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The Dead Next Door (1989)

Unrated | | Horror | November 1989 (USA)
An elite anti-Zombie team is assembled by the Government to cope with an ever-growing undead infection and the religious cult zealots who fanatically protect the festering foes.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pete Ferry ... Raimi (as Peter Ferry)
Bogdan Pecic ... Dr. Moulsson (as Bogdan 'Don' Pecic)
Michael Grossi ... Mercer
Jolie Jackunas ... Kuller
Robert Kokai ... Rev. Jones
Floyd Ewing Jr. ... Capt. Kline
Roger Graham ... Dr. Franklin
Maria Markovic ... Anna
Jon Killough ... Vincent / farmhouse zombie
... Richards
Jeff Welch ... Cmdr. Carpenter
Michael Todd ... Jason / Van Driver
J.R. Bookwalter ... Lloyds
Jennifer Mullen ... Powers
Joe Wedlake ... Dr. Savini
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The government sets up a Zombie squad after an epidemic has made the world run rampant with living corpses. Raimi, Mercer, Kuller, and others head off to Ohio to try and find a cure to the epidemic but soon run into a crazy cult of zombie lovers who are set on preserving the zombies and letting a new world be born because they believe that it's God's will. When Mercer gets infected with the zombie virus, Raimi and the others must work quickly to find a cure and avoid the cult. Written by Josh Pasnak <chainsaw@intouch.bc.ca>

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How do you kill something that won't die? Where do you run when they're everywhere? See more »

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$75,000 (estimated)
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The character of Rev. Jones is most likely based on Reverend James Warren "Jim" Jones. Jones was the founder and leader of the Peoples Temple. This was a well known cult in the late 1970's and is best known for the November 18, 1978 death of more than 900 Temple members in Jonestown, Guyana along with the deaths of nine other people at a nearby airstrip and in Georgetown, Guyana. As the Congressman, news and television reporters, and temple defectors boarded the plane, several armed guards from the temple arrived and fired at the group. One of the fatalities was Congressman Ryan. The murder of Congressman Ryan was the only murder of a Congressman in the line of duty in the history of the United States. Simultaneously, temple members committed mass suicide by drinking cyanide-laced grape flavored Flavor Aid along with a sedative. Jones was found dead in a deck chair with a gunshot wound to his head. Because of Jones, the tragedy at Guyana ranks among the largest mass suicides in history. It also the greatest single loss of American civilian life in a non-natural disaster until the events of September 11, 2001. See more »

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Rat Eating Zombie as Himself. See more »


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The Answer
Written by Tim Prentice
Performed by Joy Circuit
From the album 'The Distraction' on Sinister Bop! Records
© 1986 Tim Prentice (BMI)
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Pathetic
12 October 1999 | by See all my reviews

Back in the early to mid 1980s, word spread around horror fandom that an enterprising young filmmaker was putting together a low budget but ambitious zombie film in Ohio. Monetary setbacks kept the film from being completed for years but it finally saw the light of day on video late in the decade. The film that many thought would be another cult masterpeice like Texas Chainsaw Massacre or Basket Case turned out to be a truly pathetic time waster that proves that anyone, no matter how untalented can make a movie and waste the veiwer's time. Yes, the film is quite ambitious but that means nothing if the filmmaker has no talent and Bookwalter has no talent in spades. The film seems to be a case of two ideas getting mashed together, the zombie plague and the Guyana like cult. But neither idea is very well meshed into the other and the result proved not to be worth the wait. Watch it for it's decent makeup effects. That's all that can really be praised. JR Bookwalter was once thought of as a great white hope who might put some gusto back into low budget genre films. How wrong we were.


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