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Livelihood (2005)

 -  Comedy | Horror  -  12 October 2005 (USA)
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An 80's rock star, a corporate lackey, and an evil mother-in-law all die bizarre deaths. But when the dead suddenly start coming back to life, these three zombies find that picking up where they left off isn't as easy as they'd hoped.


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Credited cast:
Deborah Allison ...
Lucy Tate
John Bennett ...
Kris Kashgrab
Mike Bennett ...
Beat Ovin
Bradley Burgess-Donaleski ...
Stevie Sierra
Kelly Clendenon ...
Zack Low
Ian Corey ...
"US To The Livin'" Zombie
Curtis Crispin ...
Dr. Greg Geisterfahrer
Aaron Cullers ...
Jilted Zombie
Brock Fanning ...
Meat Train Guy
R. Scott Graham ...
Clayton Endicott
Scott Graham ...
Alexander Keaton
Davon Hall ...
Larry Tate
Lindsay Haynes ...
Stephanie Black
Jason Henley ...
Intestine-Tact Zombie
Steve Kolbe ...
Cynical Record Exec


A comedy/drama/horror film. Billy Jump is an 80's rock star. Alexander Keaton is a corporate lackey with a cheating fiancée. Vida is an evil mother in-law who torments Jean, her daughter in-law, incessantly. But Billy Jump is electrocuted by his guitar. Alexander has his head chopped off by a samurai. And Vida is mysteriously poisoned by tapioca pudding. Then the dead randomly start coming back to life. They don't eat brains, but they do want their old lives back. We follow the trials and tribulations of these three as they try to pick up where they left off, to mixed results. Billy Jump is trying to get his band back together for a big comeback, only to find that his old band members aren't quite the same people they used to be. Alexander wants his job back, but has been replaced by a computer, and his fiancée has taken his house and is shacking up with another woman. Exhausted, he is taken in by a goth girl who has a thing for dead guys, and a vendetta against her father, Alex's ... Written by Ryan Graham

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They're dead, but they're not taking it lying down.


Comedy | Horror



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Clever societal commentary hidden in a hilarious film!
16 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Livelihood is one of the smartest comedies to come along in quite awhile because of its quirky characters, it's clever plot line, and its tongue-in-cheek commentary on our society. (It's so smart and clever, that Visionary Comics will be releasing comic adaptations and spin-off stories from its world in the near future.)

The premise of 'Livlihood' follows a mysterious phenomenon by which the dead come back to life. However, unlike 'Dawn of the Dead' and every other zombie film, the dead that come back don't want to eat people's flesh or consume their brains...they just want to get back to work and resume their old lives. As this new influx of humanity comes back to life, advertisers, promoters, and politicians quickly try to vie for their attention and their money.

The main story lines revolve around three different groups of people: an undead '80's rock star, an undead business man who has a tendency to lose his head, and a much-pestered housewife who's now forced to live with her undead mother-in-law. The rock star seeks to reunite his band for a new record deal and go on to even greater fame in death than he had in life. The business man is seeking love...and the identity of the mysterious samurai that lopped off his head. And the housewife is searching for a way to destroy her zombie mother-in-law once and for all.

This film manages to tell three completely different types of tales and interweave social commentary throughout, reminding me of the tales crafted by Neil Gaimon.

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