Of all the holidays celebrated worldwide, no one day is more loved by the UTG staff than Halloween. With the arrival of October, the time has finally come to begin rolling out a plethora of features and special announcements we have prepared in celebration of our favorite day, including the one you’re about to read.

31 Days Of Halloween is a recurring daily feature that will run throughout the month of October. The hope and goal of this column is to supply every UTG reader with a daily horror movie recommendation that is guaranteed to amplify your Halloween festivities. We’ll be watching every film the day it’s featured, and we hope you’ll follow along at home. If you have a suggestion, contact us and we may include your favorite scarefest in an upcoming column!

Day 17: Dead Alive (1992)

When any normal filmgoer hears the name Peter Jackson, they think of Lord of the Rings, and that’s for good reasons. The man created one of the most beautiful trilogies film has to offer which also has some of the best filmmaking we as a population will ever see in our lifetime. However when you go back to the man’s roots, you see a completely different style of filmmaking that is filled with schlock, gore, more gore, just as beautiful landscapes, and then some more gore. Today’s subject: Dead Alive.

The story is simple but absurd, and that’s what makes Dead Alive fun: a man’s mother gets bitten by a rat-monkey-weird-rodent and it causes her to die, then come back to life with a taste for flesh, infecting everyone around her. This simple plot allows for Peter Jackson to explore some of the craziest, bloody, gorey situations that seem like a completely different filmmaker than he is today. I personally love this movie and laugh throughout, because who doesn’t love seeing an awkward guy chop up his friends who are trying to eat him? The ending scene is worth the entirety of the film, but don’t be fooled: the whole thing is great. You can check out a trailer below:


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Written by: Tyler Osborne (Twitter)

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One Response to “UTG’S 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN: “Dead Alive””

  1. Dane Sager says:

    it’s like the polar opposite of most zombie movies. It’s not a guy boarded up in a house trying to avoid zombies, he’s boarded up in a house to make sure the world outside the house don’t see the zombies.

    It’s a brilliant and awesome role reversal.