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Dead Alive (1993)

Director: Peter Jackson     Starring: Diana Peñalver Timothy Balme
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40100112
UPC: 031398684138
UPC 14: 00031398684138
Rating: Game Rating Code
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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.

"...the goriest fright film of all time!  New York Daily News

Editor's Note
Peter 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.


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Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Lions Gate
Video Release Date Release Date: 8/17/2004
Video Play Time Running Time: 85 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1993
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 6841 - D
Video UPC UPC: 00031398684138
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio 1.66:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Diana Penalver
Video Cast Info Elizabeth Moody
Video Cast Info Ian Watkin
Video Cast Info Timothy Balme
Video Cast Info Peter Jackson - Director
Video Cast Info Murray Milne - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Peter Dasent - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Jamie Selkirk - Producer
Video Cast Info Jim Booth - Producer
Video Cast Info Stephen Sinclair - Story By
Video Cast Info Peter Jackson - Writer
Video Cast Info Frances Walsh - Writer
Plot Summary
Peter 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.

Memorable Quotes

"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

Professional Reviews

Entertainment Weekly
"...It's the most delirious bloodbath since RE-ANIMATOR, the kind of horror movie that makes you want to turn your head -- and then dares you to look away..." 03/05/1993 p.40-2

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Balme,Timothy
Product attributeLabel:   Trimark Home Entertainment
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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