Icons of Terror 2016: 14 Horror Movie Franchises Featuring Legendary Modern Monsters

The following pages analyze 88 horror films grouped in 14 franchises. These franchises feature an antagonist, or villain, who has been present in all or most films. These antagonists are so iconic that they have, in all cases, generated multiple sequels. All movies contained in this book are rated, ranked and compared to each other.

Dead Alive

A man tries to contain a zombie outbreak originating from his home.
Slapstick Gore
Horror for Beginners

 

New Zealand
1992
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Character Focus: 
Zombie Film
Animals: 
Imaginary
Babies: 
Newborn
Cultists: 
Tribal
Relative: 
Mother
Related
Catastrophes: 
Collapse
Giant: 
Golem
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Dead alive and kicking!
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6
6
7.04
4
4
3
Effects
Performances
Plot
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!
Alternate Titles: 
Braindead
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