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An acquired taste, but I enjoyed it.,
This review is from: Dead Alive [VHS] (VHS Tape)
You might come in with the wrong expectations for this movie, it's primarily reputation is for it's gore. Which is deserved, even in the more widely available slightly-tamed down version that's more commonly available in the US, by the end of the film nearly every inch of the screen is covered in blood and guts. But don't neccesarily expect something frightening because of this, the movie is overall more funny than scary, from the ridiculous premise for the zombies' origin (a cursed Samarian rat-monkey imported to New Zealand) to the myriad bizarre and quirky characters and of course a lot of gross-out humor. At times it almost resembles what would happen if Monty Python made a zombie movie and ran as far with the blood and gore as they possibly could.
You'll enjoy this movie if the following apply to you:
1) the phrases "karate priest", "baby zombie", and "rat-monkey" piqued your interest.
2) You liked Evil Dead II and Army Of Darkness, and are definitely not in the camp that the series went downhill once Sam Raimi started adding in comic elements
3) You're not at all squeamish about blood and relish completely over-the-top bordering on implausible gory death scenes.
4) You have a general taste for cheesy b-movies.
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Initial post: Nov 1, 2007 8:17:09 AM PDT
E K Maxmias says:
This review is perfect. Says it all. Excellent.
Posted on Dec 14, 2012 7:28:27 AM PST
John Panagopoulos says:
"At times it almost resembles what would happen if Monty Python made a zombie movie..."
This observation describes "Dead Alive" perfectly.
"I'm not quite dead yet..."
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