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The Laughing Dead (1990)

Not Rated | | Horror | 1990 (USA)
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 »

Director:

Somtow Sucharitkul (as S. P. Somtow)

Writer:

Somtow Sucharitkul (as S. P. Somtow)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joey Acedo Joey Acedo ... Policeman #1
John Anthoni John Anthoni ... Acolyte #1 (as John-Anthoni)
Hank Azcona Hank Azcona ... Police Sergeant
Bruce Barlow ... Kukulcan
George Barnett George Barnett ... Policeman #2
Edward Bryant Edward Bryant ... Bus Driver
Michael Bustamante Michael Bustamante ... Boy In Graveyard
Matt Demeritt Matt Demeritt ... Harlan (as Matthew De Merritt)
Premika Eaton Premika Eaton ... Laurie
Ryan Effner Ryan Effner ... Cal
Erica Frank Erica Frank ... Counter Girl
Gregory Frost Gregory Frost ... Frost
Timpson Hill Timpson Hill ... Acolyte #2
Larry Kagen Larry Kagen ... Wilbur
Krista Keim Krista Keim ... Clarisse
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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

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A halál istene See more »

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Production Co:

Skouras Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

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

During the sacrificial ball game, one of the zombies can be seen wearing tube socks. 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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Cheesy and gory.
11 October 2002 | by HumanoidOfFleshSee all my reviews

"The Laughing Dead" is a typical 80's horror film filled with blood and gore.The acting is abysmal,the atmosphere is completely non-existent,but for the gore-hounds there are some nasty splatter scenes including decapitation,head smashing etc.The make-up and special effects are pretty good.All in all I quite enjoyed this one,so if you like obscure horror movies give this one a look!Recommended.7 out of 10.My favourite gore scene is where the guy has his own torn off arm shoved down his throat!


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