Okay, so the title of this post is somewhat misleading because, even though I did in fact watch Peter Jackson’s (yes PETER JACKSON’S) Dead Alive (or Braindead as it’s known in New Zealand) I didn’t quite love it. I’m a bit torn between hating the story and a lot of the acting and LOVING the gore. Sure the gore was great, but the story was difficult to follow at best and completely nonsensical and cartoony at worst. I do remember seeing this video at the video store and wondering how it was with that freaky skeleton leering out from that girl’s mouth. I’ll put it this way, if you’re a gore fan you NEED to see this movie. Between the dinner scene where mom’s falling apart, the zombie sex scene and the last 15-20 minutes or so of the movie, you’ll get your money’s worth. Just don’t expect the kind of flick you normally would from the guy who directed those Lord of the Rings movies people like so much. That being said, I’m just going to publish my viewing notes on this one again. Enjoy!
Oh, duh, the movie’s about this doofy guy whose mom gets bitten by this rat monkey thing that got imported from what looks like King Kong’s Skull Island. That turns her into a zombie, of course, and then she in turn turns a bunch of other people into zombies, ignoring the first rule of not getting your head ripped off my a zombie: cap anyone you even THINK is a zombie. Sorry folks, but that’s how you gotta roll if you want to survive.
Dead Alive/Braindead (1992)
Written by Stephen Sinclair, Fran Walsh & Peter Jackson
Directed by Peter Jackson
Starring a bunch of New Zealanders
Claymation rat monkey is awesome, holy sh!t, he ripped a chimp’s arm off
Old lady crushes the rat monkey’s head-AWESOME
His mother sucks
“Your mother ate my dog!” “Not all of it” HAHAHA
Needles to the eyes and nose, nice
I should be paying better attention
The old guy in a purple robe just kicked a dude’s head off and then died
Why is he not killing these zombies?
Zombies copping a feel and making out and having sex?, oh god, he lost his face
Monster baby in the park – hilarity ensues
THIS guy directed Lord of the Rings?
Haha, he punches zombie baby in the face, the homeless guy loves it
Who’s the guy who thinks he’s a Texan Elvis? Why isn’t he FREAKING OUT about the walking dead? Oh, he wants the house, maybe (?), I should have paid better attention
Annnnd, now there’s a party? WHAT!? THERE’S FREAKING MONSTERS IN THE HOUSE!
Haha, it’s a wig
They think burying the undead will do anything? Hey, back to the party!
Oops, he gave them stimulant instead of whatever he meant to and now super-zopmbies are bursting through the floor!
They ripped that dude’s RIBCAGE out! And that dudes’ face off! There go her guts!
Now they’re ALL zombies! What a terrible party
That guy’s entire lower skin got ripped off (he’s just leg bones)! She got punched through the back of her head!
Really? A running-in-place-on-blood joke?
Elvis just tore out that zombies teeth with pliers!
That lung/intestine monster looks pretty cool
That baby zombie just won’t die
There’s a dead broad in the attic?
Elvis may be a jerk but he does a good job of hacking those zombies to bits. He has a bit too much fun doing it though. Yeesh
Elvis gets his spine ripped out by what looks like a Todd MacFarlane monster
Finally, the infamous lawnmower scene, later zombies. Bloodies scene EVER
They blended a head
Elvis as a spine monster looks rad, like something out of The Thing
These are probably the best 15-20 minutes in gore history
Oh! the baby just ripped that ladies head open FROM THE INSIDE
Mental note, get a manual lawnmower, just in case
Mother vs. son, woah, gnarly rack monster mom
You tell that bee-yotch sonny boy, she was a murderer even before she turned into a zombie
Her belly just ate her son and he promptly punches his way out. YEAH DUDE