Dead Alive

Plot

A young man's mother is bitten by a Sumatran rat-monkey. She gets sick and dies, at which time she comes back to life, killing and eating dogs, nurses, friends, and neighbors.

Release Year: 1992

Rating: 7.6/10 (44,383 voted)

Critic's Score: 54/100

Director:
Peter Jackson

Stars: Timothy Balme, Diana Peñalver, Elizabeth Moody

Storyline
Lionel, a Mama's boy has the unwanted honor of having to look after his overbearingly evil mother. He ends up falling in love with a local woman who believes that they're destined together. In a moment of intentional sabotage of one of their dates, his mother is bitten by a mysterious creature that ends up zombifying her. It's only a matter of time before she rises from the dead a powerful, bloodthirsty zombie. It's only a matter of time before she starts infecting residents of the town and Lionel has to stop her…and them.

Writers: Stephen Sinclair, Stephen Sinclair

Cast:

Timothy Balme

Lionel Cosgrove


Diana Peñalver

Paquita Maria Sanchez


Elizabeth Moody

Mum (Vera Cosgrove)


Ian Watkin

Uncle Les


Brenda Kendall

Nurse McTavish


Stuart Devenie

Father McGruder


Jed Brophy

Void


Stephen Papps

Zombie McGruder


Murray Keane

Scroat


Glenis Levestam

Nora Matheson


Lewis Rowe

Mr. Matheson


Elizabeth Mulfaxe

Rita


Harry Sinclair

Roger


Davina Whitehouse

Paquita's Grandmother


Silvio Famularo

Paquita's Father

Taglines:
Some things won't stay down… even after they die.



Details

Official Website:
NZonScreen listing |

Release Date: 12 February 1993

Filming Locations: Karori Cemetery, Karori, Wellington, New Zealand



Box Office Details

Budget: $3,000,000

(estimated)

Opening Weekend: £55,027
(UK)
(16 May 1993)
(53 Screens)

Gross: $242,623
(USA)



Technical Specs

Runtime:


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Argentina:
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Germany:
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USA:
(R-rated version)
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USA:
(unrated version)
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Germany:
(FSK 16 version)
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Finland:
(cut version) (1992) (1993)
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South Korea:
(heavily cut)
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Spain:
(DVD edition)



Did You Know?

Trivia:

On its initial release in its home turf of New Zealand, this movie earned more per screen than
Batman Returns.

Goofs:

Continuity:
Lionel is mopping up bloody footprints when Paquita comes to visit. After they chase her dog upstairs and come back down, the entryway no longer has footprints.

Quotes:

Uncle Les:
Whew! That's some stink!

Lionel Cosgrove:
Uh… yeah. A dog must have crawled under the house and died.



User Review

Intestines can really kill you.

Rating: 10/10

This is by far the best horror film I have ever seen in my life. This movie
has everything – a horrifying rat monkey, a baby zombie, zombies having sex,
gratuitous violence, extreme gore, a super fighting ninja priest, an evil
annoying mom that turns into a zombie, a womanizing relative that is a
pathetic loser, an old psychic that predicts the future, and lastly someone
who takes care of them all. Oh, I can't forget to mention an inspirational
scene with a lawnmower too. Overall I give this cinematic masterpiece the
highest review, me throwing up in the bathroom afterwards from absolute
disgust.