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The Dead Hate The Living (1999)


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Far from perfect. Far from mediocre. I'm very proud to welcome The Dead Hate The Living into the ranks of the "good zombie movies". It's not in the same batch with Romero or Fulci, but this one helps bridge the gap between the "greats" and the "downright awful". I think there has long been a big discrepancy between the two extremes with not a lot of movies falling in that mid-range.

The Dead Hate the Living does just what I want it to do, fill in the time until the next great zombie flick and director will emerge. And that time spent was very enjoyable. And not to get off course, but some may say that the zombie's time has come and gone, but to those nay sayers I respond..."eat me!" With the success of survival horror games such as Resident Evil and a regenerated interest in horror movies spurred on by Scream, I say that zombies will live again!

The movie revolves around a young director, named David Poe (Eric Clawson), making his first feature film, and it just happens to be about zombies. Oh, the irony of it all! Do you think he planned it that way? Of course he did, the character of David is really based on much of the life of director David Parker. David Poe's sisters and friends round up the cast and crew for the film. They've decided to break in to an abandoned hospital to make their film. And we all know what happens to people in horror films who do anything illegal or immoral...they die. Not to give anything away, but I'm sure we all know that by now. It wouldn't have been so bad had they left the corpse they found alone. And we all know what happens when you use a real corpse as an unpaid cast member in your new movie that you're making. Well, okay, so that one's not as obvious maybe, I've tried to tell you guys this, but I'll repeat it again for those who missed it. Don't mess with dead things! Just don't do it, it will save you all a lot of pain and grief.

It's obvious there wasn't a huge budget for the film, but amazingly it doesn't reek with the stench of low budget. The actors Dave Parker found were great young talents in my opinion and I expect to see them again down the road. No weak links in this bunch, each gave a great performance and made the characters really stand out. The good acting would have to be the biggest plus in this movie, just because so many that have come before it have really lacked that aspect. The director Dave Parker cast the lead in a mold of himself and most of the other characters as people he knew. The other usual result of being a low-budget film is that the sets are horrible, but again, they did a great job with what they had. The sets looked great and you could tell that a lot of care was put into building them.

The Dead Hate the Living was a little slow to take off but once it did, it kept the tension till the end. Don't expect to jump out of your seats during the picture, but expect to get some really creepy atmostphere. Parker brings us two of the more intimidating and scary zombies you'll ever see. I've seen quite a few zombie flicks, and the two main zombies in this one are two that I would least like to see in a dark graveyard...staggering after me...wanting to eat me.

There was copious amounts of gore, but none of it took away from the story, but rather served to compliment it. I think real horror fans will enjoy this movie because it was directed by a guy who really loves the genre and you can tell. Parker pays homage to many of the greats who have come before him, notably the likes of Carpenter, Fulci, Romero, and Raimi. He also pays homage to great make-up artist and actor Tom Savini and the best S-Mart employee of them all, Bruce Campbell. I challenge you to watch this movie, pay attention to the details, and see how many references to other movies you can find.

If this movie had a higher budget they could have done a lot more with it and it could have been really amazing! I think that Parker did a great job with what he had. It's sad that producers and movie studios won't put as much money into movies such as this because they're just not mainstream enough. But it's just a fact of movie life and we have to live with it. Romero had the same problems even after his successes, it's a tough industry to say the least.


RATING

(Out of 5)
DVD RELEASE DATE
March 14 2000


DEAD KEV'S ADVICE
If you're depressed that there aren't enough good zombie movies out there, then go get this movie! This one should put the faith back in that black heart of yours! It's pretty darn cheap these days, and you can buy it for a little more than you would pay to rent it.
ZOMBIE LESSONS LEARNED
For the zombie filmmakers out there:
- Spring the extra cash for some good fake corpses...don't use a real one!
FAVORITE QUOTES
-"What would Bruce Campbell do?"
-"I guess after my parents had me, they decided one was enough."


DIRECTOR
Dave Parker (Bimbo Movie Bash)
WRITER
Dave Parker (House of the Dead)
PRODUCERS
Charles Band (Prison of the Dead)
Kirk Edward Hansen (The Creeps)
Dana Scanlan
CAST CHARACTER
Eric Clawson David Poe
Benjamin P. Morris Eric
Jeff Gillen Jeff
Jamie Donahue Zombie Corpse
Doyle Rockwell Dr. Eibon
Brett Beardslee Paul
Wendy Speake Shelly Poe
Kimberly Pullis Nina Poe
Rick Irwin Marcus
Matthew McGrory Gaunt
Andre 'Doc' Newman Maggot
Ariauna Albright Ellie Eibon
Dave Parker Clerk (uncredited)
PRODUCTION COMPANY
Full Moon Pictures
STUDIO
Full Moon Pictures
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN
United States
RUNNING TIME MPAA RATING
90 mins R


INTERESTING TIDBITS
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Q&A With Dave Parker - House Of Horrors


   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

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