Dead Alive (1993)
Critic 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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Critic Reviews for Dead Alive
After you see it, you want to race out of the theater and recommend it to your sickest friends right away.
Ordinarily I don't care for this kind of thing at all, but something must be said for Jackson's endless reserves of giddy energy, which are clearly meant to be silly.
The best to date from Kiwi gore specialist Peter Jackson.
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.
Audience Reviews for Dead Alive
If only somebody had the insight, the verve, to create a zombie soap opera ... something like: My Ma Is A Zombie!!!, only make it so over-the-top that nobody would take it seriously. Yeah. The only thing that'd stir it up even more would be to give everyone Aussie accents, that'd be my thinking ... only I'd be too late. Peter Jackson has already made that movie, and this is it, the gory-est gorefest going on the planet. Think front row at a Gallagher show, and then multiply that by 20, no, 50. You're gonna need to be in the mood for this, that's my thinking. Say 13 or 14 years old.
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 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!|
|Lionel:||They're not dead exactly, they're just... sort of rotting.|