Raiders of the Living Dead (1986) - Rotten Tomatoes

Raiders of the Living Dead (1986)

Raiders of the Living Dead





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Newspaper reporter Morgan Randall (Robert Deveau) has been blessed (or cursed) with a number of strange events and clues which lead him to think that zombies might really exist. He and his friend Shelly (Donna Asali) tracks them down to an abandoned prison, but then is trapped there by the mad scientist who has been busily reanimating corpses there. Fortunately, two teenagers, Jonathan and Michelle (Scott Schwartz and Corri Burt), are on the same trail, and they have come equipped to deal with the worst. In its partially completed state, this film was entitled "Graveyard" and appeared on the USA Network's Up All Night series.more
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Horror
Directed By: ,
Written By: Brett Piper, Samuel M. Sherman
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 25, 2003
Independent International Pictures Corp.


Robert Deveau
as Morgan Randall
Donna Asali
as Shelly Godwin
Zita Johann
as Librarian
Bob Allen
as Dr. Carstairs
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Obviously I wanted to watch this movie based purely on the name. I was really hoping for a whip-toting, fedora-wearing zombie hunter but what we got was‚¶ well I‚(TM)m not really sure. I still have no idea what the plot of this movie was. However, there was one highlight: the theme song! This brilliant 80s rock anthem opens the movie and appears throughout the film in different forms. Cheesy, yes, but fun and oddly catchy. Don‚(TM)t let the trailer fool you (because the trailer is pretty funny), this movie sucks pretty bad‚¶ aside from that theme song!

some shots were too long in one place like the kid working on the player for his grandpa and the music is god aweful even for the 80's. Sound track just didn't match the mivie.


Way back in the early days of low-budget horror director icon Brett Piper, he created a short film called Dying Days about a reporter who gets entangled with zombies thanks to a long, horrid curse in his family. Well, a small-time head honcho of a defunct movie studio, Sam Sherman, decides to take Brett Piper's film and "make it better" by changing up 75% of the film to involve the reporter getting attacked by zombies, only to survive and enlist the help of his new cop girlfriend, an old man, his young genius son (lol, Scotty Schwartz from The Toy, then!), his little girlfriend, and their newly developed laser gun. What started out as a quirky, fun, old school Piper film (filled with titties and gore of course) now turns into a horribly boring, painfully corny, boobie-less and gore-less snoozefest with laughable zombie action. No seriously, the zombies vs. kids laser gun is hysterical. Most importantly, the molding of two very different films here is incredibly obvious and just horribly done. Thank goodness I rented this first instead of impulse buying! I'd say if you're going to rent this turkey, stick to the Dying Days movie instead, or better yet, watch both to see the incredible differences and bastard changes done.

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