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November 23, 2017
Not bad but not good
½ October 7, 2017
This movie is bad. So bad that I would recommend it to everyone for a good laugh! The acting is horribly cheesy, and there was a lot of dropping weapons - with "opps" running the wrong way (into zombies). Because zombies are too slow to run into them. I wasn't aware that zombies can't look into mirrors, because they will be reminded that they're dead, and scare themselves. Somehow there's a magic cursed television (that looks like it was drug out of a dump yard) where zombies come out of. How does this happen? Why do they want to come out? We're not supposed to know...or they just ran out of ideas.
June 20, 2017
Good, low budget, midnight movie. It takes a different turn on the zombie genre.
April 2, 2017
Okay low budget horror film about six zombies who come out of a haunted television to terrorize a small neighborhood. On the plus side, the zombies are old school style Romeo zombies. The special effects, while not top notch, are respectable practical effects that I enjoyed. On the downside, the acting is pretty weak and borderline laughable. The story isn't all that good either and was essentially just these same six zombies killing people (although I think only two of them actually killed anyone). Overall, only watch this one if you're in the mood for a cheesy 1980s style of low budget horror film you might have rented on VHS at your local video store.
February 11, 2017
God i love this film yes its a very very bad film crap acting crap script but for a true b movie horror film fan it must be one to watch. A cheesy 80s gore fest
April 5, 2016
It starts well, as far as b-movies go, and can actually be rather creepy but it runs out of ideas fast.
½ August 25, 2015
This is an absurd and often downright stupid zombie movie from the 80s with a tone akin to something like The Evil Dead but sillier. A horror classic this ain't, but it is a lot of fun. There's tons of gore with practical effects, and awkward humor that may or may not be intentional. So-bad-it's-great, the movie is a great deal of fun. Not much to say about it really; weird and campy, if you're into this sort of thing check it out.
½ August 18, 2015
so bad it's.........really bad. Made me laugh a tad but it was stupid, lazy and a proper stinker. Makes me a bit sick in my mouth when thinking back to this film. rotten stuff
February 16, 2015
Pure B-movie fun. The acting is not great, nor the make up but The Video Dead manages to be an entertaining zombie flick.
½ February 1, 2015
Admittedly very cheesy. Still, it's a fun 80s zombie flick that won't bore you.
½ January 23, 2015
I've heard that this is considered a comedy or that it's self aware... I don't know about that. I disagree and feel they set out to make a serious movie, and after seeing the terrible acting and final product they acted as if it was intentional the entire time.

The acting is truly atrocious. The plot is about as basic as "things happen". The script is just bad. We follow one character throughout, only for him to die and the last 15 minutes to be concluded with a character who had very little screen time to that point. Anticlimactic doesn't even begin to describe it.

Despite that, there's some some nice cheap blood and gore, the zombies look decent considering the low budget, and there is some nice cheesy 80s flare to it. It's not a terrible watch and it flew by as a watch until the final 20 or so minutes (which should be expected when it was a character we hadn't seen much of to that point). I wouldn't recommend it to zombie fans, but probably for bad movie fans. You really need friends to watch this one though.
May 28, 2014
Thought the 80s camp was perfect despite the terrible acting. I personally was very fascinated with the unusual zombie concept. By far, the makeup and effects are my favorite thing about this flick.
½ December 3, 2013
Luckily netflix had this ( at least they did back then) this is weird.
September 4, 2013
An interesting idea, a television acting as a
portal to the living world for the undead, that tries admirably to be a touch tongue in cheek but valiantly fails. The interest parts of the story (those that have escaped the massive plot holes littered throughout) are hampered by weak special effects, a poor script & laughable acting. It's an interesting watch but, by 1987, there were many better low budget movies being released than this.
July 12, 2013
Horribly awesome zombie movie--The Video Dud!!
½ June 9, 2013
If you're not into really bad movies, The Video Dead isn't likely going to change your mind. However, if SOBIG movies are where your heart lies, The Video Dead is an often forgotten gem that delivers plenty of gore, lame, and cheese through a story, that doesn't make that much sense but somehow seems to work.
½ June 7, 2013
Things this movie taught me: If a decrepit looking television is delivered to your home, don't just happily accept it and plug it in, because zombies will come out of it and fucking eat you.

I mean seriously, this television looks awful, like someone drug it out of a dump and these idiot suburbanites just happily take it into their home and set it up like it's fresh from the local electronics store?

Low budget zombie fun from the VHS era, this was a decent watch on Netfux Instant Watch, so give it a peep if you have the chance, it definitely has its moments.
February 22, 2013
Enjoyable but still a a Grade Z horromedy.
Francisco G.
Super Reviewer
February 21, 2013
Completly awful 80s cheesy horror but self-aware and super hilarious thanks to it. It's either super gory or super cheap looking but what binds it all together is the over the top forced acting. Fans of the genre can't miss this.
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