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by Horror Fans Based on 13 Reviews
Dead Alive

In Theatre : February 12, 1993
Director(s): Peter Jackson

If you're not a connoisseur of graphic horror and gruesome gore, you'd better steer clear of this wicked 1992 horror-comedy from the demented mind and delirious camera of New Zealand-born writer-director Peter Jackson.

However, if nonstop mayhem and extreme violence are your idea of great entertainment, you're sure to appreciate Jackson's gleefully inventive approach to a story that can judiciously be described as sick, twisted, and totally outrageous. The movie's central character is a poor schmuck named Lionel who's practically enslaved to his domineering mother.

But when ol' Mum gets bitten by a rare and poisonous rat monkey from Skull Island and is turned into a flesh-eating zombie, Lionel has the unfortunate task of keeping Mama happy while fending off all the other zombies that result from her voracious feeding frenzies. If you've read this far, you'll either be crying out for censorship or eagerly awaiting your first viewing (or second, or third...) of this wildly clever and audaciously uninhibited movie.

And while director Jackson would later achieve critical success with his fact-based drama Heavenly Creatures, his talent is readily evident in this earlier effort. If you find this kind of thing even remotely appealing, consider Dead Alive a must-see movie

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Dead Alive Review by Googopqp

Bad acting, poorly made, shitty lines, and the most gore you have ever seen in a film.....Has to be Dead Alive. On the cover of this movie it says, "The goriest fright film ever made" , AND IT IS.... IT really is the gor...
Dead Alive (1992) Review by jamhorner

What a downright gore fest. I could proudly say that this was the best gore de faux that I have ever seen, kudos to Peter Jackson for creating such a silly and scary movie. It had the perfect blend of bloody violence (th...
Dead Alive Review by MistressOf Horror

Dead Alive:  A story of a man torn between his new found love and his mother turned zombieā€¦  This movie is a dark comedy, a horror and touching love story all rolled into one. Okay, maybe touching love story ...
Dead Alive Review by Flesh4Franky

Quote from the film: "Have you got rid of those stiffs yet? I don't know what kind of kinky shit you're into, but I want those things burried!"             &...
Braindead (aka Dead Alive) Review by BASSI

Braindead (aka Dead Alive) is Crazy, visceral, over the top, quirky, violent, gory, silly, extreme and (in its own way) sweet, are just a few words that can describe this visual extravaganza.What makes it such a good mov...
Braindead (aka Dead Alive) (1992) Review by BlackT...

I might be in the minority but we need a Braindead 2! Peter Jackson went on to direct Lord of the Rings and King Kong, big on budget but very glossed. Where he truly belonged was in the low-budget horror shock, gross-out...
Dead Alive (1992) Review by gabs1515

What can I say about Dead Alive...other than its real name is Braindead.   It is without a doubt the goriest fright film out there....and it even says that on the front cover of the movie!  I hardly believ...
Dead Alive (aka Braindead) Review by ZombieArmaged...

Aside from the original Night of the Living Dead this is the best zombie film ever made. Not just because it’s the goriest but because it has everything a zombie film can have and everything a fan could ask for! Wi...
Dead Alive Review by Norrock The Zombie Eater

Well kiddies if you have got good nerves and the stomach prepare yourselfs for the ultimate sick twisted gorefest. Like I say in most of my reviews I love zombie movies and im crazy about gore. So Dead Alive is...
Dead Alive Review by terrorwatch

Out pops another splatter classic from the good old splatter years, Brain Dead, also know as Dead Alive was brought together by Peter Jackson in his early years as a splatter director. He created also such movies as Meet...
Dead Alive Review by Zombiephile2387

This is one of Peter Jackson's early works and is easily one of the most gore filled films I've ever seen .I can't in good faith label  it as horror (more comedy) but it is a zombie unlike the "28" movies which are ...
Dead Alive Review by Orphan

(Could be spoilerish, but you should have already seen this, you dumb bastard) Now, I love my gore. You know? I love it like a Catholic Priest loves a day care center, so when I first heard about Peter Jackson's 1992 cla...
Dead Alive Review by Steve Lewis

Fun, Bloody, One hell of a good time! Lyonell, basically a mama's boy, takes care of him and his mother in a small town.  When his mother becomes attacked by a monkey rat, she starts to fill apart and then dies.&nbs...
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