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Dead Alive Reviews

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April 1, 2020
I feel like Dead Alive is telling the definitive anti-co-dependency tale.
October 4, 2019
[O]nce Lionel stops trying to cover up the zombie threat and starts fighting it, Dead Alive becomes a delirious showcase for molds, squibs, and other old-fashioned horror effects.
October 4, 2019
Paired with some truly inventive effects (especially considering the budget), plenty of blood splatter and monster mayhem, Dead Alive is cult treat that continues to deliver nearly 20 years later.
October 4, 2019
The film was capable enough to treat the zombie genre with humor as well as respect. [Full Review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 4, 2019
Whether you're laughing too hard or whether you're just plain disgusted, Dead Alive will have you doubled over in one way or another.
Full Review | Original Score: B
June 7, 2018
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Full Review | Original Score: B
December 7, 2017
It never decides whether to make you tremble with laughter or fear, and has outstayed its welcome long before the last limb has been severed and entrail spilled.
October 19, 2016
A plasmafest.
October 19, 2016
This horrendously funny gross-out shocker from Lord of the Rings and King Kong director Peter Jackson is a brilliant black comedy and the ultimate gore movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
October 19, 2016
After you see it, you want to race out of the theater and recommend it to your sickest friends right away.
October 19, 2016
Dead Alive represents the absolute zenith of director and co-writer Peter Jackson's comedy-horror style.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 19, 2016
Ordinarily I don't care for this kind of thing at all, but something must be said for Jackson's endless reserves of giddy energy, which are clearly meant to be silly.
January 29, 2012
Takes a few views to really appreciate, but Peter Jackson's blood-splattered horror masterpiece is a gory good time.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
October 20, 2011
Lionsgate's visceral, albeit barebones Blu-ray package lets viewers really sink their teeth into Dead Alive.
July 22, 2008
The best to date from Kiwi gore specialist Peter Jackson.
June 25, 2008
Originally released as Braindead, this gory, maccabre satire of 1950s New Zealand society is yet another proof that Peter Jackson is one of the sharpest, most skillful directors working in the genre; a good companion piece to Meet the Feebles.
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 7, 2007
You won't find many horror films as engaging or as meaty as this one.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
October 17, 2007
Rarely has the urge to expectorate one's lunch been a feeling so sublime.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
October 24, 2006
Braindead is the magnum opus of Peter Jackson's early career.
June 24, 2006
The finale, in which Lionel reduces a horde of flesh-eaters to a mulch of blood, flesh and offal with the aid of a flymo, is probably the goriest scene ever.
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