The Dead Hate the Living! (2000)

When young group of independent filmmakers stumbles upon the secret laboratory of a mad scientist deep within the bowels of an abandoned hospital, they will mistakenly unleash a horde of undead fiends from a makeshift gateway to hell! Dave Parker, who is better known for his New Age Slasher THE HILLS RUN RED, cut his teeth on feature filmmaking with Indie Horror house Full Moon Entertainment, where he directed this and KRAA! THE SEA MONSTER. Given their penchant for micro-budget productions and the unfortunate decline that was seen towards the end of the 1990's, THE DEAD HATE THE LIVING! is actually one of Full Moon's stronger recent films, topped off with a decent cast and a number of key sets. Parker's script does nothing to hide his love for the genre, as it is filled with tons of insider humor that zombie fans are sure to drool over. At its roots, DEAD is an unmistakable homage to THE BEYOND, grossly borrowing from its story structure and surrealist visual palette to the point of plagiarism. The awesome throw-back gore, unique creature designs, and moody atmospherics make this a bloody-entertaining zombie film for B-movie fans!

Rating: 6/10.
Entertainment: 7/10.
Gore: 7/10.

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  1. Mmm, you can have this one. It was one of the first DVDs I ever bought, not knowing better. J. Astro Hates the Dead Hate the Living.

  2. That is hilarious because it was one of the first DVDs I ever bought and I hated it as well, but after sitting through a few hundred terrible movies since then, I rewatched it for the first time last night, and it is way better than I remembered. At least compared to most other Full Moon films or standard D2DVD zombie schlockers.

  3. With a title like this, I think I'd have trouble statying away....

  4. But wait, there's more! Full Moon will be releasing THE DEAD WANT WOMEN within the year! =D

  5. Not to be a stick in the mud, but TDHTL is one of those films that makes my blood boil because of how blatantly fanboy-ish it is. The Fulci stickers, the ending right out of the Beyond and the "What what Bruce Campbell do" line. Awful. Funny thing is that I liked Red and my eyes bugged out of my head when I read it was made by the same director as TDHTL.

  6. See Geof, me you and J. were seperated at birth. I said the same thing when RED came out. Maybe I have just been jaded recently by films like THE KILLER EYE and Full Moon's other recent travesties, which made DEAD more enjoyable by comparison?