Death Warmed Up

Overview

This funky and intelligent sci-fi-horror sleeper from New Zealand features Gary Day as the maniacal Dr. Howell, director of the Trans-Cranial Applications Hospital, who conducts bizarre brain experiments in a subterranean laboratory on a remote island -- most of which backfire and turn his patients into murderous zombie slaves. Onto this island of weirdness ventures a group of youths -- including the troubled son Michael Hurst of the doctor's former scientific rival, whom the mad doc had hypnotized into murdering...
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Overview

This funky and intelligent sci-fi-horror sleeper from New Zealand features Gary Day as the maniacal Dr. Howell, director of the Trans-Cranial Applications Hospital, who conducts bizarre brain experiments in a subterranean laboratory on a remote island -- most of which backfire and turn his patients into murderous zombie slaves. Onto this island of weirdness ventures a group of youths -- including the troubled son Michael Hurst of the doctor's former scientific rival, whom the mad doc had hypnotized into murdering his father several years ago. The resulting confrontations between the dirtbike-riding kids and armies of rampaging mutants are action-packed and splattery as all get-out.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
Death Warmed Up has the honor of being New Zealand's first all-out gore flick, beating Peter Jackson's Bad Taste by a few years and cementing it in history as a long-lost horror gem whose core audience has yet to uncover it. Winner of the 1984 Grand Prix award at the International Festival of Fantasy and Science Fiction Films, whose jury featured none other than the infamous surrealist auteur Alejandro Jodorowsky, David Blyth and his film were jutted into the spotlight, edging out another little horror outing that just so happened to be there that year -- namely, Joe Dante's Gremlins. What makes Death Warmed Up stand out from the very start is its gratuitous love for the red stuff, mixed with a visual flair that echoes the color palette of Mario Bava or even Dario Argento in a roundabout low-budget way. There's also a kinetic pulse to this juicy little gem that's rarely found in horror, either past or present. Sure, it's a fact that most of the film makes zero sense (especially toward the end), but who needs plot when you basically throw a bunch of teens headed by an albino dreamboat and sadistic mutants together in a psychedelic hospital? Recommended alone for the brain surgery scene with the team of sexy nurses, Death Warmed Up has got the early '80s horror juice that just keeps on giving.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/1/2012
  • UPC: 639767538190
  • Original Release: 1983
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:18:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 82,010

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Hurst Michael Tucker
Margaret Umbers Sandy
William Upjohn Lucas
Norelle Scott Jeannie
Gary Day
Bruno Lawrence Tex
David Letch
Technical Credits
David Blyth Director, Screenwriter
James Bartle Cinematographer
Barbara Darragh Costumes/Costume Designer
Michael Glock Production Designer
Michael Heath Screenwriter
David Huggett Editor
Murray Newey Producer
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