The Dead Next Door

Year: 1988
Rated: Not Rated
Run Time: 84 minutes
Production Company: Amsco Studios / Suburban Tempe Co.
Director: J.R. Bookwalter (Robot Ninja, Humanoids From Atlantis, Polymorph, The Sandman)
Starring: Pete Ferry, Bogdan Pecic, and Michael Grossi
T & A: (unconfirmed) Hell Yes
Ass + Ass =: You

"How Do You Kill Something That Won't Die? Where Do You Run When They're Everywhere?"

Well shit. Looks like the dead have decided to rise from their graves and feast upon the flesh of the living, thanks to a virulent new epidemic that is sweeping the globe. In repsonse to this zombie holocaust, the government sets up a highly trained "Zombie Squad" to deal with the undead threat and hopefully neutralize it. Armed to the teeth and ready to stomp undead ass, Zombie Squad members Raimi, Mercer, Kuller, and the rest of the gang head off to scenic Ohio(!) to try and locate a cure for the zombie epidemic. However, when the team runs across a sadistic cult of pseudo-Christian "zombie lovers" bent on aiding the rotting corpses in world domination, things go from bad to worse. During a battle with the undead, Mercer gets infected with the deadly zombie virus and now the team must race to find a cure not only for their wounded comrade, but for the entire free world!

Wow. What a surprise this was! This flick is truly one of the lost zombie classics of our generation. In the name vein as DAWN OF THE DEAD and DAY OF THE DEAD, THE DEAD NEXT DOOR makes a valiant attempt to chuck its audience in the midst of an all-out Zombie War. However, unlike its big brothers, THE DEAD NEXT DOOR suffers a bit from its low production values. Shot entirely on Super 8mm film, the movie just looks unbearably cheap sometimes. Much like the vampire splatter flick DARKNESS, a lot of the "oomph!" from big bloody special effects (and there are a lot) is just sapped by shitty film quality. But don't get me wrong... THE DEAD NEXT DOOR is a hell of a ride! There are some genuinely hysterical scenes of the commandoes of "The Zombie Squad" going up against squadrons of the undead, and a lot of surprisingly original ideas here. The zombie loving cultists are a great touch... and its always fun to see them get eaten by the corpses they care so much for. Although it may be difficult to locate at your local video store, THE DEAD NEXT DOOR is definitely worth your time if you are lucky enough to find it. Happy Hunting!


Our Rating System

Mr. Paul: "A quality zombie flick that definitely should not be overlooked."

Z-man: "A damn fine zombie movie that is betrayed by its shitty 8mm film quality!"

El Santo: "God bless The Zombie Squad- 'nuff said!"

Eagle Te: "Worth a look if you've got little else to do. Great concepts and ideas were hurt by the super cheapness of the film which is usually a good thing but for some reason hurt this one!"