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The Dead Next Door (2005)

Lester Clark , Floyd Ewing Jr.  |  NR |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)


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  • 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 (62 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009RQRQU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,652 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Dead Next Door" on IMDb

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

Editorial Reviews

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.

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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A crowd pleaser April 27, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
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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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A momentous achievement in low-budget filmmaking! October 12, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
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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20 of 29 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars WE KID, BECAUSE WE LOVE August 9, 2005
Format:DVD
Sometimes things get better with age - wine, cheese... zombie movies. Although I'd never seen THE DEAD NEXT DOOR (or even heard of it, actually) until now - it's still a good zombie film... so good in fact that it almost knocks a lot of current zombie films off their soap boxes. While it can't touch SHAUN OF THE DEAD, although both films share the same obsessive love when it comes to zombie films, it does leave the DAWN OF THE DEAD remake in the dust... more violent, more fun, more in tune with the times (which is itself strange since this film was made in 1986) it packs punch after punch, most of which hit their target.

Granted the budget was low, and most of the money went into the zombie effects (good call) and the acting ranges from "not bad" to "please, please - somebody stop him/her" and the film itself looks as cheap as only Super-8 can look - it actually all adds up to something like gravity and atmosphere that helps to ground THE DEAD NEXT DOOR and gives it some of its power. While the story runs from right to left, it does take some time for a few twists and turns and ends on a highly promising (but downbeat) note. You can see all the parts in this film - from using all the famous names (and famous titles and famous clips from other undead/zombie films), from directors to SFX wizards - to using setups and payoffs of all the zombie films that have come before it. It's a film of parts, of moments, of gags and reflexes that now have become the LAWS of zombie films... and while we can see the jumps and surprises a mile off, it does not lessen the impact of the film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Cward55
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I love this movie such a great low-budget zombie flick. Basically zombies have taken over and there are police out there called the Zombie Squad to take them out. Everything about this movie is bad but I love it. I remember going to my local video store every friday night with my friend to rent this and some other horror movie and order some pizza and watch them. Maybe that's why I like it so much because I have memories with it but I think it holds up quite well and a wonderfully cheesey zombie film that every horror fan needs to see and add to their collections while they still can. I've been hearing that this is going out of print soon so I would suggest picking it up while it's very cheap and before the price sky rockets.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Home town hero!
I choose 5 stars because not only is it a peice of shit movie but I consider it a classic zombie movie & even better is It was made in my home town & I never knew about it!!!
Published 6 months ago by Peter Shannon
3.0 out of 5 stars Not too bad as long as your expectations are reasonable
I saw this movie many years ago on VHS. The film quality is low, the special effects are laughable, and the acting is nonexistent. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother
I don't know what the people who gave this film a good review were thinking. The movie looks like something a teenager shot over a weekend. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Kevin Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Cheesy Gore I Love It
I am a huge horror movie/zombie movie fan. I have seen so many zombie movies. Night Of The Living Dead, Dawn Of The Dead, Day Of The Dead, Return Of The Living Dead, and tons of... Read more
Published on January 25, 2010 by Toby L. Weaklend
2.0 out of 5 stars Nice debut, but Bookwalter got better with experience.
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Published on December 10, 2009 by Robert Beveridge
1.0 out of 5 stars ZOMBIE CRAP
This is total zombie crap-bad acting, bad effects and worst of all, BAD ZOMBIES. Do yourself a favor and stay away from this one- watch Zombie, city of the living dead or even the... Read more
Published on October 30, 2009 by Michael A. Bonamassa
1.0 out of 5 stars UHHH! HORRIBLE
I love zombie movies..so I bought this one to try it out. Don't waste your money!!! I love a b-rated zombie movie more than the average person so it says something when I say this... Read more
Published on November 19, 2008 by Mark Nolan
4.0 out of 5 stars A fine zombie horror comedy!
A virus has accidently been unleashed and changes humans into vicious flesh-eating zombies that begin to attack the nation. Read more
Published on May 15, 2008 by John Lindsey
5.0 out of 5 stars Gory gore galore.
Filmed on a 8mm camera and no budget, dispite it's flaw's, J.R. Bookwalter's Dead Next Door is a highy underrated little zombie gorefest with a somewhat original story. Read more
Published on January 7, 2008 by M.
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok zombie film
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Published on November 25, 2007 by Morrigan Alexandros
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