December 13, 2010

DEAD ALIVE (Zombie Classic)

On the first day of zombie, my true love gave to me.....

     a Sumatran rat-monkey


Director: Peter Jackson
Writers: Stephen Sinclair, Fran Walsh, and Peter Jackson
Stars: Timothy Balme, Diana PeƱalver and Elizabeth Moody

SYNOPSIS: Wellington. 1957. A young man's mother is bitten by a Sumatran rat-monkey and becomes infected with a zombie virus. She returns from the grave to spread her sickness and turn Wellington into a bloody zombie massacre.

BEST LINE: " I kick ass for the Lord!"

BEST SCENE: A baby zombie tears apart the face of a young woman -- from inside her head!

CLASSIC STATUS: Before Peter Jackson became a Hollywood heavy weight for his Lord of the Rings blockbusters, he was producing crude, farcical, slapstick, and special-effects laden cult pictures like Dead Alive. While there were certainly zombie comedies before Dead Alive (Return of the Living Dead I and II; Deadheat), and while there were plenty of zombie gore pictures before Dead Alive (Re-Animator; Zombi 2), no one had every combined the two so well before Dead Alive. Playing like a grind-house Looney Tunes, Dead Alive hit audiences with wacky and raucous images they'd never seen before (zombie sex, a kung fu priest, a zombie with a garden gnome for a head). Surprisingly, it was generally well received by critics too. Nothing short of hilarious, Dead Alive remains a complete original. It's a genuine zombie classic and worthy of its title as one of the goriest film of all time.