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The Dead Next Door Details


The feature debut of ultra-low-budget horror auteur [[Performer~P82429~J.R. Bookwalter~jrbookwalter]], this fast-paced zombie mini-epic is very likely the most expensive movie ever shot on Super-8 film. Playing with the long-established mythos of [[Performer~P108784~George A. Romero~georgearomero]]'s [[Feature~V153751~Living Dead~psychomania]] trilogy, The Dead Next Door was produced with the help of many of the [[Feature~V16251~Evil Dead~theevildead]] crew: financial backer [[Performer~P107427~Sam Raimi~samraimi]] is credited as "Master Cylinder" and one of the characters is named after him; [[Feature~V16251~Evil Dead~theevildead]] co-writer [[Performer~P112322~Scott Spiegel~scottspiegel]] plays a role; and some character voices are dubbed by [[Performer~P10476~Bruce Campbell~brucecampbell]]. The story centers on the members of the "Zombie Squad" -- an assault team trained in the hunting and extermination of the living dead -- and their mission to track down the scientists who developed a zombie-making virus and find the rumored antidote. Of the many lethal obstacles in their path, the deadliest comes in the form of a religious cult whose leader sees the zombie epidemic as a precursor of Armageddon -- and is hell-bent on expediting it. Very stylish for what is essentially an epic-scale home movie (and gushing with plentiful home-style gore effects), this remains Bookwalter's best effort and contains numerous witty homages to the Romero films which inspired it. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi