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The Dead Next Door is an independent 1988 zombie film directed by J.R. Bookwalter.


The movie features an elite team of soldiers, the "Zombie Squad," who have been enlisted by the government to deal with a growing epidemic of zombies, while scientists work towards a cure for the virus that creates them. The squad must also fight against a religious cult which wishes to protect and enable the zombies, believing them to be a punishment ordained by God. Many of the characters are named after people who have made their marks in the horror and zombie movie fields, such as Savini, Romero, Raimi, and King.

Cast, crew and budget

Sam Raimi produced the film under the pseudonym 'The Master Cylinder' using a portion of his payment from Evil Dead 2. Bruce Campbell dubbed the voices of two characters that were Raimi and Cmr Carpenter. The movie was produced over nearly four years, in Akron, Ohiomarker, for next to nothing.

The film was shot on Super-8, which is typically amateur grade film only used for home movies. Everyone involved worked on the film for free. The film is notable for highly graphic gore effects.


The score for the film is done by the director, J.R. Bookwalter. The soundtrack has been released in CD and Mp3 format by Tempesound.


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