The feature debut of ultra-low-budget horror auteur J.R. Bookwalter, 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 George A. Romero's Living Dead trilogy, The Dead Next Door was produced with the help of many of the Evil Dead crew: financial backer Sam Raimi is credited as "Master Cylinder" and one of the characters is named after him; Evil Dead co-writer Scott Spiegel plays a role; and some character voices are dubbed by Bruce Campbell. 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
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This isn't the best zombie movie I have seen, But having said that I really Liked the fact that it was none stop action(zombie action)
given the time that this film was made I feel that did a pretty good Job. And I would definatley rent this again or even add it to my zombie collection . If you like zombie movies this one is worth checking out
This movie is just bad acting, bad lighting, hardcore cheesy and lots of gore....I LOVED IT! This is a classic for any hardcore horror movie fan through the cheese factor and all! Go into this with an open mind and you may enjoy this cheesy classic zombie film!
For anyone that's a fan of Sam Raimi's The Evil Dead this is a must-see. It has the same look, the same sense of black humor and the same ambition to be an original zombie movie. The acting might be well below average but the gore FX as well as the story more than make up for it. My only real complaint is that the last 5 minutes or so it seems to completely fall apart and the ending just feels tacked on but overall it was a good effort. By the way, listen for Bruce Campbell who does the (uncredited) voice-over work for two of the actors. Funny stuff.