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THE ALIEN DEAD - Skull
Rated R
Copyright 1980 Firebird Pictures.
Reviewed by Andrew Borntreger on 'a long time ago'

The Characters:  

  • Tom Corman - Newpaper reporter, who needs a newspaper reporter in this hick town? Who can read anyway?
  • Shawn Michaels - Half-wit blonde living with her pappy. She's about 28 or so.
  • Miller - Game Warden and Biologist, oh boy. Eaten by zombies.
  • Emmett Michaels - Shawn's father who was in "The Big One" though he seems to be about 60. Let's see, 1988-1918=70, which means he was 9 years short of fetus status for WWI. Good old boy flavored zombie snack.
  • Sheriff Kowalski - Buster Crabbe! (He was Flash Gordon.) Half intelligible law enforcement at it's best.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Griffiths - Two poachers, Mrs. Griffiths makes it about 1 minute into the movie.
  • The Alien Dead - Terrible zombies created by a meteor crashing into a houseboat.

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The Plot: 

Ever want a film where actors in bad makeup just wander around eating people? Well here it is buddy. A houseboat is struck by a meteor which tranforms the victims into indestructable zombies. Nothing hurts these things, except a boat oar - shoot the corpse all day with no effect but clobber it with a stick and you're home free. Zombies infest the movie's swamp, chewing up poachers and skinny-dipping women alike until the main characters find out, then they come out of the swamp and start eating people. Emmett is a welcome breath of air, the old man's grumpy demeanor and quotes are a saving grace. Thank goodness nearly everyone falls prey to the ravenous creatures but unfortunately Tom and Shawn escape in a rowboat. And the story ends! Nothing, no resolution! Hullo! Plot guy! You're fired, pack your bags buddy - you'll never work for this crappy film studio again.

Things I Learned From This Movie: 

  • Sheriffs are in charge of rebuilding bridges.
  • Zombies are worse about rooting in trash than racoons.
  • Aliens like to cop a feel when killing a girl.
  • Deputies a really dumb, we're talking mongoloid here.
  • Elderly women always carry frying pans.
  • If you are in possession of an axe, when attacked by zombies, use it.
  • Some girls look better when they're not facing you.
  • Being choked to death or having your arm eaten causes you to spit up blood.
  • Sparklers make good stand in effects for a falling meteor.
  • Zombies are impervious to shotgun rounds, bullets, or explosives but not spearguns or boat oars.

Stuff To Watch For: 

  • 5 mins - Why does it sound like someone farting in a tub while we watch footage of space?
  • 10 mins - Stuck to the seat were we? (You'd have see the scene and hear the sound.)
  • 16 mins - Focus... ...ahm... ...focus... ...focus damn it!
  • 25 mins - This band's lead singer must be a ventriloquist.
  • 28 mins - Half a person is breathing? And the dog's eating it too.
  • 33 mins - The boat sounds just like a chainsaw.
  • 38 mins - That's the same boat Tom and Shawn had earlier but now these two hicks must have bought it. Should have purchased the motor too.
  • 41 mins - RANDOM GRATUITOUS BREAST SHOT!
  • 71 mins - The truck is on a two lane paved road, no - a dirt road, no - a one lane paved road. Hey, what gives?

 Audio clips in wav formatSOUNDSStarving actors speak out 

FileDialog
Green Music Note aliendead1.wav Emmett: "Everybody's always wanting to know about the big one. You know what I tell em?"
Tom: "No sir."
Emmett: "I tell em, Eddie Rickenbacher was a son of a bitch and you ought to mind your own damn business!"
Green Music Note aliendead2.wav Tom: "What do you think about Shawn?"
Shawn: "I dunno, growing up, getting out of the swamp, eating hamburgers, stuff like that."
Green Music Note aliendead3.wav Tom: "Sheriff are you nuts? You'll have a swampful of hicks out here shooting at each other if you do that."
Sheriff: "Shooting at... ...let me tell you something boy. Better shooting out here in the swamp then in town there. What do you want me to do? Go out there, go out there and get bit by all them mosquitos?"
Green Music Note aliendead4.wav Tom: "That meteorite didn't kill those people, it turned them in to a bunch of God-damned monsters!"

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 Watch a sceneVIDEOMPEG video files 

Video Clipaliendead1.mpg - 2.1m
This idiot just keeps looking at the camera! You also have to wonder why she spits up blood, as if her lung were punctured, when they are eating her limbs.

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The Alien Dead
Reply #1. Posted on May 07, 1999, 01:56:46 PM by PH D.
  I saw ALIEN DEAD a long time ago.               (not long enough)
The Alien Dead
Reply #2. Posted on June 01, 1999, 01:17:26 PM by BLum BLum
Sigh,I don't know where to begin.This movie has scarred me emotionally it was so horribly done.Oh and BTW,I don't think you mentioned it(my apologies if you did) but a zombie gets killed BY A HAIRPICK.Yes,they survive gunshots,but when it comes to those hairpicks,oh man,they're the killas!
The Alien Dead
Reply #3. Posted on June 30, 1999, 04:30:35 AM by Dick Elohssa
This is the greatest movie ever made! this is truly the goriest film ever made! this makes Bad Taste look like a kids movie! This film has the greatest acting I have ever seen! This is a true classic,Not just the best horror film but the best film period! This is breath taking,it has to be seen to believed! This is so disturbing,i may never be the same again!
The Alien Dead
Reply #4. Posted on November 17, 1999, 11:25:28 PM by ecto@centurytel.net
Uh ! This is the worst movie I have ever seen , and probably the worst ever made . A skull does'nt even do this one justice .  
The music/sound overdubbing is atrocious . real cheesy spooky moog music juxtoposed between
county/bluegrass ! Some of the zombie attacks are actual happening while country is playing in the background ! I dont know if the director was a
bluegrass fan or hater ( making mockery of country music ) . This film takes place in the deep south so the music is proper .
The ending is so stupid . This film ends when the two main characters drop from exaustion after fighting off zombies in a boat . Then the film ends . Maybe they ran out of film and had to call it quits. Who knows ? I guess stopping the film THERE is as good a place as any .
This movies must of had a 20$ budget , much of it spent for the keg of Busch beer as payment for the actors .
The camera scenes have no continuity at all.
The classic trash movie habit of filming night scenes during the day happens here as well .
There are probably 2 classic gory scenes that give
this film a morsal of merit , but thats about it . Sherif Kowalsky has some good comic release when he trys to be a bad ass and getting clumsy with his billy club . Thats all I have to write about this one .
The Alien Dead
Reply #5. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Steve Bentley
This was director Fred Olen Rays first atrocity, and boy does it show...Ray sold this thing to every video distributor that would take it (and every one of them seems to have) and made a killing.   Ah, for the glory days of the early video market when even stinkers like BLOOD CULT could sell a million copies in the US and every single video store started their sci-fi or horror section with a copy of this...but, look on the bright side, if it weren't for ALIEN DEAD there would have never been a DEEP SPACE, or a THE TOMB (with a shot of the sarcophagus opening and the lighting guy kneeling right beside it!!!!)  You just gotta love Fred Olen Ray...well, I'll bet the French hail him as a genius...
The Alien Dead
Reply #6. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Romsus
Bad, bad, bad, bad, bad!  One thing you forgot to point out, though...in a scene (I forget which one exactly) where the two main characters take their rowboat ashore, you can faintly hear the director say, "And...cut" right at the end of the scene, and the two actors drop the boat and start walking off.  Bad, bad, bad, bad, bad...
The Alien Dead
Reply #7. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Travis Hensley
Wow! What a movie!  My boyfriend and I just saw it and man, let me tell you, it was the best datemovie that I have ever seen!  I love the cheesey efects and the horrible acting!  The movie had me jumping in to Stanley's arms more than once, though.  So, if you want you life partner to cling to you for protection, get this one!
The Alien Dead
Reply #8. Posted on August 09, 2001, 07:31:24 PM by billie joe armstrong
Well i must say that the brest shots were appealing and the old man had quite a wit. Even so i must say this movie belongs right here on this site for terrible movies. Thank you whoever made this site and put this movie on it. Also This site is halarious, so keep up the good work!
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