Dead Heat [Blu-ray] [1988]

  • SKU: 19391283
  • Release Date: 09/20/2011
  • Rating: R
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Overall Customer Rating:
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (3 out of 3)


Dead Heat
Although many genre filmmakers have managed to blend horror and humor with great success, movies employing this formula often run the risk of both elements canceling each other out, resulting in a horror comedy that is neither scary nor funny. Alas, Dead Heat is a textbook example of this kind of failure. It details the weird misadventures of a pair of mismatched L.A. cops -- the straitlaced and by-the-book Roger Mortis (Treat Williams) and wisecracking loose cannon Doug Bigelow (muscle-headed Saturday Night Live alum Joe Piscopo). Their quest is to reach the heart of a sinister crime ring that employs indestructible undead henchmen. In a strange twist, their inept handling of the case results in both cops -- first Williams, then Piscopo -- being killed in action and subsequently reanimated in a secret laboratory managed by the barely seen Vincent Price (whose walk-on role is more entertaining than the combined performances of the two leads). The potential for "splatstick" comedy in the mode of Evil Dead 2 or Peter Jackson's Bad Taste is defeated by two major obstacles: first, the painfully unfunny mugging of Piscopo, who was unwisely allowed to ad-lib much of his performance; and second, the MPAA's trimming of several minutes from Steve Johnson's sensational makeup effects in order to avoid the dreaded X rating -- including a clever scene involving a zombie go-go girl played by Linnea Quigley. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Treat Williams
    Treat Williams - Roger Mortis
  • Joe Piscopo
    Joe Piscopo - Doug Bigelow
  • Lindsay Frost
    Lindsay Frost - Randi James
  • Darren McGavin
    Darren McGavin - Dr. Ernest McNab
  • Vincent Price
    Vincent Price - Arthur P. Loudermilk

Overall customer rating

would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fun mix of genres.

    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Loved this flick. I thought it was a great blend of action, comedy and horror. And it's always great to see the legendary Vincent Price turn up for a cameo! If you enjoy 80's genre comedies, give this one a try.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome flick!

    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    Piscopo and Treat Williams make a great comedy duo. What a classic I rediscovered recently!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A funny, spooky time

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    • Top 25 ContributorTop 25 Contributor

    This is one of those go-to Halloween Friday night flicks.

    I would recommend this to a friend

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