Dead Alive (1992) Movie Review

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Dead Alive (1992)

1992 | R | Horror, Fantasy, Comedy
104 minutes / 1h 44min

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Dead Alive Plot Synopsis:

Deep in the lush jungles of the isolated Skull Island lies the habitat of the elusive, yet endangered and utterly vicious "Simian Raticus", or better known as by its common name, the Sumatran Rat-Monkey, a hideous mix of a virus-carrying slave-ship rat and a tree monkey. Presently, back in New Zealand's Wellington, the oppressed Lionel Cosgrove who lives with his despotic mother Vera, has finally found his soulmate, Paquita, but sadly, his world will rapidly change when after a stroll at the local Zoo, a live specimen of the rare species will bite Vera. Now that she's got the "bite", with the infection spreading and turning Vera into a festering, puss-squirting living dead ravenous for flesh, things are bound to get out of hand, as an ever-growing collection of stiffs and other stimulant-enhanced zombie misfits detained in Lionel's house basement will demand immediate action. Poor Lionel he needs to step up and clear up the mess, but above all, summon the courage to confront his decomposing mummy and the family's ugly secret. Will he save the day?

Dead Alive (1992) Review

Peter Jackson directed Dead Alive long before he started the great Lord of the Rings franchise and his current project The Hobbit. Imagine what Jackson could have done if he had Weta Digital around back then. This zombie flick has been banned in many countries and has to be one of the goriest films ever. One scene required five gallons of fake blood per second to pull off one of these living dead scenes in which made me even appalled.

Lionel, played by Timothy Balme is the by-product of an overbearing mother, and when Lionel finally gets a new girlfriend, all hell breaks lose. Mom becomes a flesh-eating zombie of course and what follows is a zombie infestation that Lionel must slaughter every walking dead in his path making for an entertaining zombie massacre.

No official awards were won here, but Peter Jackson made a classic if you can stomach watching this gory, scary movie.

Best zombie kill scene: Lionel armed with his lawnmower crashed a zombie party held at his mothers’ house. These zombies drink alcohol, make love or something like it and rock too loud music.

  • Dead Alive Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 7
  • Overall Score: 7.11
  • IMDB: 7.5
  • MetaCritic: 5.4
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 8.6

About Dead Alive 1992

Title: Dead Alive
AKA: Braindead
Year: 1992
Runtime: 104 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Fantasy, Comedy
Reviewer: Score: 3.5 / 5 stars Avg. Rating: 3.55/5 stars from 85,040 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 85,040 MPAA Rating: R
Dead Alive Cast Starring: Peter Jackson, Jed Brophy, Forrest J. Ackerman, Forrest J Ackerman, Harry Sinclair, Brian Sergent, Peter Vere-Jones, Stuart Devenie, Elizabeth Mulfaxe, Elizabeth Moody, Fran Walsh, Ken Hammon, Tony Hopkins, Sarah Scott Davis, Tony Hiles, Chris Ryan, George Port, Johnny Chico, Gim Bon, Angela Robinson Witherspoon, Tina Regtien, Glenis Levestam, James Grant, Anthony Donaldson, Timothy Balme, Lewis Rowe, Michelle Turner, Jo Edgecombe, Tony Donaldson, Jim Booth
Dead Alive Writers: Stephen Sinclair, Fran Walsh
Dead Alive Director: Peter Jackson
Production: Trimark Pictures
Website: http://for an abundance of outrageous gore
Language: English, Spanish
Country: New Zealand