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The Video Dead (1987)

R | | Horror | Video November 1987
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A family takes delivery of a new television set, unaware that it is the gateway by which killer zombies enter the world.

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Robert Scott

Writer:

Robert Scott
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael St. Michaels ... Henry Jordan
Thaddeus Golas Thaddeus Golas ... Deliveryman #1
Douglass Bell Douglass Bell ... Deliveryman #2 (as Douglas Bell)
Al Millan ... Taxi Driver / Ironhead
Roxanna Augesen ... Zoe Blair
Lory-Michael Ringuette Lory-Michael Ringuette ... Mover #1 / Half Creeper (as Lory Ringuette)
George Kernan George Kernan ... Mover #2
Rocky Duvall ... Jeff Blair
Sam David McClelland Sam David McClelland ... Joshua Daniels
Jennifer Miro ... The Woman
Victoria Bastel ... April Ellison (as Vickie Bastel)
Libby Russler Libby Russler ... Maria
Garrett Dressler Garrett Dressler ... Mr. Ellison
Melissa Martin Melissa Martin ... B-Movie Housewife
Cliff Watts Cliff Watts ... The Garbageman
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Storyline

The writer Henry Jordan receives a mysterious TV set and soon he learns that the apparatus is a gateway through which undead come to the world of the living. They kill Henry and the house is sold to another family. The teenager Zoe Blair comes to house to clean it for her parents that are traveling abroad. Her brother Jeff Blair comes later to help Zoe and finds the TV set in the basement. He brings to his room and out of the blue, the stranger Joshua Daniels knocks on the door. Joshua explains that he sent a TV set mistakenly to that address, instead of to the Department of Occult Warfare. Jeff does not believe in Joshua, but soon he leans the truth about the TV of the undead. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The living dead are here, and they're lusting for blood - yours! See more »

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Horror

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Trivia

In the original draft of the script, the origin of "The Woman" was explained by the Garbageman and Joshua Daniels but was later removed in subsequent drafts due to the director/writer realizing there was no need to explain her character - she was just another illusion of the cursed TV. See more »

Goofs

Joshua, Jeff, and Zoe place mirrors on the front door in order to keep the zombies away from the house. Then moments after their dialogue, a camera shot from outside of the house reveals that the mirrors on the front door are now gone. Yet no zombies where ever seen removing them. See more »

Quotes

April: You don't understand. He likes to chase skunks in the woods, and if he finds them he tries to mate with them. Only skunks don't like to mate with poodles, and then they spray him, and he really gets turned on!
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Referenced in Video Party Massacre (2014) See more »

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Scream Time
Written and Performed by Leonard Marcel and Kevin McMahon
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The TV of the Undead
15 March 2018 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

The writer Henry Jordan (Michael St. Michaels) receives a mysterious TV set and soon he learns that the apparatus is a gateway through which undead come to the world of the living. They kill Henry and the house is sold to another family. The teenager Zoe Blair (Roxanna Augesen) comes to house to clean it for her parents that are traveling abroad. Her brother Jeff Blair (Rocky Duvall) comes later to help Zoe and finds the TV set in the basement. He brings to his room and out of the blue, the stranger Joshua Daniels (Sam David McClelland) knocks on the door. Joshua explains that he sent a TV set mistakenly to that address, instead of to the Department of Occult Warfare. Jeff does not believe in Joshua, but soon he leans the truth about the TV of the undead.

"The Video Dead" is a funny trash-movie about a television set that is a gateway to the world of the undead. The screenplay entwines horror with comedy with great scenes and laughable dialogues. There are many flaws (for example, nobody questions the fate of Jeff; his girlfriend and her family), but the film entertains and it is worthwhile watching if the viewer is fan of the genre. The conclusion is excellent. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "A TV dos Mortos Vivos" ("The TV of the Dead")


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

November 1987 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$80,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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