Dead Heat (1988)

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Roger Mortis and Doug Bigelow are cops that are chasing crooks that are dead serious about crime. Or should I say they are chasing dead crooks perpetrating serious crimes? Seems some nutcase has learned how to bring back the dead and is sending them on crime sprees. Now these indestructable goons are in the way of officers Mortis and Bigelow. To even things up, when Mortis is killed (in the line of duty, of course) he gets a jump start from the Resurrection machine and takes the fight to the zombie bad guys.
Rating:
R (adult situations)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Comedy , Horror , Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By:
In Theaters:
 wide
On DVD:
Runtime:
Studio:
LionsGate Entertainment

Cast

Joe Piscopo
as Det. Doug Bigelow
Treat Williams
as Det. Roger Mortis
Lindsay Frost
as Randi James
Darren McGavin
as Dr. Ernest McNab
Vincent Price
as Arthur P. Loudermilk
Clare Kirkconnell
as Rebecca Smythers
Keye Luke
as Mr. Thule
Peter Kent
as Smitty
Robert Picardo
as Lt. Herzog
Cate Casplin
as Salewoman
Mel Stewart
as Capt. Mayberry
Martha Quinn
as Newscaster
Cate Caplin
as Saleswoman
Monica Lewis
as Mrs. Von Heiserberg
Peggy O'Brien
as Jewelry Store Manager
Chip Heller
as Wilcox
Lew Hopson
as Whitfield
Tom Nolan
as Jonas
Steve Itkin
as Freman
Shane Black
as Patrolman
Monty Ash
as Waiter
Ron Taylor
as Shoot Out Zombie
Yvonne Peattie
as Gertrude Bellman
Clarence Brown
as Harry Latham
Ivan E. Roth
as End Zombie
Mike Saad
as Guard #1
Monty Cox
as Guard #2
Pons Maar
as Pool Zombie
Dawan Scott
as Pool Zombie
Pamela Vansant
as Lab Technician
Beth Toussaint
as Lab Technician
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Critic Reviews for Dead Heat

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (3)

On the screen, it seems to be like a walking corpse itself: jerking around malevolently, with putrefying limbs, a fixed, grisly smile on its face and absolutely no spontaneity.

Full Review… | May 13, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Williams and Piscopo seem to be on autopilot when delivering their lines, not relating to one another, not picking up each other`s timing.

Full Review… | May 13, 2013
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

[A] sci-fi, low-tech comedy horror show.

Full Review… | May 21, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

...succeeds solely as a showcase for some admittedly jaw-dropping special effects.

Full Review… | August 14, 2015
Reel Film Reviews

That it is awkwardly conceived, the premise is absurd and it's just not funny, are its major flaws.

Full Review… | April 11, 2015
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A disastrous attempt at blending comedy and horror.

Full Review… | May 13, 2013
TV Guide

Audience Reviews for Dead Heat

The entire time I watched the movie. I was thinking to myself. Why didn't I see this sooner? It is over-the-top, gory, funny, and has some really awesome special effects. This movie has everything you could possibly want. If you enjoy these types of movies. Which I do! So, I enjoyed this film immensely.

Jason Reneau
Jason Reneau

Super Reviewer

This movie is utterly ridiculous, mindless ,and forgettable. Having said that, it was kinda fun, and the special effects are done nicely, so it wasn't too horrible to watch. In fact it's a black comedy mixed with a buddy cop comedy, so it does make you laugh a bit, but with a combination like that you have to be careful. This movie is not careful enough with that balance, and it comes off as neither over the top cheesy goodness, nor a masterpiece, just something in between. The story starts to get muddled, the machine is over used, the actors are annoying. It's an okay movie, overall, but not good.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

Hahaha now this was a fun flick, Treat Williams, who looks Strangely like Bill Pullman, is pretty cool here. Piscopo looks solid n buffed and apart from the non funny lines its a great blast. Wicked 80's style everything, effects, clothes, cars etc...Steve Johnson did the effects, thats how I found out about this, in a monster effects book, saw the three faced zombie and thought, yep, I gotta see that.

Phil Hubbs
Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

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