Dead Alive
Dead Alive (1993)

Considered by many to be the goriest film ever made and one of the funniest "splatstick" horror films since Sam Raimi's Evil Dead 2 (1986), Peter Jackson's New Zealand-lensed zombie epic Dead Alive is a hilariously… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: February 12, 1993
DVD Release Date: September 8, 1998
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The delightfully gonzo tale of a lovestruck teen and his zombified mother, Dead Alive is extremely gory and exceedingly good fun, thanks to Peter Jackson's affection for the tastelessly sublime.

David Stratton

The best to date from Kiwi gore specialist Peter Jackson.

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

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.

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Emanuel Levy

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.

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Time Out

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.

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R. L. Shaffer

Takes a few views to really appreciate, but Peter Jackson's blood-splattered horror masterpiece is a gory good time.

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Rob Humanick
Projection Booth

Rarely has the urge to expectorate one's lunch been a feeling so sublime.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

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.

Budd Wilkins
Slant Magazine

Lionsgate's visceral, albeit barebones Blu-ray package lets viewers really sink their teeth into Dead Alive.

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Rumsey Taylor
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

Braindead is the magnum opus of Peter Jackson's early career.

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
Think Greg Kihn's "Our Love's In Jeopardy" video @ 200 mph. Fuck I dated myself.
Eric Shankle
"Dead Alive" is a weird, gory, disgusting movie. It's also pretty funny. As far as zombie films go this is one of my favorites. Peter Jackson… More
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KJ Proulx
There is funny, there is scary, there is disgusting, and there is gore. This film is the tip of the iceberg in every category. Peter Jackson directs one of the… More
Chris Weber
Who would have thought that Peter "Lord of the Rings" Jackson started his career off by making campy, gory horror schlock films like this? This film,… More
Dan Schultz
By far one of the most absurd yet hilarious films I have seen concerning a stumbling, bumbling momma's boy (Timothy Balme) who does his best to keep his… More