BRAINDEAD (dead alive) (1992 NEW ZEALAND) D/W: PETER JACKSON W: STEPHEN SINCLAIR/FRANCES WALSH P: JIM BOOTH
Jackson's third feature after BAD TASTE and MEET THE FEEBLES is a very funny slapstick gore comedy. Timothy Balme is Lionel, a mother-dominated young man in 1957. His mum is bitten by a Sumatran rat monkey at the zoo. Her skin begins to peel off (Lionel tries glueing it back on) and she eats a dog. After she eventualy dies, she returns as a zombie and infects others so Lionel ends up with a basement full of zombies (including a superstrong undead baby). By the end of the film it becomes a house full of zombies which Lionel lays waste to with a lawnmower in a climax that has become the zenith of slapstick-gore cinema (don't rent the cut version). Fun, inoffensive carnage, with Bill Ralston, Forrest J. Ackerman, Jackson and a kung fu priest ("i kick arse for the lord").

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