There hasn't been a film that I've had as much fun with as I did with Dead Alive. My mind is still reeling from what I just saw. This movie is balls to the walls, a total blast from start to finish. It is one of the most visually memorable films I have ever seen and it's one that I could watch over and over and never get tired of it. It isn't often that I watch a movie that rejuvenates my passion for horror, but Dead Alive has completely reignited my love of this genre.
What I love most about Dead Alive is how it flawlessly balances and contrasts elements which are in total opposition with one another. The characters, who are innately average and normal, react excessively and animatedly to events and situations. The musical score provides a sort of legitimacy and authenticity to a movie that is completely outlandish. The humor infused throughout the script counters the extreme gore reflected in the special effects. The whole movie amalgamates elements which totally contrast one another, yet it somehow works and makes for one of the most brilliantly creative movies in the genre.
Of course, the film is best known for its special effects. It goes without saying that the effects are incredible. I have never seen visual effects like this before. The movie is incredibly bloody and gory but it's depicted with such a lighthearted tone that it isn't even remotely offensive to the senses.
Dead Alive is one of those rare movies that I would give a 10/10 if I were basing my rating solely on enjoyability. But if I'm objective, I think the film's cinematography is SLIGHTLY too bright and would have benefited from more shadows and less lighting, in order to create more visual atmosphere. And, again being objective, the premise is a little thin and could have withstood a bit more depth and expansion.
But neither of those criticisms really matter because Dead Alive is one of the best films I've seen in years. I'm really disheartened to learn that the blu ray has gone out of print and I really hope we get a re-release soon because this is a movie that should be sitting on the shelves of every horror fan on the planet. I cannot recommend this movie enough!