The Dead Hate the Living! (2000)

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When a renegade band of young filmmakers break into an abandoned hospital to make their horror epic, they stumble upon a real dead body and decide to use it in their movie. They accidentally bring it back to life, open a portal to a dead world that releases dozens of other zombies, then struggle for their lives in a desperate attempt to flee from the creatures who apparently have them hopelessly trapped in the hospital.

"The Dead Hate the Living!" is a surreal, horror-comedy film directed by Dave Parker and released in 2000. The film stars Eric Clawson, Jamie Donahue, and Brett Beardslee and is a reflection of the independent cinema motion of the late 90s and early 2000s. The story of the film revolves around the lives of a group of independent filmmakers who unintentionally raise the dead while shooting a low-budget zombie film.

Plot Summary
The story starts with a group of independent filmmakers-- bros, David and Mark Poe, and their crew, Chas, Paul, Shelly, and Nina, recording a scary motion picture in a deserted health center. In their search for props, they come across an unusual device which takes place to be a gateway to another dimension, accidentally discovered by the late, mad researcher, Eibon.

Unintentionally activating the device, they awaken Eibon, who bizarrely has transformed death. By harnessing cosmic forces beyond understanding, Eibon not just raises himself from the dead however also summons an army of undead from the depths of the netherworld.

As the limits between life and death are blurred, the undead start to attack. As their numbers diminish, the staying survivors understand that the cam the filmmakers have actually been utilizing for their zombie movie has the power to drain the life essence out of the undead. Trapped in the medical facility by the vengeful, shuffling masses, the survivors must utilize this weapon to eliminate for their own survival.

Themes and Style
"The Dead Hate the Living!" is a mix of comedy and scary, drawing from cult classics to produce an unique cinematic experience. It unabashedly references influences from various classics in the horror category, especially the works of directors like Lucio Fulci and George A. Romero, making it a homage to the earlier age of zombie scary motion pictures.

The film also takes a satirical poke at the independent filmmaking process, highlighting the challenges and absurdities that can go together with making a motion picture on a small budget plan.

The Impact and Film Reception
"The Dead Hate the Living!" is a highly polarizing film and has gotten combined evaluations from audiences and critics. Some have applauded it for its quirky tribute to classic scary tropes and its mix of scary and funny. It is often cited for its engaging practical makeup results and its innovative usage of a restricted budget.

However, it has actually also been slammed for its lower production values and absence of polish, compared to more traditional scary films. The quality of the acting and writing has actually been a topic of dispute.

Regardless of these criticisms, "The Dead Hate the Living!" has actually gained a strong cult following throughout the years among fans of the indie horror genre. Its wacky blend of comedy and horror, combined with its unabashed affection for classic zombie motion pictures, has assisted the film to take its own niche in the annals of indie film history.

Top Cast

  • Eric Clawson
    David Poe
  • Jamie Donahue
  • Brett Beardslee
  • Wendy Speake
    Shelly Poe
  • Benjamin P. Morris
  • Rick Irwin (small)
    Rick Irwin
  • David Douglas (small)
    David Douglas
  • Kimberly Pullis
    Nina Poe
  • Matt Stephens
    Dr. Eibon
  • Andre 'Doc' Newman
  • Matthew McGrory (small)
    Matthew McGrory