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Terrifying Tuesdays: Peter Jackson’s Dead Alive (Braindead)

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I love horror movies of all shapes and sizes. I’m as apt to enjoy a black and white thriller as I am a modern slashfest. Sometimes I like a good laugh with my gore, and Dead Alive is the king of gory laughfests.

Directed by Peter Jackson, prior to his days as master of Tolkien adaptations, this movie is gross. I can’t stress enough how gross this movie is. I’m astonished every time I watch it how gross it gets as the movie wears on, and I’m sure the film’s budget was mostly fake blood and body parts for special effects.

By the end of the film, everyone’s covered in fake blood.

At its core it’s a story about a boy, Lionel, and his overbearing mum, Vera. Lionel is a mild-mannered fellow who still lives at home and is at his mother’s beck and call. Once things start going awry after Vera is bitten by a Sumatran rat monkey, mayhem ensues as he tries to hide the fact that his mother is now a member of the undead.

If it sounds like a silly premise, it totally is. It’s very entertaining, though, as the infection spreads through the town. There are so many funny scenes, like a priest that knows kung fu (“I kick ass for the Lord!”), a zombie baby that seems more like a Gremlin than a zombie, and a scene with a lawnmower used as a weapon that is both stomach-churning and hilarious.

If you’re a fan of movies like Return of the Living Dead and Evil Dead 2, you’ve probably seen this film as well. If you haven’t, well, you’re in for a treat. Amidst the spooky films you watch this season, take some time for a fun gorefest like Dead Alive.

So, have you seen Dead Alive? What’s the grossest movie you’ve ever seen?


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