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April 1, 2018
If this movie was made in America, the MPAA would have the entire movie cut. Although, New Zealand makes some of the best "splatsticK" movies like Black Sheep and this movie is probably the goriest movie next to The Evil Dead series altogether. What surprises me about this movie is well, everything! One thing is the director of this movie (Peter Jackson) was soon to be one of the most respected filmmakers of all time. The acting is brilliant, the character of Lionel (Timothy Balme) reminds me of the character of Norman Bates from Psycho, a character with Mother issues just without the personality disorders and the intentional killings. The gore in this movie is absolutely mind blowing, it's disgusting, bloody, repulsive and ironically hilarious. This is the kind of movie to be seen to be believed. Check it out.
½ January 16, 2018
This film is absolutely bonkers and is all the better for it. There are some truly stomach churning moments but so much of this film is a delight, an hilarious delight too!
(When i watched it it was called Braindead, which is a better name)
Jackson throws everything and the kitchen sink into this gorefest that will be loved by horror fans.

An often tasteless and often hilarious Zombie horror/comedy.
½ December 2, 2017
If you wanted to see family dilemmas, tasteless gore, and crazy characters in one tale, BrainDead (or "Dead Alive" if you live in the states) is the right place...or state of mind. From scene one to the climactic fight with a horde of zombies, you see the ambition Peter Jackson was willing to put on screen. It's over-the-top antics often make every moment rubbery like a cartoon, only we're snapped back into reality when flesh or limbs are ripped apart. It is that type of movie that succeeds by dumping those buckets of blood onto the waxy floor for the laughs.
November 6, 2017
It's over-the-top gory and most people will stick to this aspect of the film but it's also a hilarious satire of 50s New Zealand.
½ October 22, 2017
One of Peter Jackson's earliest romps into professional film making, Braindead was Jackson's stepping stone to producing Hollywood blockbusters. With the huge amounts of gore, hilarious gags and of course the repulsive special effects, I'd be out of line to not call this movie one of the best zombie films of the decade, maybe of all time.
Super Reviewer
August 9, 2017
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.
½ June 29, 2017
To call this movie gory is an absolute understatement. This has to be the bloodiest movie ever made. Seriously, if you get queasy at the sight of blood, stay as far away from this movie as possible. But if you can get past that, it's an over-the-top, funny, disgustingly fun time.
June 20, 2017
Between a 7/10 and 8/10, 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.
June 10, 2017
The last great splat-stick comedy from Peter Jackson, who, one year later, proved his worth as a dramatic filmmaker with "Heavenly Creatures." I can't help but wonder if he knew that he'd be leaving this genre behind because there are no holds barred, no stomach left unturned.
The bite of a vicious Sumatran rat-monkey leads to a series of unfortunate events for a hapless mama's boy and everyone else in town.
But enough about the plot. You'll see more blood, guts, and any other bodily expulsion than in 3 "Texas Chainsaw Massacres" put together. And it's all a ridiculous amount of crazy fun.
Sit back, enjoy, and be sure to clean off your TV afterwards.
May 4, 2017
Most accurately described as the Kiwi 'Evil Dead', this movie has lots of laughs, lots of scares, and LOTS of gore, creating a splattery horror-comedy masterpiece from the one and only Peter Jackson.
April 27, 2017
One of the greatest ever zombies
April 25, 2017
This Film Is Very Gory.
April 1, 2017
Arguably one of the best zombie movies ever made, "Dead Alive" is a hilariously wacky and gory experience.
March 20, 2017
Jackson's best film pre-LOTR. A comic gore fest, with a brilliant scenario in which the hero ploughs back and forth continually through a huge crowd of zombie's whilst carrying a lawnmower - sickly classic.
March 9, 2017
This was a film that I have only seen a handful of times but recently revisited during a Peter Jackson-themed viewing afternoon of movie watching, and I have to say, I loved it all over again from start to finish.

This film has a gleeful foot in both horror and comedy, equal parts gruesome and laugh out loud funny, but let's be real, it may be a bit too intense for some parties, so choose your viewing companions wisely.

February 22, 2017
This movie had the most amazing special effects of any movie. As the movie progresses it becomes just scene after scene of ridiculous gross out comedy gore. It's mind blowing how elaborate each scene is and much effort it must have been to create all of it. The whole movie and plot is really well made and is the height of peter Jacksons early work.
February 4, 2017
Excellent OTT gory comedy horror.
January 3, 2017
Peter Jackson did an awesome job with this movie, pure black comedy gore film.
½ November 15, 2016
An early classic from Peter Jackson. Gory & over-the-top. Just watch it!
½ November 6, 2016
You know there are two types of Peter Jackson fans, ones that prefer his new movies and the ones that prefer his older work. I much prefer his first five films, to anything else he has done. I don't hate his new stuff but I just don't see where all the praise is coming from? Maybe it's just me, well no, I know there's others out there like me. Out of Jackson first five films, I only dislike one of them but even that one had a great scene. Peter Jackson was really striving to become a major filmmaker, well atleast a very passionate one.

Brain Dead/Dead Alive is his 3rd feature and in my opinion, by far his best film to date. Jackson made this film on very tiny budget, around 2 million dollars. He set out to make the bloodiest, most over the top movie ever filmed. I've seen Dead Alive over twenties times and I'm pretty sure he succeeded, incase your didn't know, Dead Alive holds the world record for the most blood used on a movie production. And it's not CGI blood either, actually over 10,000 gallons of blood were used in the final scene alone.

That's alot of gore and splatter. I've seen alot cult classics and bloodbath scenes and nothing really comes close to Dead Alive. Though, it's been brought to my attention that a new more recent movie beat it's blood count, I search the internet and can't seem to get this comfirmed? maybe it's just a rumor? who knows? anyways, I seriously doubt it's more entertaining than the movie which I'm reviewing. Dead Alive has everything a gorehound/zombie freak could want or need. I still remember the first thought I had after seeing this, what the hell did I just watch?

I had to see it again to make sure. There's so many shocking and laugh out loud moments here, this movie had no limits on it's humor. I almost questioned Jackson genius here, but that was only because it was so insane, I would have never thought of some the stuff contain within this flick. Actually when this film was released in theaters in New Zealand, people were handed a barf bag to go with their movie ticket lol.

Dead Alive did set the standard in many ways for future splatterfest movies and none have ever succeeded it. The story of Dead Alive is kinda simple, it's a story about guy named Lionel, who lives at home with his mother. His mother is very controlling and obsessive but Lionel loves her more than anything. Well, until one day he meets a girl named Paquita (it's pronounced Pa-keet-tah) They both fall for each other rather quickly, and one day they plan to take a trip to the local zoo. Lionel's mother is suspicious of her son and follows him there.

While watching her son interact with his new love, Lionel's mother is biten by a Samatran Rat Monkey (These don't exists I ensure you, they come from Skull Island. Skull Island doesn't exists either unless you believe in King Kong) Lionel comes home to find out his mother is ill and was bitten. Lionel tries to take care of his mother the best he can but it seems pointless. Eventually Lionel's mother dies.... but not for long, she becomes one of the undead and tries to eat everything made of flesh, that she can get her hands on.

This is a very chaotic situation for our hero Lionel, he loves his mother even after she turned into Zombie. He tries his best to take care of her and keep her away from others, it's kinda hard to do this when she's even tring to eat him. Finally Lionel's mom bites someone else and then the virus spreads like wildfire. Lionel does his best to keep this epidemic under wraps and does a pretty good job until his uncle comes along.

How this story unfolds is one the most outrageous things I've ever seen. I wouldn't call this the most over the top movie of all-time, for nothing. Dead Alive contains my favorite bloodbath scene ever, all I'm gonna say is it involves a party full of zombies and good ol' lawnmower. I consider Dead Alive my 2nd favorite zombie movie and my favorite zombie comedy. Any fan of George Romero zombie movies, Shaun of The Dead, Evil Dead Triology, Return of The Living Dead, or even Demons, should enjoy the hell out of this!

I highly recommend this and encourage you to watch it has soon as possible. Leave me some feedback on what you thought. Oh, you'll have to buy your own barf bag haha.
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