There's something nasty in Lionel's cellar--His family!
|On a quiet street, in a small town, pure evil has come to stay. An innocent young man forced to care for his domineering mother finds the task a whole lot more demanding after she's bitten by the cursed sumatran rat-monkey.|
Editor's NotePeter Jackson, master of subversive comedy, presents the story of a hapless young man whose overbearing mother gets him into a heap of trouble when she catches a bizarre zombie virus and starts turning innocent passersby into walking corpses. This grandiose splatterfest features loads of unforgettable, stomach-turning effects. Highlights include a ghoulish, bloodthirsty baby, zombie mutilation, progressive putrefaction, and an off-the-wall undead mating scene. Sick, twisted, and hilarious, DEAD ALIVE is unlike anything you have ever seen before--and is definitely not for the squeamish.
Cast & Crew
|Peter Jackson - Director|
|Murray Milne - Director of Photography|
|Peter Dasent - Musical Score|
|Jamie Selkirk - Producer|
|Jim Booth - Producer|
|Stephen Sinclair - Story By|
|Peter Jackson - Writer|
|Frances Walsh - Writer|
Plot SummaryPeter Jackson's third feature-length film is a bizarre black comedy--sort of a screwball NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, with plenty of graphic violence thrown in for good measure. While spying on her son and his date on a trip to the zoo, Lionel's domineering mother (Elizabeth Moody) is bitten by a vicious Sumatran rat monkey and consequently starts manifesting some rather peculiar behavior, attacking all those unfortunate enough to get in her way and turning them into zombies. Poor Lionel (Timothy Balme) is forced to hide her victims in his basement in order to conceal his mother's grotesque affliction from his love interest, Paquita (Diana Peñalver). But soon his mom's zombified entourage starts to rebel and becomes too much for Lionel to handle. In the raucous finale, Lionel takes on a whole army of the undead (plus the occasional unruly bodily organ) with his trusty lawnmower and finally confronts his mother in an all-out Oedipal extravaganza. Though so over the top that it's often classified as a comedy rather than a fright film, DEAD ALIVE has also been touted as one of the goriest horror movies ever made--so be warned: It's not for the faint of heart or weak of stomach.
|"Your mother ate my dog!"----Paquita (Diana Peñalver)|"Not all of it..."----Lionel (Timothy Balme)|
|"Stand back, boy! This calls for some divine intervention!"----Father McGruder (Stuart Devenie) to Lionel, as he leaps to battle undead hoodlums|
|"I kick arse for the lord!"----Father McGruder|
|"They're not dead exactly. They're just...sort of rotting."----Lionel to Paquita, about his sedated residents in the basement|