FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHTS: Dead Alive

Years before Peter Jackson was winning Oscars for family-friendly fare about cuddly Hobbits, he made this wildly enjoyable blood-drenched zombie comedy: one of the best pieces of splatstick ever made. After sharpening his blades with the lo-fi Bad Taste and Meet The Feebles, the New Zealander co-wrote and shot this mad, over-the-top opus warning us all about the dangers of being bitten by a Sumatran rat-monkey. Once that happens to the lead guy’s mother — well, let’s just say Bactine and bedrest ain’t gonna save her. Thus begins a cavalcade of squirting pus jokes, zombie babies, preening spleens, and possibly the bloodiest climax ever filmed — who knew a lawnmower had a “zombie” setting?
Dir. Peter Jackson, 1992, 35mm, 97 min.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Dead Alive”!