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: 88% 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.

Peter Rainer
Los Angeles Times

After you see it, you want to race out of the theater and recommend it to your sickest friends right away.

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Nigel Floyd
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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A plasmafest.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Ordinarily I don't care for this kind of thing at all, but something must be said for Jackson's endless reserves of giddy energy, which are clearly meant to be silly.

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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.

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Alan Jones
Radio Times

This horrendously funny gross-out shocker from Lord of the Rings and King Kong director Peter Jackson is a brilliant black comedy and the ultimate gore movie.

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David Stratton

The best to date from Kiwi gore specialist Peter Jackson.

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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TV Guide

Dead Alive represents the absolute zenith of director and co-writer Peter Jackson's comedy-horror style.

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
Think Greg Kihn's "Our Love's In Jeopardy" video @ 200 mph. Fuck I dated myself.
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
Kevin M. Williams
If only somebody had the insight, the verve, to create a zombie soap opera ... something like: My Ma Is A Zombie!!!, only make it so over-the-top that nobody… More
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