July 29, 2012

Under(Rated) the Spotlight: Dead Heat

Horror and Action work side by side all the time. Very violent and fun when that violence is cranked up. Naturally, we see a lot of horror action hybrids. Dead Heat is one of those hybrids that blend the action buddy cop comedy with a zombie movie. It stars Treat Williams and Joe Piscopo as detectives on the verge of uncovering an evil scientific experiment designed to raise the dead back to life brought to us by Vincent Price naturally. When Williams is shot and killed, his buddy uses the special machine to bring him back and shenanigans occur as Williams has one day to enact his revenge before he decomposes completely.

This movie takes the good of buddy cop action and crazy horror like Evil Dead into this genre stew of cheese. It doesn’t take itself seriously and it is a lot of fun. Piscopo’s dialogue is all corny one-liners, but it is fun to see how desperate it gets at points. There is even zombie barbecue in this movie that is very Evil Dead in nature. The effects are actually pretty good for a low budget movie like this and all practical too.

If you are a fan of horror and action, I say give it a watch. A good time to be had.

About the Author

My name is Omar and I love action movies. I grew up loving action films thanks in part to my father who would deliver a healthy dose of Stallone, Schwarzenegger, Willis, and Seagal in my movie diet. Ever since then, I continue to love the genre more and more and go along perfectly with my love for the horror genre. What other movie genre can specialize in giving you pure adrenaline and excitement in every turn?



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