Dead alive and kicking!
We mostly owe the masterpiece that is Dead Alive, AKA Brain Dead, to Peter Jackson. He’s grown infinitely more resourceful since 1987’s Bad Taste, which wasn’t bad at all, but this one is full throttle. It is very dynamic and never dull. It all starts with a cute love story that won’t remain cute for very long. See, Lionel’s mother is decaying and slowly turning into a zombie…
Dead Alive contains the kind of gore so extreme it makes you piss your pants; not because you’re frightened but because you’re chortling uncontrollably. It makes you jump, it makes you want to vomit, but you’re never exactly scared. The special effects are, for lack of a better word, orgiac. This is easily one of the best zombie movies ever made, and it looks like nothing else.
The acting is odd, the dialogue is awkward, but those aspects are charming more than they are annoying. The last act is an absolute blast. It is particularly gruesome. It is a non-stop gore fest; easily one of the most memorable moments in horror movie history. It’ll make you scratch your head as to how exactly the practical effects were made. In fact, this whole production is a beautiful enigma!