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The Dead Reborn [3 Discs] [DVD]

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Overview

Synopsis

Hell Asylum
Initially conceived as a sequel to David DeCoteau's amusing Prison of the Dead (2000), this straight-to-video horror film was written by minor cult actor Trent Haaga. The story line posits a new reality-based television series along the lines of Fear Factor in which five attractive models must spend the night in a haunted asylum for a million-dollar prize. There's a greedy producer who sets booby-traps for the girls along the way, not knowing that there is a real presence in the hospital -- the ghost of an evil millionaire who had kidnapped several young women years before, hoping to force them to marry him. The contestants make confessions to the cameras strategically placed within, only to have their deepest fears used against them by the malevolent ghost. Joe Estevez shows up as well, adding a small bit of name value to a cast including Debra Mayer, Tanya Dempsey, and Stacey Scowley. This was one of several collaborations between B-movie moguls J.R. Bookwalter and Charles Band, concluding with Dead & Rotting the same year. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi

The Dead Hate the Living
A group of low-budget filmmakers find the plot of their horror movie coming true as they're besieged by the undead in this goofy, gory fright flick. David Poe (Eric Clawson), a first-time film director, breaks into an abandoned hospital with his cast and crew to film a cheap zombie picture. David's bossy sister, Nina (Kimberly Pullis), is bankrolling the effort; his other sister, Shelly (Wendy Speake), is starring opposite would-be matinee idol Eric (Benjamin Morris). In one scene, the pair play a female pathologist and the ghoul who kills and then makes love to her on an autopsy table. Unfortunately, such footage has to be scrapped when Nina shows up and decides she's starring in the film herself. As the crew scrambles to accommodate this casting change, unpaid production assistant Topaz (Jamie Donahue) stumbles upon a mysterious, deserted laboratory that contains a very theatrical-looking coffin. David decides to incorporate the sarcophagus into his film -- even after he opens it and a dead body pops out. But when the filmmakers activate the machinery hooked up to the coffin in hopes of making it look even cooler on film, zombies begin to pour forth from an interdimensional vortex. Soon, the hospital becomes a scene of carnage and horror as the cast and crew try to figure out how to defeat head ghoul Eibon (Matt Stephens) and his minions. Filmed in ten days for a reported 150,000 dollars, The Dead Hate the Living marked the debut of writer/director Dave Parker. ~ Brian J. Dillard, Rovi

The Prison of the Dead
In this low-budget horror film, an arrogant young reprobate fakes his own funeral in order to lure friends to a remote location that once housed a prison. Note: The onscreen title for this film is The Prison of the Dead. Some promotional material lists the title as Prison of the Dead, while other pre-release information indicates that the working title was Prison of the Damned., Rovi

Cast & Crew

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    Debra Mayer - Paige Turner
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    Tanya Dempsey - Ambrosia Bradford
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    Joe Estevez - Investor
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    Stacey Scowley - Stacy Butler
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    Timothy Muskatell
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