Dead Heat

Overview

Although many genre filmmakers have managed to blend horror and humor with great success, movies employing this formula often run the risk of both elements canceling each other out, resulting in a horror comedy that is neither scary nor funny. Alas, Dead Heat is a textbook example of this kind of failure. It details the weird misadventures of a pair of mismatched L.A. cops -- the straitlaced and by-the-book Roger Mortis Treat Williams and wisecracking loose cannon Doug Bigelow muscle-headed Saturday Night Live ...
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Overview

Although many genre filmmakers have managed to blend horror and humor with great success, movies employing this formula often run the risk of both elements canceling each other out, resulting in a horror comedy that is neither scary nor funny. Alas, Dead Heat is a textbook example of this kind of failure. It details the weird misadventures of a pair of mismatched L.A. cops -- the straitlaced and by-the-book Roger Mortis Treat Williams and wisecracking loose cannon Doug Bigelow muscle-headed Saturday Night Live alum Joe Piscopo. Their quest is to reach the heart of a sinister crime ring that employs indestructible undead henchmen. In a strange twist, their inept handling of the case results in both cops -- first Williams, then Piscopo -- being killed in action and subsequently reanimated in a secret laboratory managed by the barely seen Vincent Price whose walk-on role is more entertaining than the combined performances of the two leads. The potential for "splatstick" comedy in the mode of Evil Dead 2 or Peter Jackson's Bad Taste is defeated by two major obstacles: first, the painfully unfunny mugging of Piscopo, who was unwisely allowed to ad-lib much of his performance; and second, the MPAA's trimming of several minutes from Steve Johnson's sensational makeup effects in order to avoid the dreaded X rating -- including a clever scene involving a zombie go-go girl played by Linnea Quigley.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/20/2011
  • UPC: 014381745955
  • Original Release: 1988
  • Rating:

  • Source: Image Entertainment
  • Region Code: A
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Time: 1:23:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 35,522

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Treat Williams Roger Mortis
Joe Piscopo Doug Bigelow
Lindsay Frost Randi James
Darren McGavin Dr. Ernest McNab
Vincent Price Arthur P. Loudermilk
Clare Kirkconnell Rebecca Smythers
Keye Luke Mr. Thule
Ben Mittleman Bob
Peter Kent Smitty
Monty Ash Walter
Steven R. Bannister Thing
Shane Black Patrolman
Clarence Brown Harry Lathamn
Cate Casplin Salewoman
Monty Cox Guard
Chip Heller Wilcox
Lew Hopson Whitfield
H. Ray Huff Cop
Steve Itkin Freman
Monica Lewis Mrs. Von Heiserberg
Pons Maar Pool Zombie
Tom Nolan Jonas
Peggy O'Brien Jewelry Store Manager
Yvonne Peattie Gertrude Bellman
Robert Picardo Lieutenant Herzog
Martha Quinn Newscaster
Ivan Roth End Zombie
Mike Saad Guard
Dawan Scott Pool Zombie
Mel Stewart Capt. Mayberry
Prof. Toru Tanaka Butcher
Ron Taylor Shoot Out Zombie
Beth Toussaint Lab Technician
Pamela Vansant Lab Technician
Technical Credits
Mark Goldblatt Director
Allen Alsobrook Associate Producer
Terry Black Screenwriter
Dan Bradley Stunts
Greta Grigorian Set Decoration/Design
David Helpern Producer
Steve Jacobs Casting
Lisa Jensen Costumes/Costume Designer
Steve Johnson Special Effects
Patrick Read Johnson Special Effects, Special Effects Supervisor
Walt Martin Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Meltzer Co-producer, Producer
Mario Roberts Stunts
Harvey Rosenstock Editor
Darren Star Screenwriter
Craig Stearns Production Designer
Jon Gary Steele Art Director
Mike Topoozian Asst. Director
Ernest Troost Score Composer
Robert Yeoman Cinematographer
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