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Raiders of the Living Dead

2.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews

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In an abandoned prison, a doctor has revived executed convicts as the living dead. Teenager Scott Schwartz (A Christmas Story) creates a weapon from a videodisc player's laser and pursues the walking dead, aided by his girlfriend and grandfather (western star Bob Allen). A reporter (Robert Deveau) on the trail of the story is helped by the town librarian, played in her final film role by Zita Johann (Boris Karloff's "The Mummy," "The Sin of Nora Moran"). On the prison island, the zombies attack a security guard and tear him apart as the reporter and teenager venture into the prison caverns for a final showdown.

Special Features

  • Two Alternate Versions of the film, "Dying Day" (80 min.) and "Dark Night" (72 min.)
  • Short Film "The Weird Stranger"
  • Theatrical Trailers for "The Bloody Dead," "Mad Doctor of Blood Island," "Brides of Blood," "Brain of Blood," "Blood of the Vampires" and "Raiders of the Living Dead"
  • Rarely Seen "House of Terror" Live Horror Show Promo
  • Promotional and Behind-the-Scenes Photo Gallery

Product Details

  • Actors: Scott Schwartz, Robert Deveau, Donna Asali, Robert Allen, Bob Sacchetti
  • Directors: Samuel M. Sherman
  • Writers: Samuel M. Sherman, Brett Piper
  • Producers: Charles Baldwin, Dan Q. Kennis, David Weisman
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    PG-13
    Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 25, 2003
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007L4NQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #216,027 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Raiders of the Living Dead" on IMDb

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By Christopher Hall on July 12, 2004
Format: DVD
Raiders of the Living Dead had accumulated a lengthy stay on my dust-ridden shelves before I finally got around to cracking open the cheap plastic casing and popping the disk into my DVD drive. I wasn't really expecting much from the beginning as it had only cost me a mere five pounds but I was prepared to sit back and watch anyway.

The movie itself stands merely as a simple time waster offering very little new, nor exciting. Its setbacks are the shoddy and over-the-top acting mainly originating from the younger actors, the cheesy special effects, and the downright lack of zombies. These 'Smurf-grey' coloured zombies do make an appearance, don't get me wrong, but they don't really seem to make much of an impact until later, an impact that wasn't going to be shaking anyone's world anyway. Sadly, my zombie taste buds were only ticked.

Raiders of the Living Dead seems more focused on the young lad's ridiculous laser gun, formed from parts of a VHS player. If a VHS player can make a laser gun like that, it stands no chance against today's DVD players. Come on, how often does opening part of a VHS player send a laser ray out that sizzles your hamster?

It also appears the directors were seriously trying to make up some extra time in this 86 minute movie. How necessary are extended scenes of a guy walking past a metal fence, and uneventfully boring nightmares.

Raiders of the Living Dead hasn't aged well either. Only made in 1986, it already looks far more outdated compared to other movies of it's time.

Sadly, Raiders of the Living Dead offers little new and is probably as far away as you can possibly go from receiving an Oscar nomination. For me, the movie simply made it's marks as a mere time-waster. And for five pounds, what do you expect? If you catch it cheap like I did, maybe consider purchasing. But any higher than bargain bin prices then I seriously recommend staying away.
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Raiders is a cheesy, hoaky, run of the mill forgotten horror film. Funny at moments with one head exploding scene (the most gore you'll get with this film), Raiders is descent, but not great by any means.
A good thing to have in my collection, but would I watch it again...may be awhile--if never.
...The other DVD's are screwed up versions of the first film, not worth viewing really. Brett Piper's version is incomplete and crap, don't buy it for his version.
You've been warned, bad movie, good collector's item.
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By A Customer on March 19, 2003
Format: DVD
So bad. So So So bad. I can only think of one or two scenes in this movie that were ok, but one or two scenes does not a movie make. Terrible acting, bad makeup, terrible acting, stupid story, terrible acting, cheesy effects, and terrible acting. Oh, and the acting was terrible. A waste of time, money and resources. Watching paint dry is more entertaining then this.
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The movie is not. This is one of the worst movies I have ever watched. The zombies are lame. The acting is hackish. And, is there even a story? But, even with all the negatives against it I still have a soft spot in my heart for this steaming pile of crap. Not just one pile. But, three. Yes this DVD is so bad @$$ you get three version of this long lost crap feast. Each one worse then the last. I love it. When I watch this movie it really makes me realize why I'm a fan of cinema. This movie makes just about ever other movie seem better. Ok, it's not as bad as "Avatar", but what really is? And don't be fooled. This is not a so bad it's good movie. This is a bad movie. Really, painfully, hurts to watch bad. Well worth my $[...]. Every fan of film should see this movie. It should be shown as the first film in every film class in every film school around the world. Just so something like this never happens, ever again. Funny enough, the DVD is one of the all time best. The movie is one of the all time worst. I love this movie. You won't.
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