Dead Alive

February 12th, 1993


Dead Alive

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A young man's mother is bitten by a Sumatran rat-monkey. She gets sick and dies, at which time she comes back to life, killing and eating dogs, nurses, friends, and neighbors.

Release Year: 1992

Rating: 7.6/10 (44,383 voted)

Critic's Score: 54/100

Director: Peter Jackson

Stars: Timothy Balme, Diana Peñalver, Elizabeth Moody

Lionel, a Mama's boy has the unwanted honor of having to look after his overbearingly evil mother. He ends up falling in love with a local woman who believes that they're destined together. In a moment of intentional sabotage of one of their dates, his mother is bitten by a mysterious creature that ends up zombifying her. It's only a matter of time before she rises from the dead a powerful, bloodthirsty zombie. It's only a matter of time before she starts infecting residents of the town and Lionel has to stop her...and them.

Writers: Stephen Sinclair, Stephen Sinclair

Timothy Balme - Lionel Cosgrove
Diana Peñalver - Paquita Maria Sanchez
Elizabeth Moody - Mum (Vera Cosgrove)
Ian Watkin - Uncle Les
Brenda Kendall - Nurse McTavish
Stuart Devenie - Father McGruder
Jed Brophy - Void
Stephen Papps - Zombie McGruder
Murray Keane - Scroat
Glenis Levestam - Nora Matheson
Lewis Rowe - Mr. Matheson
Elizabeth Mulfaxe - Rita
Harry Sinclair - Roger
Davina Whitehouse - Paquita's Grandmother
Silvio Famularo - Paquita's Father

Taglines: Some things won't stay down... even after they die.


Official Website: NZonScreen listing |

Release Date: 12 February 1993

Filming Locations: Karori Cemetery, Karori, Wellington, New Zealand

Box Office Details

Budget: $3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: £55,027 (UK) (16 May 1993) (53 Screens)

Gross: $242,623 (USA)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | Argentina:  | Germany:  | USA: (R-rated version)  | USA: (unrated version)  | Germany: (FSK 16 version)  | Finland: (cut version) (1992) (1993)  | South Korea: (heavily cut)  | Spain: (DVD edition)

Did You Know?

On its initial release in its home turf of New Zealand, this movie earned more per screen than Batman Returns.

Continuity: Lionel is mopping up bloody footprints when Paquita comes to visit. After they chase her dog upstairs and come back down, the entryway no longer has footprints.

Uncle Les: Whew! That's some stink!
Lionel Cosgrove: Uh... yeah. A dog must have crawled under the house and died.

User Review

Intestines can really kill you.

Rating: 10/10

This is by far the best horror film I have ever seen in my life. This movie has everything - a horrifying rat monkey, a baby zombie, zombies having sex, gratuitous violence, extreme gore, a super fighting ninja priest, an evil annoying mom that turns into a zombie, a womanizing relative that is a pathetic loser, an old psychic that predicts the future, and lastly someone who takes care of them all. Oh, I can't forget to mention an inspirational scene with a lawnmower too. Overall I give this cinematic masterpiece the highest review, me throwing up in the bathroom afterwards from absolute disgust.


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