A full review of "Dead Alive" appears below.
[WARNING: the film and screenshots contain violent and gory content]
Many zombie movies are gory, but only one can claim to be the goriest zombie movie of all time. With 300+ liters of fake blood expended, “Dead Alive” holds the title. Made in 1992, “Dead Alive” (originally known as “Braindead”) was an early horror-comedy by New Zealand director Peter Jackson, now famous for his internationally successful “Lord of the Rings” series. With “Dead Alive,” (a financial failure upon its US release) Jackson shows the technical craft and visual flair that would serve him well on the more popular series.
Jackson’s editing velocity keeps things hustling and the action only accelerates. The real success of “Dead Alive” comes from the operatic zombie scenes, which have a level of creativity (not seen in the basic premise or form of the film) unmatched in the zombie horror genre. The rotting corpses are a parade of inspired horror: A headless zombie with a garden gnome in his neck stump! A zombie with a light bulb sticking through her mouth? A maniacal zombie baby that bursts through a human head? How about a pile of resurrected organs pleading with a pair of folded lungs for mercy? It doesn’t really have to make sense.
Walrus Rating: 7.0