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Dead Alive

(1992)

Rated R for an abundance of outrageous gore.

R In Theaters 12/23/1992 , 97min.
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54%
Critic score based on 7 reviews

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Time
There is good, broad humor amid the very gross gore effects. And when the Living Impaired stalk our hero's home, it's a family reunion out of your bloodiest nightmares. [8 Feb 1993, p.83] Full Review
David Stratton
Variety
Technically, this is Jackson's best to date, with state of the art creature and gore effects by Richard Taylor and prosthetics design by Bob McCarron. There's any amount of dismemberment, disembowelling, beheading, and the like, all of it handled with bloody conviction. Full Review
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
Ordinarily I don't care for this kind of thing at all, but something must be said for Jackson's endless reserves of giddy energy; perhaps because this is so clearly meant to be silly, he generally avoids the calculated mean-spiritedness of more prestigious directors like Spielberg and Renny Harlin. Full Review
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
The "Citizen Kane" of Oedipal zombie-cannibal-right to death-comedy-love stories... So gleefully over-the-top that it's decidedly hard not to gag while you're laughing yourself incontinent... Sick. Perverse. Brilliant. Full Review
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
A gonzo splatterfest from New Zealand that manages to stay breezy and good-natured even as you're watching heads get snapped off of spurting torsos. Full Review

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