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Raiders of the Living Dead (1986)

PG-13 | | Horror | March 1986 (France)
A newspaper reporter hears of strange goings-on on a remote island. He travels there and finds that a mad scientist lives there and he is creating zombies.

Director:

Samuel M. Sherman

Writers:

Samuel M. Sherman (story and screenplay), Brett Piper (story and screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Scott Schwartz ... Jonathan
Robert Deveau Robert Deveau ... Morgan Randall
Donna Asali Donna Asali ... Shelly Godwin
Robert Allen ... Dr. Carstairs (as Bob Allen)
Bob Sacchetti Bob Sacchetti ... Man in Black
Zita Johann ... Librarian
Corri Burt Corri Burt ... Michelle
Leonard Corman Leonard Corman ... Dr. Kapek
Christine Farish Christine Farish ... Karen
Nino Rigali Nino Rigali ... Detective Kruger
Barbara Patterson Barbara Patterson ... Mrs. Levitt
Tex Tuttle Tex Tuttle ... Truck Driver
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert A. Sacchetti Robert A. Sacchetti ... Man in black (as Bob Sacchetti)
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A newspaper reporter hears of strange goings-on on a remote island. He travels there and finds that a mad scientist lives there and he is creating zombies.

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They are evil. They are dead. They are ravenous...

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Horror

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

March 1986 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Caçadores dos Mortos-Vivos See more »

Filming Locations:

New Jersey, USA See more »

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Budget:

$800,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Before the film was completed, producers Samuel M. Sherman and Brett Piper sold the television rights to the film's re-edited rough cut. It was played on the USA Network's Up All Night (1989) series. The producers then used their sale money to complete the film. See more »

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References Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) See more »

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The Dead Are After Me
Written and Performed by George Edward Ott
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"The dee-ee-ead, are after me!"
26 January 2006 | by Jonny_NumbSee all my reviews

"Raiders of the Living Dead" is a low-budget zombie rip-off that is inexplicably and consistently interesting; if nothing else, it has imagination and innovation on its side. A reporter and his partner scope out an ominous locale in the dead of night and stumble upon zombies. A child genius works on his doctor grandfather's laserdisc player and winds up creating a laser. And a zombified Scott Schwartz (the kid from "A Christmas Story"?) hijacks a truck for no reason and tries to blow up a nuclear power plant, only to be claimed by the zombie menace. While slow in spots, and sporting more of a 1980s look than a Sears catalog, "Raiders" exists in some weird limbo between "Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things," "Burial Ground," "Return of the Living Dead II," and even "Zeder" (the climax takes place in an abandoned prison). Is it a masterpiece of cinema? Certainly not, and perhaps my generous "5" rating is due to the fact that I watched the atrocious "Reefer Madness" earlier today. Still, it is a diverting item with OK makeup effects, a cheeky attitude, and a toe-tapping, synth-heavy theme song.


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