Speaking of horror, Dead Alive (also called Braindead) was one of the most surprising horror films of the nineties. Filmed on a shoestring budget of only $3 million by Peter Jackson (a man who would get used to directing on a much larger budget with the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies), Dead Alive is a gory, inventive romp about a teenager fighting off a horde of zombies (and dealing with some nasty mother issues too). Although its low budget should have made it an easy success, the film only made $240,000 stateside, and it would be unjustly ignored by American audiences until Jackson's later success prompted a re-evaluation.
While it didn't quite connect with American audiences, across "the pond," however, the film had a powerful influence on another young horror buff who would pay homage to the film in his own movie, Shaun of the Dead. Even setting its influence on other movies aside, Dead Alive is an electrifying movie with some of the best practical effects you've seen in a horror movie—and a truly innovative use of a lawnmower. You might think you've seen bloody horror movies, but you've almost certainly never seen anything quite like Dead Alive.