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Dead Alive Review


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Before he discovered Kate Winslet in Heavenly Creatures, Peter Jackson's work looked more like it came from Troma. Dead Alive (aka Braindead) is the often-remade story of unslayable zombies, though Balme has a field day with them during the infamous half-hour scene which involves several dozen walking corpses, hundreds of gallons of red-tinted maple syrup (aka blood), and a lawn mower.

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The Last Tattoo Review


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You don't see many movies these days where a gonorrhea outbreak plays the central role. You can be thankful for that or not, but the oddball noir The Last Tattoo cuts a reasonably good movie despite a cryptic plot line. This New Zealand production is also set there, during a 1940s stopover by American troops. Kerry Fox plays the local medical examiner, who discovers an untreatable strain of the clap on the loose... and stumbles onto a murder and cover-up scandal along the way. Curious, though not totally compelling.
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