1992 "Some things won't stay down... even after they die."
7.5| 1h43m| R| en| More Info
Released: 12 February 1993 Released
Producted By: WingNut Films
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When a Sumatran rat-monkey bites Lionel Cosgrove's mother, she's transformed into a zombie and begins killing (and transforming) the entire town while Lionel races to keep things under control.


Horror, Comedy

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Braindead Audience Reviews

Kaelan Mccaffrey Like the great film, it's made with a great deal of visible affection both in front of and behind the camera.
Hattie I didn’t really have many expectations going into the movie (good or bad), but I actually really enjoyed it. I really liked the characters and the banter between them.
Bob This is one of the best movies I’ve seen in a very long time. You have to go and see this on the big screen.
Justina The film never slows down or bores, plunging from one harrowing sequence to the next.
Dave This is a hilarious, well-written, romantic zombie comedy with great characters. It must be the goriest film of all time.This is much better than Shaun of the Dead in all respects. Braindead is the best zombie film I've ever seen as well as the funniest comedy horror I've ever seen.
SnoopyStyle It's 1957 Skull Island. A group is pursued by the natives for stealing a monkey. They managed to bring the rat-monkey home to Wellington Zoo, New Zealand after one of them got bitten and having the arm chopped off. Mama's boy Lionel Cosgrove is on a date with shopkeeper's daughter Paquita María Sánchez at the zoo. His mother gets bitten by the monster turning her into a killer zombie.I'm fine with the horror indie part. Peter Jackson puts his limited resources to the best use. The problem is that the comedy isn't always funny and I found the romantic notes rather clunky. The rom-com tone is pretty annoying and I wish he keeps to the horror gore side. The gore is somewhat fun. I think the actors aren't good enough to sell the romance or the comedy or the acting. Also Lionel is not a particularly good lead character. He's pathetic, annoying and not much fun.
Michael J. Rudolph This is in my opinion the best zombie film out there! The effects they used back then are just mind blowing especially in the digital age we are in now where practical effects are nearly a lost art. From the stop motion animation to the quirky color of the blood used, this is an absolute gem! I would love to see this film re-made by Peter Jackson himself or at least produce it, but part of me likes keeping it secret so when a friend needs a good recommendation I can break Braindead out and relive the experience every time. Even after all his success with LOTR and The Hobbit, I will always come back to this as Peter Jacksons best work. A total box office failure because a true cult classic among horror fans.
TheRedDeath30 My "relationship" with this movie is an odd one. Some movies you fall more in love with each time you see it. Some movies cause you to hate it more with each viewing. This movie fluctuates for me. Maybe it's the mood I'm in, but mostly I think it has to do with what I'm trying to "get out of the viewing experience" when I see this movie.Am I looking for a bloody disgusting good time? Then, this is the movie for me on that night. I was a little disappointed my first time seeing this for most of the movie's run time. It has this legendary status as the bloodiest movie of all time, so naturally we go in expecting a full-on splashfest, but most of that comes during the finale. That is not to say that the movie doesn't have it's gross out moments in the first half, at all. It starts setting a bar early and continues to top it as the movie goes along, but it's not until that final, gore-drenched finale that the movie really earns its' rep, but once it does, it is glorious indeed. It's one of the few movies that have ever made my horrorhound wife cringe a little in disgust.With repeated viewings, though, that initial glee of seeing so much gore on screen tends to diminish as you're more familiar with the territory. Now we start to examine the backbone of the movie more and it's a little hard for me to swallow sometimes. I'm also not a big fan of BAD TASTE, another Jackson indie flick that I find has an over- hyped reputation. To me, the humor is just stupid. Maybe it's a cultural divide, maybe it's just me. Every time the movie goes for a laugh I find myself rolling my eyes. Then, there's the bad Raimi playdough style effects that also cheapen the movie. Some horror fans find an affinity for those low budget effects, but they just look bad to me.What is my final opinion of the movie, then? I guess I'm not entirely sure. I think it's a fun movie that's an absolute essential for the gorehound in search of a bloody movie and it holds a lot of appeal there, but just be prepared for a cheesy romance story with some bad effects and some even worse Kiwi humor.