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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 (65 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 (65 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009RQRQU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #170,660 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Every Gorehound/Zombie fanatic will love this...... August 9, 2005
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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Night of the Living Dead + Color - Money November 13, 2005
The Dead Next Door is an extremely low budget zombie film that was made by 18 year olds and successfully delivers all the goods. Now yes a lot of the budget went into the gore and special effects, but if you are a fan of zombie films, isn't that what you came for in the first place? The acting isn't top notch and there are a few poorly done moments, but this film is so low budget that they actually work and make it fun to watch. The film was recorded without audio so people had to then do voiceovers. Bruce Campbell actually lent his voice as the main character (even though he didn't get credited). This film has been only available on VHS until now, and it's great to have it on DVD, it's loaded with special features and even has a somewhat pointless music video. There are a few funny moments like in the beginning when the zombie squad shoves a grenade in a zombie's mouth. Once again this movie is very low budget and that is one of the things that make it so entertaining to watch. I myself plan to make a low budget zombie film for my Film Class, and if you're like me, this film will give you the ideas, techniques, and confidence to make your own, that is, if you have the right amount of equipment. Anyways, the movie is really fun to watch, it has a "bad" ending but you really just don't care, and the special effects are great. Ignore what the naysayers have to say, this film may not be the best in the world but it's definitely entertaining, funny at moments, and impressive for just how ridiculously low budget this thing is. What else can I say about this film? Just pop it in, grab some popcorn and some friends, sit back and enjoy.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Once I thought I was wrong but I was mistaken
This is what you expect from a guy that once worked with George A Romero on Dawn of the Dead, who then goes out and hires a film crew and cast to work on a zombie film he wrote,... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Johnny5437
3.0 out of 5 stars So-So
I tried to like this film, I watched it twice and no luck.
It's about a group call "The Zombie Squad" killing of zombies and helping the scientist with a cure. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Derohn Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars good
i just love horror movie and plots they are good to watch, most of the time they are pretty scary
Published 2 months ago by Mary
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 11 months ago by Peter Shannon
4.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite childhood horror movies and zombie films to boot
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. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Cward55
4.0 out of 5 stars How to make a good $500,000 low budget movie with only $50
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? Read more
Published 16 months ago by Quadro Sinead Summer
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 19 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 on May 12, 2012 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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