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The Dead Next Door

3.5 out of 5 stars 65 customer reviews

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The government sets up a Zombie squad after an epidemic has made the world run rampant with living corpses. Raimi, Mercer, Kuller, and others head off to Ohio to try and find a cure to the epidemic but soon run into a crazy cult of zombie lovers who are set on preserving the zombies and letting a new world be born because they believe that it's God's will. When Mercer gets infected with the zombie virus, Raimi and the others must work quickly to find a cure and avoid the cult.

Special Features

  • Commentary by Writer/Director J.R. Bookwalter
  • Behind-the-Scenes Footage
  • 20 Years in 15 Minutes Documentary
  • Auditions
  • Music Video
  • Behind-the-Scenes Still Gallery

Product Details

  • Actors: Lester Clark, Floyd Ewing Jr., Pete Ferry, Barbara Gay, Roger Graham (II)
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: Unknown
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: August 9, 2005
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009RQRQU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,346 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Dead Next Door" on IMDb

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I bought The Dead Next door because I love zombie movies. Dawn of the Dead is my favorite horror film of all times and I like to hunt down other rare zombie films. If you thought Night of the Living Dead was a low budget film, wait till you get a load of The Dead Next Door. This is perhaps the most low budget film I have ever seen, yet it impressed me. I first watched it with a group of my friends, and we had a great time. The credits to the film are real cheesy, but if you can get through that, the film turns out pretty good. The story has enough plot for ten zombie films and the gore F/X are excellent for it's budget. The picture quality is a let down, but you can get past that by image controls on your television. The acting is so horrendous that it made all my friends laugh their heads off, adding to the fun of the film. Overall, it is absolutly amazing what 19 year old director J.R. Bookwalter was able to accomplish with a shoe string budget. Any zombie fan should hunt this rare title down.
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This is Bookwalter's famous homage to Romero's DEAD trilogy. DND takes basic elements of NIGHT, DAWN and DAY (in particular the last two) and adapts them to fit a slightly altered mythos. It is hard to really criticise such a momentous achievement in low-budget filmmaking -- 1,500 extras, 4 years in production -- the sheer determination to make such an epic for so little is praiseworthy enough but to have actually achieved something of this standard is incredible. The bottom line is, of course, that without this movie I very much doubt the scene would be as vibrant as it is. Anyone who says that THE DEAD NEXT DOOR is not a belting effort (in my opinion better than 90% of the much-loved Italian zombie output) should be very wary before they show anyone their own little horror movie or even say those fateful words 'I could do better!'
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So what do you do if you have about a $10 budget, a few cheap 8mm cameras, and a ton of determination to make a real horror film that can actually pass as a real movie? You do what these folks from Akron Ohio did. First let me say this film is very, very low budget. In fact it's probably the lowest budget movie I have ever seen. Yes the acting is absolutely awful, the script is even worse, the editing sucks too. So you can't judge a film like this on how good it is compared to other real films, because of the reality that there was barely any budget for this movie and no one who worked on it knew what the hell they were doing. They just did it because they had a driving passion to pull it off and believed in what they were doing. For that reason this film has some real merit. But I can't judge it compared to any other films or in the usual ways. Based on that I must say some things about this production really impressed me, particularly much of the camera work which was surprisingly good considering the limitations. Great tracking shots, some excellent pullbacks, and very imaginative angles. Also they did a good job with the lighting during sequences that took place at night. And the gore was amazing considering the next to nothing budget. Sometimes the gore was very well done. Probably the weakest link in the entire film was the acting by the doctor in the baseball hat. I mean the guy was seriously terrible. None of the actors could act worth a damned except Reverend Jones during the sermon scene. His acting was pretty good there for someone who wasn't an actor. But all in all this film is terribly weak compared to almost any real movie. But considering that this film was extremely low budget and shot in 8mm by complete novis's, it's also an amazing accomplishment.
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Format: DVD I did. Now let me say one thing b4 I get started ,dont, I repeat do not expect some great plot, cause there isnt, this is also a very low budget flick shot on an awesome 8MM film, well awesome as it works with this film. There is a plot but it doesnt get into much detail.This film only runs 70 minutes long.

This movie rely's on basically large amounts of violence, Gore, tons of Zombies,lots of blood, and plenty of Zombies feasting on humans. And for that this film is awesome. Eery Zombie film fanatic will like this, as not many low budget Zombie flicks rely on plot more or less violence, well in some cases.

The make-up on the zombies happens to be very well done, the acting is ok shockingly not as bad as I would have thought.

Bsically I brought this with never see'ing it and , it was a given to basically have. I brought it and was quit surprised. The element that I love is that there are Zombies constantly and plenty of Zombies and Zombie violence,true Zombie flick and classic at that. So for all you Zombie fans out there who never seen this get it, it is a must for any hardcore Zombie collector to have and being that I have just about 40-50 Zombie flicks I have seen them from huge budgets ( Land of the Dead ) to mediocre budgets ( Shaun of the Dead,Dawn of the Dead 1978,Zombi)low budget it ones like ( Dead Meat, Stink of flesh, Dead next Door). So I can appreciate all types of Zombie flicks and this one is one to love just because of the large amounts of Zombies and like I said Zombie violence this is just a pure Zombie horror. Some other movies I have are ....
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