Braindead (1992)

New Zealand, 1992
85m (USA – R rated version); 94m (Germany); 97m (USA – unrated version); 99m (Argentina); 99 mins 23 sec (UK – video); 100m (Australia – video; Sweden – theatrical); 103m 33 secs (Australia – theatrical; Hong Kong – theatrical; New Zealand – theatrical; Norway – theatrical; Japan – laserdisc; UK – theatrical)
35mm film, colour, 1.66:1
Dolby, English

A New Zealand comedy horror film directed by Peter Jackson.

Plot Summary

Lionel is constantly hen-pecked by his overbearing mother who even tries to end his budding romance with local shop girl Paquita. On a trip to the zoo, his mother is bitten by a “rat monkey” that infects her with a virus that slowly mutates her into a zombie. Lionel refuses to let his undead mother go, even when she starts infecting other people and before he knows it he’s up to his neck in zombies.


Director: Peter Jackson
WingNut Films, New Zealand Film Commission
Producer: Jim Booth
Associate Producer: Jamie Selkirk
Script: Stephen Sinclair, Frances Walsh, Peter Jackson
Story: Stephen Sinclair
Director of Photography: Murray Milne
Editor: Jamie Selkirk
Music: Peter Dasent
Sound Recording: Tony Johnson
Costume Designer: Chris Elliott
Make-up: Debra East, Bob McCarron
Wig Designer: Debra East
Prosthetics Make-up Supervisor: Marjory Hamlin
Special Effects Co-Ordinator: Steve Ingram
Production Designer: Kevin Leonard-Jones

Timothy Balme (Lionel Cosgrove)
Diana Peñalver (Paquita Maria Sanchez)
Elizabeth Moody (Vera Cosgrove)
Ian Watkin (Uncle Les)
Brenda Kendall (Nurse McTavish)
Stuart Devenie (Father McGruder)
Elizabeth Brimilcombe (zombie’s mother)
Jed Brophy (Void)
Stephen Papps (zombie McGruder)
Murray Keane (Scroat)
Glenis Levesiam (Mrs Matheson)
Lewis Rowe (Mr Matheson)
Elizabeth Mulfaxe (Rita)
Harry Sinclair (Roger)
Davina Whitehouse (Paquita’s grandmother)
Silvio Fumularo (Paquita’s father)
Brian Sergent (vet)
Peter Vere-Jones (undertaker)
Tina Regtien (Mandy)
Bill Ralston (Stewart)

Alternative Titles

Dead Alive – USA

See also
Aliens (1986)
Dellamorte dellamore (1994)
The Evil Dead (1981)
The Frighteners (1996)
From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money (1999)
Gremlins (1984)
Idle Hands (1999)
King Kong (1933)
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Psycho (1960)
The Return of the Living Dead (1985)



  • A Capital 25 April 1997 – review (by Antonio Rodrigues)
  • A Capital, Guia TV 24 October 1997 – review (by Rui Brazuna)
  • Diario de Noticias 9 March 1997 – review (by Eurico De Barros)
  • Diario de Noticias, Programas 25 April 1997 – review (by Joao Antunes)
  • Expresso, Cartaz 8 March 1997 – review (by Manuel Cintra Ferreira)
  • Expresso, Cartaz 25 April 1997 – review (by Joao Lopes)
  • Svenska Dagbladet 16 July 1993 – review (Äckelfilmen Braindead mer död än sjuk by Elisabeth Sörenson)


  • Cinema 29 July 1993 – review (by Bert Buellmann)
  • The Dark Side April 1993 p.46 – review
  • epd Film vol.10 no.8 (1 August 1993) p.36 – review (by Frank Arnold)
  • Sight & Sound June 1993 – review
  • Studio February 1993 p.18 – review (Christophe D’Yvoire)