Dead Alive Reviews

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R. L. Shaffer
IGN DVD
January 29, 2012
Takes a few views to really appreciate, but Peter Jackson's blood-splattered horror masterpiece is a gory good time.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Budd Wilkins
Slant Magazine
October 20, 2011
Lionsgate's visceral, albeit barebones Blu-ray package lets viewers really sink their teeth into Dead Alive.
Top Critic
David Stratton
Variety
July 22, 2008
The best to date from Kiwi gore specialist Peter Jackson.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
June 25, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth
October 17, 2007
Rarely has the urge to expectorate one's lunch been a feeling so sublime.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Rumsey Taylor
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
October 24, 2006
Braindead is the magnum opus of Peter Jackson's early career.
Top Critic

Time Out
June 24, 2006
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.
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World
June 12, 2004
Arguably the goriest movie ever made
| Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Stephen Holden
New York Times
May 20, 2003
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brian Mckay
eFilmCritic.com
March 19, 2003
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Blake Davis
KFOR Channel 4 News
February 26, 2003
A gore classic featuring an ***-kicking priest, a grandmother swallowing a cat whole, a house full of zombies, and a lawnmower.
| Original Score: 4/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 21, 2002
How can you not love a movie with the line, "Your mother ate my dog"?
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
July 27, 2002
One of the true classics of splatterdom. Sickeningly wonderful.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
February 28, 2002
It was hysterically funny at times, but the urge to laugh had to compete with the urge to vomit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
January 1, 2000
Before he discovered Kate Winslet in Heavenly Creatures, Peter Jackson's work looked more like it came from Troma.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Bryant Frazer
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
January 1, 2000
Unquestionably the single goriest film ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Keith H. Brown
Edinburgh U Film Society
January 1, 2000
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.
Jim Ridley
Nashville Scene
January 1, 2000
A Tex Avery cartoon of hyperbolic gore, which gets funnier with each disgusting new sight gag.
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Sick. Perverse. Brilliant.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Top Critic
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
February 12, 1993
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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