Dead Alive

Year: 1992

Director: Peter Jackson

Written by: Stephen Sinclair, Frances Walsh, Peter Jackson

Threat: Zombies

Weapon of Choice: Lawnmower

Based upon: Original

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      Dead Alive

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Rish Outfield's reviews
Though I haven't seen it, I have it on good report that the UNRATED version is the one to see. Still, the R-rated version had a bit more gore than your average movie (with the exception of the "Home Alone" films), and dealt it out in droves. What can I say? Dead Alive or Braindead as it's called internationally, is a surreal, sick, fairy tale with a dark side, reminiscent of a bad dream Tim Burton might have. I found it confusing, but you probably won't.
Best Scare: Not a lot of scares, but some good grossouts.
I'd Recommend It To: Gore fans who find George Romero too tame.

The tyranist's thoughts
Peter Jackson has a gift. Dead Alive ranks up there with the best zombie movies ever made. At the same time it is a strange love story. Admittedly, I have only seen the rated R version. Hopefully, the uncut version opens up some of the unresolved subplots and shows a little more of the fantastic gore. Still, even in the rated R version there is so much to love. Zombie sex. Zombie spawn. The lawnmower. "I kick ass for the Lord." The odd sexual tension between Lionel and Paquita. Lionel's terrible, terrible mother. That dinner. Poor, poor Lionel. And that baby at the end.
Many will try to call this a cult favorite, and the name is probably deserved, but don't skip it because you hate cult movies. See it because you will believe. Peter Jackson will win you over.
Note: We finally sat down and watched the unrated version on DVD and the skulls are now based on that version. And boy was it worth it. My respect for Peter Jackson would inevitable have grown just because he was directing the Lord of the Rings trilogy, but seeing this again in an uncut state was wonderful. My faith in him has grown.

Total Skulls: 25

Sequel setup
Rips off earlier film
Horror film showing on TV/in theater in movie
Future celebrity appears
Former celebrity appears
Bad title
Bad premise
Bad acting
Bad dialogue
Bad execution
MTV Editing
Girl unnecessarily gets naked
Wanton sex skull
Death associated with sex
Unfulfilled promise of nudity
Characters forget about threat skull
Secluded location
Power is cut
Phone lines are cut
Someone investigates a strange noise
Someone runs up stairs instead of going out front door skull
Camera is the killer
Victims cower in front of a window/door skullskull
Victim locks self in with killer skull
Victim running from killer inexplicably falls
Toilet stall scene skull
Shower/bath scene skull
Car stalls or won't start
Cat jumps out
Fake scare
Laughable scare
Stupid discovery of corpse
Dream sequence skull
Hallucination/Vision skull
No one believes only witness
Crazy, drunk, old man knows the truth
Warning goes unheeded skull
Music detracts from scene
Death in first five minutes skull
x years before/later
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Dark and stormy night
Killer doesn't stay dead skullskull
Killer wears a mask
Killer is in closet
Killer is in car with victim
Villain is more sympathetic than heroes
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Beheading skullskull
Blood fountain skullskull
Blood hits camera
Poor death effect
Excessive gore skullskull
No one dies at all
Virgin survives skull
Geek/Nerd survives skull
Little kid lamely survives
Dog/Pet miraculously survives
Unresolved subplots
"It was all a dream" ending
Unbelievably happy ending skull
Unbelievably crappy ending
What the hell? skull