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The Dead Are Alive!

3.6 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

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DEAD ARE ALIVE - DVD Movie

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  • Actors: Alex Cord, Samantha Eggar, John Marley, Nadja Tiller, Enzo Tarascio
  • Directors: Armando Crispino
  • Writers: Armando Crispino, Bryan Edgar Wallace, Lucio Battistrada, Lutz Eisholz
  • Producers: Artur Brauner
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: Code Red
  • DVD Release Date: July 13, 2010
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003O7I6MU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #192,414 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Dead Are Alive!" on IMDb

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By Michael Dobey on April 21, 2016
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this one needs a blu ray release. It's one of the better giallos. or Italian slasher films of the giallo era. from 1966- 1979. It has a solid story and some gory killings in it But it also has very good actors in it as well. This print is actually a good one. the other versions out there look bad indeed. This is missing a few minutes in it evidently but at least we finally have it on dvd. Well we did. It's now out of print again. My seller had a brain. He knew that if he tried to sell it for 80.00 plus , he would never sell it.
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The movie, "The Dead are Alive" was a surprisingly good and I enjoyed it from the beginning. The title seemed to indicate the horror genre, however the movie is more of a mystery/crime drama. The fact that the wonderful and excellent actress, Samantha Eggar starred in the film also adds to the film. Directed by the Italian director Armando Crispino, "The Dead are Alive" is one the better examples of the Italian giallo films. This copy was produced by Code Red and is an excellent copy when compared to other DVD producers of "The Dead are Alive". I had originally purchased the Eurovista copy, which has a multitude of flaws, the main flaw being the lack of clarity. Seeing the stunning redhead, Samantha Eggar in the Code Red version was a treat given the Eurovista version lack of clarity. I recommend purchase of "The Dead are Alive" if it is the Code Red version.
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1972's "The Dead Are Alive!" (Italian title means: "The Etruscan Kills Again," which is more precise) is an interesting giallo that could also be in the genre of horror, but ultimately it is a giallo, directed by Armando Crispino and written by Lucio Battistrada and Armando Crispino with music by Riz Ortolani. Crispino later directed what is known as "Autopsy" in 1975. But "The Dead Are Alive!" excels on its own merits. When I first shopped for this, I was looking for works by Alex Cord, who I had seen his start in "Synanon" and in 1966's re-make of "Stagecoach" in the John Wayne role and felt he had made that film for me and I was somewhat disappointed he had not seemed to go on to bigger things and I thought he had perhaps gone the route of making spaghetti westerns, I am not sure. But then this film came up and I saw his co-star was Samantha Eggar, the exciting star of "The Collector" and "Return from the Ashes" who too unfortunately made the unappealing comedy "Walk Don't Run" and the disastrous "Doctor Doolittle" when her career was taking off. In no time she was making TV movies like the re-make of "Double Indemnity." No one was looking when she gave great performances in "The Lady in the Car With Glasses and a Gun" and "The Walking Stick." So, it was a no brainer for me. Then, it being Italian, I quickly saw there were a number of editions of it out there, some reportedly terrible and even a Sinister Cinema edition which further impressed me, but I knew I had to have the best for this film and prayed for an affordable vendor of the Code Red edition when I went to order and my prayers were answered. It is really one of the better giallos, very exciting and stylish, and the stars are put to good use and look very beautiful together. Crispino deserves his attention now.Read more ›
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Starring Samantha Eggar and Alex Cord this classy genre-crossing Italian Horror was written and directed in 1972 by Armando Crispino who made the excellent Autopsy in 1973. The Code Red print I have is very good with sharp detail of exteriors and interiors and good flesh colours. The town of Spoleto where the film is located consists of blocks of Italian-gothic buildings joined by oneway streets and spooky alleyways. The acting in dubbed films will always seem a little wooden but here I thought the characters were eventually quite well developed. The directing style is similar to Autopsy but the story couldn't be more different, the visual style and a subplot concerning archeology will probably make this film appeal to the majority of 'chicks' despite the violent sexy content. For horrorblokes your The Dead Are Alive guide to essential Italian Horror ingredients is as follows: 1)There is a lot of blood which seems to be of the correct colour. 2)The body count is 7/8 of which several victims are graphic. 3)There are at least 3 sexy females one of whom is photographed naked from the side and rear. The camera loves her. If you enjoy this title try Dario Argento's Inferno.
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Even though this film is entitled under its German title, 'L'Etrusco Uccide Ancora' - THE DEAD ARE ALIVE (1972), how it is called in Italian - is overall, a typical Italian thriller of the Seventies.

Directed with style by Armando Crispino, who also directed the breathtaking 'Macchie Solari' (aka Autopsy, The Victim), the film suggests supernatural forces involved in the plot. That makes the whole thing even more atmospheric and will keep you on the edge of your seats.

The German video versions are heavily cut concerning the plot (one version is also cut concerning the violent killings), while only the Danish video version appears to be complete (according to the excellent English book 'Blood and Black Lace').

Nevertheless, if you are able to get this gem on video, get it: This giallo truly delivers!
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