ZMMM Dailies: 6/26/2010 – Dead Heat

Posted by Cory Casciato On June - 27 - 2010

The world needed a buddy-cop zombie movie and it got Dead Heat. Now it thinks maybe it would like its money back, because Dead Heat is kind of a stinker.

It amazes me that movies like this get made. Someone read this script and said, “Yeah, that’ll do.” Someone auditioned Joe Piscopo and Treat Williams for the leads and went, “Yeah these are our guys! What amazing non-chemistry they have!” (Okay, they probably didn’t think that last part.) How does this happen?

Joe Piscopo is a big part of the problem here. The guy cannot act at all and why on Earth did anyone ever think this fucking guy was funny? Unlikable, unfunny and obnoxious is no way to go through life, Piscopo. He is kind of funny looking, I’ll admit. He looks a fair bit like a real-world Homer Simpson, with a a mullet. That’s a good look! Treat Williams (playing a character named Roger Mortis! HI-larious!) isn’t much better as his partner, emoting about as much as a block of wood and showing off some truly impressive eyebrows (is he a werewolf or a vampire? ZING!).

The real culprit is the script. Too many bad jokes, too many inconsistencies and plot holes and just generally haphazardly written. There’s no consistency to anything — the zombies are invulnerable until the story needs them not to be, then they go down. Applying the reanimation effect on someone already reanimated has no effect or it kills them depending on which scene is happening. It’s just shoddy.

Darren McGavin and Vincent Price are in this, and both are utterly wasted (I don’t mean drunk, I just mean not put to good use). There are a couple of good effects sequences and decent action set pieces. And I kind of enjoyed it on a nostalgic basis, since it’s one of the first half dozen zombie movies I ever saw (caught it in theaters when I was in junior high). But if you don’t have nostalgia for it, it’s probably a waste of your time.

5 Responses to “ZMMM Dailies: 6/26/2010 – Dead Heat

  1. Zombie Shakespeare says:

    No short again tonight?

  2. I’ve been working 10-12 hour days, even on weekends. By the time I get done with dinner, chores, etc, I’m lucky to find 90 minutes to watch the main film… Sucks, I know.

  3. jond76 says:

    Maybe its just nostalgia talking, but I love this movie! I think the first shoot out is one of the coolest ones I had seen at the time. Also a big fan of Treat Williams. What can I say?

  4. Jay Clarke says:

    No movie with an attack-zombie-chicken can be THAT bad.

  5. You should see Shanks! It has a great zombie chicken attack scene.

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