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      Dead Alive

      R Released Feb 12, 1993 1h 41m Horror Comedy List
      89% Tomatometer 46 Reviews 86% Audience Score 50,000+ Ratings Overprotective mother Vera Cosgrove (Elizabeth Moody), spying on her grown son, Lionel (Timothy Balme), as he visits the zoo with the lovely Paquita (Diana Peñalver), is accidentally bitten by the fearsome Sumatran rat-monkey. When the bite turns his beloved mother into a zombie, Lionel tries to keep her locked safely in the basement, but her repeated escapes turn most of the neighbors into the walking dead, who then crash a high-society party thrown by Lionel's boorish Uncle Les (Ian Watkin). Read More Read Less

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      The delightfully gonzo tale of a lovestruck teen and his zombified mother, Dead Alive is extremely gory and exceedingly good fun, thanks to Peter Jackson's affection for the tastelessly sublime.

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      Scott Tobias AV Club [O]nce Lionel stops trying to cover up the zombie threat and starts fighting it, Dead Alive becomes a delirious showcase for molds, squibs, and other old-fashioned horror effects. Oct 5, 2019 Full Review Peter Rainer Los Angeles Times After you see it, you want to race out of the theater and recommend it to your sickest friends right away. Oct 19, 2016 Full Review Jonathan Rosenbaum Chicago Reader Ordinarily I don't care for this kind of thing at all, but something must be said for Jackson's endless reserves of giddy energy, which are clearly meant to be silly. Oct 19, 2016 Full Review Kristy Strouse Wonderfully Weird and Horrifying Dead Alive has killer effects and eccentric hilarity, and it thrives through Jackson's passion. This is a must-see for any horror-comedy fan. Oct 26, 2022 Full Review Anton Bitel BFI Peter Jackson’s hilarious Oedipal apocalypse vies as one of the goriest films of all time. Oct 22, 2022 Full Review Tim Brayton Alternate Ending Made with extraordinary, obvious joy by a filmmaking team besotted with the idea of making a movie. Rated: 4/5 Apr 6, 2022 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Don S not the kind of movie i expected from the director of LOTR,, but HELL YEAH!! I KICK ASS FOR THE LORD!! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 06/17/24 Full Review Rian Johanne M SO MUCH BLOOOOD SO MUCH GOORE THIS IS WAY TOO FAR FOR A HORROR MOVIE Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 02/10/24 Full Review Teddy B Peter Jackson's dangerously infectious enthusiasm and charm as well as a breathlessly delightful last act make 'Braindead' (or 'Dead Alive') a gem from an age where Peter seemed to have fun with himself whilst making films. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/15/24 Full Review Cesar D Esse é um Trash Zumbi mais completo de todos os tempos, a criatividade neste filme não tem fim, assim como as saguinolencia. Sou super fã deste filme acho que assistir umas 50x e assistiria novamente com outra pessoas, só pra ver a reação do colega ao lado. É um filme que merecia um Remake ou quem sabe até uma continuação. ❤️ Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/07/24 Full Review Marco V First time watch in 2023 can you believe it ! And it was pretty awesome . It wasn't boring. It did seem to drag a little towards the end if they cut 15-20 minutes out may have been more of a non stop ride . But overall it is definitely worth seeing ! Rated 4 out of 5 stars 11/18/23 Full Review Scott A This is the love story of a generation. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 10/07/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Overprotective mother Vera Cosgrove (Elizabeth Moody), spying on her grown son, Lionel (Timothy Balme), as he visits the zoo with the lovely Paquita (Diana Peñalver), is accidentally bitten by the fearsome Sumatran rat-monkey. When the bite turns his beloved mother into a zombie, Lionel tries to keep her locked safely in the basement, but her repeated escapes turn most of the neighbors into the walking dead, who then crash a high-society party thrown by Lionel's boorish Uncle Les (Ian Watkin).
      Director
      Peter Jackson
      Producer
      Jim Booth
      Screenwriter
      Stephen Sinclair, Fran Walsh, Peter Jackson
      Distributor
      Trimark Pictures
      Rating
      R
      Genre
      Horror, Comedy
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Feb 12, 1993, Original
      Release Date (DVD)
      Sep 8, 1998
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $70.5K
      Runtime
      1h 41m
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