Year: 1992
Run Time: 97 minutes
Production Company: Wingnut
Director: Peter Jackson (Bad Taste, Meet The Feebles, Meat The Potatoes)
Starring:Timothy Balme, Diana Penalver, Elizabeth Moody
T & A: Twenty foot tall naked demon
Abercrombie & : Bitch

"Some things won't stay down... even after they've died."

Sumatran rat monkeys. Ugly. Angry. Their bite turns people into zombies. Why the hell would you go to a remote island to try to capture one? If you answered, "BECAUSE YOU'RE AN IDIOT!" Ding Ding Ding, you're right! Said idiot gets several limbs chopped off, including his head, and dies screaming.

Now I should take this oppurtunity to point out this is probably the goriest film I've ever seen in my life. There are three versions. The R-Rated, which is gay. It's all cut to hell and none of the quality gore everyone's looking for made it in. The Unrated, which is what this review is based on, contains a lot of gore and some more character development. There's also the European version, titled Brain Dead, which is the Unrated version plus a little more character development and a bit more gore. Don't strain yourself trying to track this version down though, the unrated version is great and high recommended.

Now off the different versions and back to the gore. It's amazing. From the beginning when said idiot from above gets several limbs lopped off to the thrilling climax when our hero Lionel goes nuts on about a hundred zombies with a lawnmower, you'll know this is the shit. This even makes EVIL DEAD 2 look timid. It's true, I love Evil Dead 2, but Dead Alive beats the hell out of it and earns a perfect score of five stars. There's people dying in the most cool and gory and inventive ways you can imagine, and then becoming very cool zombies. Two zombies even have a baby, a very evil baby. I'm surpised Lionel doesn't go play Kick The Baby with the little bastard, but he gets his in the end. In a BLENDER. That's how cool this movie is.

So, about the story. Lionel is a young man with a bitch of a grandmother. He loves a girl named Paquita who also loves him, but his bitch of a grandmother keeps them apart. Paquita is a very strong female character who kicks mad zombie ass in the finale. Her mother is also a fortune teller. Her dog is very nice, but he dies.

Lionel takes his mother to the zoo one day, where they see (surprise) the Sumatran Rat-Monkey from the beginning. It takes a bite out of his mother, making her turn into a nasty zombie, prompty killing and infecting several others. A distraught Lionel sticks them all in the basement and keeps them loaded up with tranquilizes so they don't go crazy.

A wild party is thrown at Lionel's place, and the zombies get out and go crazy, taking everyone at the party and making them zombies too. Lionel and Paquita have to fight, and along the way Lionel learns some awful things about his mother. Eventually he gets the girl, and kills a lot of zombies. He feels very nice afterwards.

Some cool scenes include pus from Lionel's dying mother's face squirting into a bowl of custard and then some unsuspecting dumbass eats it. The lawnmower scene, taking a page out of Evil Dead's chainsaw, and the cool beginning sequence. The whole movie is very cool, it never feels boring or lengthy. The characterization is good, you'll feel sorry for poor Lionel.

This film is ultra cool, you'll be hard pressed to find anything but the R-Rated version to rent, but I found the unrated version at Best Buy for ten bucks. It's a safe one to buy without even watching it first, if you're a horror fan and haven't seen this you don't know what you're talking about. You may never enjoy another lousy teen flick like Scream or Disturbing Behaviour after this. Dead Alive ties you to a chair and anally rapes you, it's such an intense film.


Our Rating System

Splice: "Blender, lawnmower, bare hands. Beat the shit outta those zombies."

Sam the Cat: "Being a cat and all I enjoyed when Lionel's mother eats Paquita's dog. "Not all of it..." ha ha. DAMN."