DirectorDave Parker Budget150,000 USD Duration CountryUnited States
Release dateFebruary 8, 2000 (2000-02-08) CastEric Clawson (David Poe), Jamie Donahue (Topaz), Brett Beardslee (Paul), Wendy Speake (Shelly Poe), Benjamin P. Morris (Eric), Rick Irwin (Marcus) Similar moviesHotel Transylvania 2, Zombie Lake, World War Z, Hotel Transylvania, The Beyond, Maggie
The Dead Hate the Living! is a 2000 low budget zombie film written and directed by Dave Parker and produced by Full Moon Entertainment.
When a renegade band of young filmmakers break into an abandoned hospital to make their horror epic, they stumble upon a real dead body and decide to use it in their movie. They accidentally bring it back to life, open a portal to a dead world that releases dozens of other zombies, then struggle for their lives in a desperate attempt to flee from the creatures who apparently have them hopelessly trapped in the hospital.
Eric Clawson as David Poe
Jamie Donahue as Topaz
Brett Beardslee as Paul
Wendy Speake as Shelly Poe
Benjamin P. Morris as Eric
Rick Irwin as Marcus
David Douglas as Chas
Matt Stephens as Dr. Eibon
Kimberly Pullis as Nina Poe
Andre 'Doc' Newman as Maggot
Matthew McGrory as Gaunt (his acting debut)
Ariauna Albright as Ellie Eibon
Mitch Persons as The Zombie
Fatally Yours offered in their review that [the film] "is straight up one of the best Full Moon Entertainment movies out there for sure", praising the director and casting. They concluded by remarking that while the film might "seem like your typical cheesy horror film it does have it memorable moments that make you happy to be able to be viewing it." Beyond Hollywood wrote that the film began with "the biggest cliche' of movie cliche's" in that the protagonists were themselves filmmakers filming a horror movie scene as part of the horror movie itself. They made note of the low budget and that the film was no exception to films of this genre not being known for presenting great acting, underscoring that the first 20 minutes were "excruciatingly bad", though granting that the acting did get better, leading the reviewer to suppose that the project was possibly shot in the same order as scripted, allowing the actors to become more comfortable with their characters as the film progressed. eFilmCritic found the film to be "easily one of the absolute worst films to ever smudge a rental store shelf", opining that the film's script was cliche' and unoriginal, the pacing would "cause even snails to squirm with impatience", and concluding the review by writing the film was "horribly directed, horribly shot, and just plain horribly executed." Mike Bracken of IGN wrote, "Ultimately, this is one of the better zombie flicks to come along in awhile". Glenn Kay wrote that the film is enthusiastic, but "most viewers will agree that the living hate The Dead Hate the Living!"