Dead Alive (Braindead)
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A monkey bite turns the white-breaded, overbearing mother of a New Zealand youth into a voracious zombie in this extremely gory black comedy. Realizing that he has a bonafide monster on his hands, the boy knows he should destroy her, but when push comes to shove, the son realizes he has no stomach for matricide. That her condition proves contagious does little to sway his devotion to her.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The best to date from Kiwi gore specialist Peter Jackson."
‑ David Stratton, Variety
"Horror films used to be primordial spook shows, tapping midnight-dark fears. Now they tap bodily goo: rivers of blood, dripping limbs, eyeballs that go pop in the night."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"Originally released as Braindead, this gory, maccabre satire of 1950s New Zealand society is yet another proof that Peter Jackson is one of the sharpest, most skillful directors working in the genre; a good companion piece to Meet the Feebles."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Arguably the goriest movie ever made"
‑ Jon Niccum, Lawrence Journal-World
"How can you not love a movie with the line, "Your mother ate my dog"?"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"The finale, in which Lionel reduces a horde of flesh-eaters to a mulch of blood, flesh and offal with the aid of a flymo, is probably the goriest scene ever."
‑ , Time Out
"Takes a few views to really appreciate, but Peter Jackson's blood-splattered horror masterpiece is a gory good time."
‑ R. L. Shaffer, IGN DVD
"Rarely has the urge to expectorate one's lunch been a feeling so sublime."
‑ Rob Humanick, Projection Booth
"I wish I could say that I loved it, but at the risk of offending every fanboy out there, I'm afraid I have a red caro-syrup covered bone to pick with it."
‑ Brian Mckay, eFilmCritic.com
"One of the true classics of splatterdom. Sickeningly wonderful."
‑ Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com
"Because all of this looks blatantly unreal, and because the timing of the shock effects is so haphazard, Dead Alive isn't especially scary or repulsive. Nor is it very funny."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Lionsgate's visceral, albeit barebones Blu-ray package lets viewers really sink their teeth into Dead Alive."
‑ Budd Wilkins, Slant Magazine
"Braindead is the magnum opus of Peter Jackson's early career."
‑ Rumsey Taylor, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
"A gore classic featuring an ***-kicking priest, a grandmother swallowing a cat whole, a house full of zombies, and a lawnmower."
‑ Blake Davis, KFOR Channel 4 News
"It was hysterically funny at times, but the urge to laugh had to compete with the urge to vomit."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
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