Cinophile – Braindead (Dead Alive)

3 min read
4

Zombies have been done to death. From shuffling to sprinting, from cannibalism to teenage crushes, from comics to hit TV shows – been there, done that. But even if you are about to retire from the living dead scene, you owe it to yourself to watch arguably the best zombie movie ever made. And if you have, go watch it again. After all, this film kicks arse for the Lord!

Braindead (Dead/Alive)

Peter Jackson has featured on Cinophile before, but not for his mainstream successes. Months ago this column celebrated Bad Taste, his debut movie and gold standard for nonsensical nonsense/alien fast food franchises. After that he made Meet The Feebles, still the hardest thing for any Muppets fan to sit through. But the third film in his unofficial trilogy of questionable cinema is arguably his greatest film – ever. Yes, greater than Lord Of The Rings or even The Frighteners. Because none of those films ever taught us anything about zombie kissing…

Braindead (Dead/Alive)

They also never gave any clarity on topics of how to administer zombie drugs, deal with crazy zombie babies or fight sentient zombie guts. Braindead also deserves the award for best use of a lawnmower as a weapon, ever. The story is quite straightforward: a zoologist steals a strange monkey (rat?) from a remote island – it ends up in a quiet little New Zealand town’s zoo, a town also home to a man and his incredibly controlling mother. When the girl working at a local grocer takes an interest in our spineless hero, one thing leads to another and the mother is bitten by the monkey-rat-thing. Hilarity follows. So do guts, gore, zombies, kung fu priests and zombie babies. Yes, that is twice that the baby has been mentioned. There is a reason for that.

Read  The Critical Days of Horror Countdown - E.T: The Extra Terrestrial

Braindead (Dead/Alive)

Braindead is a watershed moment in Peter Jackson’s career. He was still dabbling in completely over the top adult satire, but by this stage his films stopped looking cheap or like an elaborate dare. Indeed, this film would become the template for horror comedy – Simon Pegg even named it as one of his main influences for Shaun Of The Dead. It is easily one of the top five horror comedies ever made and also one of the top five zombie films ever made. Sod it – Braindead is the BEST ever made. And here you were, worshipping the man for putting Frodo, Bilbo and that eye on the big screen. Philistines…

Cinophile is a weekly feature showcasing films that are strange, brilliant, bizarre and explains why we love the movies.

Last Updated: October 14, 2013

James

A total movie glutton, nothing is too bad or too obscure to watch, unless it's something like The Human Centipede. If you enjoyed that, there is something wrong with you. But bless you anyway - even video nasties need love...

Check Also

Friday Debate – Who’s the Best Slasher In the Horror Movie Genre?

Who’s the best in horror? Which movie monster stands tall above his contemporaries in the …