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Alien Dead (25th Anniversary Edition)

2.8 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews

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Healthy doses of blood-drenched gore, corn-fed swamp girl nudity, unrelenting excitement, and serial/western star Buster Krabbe (Flash Gordon) highlight this drive-in classic of low budget terror. Featuring restored, rarely-seen footage and newly transferred from mint, newly discovered elements, this terrifying story of zombies created by a stray meteor comes complete with alligator mayhem, damsels in distress, and a whole lot o' bloody, backwoods fun! Terror Lands... Evil Grows.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Don Adrian, Mike Bonavia, Buster Crabbe, Jocelyn Davies, Elena Dontella
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 13, 2004
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001I2BZS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,584 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Alien Dead (25th Anniversary Edition)" on IMDb

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Buster Crabbe is in it! That and it's a Fred Olen Ray film is all I needed to know about it. The DVD from Retromedia is good quality, in widescreen, and has no issues of any consequence. The Fred Olen Ray commentary is quite informative about the film. An entertaining low-budget film.
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I grew up in a video rental store. My parents owned the only such business in our little farm town in central California and as such I watched films every day while working the register. The Alien Dead was always one of our top rentals but I never understood why. Its just a terrible film. Not even in the so bad its good category. Its just plain lousy. Even at a penny (used) it's way over-priced. Bad script, terrible direction, grade-Z acting, amateurish cinematography... there is simply nothing redeeming about this flick.
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The film is a classic low budget
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Fred Olen Ray's 1980 film "The Alien Dead" is a movie that I've seen on shelves in stores that sell DVDs everywhere since 2005. Every time I saw it there, sitting on the shelf, seven or eight copies all by their lonesome I'd say: "Today's the day I'm going to buy that movie." Nine years later, all the major dedicated DVD retailers are almost gone and they certainly don't carry "The Alien Dead" anymore, unless it begins with the words "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen," which thankfully, "The Alien Dead" is a far better film than THAT abomination and that is saying something huge about this little z-grade film from 1980 that I think many of the reviewers on this site have been way too harsh about considering they probably knew what they were getting into when they shelled out the seven or eight bucks this film costs. I assure you, though, if you're into low-budget trash then Fred Olen Ray's "The Alien Dead" is totally worth your money.

So, let's have a little breakdown of the film. I won't be delving too deep into spoilers, so don't worry about any major plot points being ruined if you haven't seen it, but if you have seen it, then you'll know what I'm talking about when I drop little hints here and there about some of the more... seemingly esoteric aspects of this peculiar little film.

The first thing in the movie we see is the old, 1970s "OUR FEATURE PRESENTATION" graphic, also known (albeit, not officially by any means) as a "Grindhouse introduction," with the upbeat music playing as the words "Our Feature Presentation" roll in from all corners on the screen against a colorful background.

Then, quite abruptly, the movie begins. A man sits at his typewriter, narrating as he pecks away at the keys about a 'story that would change this little town, forever.
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Avoid! This is terrible. This 25th Anniversary Edition should have been executed after its First Anniversary. Just terrible. If you want to see a "classic" early zombie film, get George Romero's "Night of the Living Dead". I'm totally disappointed.
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WHEN YOU WATCH A LOW BUDGET FILM MADE FOR AROUND 12,000 DOLLARS YOU ARE NOT GOING TO GET STAR WARS! Now that I said that I found this low budget film entertaining. It doesn't match the directors latter work in quality, [Fred Olen Ray], but the script was decent and watchable. Buster Crabbe gave a decent performance, and so did the rest of the cast who tried. Granted their acting was a bit rough. It has a good zombies VS us plot. It was fun and watchable like a 1950's style Sci-Fi. But it has a real 70's feeling to it. The soundtrack music was also quite good. When I read the other reviewers comments, it is as if they felt it should look like a million dollar plus film to be good. It won't for that money. It is very easy to say YOU STINK!, and laugh at anthing made cheap. No ultra low budget film will look like Star Wars. For the budget it was a good job. I saw it on TV around 1980 too.
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The first time I saw this old movie, I laughed all through it.It was sooo cheap. And the actors? SURPRISE there arent any! I'ts just a buch of local Yokals somebody convinced to be in their movie.The old lady with the shotgun...Or was it a pitchfork? Oh well. She was particularly Bad, but So fun to watch as she can barely keep from smiling while she's supposed to be horrified.That to me is the main reason to get a film like this. Of course it's not Romero. DUH. You want Romero, go watch Romero, this is an example of getting a movie made,when you really don't have the money to make it. But you go ahead and do it regardless! If your a spoiled kid who demads his HD, and Hollywood blockbusters, don't bother with this. This is for people who simply enjoy old, home made, low budget schlock. You like bell bottoms? You like plaid shirts, and sideburns? JACKPOT!
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Filmed in the swampy inland of Florida in 1980, "The Alien Dead" is a horrendously low-budget zombie movie. The premise is that a space-born disease infected a bunch of bayou rednecks and after they finished up all the alligators they start eating the locals.

The acting is utterly terrible, everyone sounds like they're reading a script at a rehearsal. The only good actor is veteran Buster Crab, who does a good Southern accent and plays the old "Pappy" pretty well. Everyone else has the most hideously affected accent, and they go right back to non-accented speech as soon as they start to get scared.

OK now, for those into zombie lore, as I am: first off, these are more like the zombies of "28 Days Later" than Romero, as they are actually still alive, just diseased. They are also able to use weapons, like axes and pitchforks. The makeup consists of Halloween masks for the male zombies and the women, interestingly, are mostly leggy hot blonds with white and black face paint. The music is one of the best parts of the movie, I think. It's that eerie 70s-80s synth music like you hear in Romero's early "Dead" movies which, even though it's cheap, is kind of spooky in an 80s horror movie way.

The zombie carnage in this film is actually not THE worst I've seen. Most of the victims just get knocked out, spit blood, and get dragged off screen to become food. There is one surprisingly good vore scene with a hot blond girl who gets knocked down, a female zombie rips her hand off and munches, while she writhes and vomits blood. Then, still alive, she dribbles more blood as her other arm is gnawed by a zombie guy and her throat is chewed.

All in all not the worst zombie movie ever, but far from the best.
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