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Alien Dead

Alien Dead (1980) Movie Poster
  •  USA  •    •  74m  •    •  Directed by: Fred Olen Ray.  •  Starring: Buster Crabbe, Ray Roberts, Linda Lewis, George Kelsey, Mike Bonavia, Dennis Underwood, John Leirier, Rich Vogan, Martin Nicholas, Norman Riggins, Nancy Kranz, Ellena Contello, Shelley Youngren.  •  Music by: Franklin Sledge, Chuck Sumner.
        A meteor strikes a houseboat in the swamps near a southern town populated by Yankees with fake accents. The people on the houseboat become zombies who feed on the alligators in the swamp. Once they run out of alligators, they start going for the citizens. A local scientist tries to figure out what's happening to people once they start disappearing.

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Alien Dead is a really, really low budget zombie movie. It's sort of like a glorified student film. Basically, a meteor crashes in a swamp and takes out a houseboat full of people. Those few people become the main zombies. They walk around, killing people by strangling them, which somehow causes the victim to bleed from the mouth. People do get eaten but it's not graphic, there's no gore at all. It's more like you see a bunch of zombies around a guy, looking like they're eating him, but you don't actually see anything. The zombie makeup{if you can call it that) is horrible. One guy actually looks like he's a member of Kiss (white makeup, with black around eyes). The victims don't do much when they get attacked either. I'm not sure if the screams were silenced for dramatic effect or what, but every time someone sees a zombie, they open their mouth to scream but nothing comes out. The acting's mostly bad too.

However though, this movie does have some good parts to it. My personal favorite is when a guy walks up to a zombie and says "Hey Doc, come with me" then the zombie turns and he realizes he's a zombie. Guy goes "oh my god" Zombie grabs him and the guy lets out the most girly sounding scream I've ever heard in my life as he goes down. I crack up every time I think about it.

Another is the Killing Hairpin scene. Did you know zombies can be killed if you shove a hairpin into their head? You don't even have to shove it in that hard either, just half an inch or so and they die from it. It goes down like this: You see a woman get attacked and pulled down by a zombie, while she's struggling she opens her purse and pulls out a hairpin and shoves it into the zombies head and runs off. The zombie grabs it's face and moans and pants for awhile before finally keeling over and dying.

Then that scene goes into the hand scene mentioned in the goofs. Woman gets pulled down by some zombies, (you should see the epic slow motion grab and throw down, it's sort of like watching highlights from a football game) she gets killed, then the next shot you see is one holding her right hand and eating it (you don't see them pull it off). Then a couple shots later, it goes back to the woman and a zombie's chowing down on her completely intact right hand. That's right up there with that goof in Return of the Living Dead 3 where that Asian zombie guy is eating a guys brains and some fall out of his mouth and hit the guy on the face and the guy blinks.

So yeah, it's a pretty crap movie, really low budget, but it's got some really great parts. That guy screaming totally validated the hour and fourteen minutes I spent watching this (yes, it's that short, you won't have to suffer long).


Review by Kanano from the Internet Movie Database.