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The Dead Next Door

USA 1989
produced by
J.R. Bookwalter, Sam Raimi (as The Master Cylinder, executive) for Suburban Tempe Company, Amsco Studios
directed by J.R. Bookwalter
starring Pete Ferry, Bogdan Pecic, Michael Grossi, Jolie Jackunas, Robert Kokai, Floyd Ewing jr, Roger Graham, Maria Markovic, Jon Killough, Scott Spiegel, Jeff Welch, Michael Todd, J.R. Bookwalter, Jennifer Mullen, Joe Wedlake, Lester Clark, Michael Tolochko, Barbara Gay, Bill Morrison, Jerry Porter, Emilio Cornachione, Kelly Helmick, Matt Patrick, Jeffrey W. Scaduto, John Dearing, Anthony Regic, Tina Gill, James L. Edwards, Robert W. Armstrong, Robert Hudson, Ken Ingersoll, Cameron Armstrong, Louise Leininger, Chris Breiding, Melanie Todd, Scott P. Plummer, Jodi Raines, Bruce Campbell (voice)
written and music by J.R. Bookwalter

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Zombies - of the kind that eat the living - have overrun the earth, and one of humankinds last hopes lies with the Zombie Squad, which not only consists of an elite team of zombie hunters but also scientists who work on a cure. And when it's found out that the cause of the zombie apocalypse can be found one village over in the lab of one doctor Beau, who has created the zombie serum which can possibly be converted into an anti-serum, Captain Kline (Floyd Ewing jr) grabs his top soldiers Raimi (Pete Ferry), Kuller (Jolie Jachunas) and Mercer (Michael Grossi) - the latter has already been infected with the zombie virus and is slowly turning -, as well as his top scientists Doc Moulsson (Bodgan Pecic) and Doc Franklin (Roger Graham), to quickly grab said serum. But that's of course easier said than done, as once there, our heroes have to find out Doctor Beau is dead, and the city is run by an evil "man of God", Reverend Jones (Robert Kokai), who is using the zombie apocalypse to his own evil ends, whose rituals include human sacrifice, who has his brain-washed followers hold zombies like attack dogs, and he has control over Anna (Maria Markovic), Doc Beau's amnesiac daughter who might be the key to it all. So the Zombie Squad are not only up against the undead but also the living, so soon the death toll rises on all sides ...

 

Now let's face it, The Dead Next Door is anything but a classic, it isn't even a particularly "good" zombie flick, and its low budget at times shows too obviously to overlook. But despite that, the rather crude special effects, the mediocre cast and all the plotholes and narrative shortcuts, The Dead Next Door is also one thing, it's very entertaining, chasing from one plot highlight to the next to keep the audience from worrying too much about the story, it's full of fun ideas, and without being openly moronic it has a tongue-in-cheek side to it. Plus from today's point of view, the crudeness of the lovably practical effects, the deficiencies in acting and the macho-ism displayed give the film a nostalgia feel in a way that it might today be more appreciated than back when it came out even ...

 

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