Dead Alive (Braindead) (1993)
Critics Consensus: 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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Movie InfoA monkey bite turns the white-breaded, overbearing mother of a New Zealand youth into a voracious zombie in this extremely gory black comedy. Realizing that he has a bonafide monster on his hands, the boy knows he should destroy her, but when push comes to shove, the son realizes he has no stomach for matricide. That her condition proves contagious does little to sway his devotion to her.
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Critic Reviews for Dead Alive (Braindead)
The finale, in which Lionel reduces a horde of flesh-eaters to a mulch of blood, flesh and offal with the aid of a flymo, is probably the goriest scene ever.
Because all of this looks blatantly unreal, and because the timing of the shock effects is so haphazard, Dead Alive isn't especially scary or repulsive. Nor is it very funny.
Horror films used to be primordial spook shows, tapping midnight-dark fears. Now they tap bodily goo: rivers of blood, dripping limbs, eyeballs that go pop in the night.
Takes a few views to really appreciate, but Peter Jackson's blood-splattered horror masterpiece is a gory good time.
Lionsgate's visceral, albeit barebones Blu-ray package lets viewers really sink their teeth into Dead Alive.
Originally released as Braindead, this gory, maccabre satire of 1950s New Zealand society is yet another proof that Peter Jackson is one of the sharpest, most skillful directors working in the genre; a good companion piece to Meet the Feebles.
Rarely has the urge to expectorate one's lunch been a feeling so sublime.
Arguably the goriest movie ever made
I wish I could say that I loved it, but at the risk of offending every fanboy out there, I'm afraid I have a red caro-syrup covered bone to pick with it.
A gore classic featuring an ***-kicking priest, a grandmother swallowing a cat whole, a house full of zombies, and a lawnmower.
How can you not love a movie with the line, "Your mother ate my dog"?
One of the true classics of splatterdom. Sickeningly wonderful.
It was hysterically funny at times, but the urge to laugh had to compete with the urge to vomit.
Before he discovered Kate Winslet in Heavenly Creatures, Peter Jackson's work looked more like it came from Troma.
If you are a little squeamish then this is not the film for you, however those of a nervous disposition need not worry as Jackson is definitely playing for laughs.
A Tex Avery cartoon of hyperbolic gore, which gets funnier with each disgusting new sight gag.
Audience Reviews for Dead Alive (Braindead)
Who would have thought that Peter "Lord of the Rings" Jackson started his career off by making campy, gory horror schlock films like this? This film, despite the copious and over the top amounts of blood and gore, is actually quite hilarious and enjoyable.
The plot follows a village dweeb who tries to have a budding romance, while also trying to conceal the fact that his overbearing mother is a flesh-eating zombie.
The tone of the film is deliriously cartoonish and over the top.I think that's what makes it surprising considering that it's also probably the goriest film I've ever seen, if not the goriest of all time. Seriously. I can't believe how gruesome and messy this film gets, and I actually feel even more twisted for finding it all so friggin' amusing. The effects are very well done, and really make you appreciate the effort that goes into this sort of thing.
The acting is also surprisingly really good, and there's some good lines, too.
"Dead Alive" is a weird, gory, disgusting movie. It's also pretty funny. As far as zombie films go this is one of my favorites. Peter Jackson pre-LOTR era. It's some brutal stuff.More
Dead Alive (Braindead) Quotes
- Father McGruder/Zombie McGruder:
- The devil is amongst us.
- Uncle Les:
- I see you've come across your uncle's old stag films. Is this the one with the donkey and the chambermaid?
- Father McGruder/Zombie McGruder:
- Stand back boy, this calls for divine intervention!
- They're not dead exactly, they're just... sort of rotting.
- Paquita Maria Sanchez:
- Your mother ate my dog!
- Not all of it!
- Party's over!
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