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The Video Dead (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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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 Al Millan ... Taxi Driver / Ironhead
Roxanna Augesen 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 Rocky Duvall ... Jeff Blair
Sam David McClelland Sam David McClelland ... Joshua Daniels
Jennifer Miro ... The Woman
Victoria Bastel 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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Look what's living inside your television. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

November 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Video Dead 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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Trivia

During filming, actor Jack Stellman who portrayed the undead "Jack" fell ill and the role was then filled by actor Michael St. Michaels who finished the film as the zombie. You can see a noticeable difference in Jack's appearance from the beginning of the film, compared to the end. See more »

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When Maria (Libby Russler) is being strangled by Ironhead, she is still clearly breathing heavily throughout the ordeal. See more »

Quotes

Taxi Driver: I thought you said this was your house?
Zoe Blair: It is, but I have never been here before. Actually it's my parents place.
Taxi Driver: [Sarcastic] Oh...
Zoe Blair: But they haven't ever been here either.
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Eerie TV
Written and Performed by Leonard Marcel
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Lotsa fun not to be taken seriously
8 April 2000 | by Casey-52See all my reviews

Everyone who says they hate this movie expected too much from it. A lot of "The Video Dead" is intentional humor that many viewers believe to be unintentional humor. Well, they're wrong.

"The Video Dead", unlike many zombie movies, doesn't try to be the next "Night of the Living Dead". It knows its limitations and doesn't try to break past them. The low budget is obvious, but just adds to the fun. The storyline contains a brand-new zombie myth complete with new methods of elimination, new motives, all that is left of the traditional zombie legend is the fact that they're dead and they walk around. The acting isn't the best, but Rosanna Augesen is excellent as the older sister who eventually has to serve the zombies dinner as they gather at her table! Not unnecessarily gory, some actually scary scenes (the zombies attack the brother as he hangs helplessly from a tree), and plenty of surprises, including a dead dog, a stripper killed by a "garbage man", and a love interest that gets squelched. Just expect anything, go into it with an open mind, and enjoy! I am serious, I love this movie, it makes my Top 5 zombie films list! It's so refreshing to see something so original after recently viewing crap like "Burial Ground" and "Night of the Zombies"!


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