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The Dead Hate the Living! (2000)

R | | Horror, Comedy | Video 26 July 2000
When a renegade band of young filmmakers break into an abandoned hospital to make their horror epic, they stumble upon a real dead body and decide to use it in their movie. They ... See full summary »


Dave Parker


Dave Parker (screenplay), Paul Salamoff (story) (as Paul J. Salamoff) | 1 more credit »


Credited cast:
Eric Clawson Eric Clawson ... David Poe
Jamie Donahue ... Topaz
Brett Beardslee Brett Beardslee ... Paul
Wendy Speake Wendy Speake ... Shelly Poe
Benjamin P. Morris Benjamin P. Morris ... Eric
Rick Irwin ... Marcus
David Douglas ... Chas
Matt Stephens Matt Stephens ... Dr. Eibon
Kimberly Pullis Kimberly Pullis ... Nina Poe
Andre 'Doc' Newman Andre 'Doc' Newman ... Maggot
Matthew McGrory ... Gaunt
Ariauna Albright Ariauna Albright ... Ellie Eibon
Anthony C. Ferrante ... Store Customer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Brooke Bund Brooke Bund ... Zombie Corps (as Jeff and Brooke Bond)
Jeff Bund Jeff Bund ... Zombie Corps (as Jeff and Brooke Bond)
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When a renegade band of young filmmakers break into an abandoned hospital to make their horror epic, they stumble upon a real dead body and decide to use it in their movie. They accidentally bring it back to life, open a portal to a dead world that releases dozens of other zombies, then struggle for their lives in a desperate attempt to flee from the creatures who apparently have them hopelessly trapped in the hospital. Written by Anonymous

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Horror | Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for horror violence/gore, language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

Did You Know?


According to the director on the DVD commentary, the maggots that get rubbed onto the face of the bratty sister are real. However, they didn't tell her that. It was their way of getting back at her for not showing up for filming on the previous day, due to her booking a higher paying job on that day. This made them angry since the film was on an amazingly short 10-day shooting schedule. See more »


Paul: You want me to throw a TV at them?!
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References Cannibal Ferox (1981) See more »


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User Reviews

utter crap, even for a B-movie
22 January 2004 | by speleorat2003See all my reviews

I picked this movie up out of a bargain bin at the local video store for a rather ridiculously low sum. Maybe it was the Tom Savini ambiguously worded recommendation on the front cover that influenced the purchase. I thought, well, it IS cheap..... how bad can it be? Much as I hate to admit it, I still felt cheated. A good basic premise, the movie within the movie angle. And one that is totally wasted. So many others have weighed in with their opinions, and have dissected the movie quite adequately, so I don't feel the need to reiterate what they have already said so very well. But what I will say is this. I understand that the movie was made to be intentionally bad. I understood most all of the homage references to all the old masters of the horror genre. I understood all that. But when you decide to go down that road with a movie, (making a movie to be enjoyed as camp, that is) it kinda helps if the movie is at least a little bit fun here and there on SOME level. But when the movie lets it all ride on that premise, it would be nice if there was SOMETHING you could hang your hat on. But there is nothing here to redeem it, really. One good line, ( I DID like the line about the director "....if he plays his cards right, a small but obsessive group of people will someday know who he is.") and one mildly amusing scene (In the store....why the purchase of a box of condoms AND a tube of hemorroidal ointment?). And that's just about it. It's not enough. Not by half. It has got to be really discouraging deliberately setting your sights THAT low, and STILL managing to shoot your self in the foot. And if it's not, well, it damned well should be.

* 1/2 stars out of ten

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Release Date:

26 July 2000 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Les morts haïssent les vivants See more »


Box Office


$150,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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