If you enjoyed Evil
Dead 2, then you might want to take a look at this
New Zealand-made horror comedy. Dead Alive, also known as Brain
is a wonderfully zany and gross little film that somehow hasn't gained
too much recognition here in the United States.
Starring: Timothy Balme, Elizabeth Moody,
and Diana Penalver
The film opens off the coast of Sumatra in the 1950's. A rare species
of rat-monkey has been captured with the intention of bringing it back
to New Zealand to be displayed at a zoo.
Flash to a suburban community somewhere in New Zealand. It seems young
Paquita (Diana Penalver) has been told by her fortune telling mother that
a romance with town nerd Lionel (Timothy Balme) is inevitable. Seeking
her destiny, Paquita asks Lionel to go to the zoo with her. Lionel agrees,
but the couple are followed by his over-bearing mother (Elizabeth Moody)
who manages to get bitten by the rat-monkey in the process.
Shaken, but seemingly not seriously injured, she is taken back home.
Suddenly, she begins to act very strangely and gets violently ill, attacking
the house nurse and Lionel. She dies but is mysteriously reanimated. The
nurse also becomes strangely sick, dies and comes back to life. It seems
that anyone who is bitten by an infected zombie becomes a zombie as well.
As the zombies multiply, Lionel, for some reason begins keeping them in
his basement and attempts to hide his collection from Paquita and the
rest of the world.
While it doesn't possess the most original plot line, the movie's magic
is in the zany way it's put together. Director Peter Jackson, obviously
sharing a similar sense of humor and craziness as Sam Raimi, has infused
this movie with great characterizations and comedic elements that allow
the viewer to laugh as horrible things happen on-screen.
Seriously out-grossing Evil
Dead 2 in the bodily fluids department, Dead
Alive still manages to remain watchable by constantly turning up the ridiculous
factor as the film progresses. Just when you think it can't get any weirder,
Alive is a movie for those that love horror movies. Those that expect
to take their horror seriously or don't understand pure camp may not get
the lawnmower scene, blood was pumped at five gallons per second.
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