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The Alien Dead (1980)

A meteor strikes a houseboat in the swamps near a southern town populated by Yankees with fake accents. The people on the houseboat become zombies who feed on the alligators in the swamp. ... See full summary »

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Fred Olen Ray

Writers:

Fred Olen Ray (screenplay), Martin Nicholas (screenplay) (as Martin Alan Nicholas)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Buster Crabbe ... Sheriff Kowalski
Ray Roberts Ray Roberts ... Tom Corman (as Raymond Roberts)
Linda Lewis Linda Lewis ... Shawn Michaels
George Kelsey George Kelsey ... Emmet Michaels
Mike Bonavia Mike Bonavia ... Miller Haze
Dennis Underwood Dennis Underwood ... Deputy Campbell
John Leirier John Leirier ... Paisley
Rich Vogan Rich Vogan ... Krelboin
Martin Nicholas Martin Nicholas ... Doc Ellerbe (as Martin Alan Nicholas)
Norman Riggins Norman Riggins ... Mr. Griffith
Nancy Kranz Nancy Kranz ... Mrs. Griffith (as Nancy Karnz)
Ellena Contello Ellena Contello ... Mae Hawkins (as Ellena Contella)
Shelley Youngren Shelley Youngren ... Angry Wife
Fred Olen Ray ... Pool Player
Chuck Sumner Chuck Sumner ... Gordon / Zombie
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A meteor strikes a houseboat in the swamps near a southern town populated by Yankees with fake accents. The people on the houseboat become zombies who feed on the alligators in the swamp. Once they run out of alligators, they start going for the citizens. A local scientist tries to figure out what's happening to people once they start disappearing. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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The Bodies Are Dead: The Remains Live On... See more »

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Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 June 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

It Fell from the Sky See more »

Filming Locations:

Oviedo, Florida, USA See more »

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Budget:

$12,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Final screen appearance of Buster Crabbe. See more »

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When the blonde woman is coming around her car towards her house, she trips over a cable or wire from the equipment See more »

Quotes

Tom Corman: What do you think about, Shawn?
Shawn Michaels: I don't know. Growing up. Getting out of the swamp. Eating hamburgers. Stuff like that.
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References The Little Shop of Horrors (1960) See more »

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Decent...
14 August 2004 | by polysicsarebestSee all my reviews

I always heard that this was the absolute worst zombie movie of all time, but I'd much rather watch this than Zombie Nightmare, Revenge of the Dead, or Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things... definitely. You could do a lot worse than watching this movie, which actually has some pretty fun moments. I mean, people that this film was made for will probably find it appealing no matter what anyone says about it; anyone that is looking for a serious horror movie in here probably doesn't realize that the title of the movie is "ALIEN DEAD", which makes ME laugh quite a bit. Eh.

This film, which was made for $12,000 (and they used every penny of it), is about a meteor crashing and turning rednecks into zombies. The film suffers from a really grainy look and features horrible sound (which may have been cleaned up for the recent DVD release.. whoopty doo). The editing is quite awful; there are a few times when they cut to another scene while someone is talking (kind of like near the end of Invasion of the Blood Farmers when the cop is talking and picks up the phone and says "F..." and then it cuts to a scene of a guy driving -- what?!).

The story is terrible, the "effects" are terrible. A person will get killed, but the camera cuts away really quickly and then shows the aftermath of blood being in a big hole in a woman's chest. Or another woman will get stabbed with a pitchfork, but you won't see it actually enter the woman -- you'll just see the pitchfork sticking out of her back. It's quite laughably bad, but at least they tried to give some gore, with some of the zombies chomping on entrails. The musical score is cheesy but good; however, they actually use real country songs to add "ambience" to the redneck surroundings, which is hilariously awful.

When it was over, I can safely say I wasn't bored and I distinctly remember enjoying myself throughout the whole thing. However, it's kind of hard to write a really detailed review for this, as this flick is pretty much unmemorable when it's all said and done.


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