Dead Next Door [Blu-ray]


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The feature debut of ultra-low-budget horror auteur J.R. Bookwalter, this fast-paced zombie mini-epic is very likely the most expensive movie ever shot on Super-8 film. Playing with the long-established mythos of George A. Romero's Living Dead trilogy, The Dead Next Door was produced with the help of many of the Evil Dead crew: financial backer Sam Raimi is credited as "Master Cylinder" and one of the characters is named after him; Evil Dead co-writer Scott Spiegel plays a role; and some character voices are dubbed by Bruce Campbell. The story centers on the members of the "Zombie Squad" -- an assault team trained in the hunting and extermination of the living dead -- and their mission to track down the scientists who developed a zombie-making virus and find the rumored antidote. Of the many lethal obstacles in their path, the deadliest comes in the form of a religious cult whose leader sees the zombie epidemic as a precursor of Armageddon -- and is hell-bent on expediting it. Very stylish for what is essentially an epic-scale home movie (and gushing with plentiful home-style gore effects), this remains Bookwalter's best effort and contains numerous witty homages to the Romero films which inspired it. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi

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Release Date
Tempe Digital
MPAA Rating
NR -- Not rated
1 hour, 18 minutes
  • Dolby Digital w/ sub-woofer channel
  • Dolby Digital Stereo
  • DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Blu-ray region A (North America, Central America, South America, Japan, Taiwan, North Korea, South Korea, Hong Kong, Southeast Asia)
  • English
Video Features
  • Blu-ray Disc 1:
  • Audio commentary with producers J.R. Bookwalter, Jolie Jackunas and Scott P. Plummer
  • "Restoration of the Dead" featurette (19 mins.)
  • Capitol Theatre Screening Q&A (12 mins.)
  • The Nightlight Screening Q&A (16 mins.)
  • Behind the scenes footage (19 mins.)
  • Deleted scenes & outtakes (7 mins.)
  • Storyboard gallery (27 mins.)
  • Around the world gallery (4 mins.)
  • Behind the scenes gallery (9 mins.)
  • Production stills gallery (6 mins.)
  • Tempe Digital trailers
  • DVD Disc 2:
  • 2001 foreign audio commentary with writer/director J.R. Bookwalter
  • 2015 audio commentary with producers J.R. Bookwalter, Jolie Jackunas and Scott P. Plummer
  • 2005 audio commentary with writer/director J.R. Bookwalter, actor Michael Todd and cinematographer Michael Tolochko, Jr.
  • Richards Returns! An interview with actor Scott Spiegel (5 mins.)
  • 1999 Akron location tour with James L. Edwards (5 mins.)
  • 20 Years in 15 minutes (16 mins.)
  • Video storyboatrds (8 mins.)
  • Video preshoots (6 mins.)
  • Auditions (14 mins.)
  • Three Miles Out music video (3mins.)
  • 2000 Frightvision Reunion (6 mins.)
  • Tempe DVD trailers
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