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The Laughing Dead (1989)

Not Rated | | Horror
Zombies, demons, and a mad doctor await a bus-load of folks looking for a tour of Aztec ruins. Father O'Sullivan is a Catholic priest who has lost his faith in God and who cannot forget the... See full summary »

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Somtow Sucharitkul
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Sullivan Tim Sullivan ... Father O' Sullivan
Wendy Webb Wendy Webb ... Tessie
Premika Eaton Premika Eaton ... Laurie
Patrick Roskowick Patrick Roskowick ... Ivan
Larry Kagen Larry Kagen ... Wilbur
Krista Keim Krista Keim ... Clarisse
Gregory Frost Gregory Frost ... Frost
Raymond Ridenour Raymond Ridenour ... Dozois
Ryan Effner Ryan Effner ... Cal
Joey Acedo Joey Acedo ... Policeman #1
John Anthoni John Anthoni ... Acolyte #1
Hank Azcona Hank Azcona ... Police Sergeant
Bruce Barlow
George Barnett George Barnett ... Policeman #2
Edward Bryant Edward Bryant ... Bus Driver
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Storyline

Zombies, demons, and a mad doctor await a bus-load of folks looking for a tour of Aztec ruins. Father O'Sullivan is a Catholic priest who has lost his faith in God and who cannot forget the nun with whom he once had an affair (and a son). O'Sullivan serves as tour guide for archaeological student Cal, New Agers Wilbur and Clarisse Lemming, runaway Laurie, and tourists Dozois and Frost on a bus trip to Mexico. No one is more surprised than O'Sullivan when his love, Tessie, also boards the bus with her bratty son Ivan. In Mexico, Cal reveals his knowledge of a crucial ancient text, just in time for the Day of the Dead festivities. Meanwhile, evil Dr. Um-tzec is planning an apotheosis for himself that will culminate in his incarnation as the Death God, and what he needs to accomplish this is the hearts of sacrificial children ... lots and lots of hearts. While Father O'Sullivan grapples with the emotions of seeing Tessie again, he is approached by Dr. Um-tzec to perform an exorcism; but ... Written by Fiona Kelleghan <fkelleghan@aol.com

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Horror

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Also Known As:

A halál istene See more »

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Skouras Pictures See more »
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Stereo

Color:

Color
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Trivia

This film is notable for the large number of fantasy/sci-fi/horror authors in the cast, several making their only appearance on film. Writer/director/actor Somtow Sucharitkul has published numerous novels as "S.P. Somtow"; star Tim Sullivan published several novels both before and after this film. Other novelists in the cast include Tim Powers (twice nominated for science fiction's Nebula award); Gregory Frost (perhaps best known for 1984s "Lyrec"); Edward Bryant and Arthur Byron Cover (both protégés of Harlan Ellison, with numerous novels to their credit); Brynne Stephens (1986's ''The Dream Palace", but probably better known for her scriptwriting work on TV shows like Batman: The Animated Series (1992) and Gargoyles (1994); and William F. Wu (two-time Hugo and Nebula nominee). See more »

Goofs

A poster shows an image of Chichen Itza over the word Oaxaca. Chichen Itza is located in the state of Yucatan. See more »

Quotes

Father O'Sullivan: [to a weeping mother] I'll see her. But she probably doesn't need an exorcism.
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Connections

Referenced in There's Nothing Out There (1991) See more »

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so bad,that it's actually "good"
13 November 2003 | by Panos_DragonlordSee all my reviews

yep.i gave it a 1/10,but in a good way-if you know what i mean..well this is a totally rotten movie,splatter with funny things happening all the time..call some friends,get drunk and have the time of your life watching this monsterpiece


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