Runtime: 1 Hour
and 37 Minutes
Like it or not, "Dead Alive" entertains you. You may cringe.
You may even vomit. But you can't quite bring yourself to turn the
film off, or even to look away, no matter how grotesque the proceedings
become. It is a film filled with scenes of indescribably gory violence,
yet you don't find yourself becoming squeamish. Not quite. Because
it seems always to have its tongue planted firmly within its cheek.
I don't mean that literally. Literally: the tongue is crawling across
"Dead Alive" takes the typical horror plot of a bou fighting
an army of zombies, and gives it all sorts of strange little twists.
The film opens with a hilarious scene that involves two men trying
to get a monkey off the island of Sumatra. The natives try to stop
them, knowing the terrible potential that the monkey has. But the
zoologist is determined, despite the fact that his guide has "de
bad vibes, mon". The zoologist gets the monkey off the island,
losing his arm, one hand, and his head in the bargain. (Just watch
it okay, don't ask).
The scene then shifts to a young man named Nigel who lives with his
domineering mother. To say domineering is putting it mildly. This
woman makes Norman Bates' mom look like June Cleaver. A beautiful
girl from the market is expressing interest in him, but his mother
will not allow him to have any part of it. She wants to be the only
woman in her little boy's life.
So when the boy and girl go on a date to the local zoo, she shadows
them. While she is doing this, she is bitten by the Sumatran rat monkey
(almost forgot about him now, didn't you, see how it all matches up)
and soon becomes a blood-thirsty zombie craving human flesh. Not that
it's much of a change. But Nigel is such a devoted son that he doesn't
report her to the authorities or anything like that. He puts her corpse
in the basement and does his best to curb her blood lust. Although
it must be mentioned that his best isn't that good.
Complications then ensue.
I can't go through with this review without mentioning one thing:
this is the goriest movie ever made. If that appeals to you, then
what are you waiting for? If you like your bloody horror films to
have a sense of humor, then this film is right up your alley. In one
hilarious scene, a vicar ninja kicks a group of zombies while saying:
"I kick ass in the name of the Lord!" Again, if that appeals
to you, don't wait a second longer before renting this movie. To wait
any longer would be a tragedy. It also features zombies having sex,
a dead baby, an intestine that attacks a man like a jungle snake,
and Nigel strapping a lawn mower to his chest and slicing a room of
zombies to shreds. All of these things cannot be described, they must
be seen to be fully believed. Director and co-writer Peter Jackson
sees the "Evil Dead" films and raises them on the gore front.
Much of it is disgusting, yet thoroughly hilarious. And the movie
has an odd (and I DO mean "odd") sweetness and cleverness
to it, despite the body count.
Just don't watch it too soon after eating.