Friday, October 30, 2009

Dead Alive

(1992) ****1/2

Lionel, an ultra momma’s boy, falls for Paquita, a local girl who believes they are destined to be together. Sensing her sons detachment, his mother follows the couple on their date to the zoo where she is bitten by a Sumatran rat-monkey She shortly falls ill, and turns into a zombie. Lionel is forced to keep his zombie mother and her victims under control while hiding them from Paquita and his gold digging uncle.

I had no idea what I was getting into when I watched this movie a couple of weeks ago. In the opening moments, I was annoyed by the bad acting and shitty dialogue to the point that I almost turned it off, but luckily I soon realized that this is all part of its charm. I laughed like crazy, and I felt queasy in a number of scenes, like when puss and blood oozed and squirted out of an arm sore and flew into someone’s bowl of custard pudding. When I told JPX I was watching this, he mentioned the lawnmower scene. He said it was the only part of the film he could remember, and I can see why. It’s pretty damn memorable, and anyone else who has seen this film certainly knows why. Definitely one of the craziest movie endings I’ve seen.


Catfreeek said...

The puss in the pudding turns my stomach every time. I seriously have to look away. That baby grosses me out too, it's just...ew! So glad you reviewed this, great choice!

Octopunk said...

I saw this in the movie theater a couple of 'thons ago and half the audience had dressed as zombies. I willfully forced myself to watch the pudding scene, because it grosses me out so. The spurting wrist is bad enough, but then the ear!

I can watch any number of violent dismemberings, but get the idea of eating involved and I physically react. Eew.