman from "Zombie Nightmare".

Overall, "The Video Dead" is agreeable enough entertainment for lovers of B movies, getting off to a good start and working its way towards a fun finish.

Seven out of 10.


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