Review: Dead Alive (1992)  

Friday, August 17, 2007

"The goriest fright film of all time," might be right. But it wasn't really disturbingly gory, more gratuitously gory. You'd never be able to tell from its modest beginnings, but by the end of the movie this really is a blood bath.

This movie was a funny horror movie, in the vein of Evil Dead and Shaun of the Dead, though not as funny as either.

You feel a little for Lionel as he tries to hide the fate of his undead mother from his new love and the rest of the world. As more people get infected, Lionel takes on the task of taking care of them until the situation gets beyond his control. It was a bit of a relief for me when Lionel finally lost control and had to do what you hoped he'd do from the beginning of the movie.

The movie has a tendency to go over the top in parts and especially at the end, but that's part of what makes it campy and fun. If you're a fan of the horror comedy genre then you'll probably enjoy this film.

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