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Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

So today I’m featuring Dead Heat. You might not be aware that this movie exists. I wouldn’t blame you if you don’t know this movie… I knew of it from its VHS cover, but didn’t see it until my 20s, so I don’t have the nostalgia for it that my friends do, but boy do I appreciate just how fuckin’ nutty it goes.

The premise is actually pretty good… I imagine the pitch was something like “Beverly Hills Cop meets Return of the Living Dead.” It’s a buddy cop horror comedy starring Treat Williams and Joe Piscopo where the undead go on a crime spree and it’s up to a cop and his recently resurrected partner to put a stop to it.

This film is actually pretty ripe material for a remake. The original is about as clunky and cheesy as you’d think a zombie cop movie starring Joe Piscopo would be and I think someone could do a great reimagining of that basic premise of a supernatural crime spree being stopped by a couple of odd ball partners… one of whom happens to be recently undead himself. It if it wasn’t so on the nose, it’d be perfect Edgar Wright material… it as essentially combining Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, afterall.

I mentioned earlier that it’s fucking weird and boy howdy is it. There’s a scene featuring an undead chicken and that, believe it or not, is the subject of today’s behind the scenes image.

Thanks to the folks at the Practical Effects Group for the image. Click to enlargen!



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Tomorrow’s pic will freak you out.

-Eric Vespe
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Click here to visit the complete compilation of previous Behind the Scenes images, Page One
(warning: there are some broken links that will be fixed as soon as I can get around to it)

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  • Oct. 17, 2012, 5:15 p.m. CST

    Must see this

    by Kyle H

    I have never even heard of this film until just now. I must see it. I love Piscopo. A very underrated talent, especially from his SNL days.

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 5:21 p.m. CST

    Love that crazy flick!! Great Shane Black..perfect time for a remake

    by oliphantman

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 5:21 p.m. CST

    Clunky and Cheesy. Oh, and bad.

    by vic twenty

    I wanted to like it. Saw it in the theater back in the day. Tried it again on home video. Bad then, bad now. But Quint is right, THIS kind of misfire is what should be remade.

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 5:22 p.m. CST

    oh man

    by SpencerBarnes

    I used to love this movie when I was a kid. I saw it recently, and it didn't hold the same mystique, but what can you do?

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 5:23 p.m. CST

    And if you love Joe Piscopo, give a listen to his album New Jersey.

    by vic twenty

    Provided you can find it anywhere. His Honeymooners rap with Eddie Murphy is dated, but epic nonetheless.

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 5:24 p.m. CST

    Saw this in the theaters

    by Sumatran_Rat_Monkey

    Has a few moments of pretty bad, but does have a certain cheesy charm that only 80's films can pull off.

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 5:28 p.m. CST

    This movies makes a great double feature with

    by schadenfreudian

    Collision Course.

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 5:28 p.m. CST

    I watched this as kid. I always thought that was a duck.

    by kindofabigdeal

    It was before Piscopo fell into his black hole. I still say the perfect comedy match up would be Joe Piscopo and Howie Mandel. How about an Expendables for comics who never became popular. It can be called the Forgettables. Joe Piscopo Howie Mandel Carrot Top Dan Cook Sarah Silverman AJ Johnson Pauly Shore and Ralph Macchio can play the villains.

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 5:32 p.m. CST

    Zombie duck heads... what a concept.

    by Danny Boil

    I think that was one of Treat Williams' lines. Anyway, I do have a huge soft spot for this movie. Such an oddball flick, yeah, sure, why not a remake? Funnier, gorier, car-chasier. Could be epic.

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 5:42 p.m. CST

    Speaking of Joe Piscopo, what the heck happened to that guy?

    by Danny Boil

    All the bodybuilding and all the craziness and stuff? Remember that weird comedy "special" he did, with the urine test to prove he wasn't juicing, or whatever? Man, some of his early SNL stuff was gutbusting... sad.

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 5:46 p.m. CST

    Remember the good old days when guns killed people?

    by Darkman

    Cheesy as hell, but entertaining, with incredible effects (the decomposition scene is a particular standout).

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 5:47 p.m. CST

    Dead Heat single handedly killed Treat Williams' career.

    by Kevin D

    I agree that the movie is very clunky at times but it does have a very odd charm and is actually pretty fun for the most part. I remembered how this film literally was savaged by everybody when it first came out and it's unfortunate that Treat was never able to really rescucitate his career after this misfire as he can be quite a good actor when given good material (which isn't the case anymore as I just caued him in the horrible "Attack of the 50 Foot Cheerleader). I also agree that it's ripe for a proper remake and I would love to see somebody like Edgar Wright get his hands on it.

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 5:48 p.m. CST

    Joe got the Big 'C', survived.. but it crushed his spirit

    by James Robinson

    He withdrew from Hollywood, staying with off-Broadway theater. He seems content, if somewhat melancholy about walking away from the 'Big-Time'

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 5:50 p.m. CST


    by ImMorganFreeman

    So glad you had a picture of Dead Heat. A True Forgotten Gem. For the record, Treat Williams LOVES this movie! Almost as much as I do.

  • who is killed twice in the end of the movie. Also in the kitchen scene, the evil butcher is played by Professor Toru Tanaka.

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 6:28 p.m. CST

    How do we kill this thing? Maybe we can drown it in A-1 sauce!

    by iamatroll

    I was a movie usher back in the day when this flick came out. I kinda liked it, despite all it's cheesiness. It's not really "Beverly Hills Cop" but more like "Lethal Weapon meets Retun of the Living Dead" but your analogy was close! Almost stealing the movie is Karl Kolchak himself, Darren McGavin, who may or may not be more involved in the zombie goings on then he seems... BODYDOC (That's a clue, see the movie, you'll get it...)

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 6:48 p.m. CST

    Alien Nation was originally titled Outer Heat

    by Mugato5150

    but because of this and a couple other movies with "heat" in the title, they changed it.

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 7:48 p.m. CST

    Terry Black

    by Munro Kelly

    Terry Black, Shane's brother, wrote the script.

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 9:17 p.m. CST


    by sonnyfern

    One of the most insane endings EVER. There's that last 15- 20 minutes, where people start melting and everything just kinda starts going nuts. It's like towards the end they just said "fuck it, lets just kill off the whole cast" and they did it. Love that movie!

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 9:17 p.m. CST


    by sonnyfern

    One of the most insane endings EVER. There's that last 15- 20 minutes, where people start melting and everything just kinda starts going nuts. It's like towards the end they just said "fuck it, lets just kill off the whole cast" and they did it. Love that movie!

  • Lindsay Frost should've had a better career too - what a hottie.

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 9:40 p.m. CST


    by Robbiemc9

    Someone is actually recommending a remake!?! I suppose next you will suggest it all be done with CGI! It boggles the mind ; )

  • ...what if? Piscopo from his Dead Heat era as Shane in The Walking Dead? That would be so awful! One can only dream.

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 10:35 p.m. CST

    Vincent Price owns up in this muther fucker! Bitch.

    by UltraTron

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 11:07 p.m. CST

    I knew of it from its VHS cover

    by diseptikon

    Wow this really got me thinking. I remember as a kid going to the video rental store with my parents to rent a NES game and while my brothers would argue over what game to get, I would browse through the aisles of movies. Now as an adult, I cant believe how many of these movie covers I recognize from seeing them getting life on netflix, dvd's, etc. It's like..."Oh yeah its that movie I remember that I never saw."

  • Oct. 18, 2012, 12:32 a.m. CST

    I always had a soft spot for this one.

    by Stegman84

    I mean yeah, it's cheesy, and a bit clunky in spots, but when it gets it right its also a lot of fun. Makes for a nice double bill with The Hidden too.

  • Oct. 18, 2012, 12:56 a.m. CST


    by Unknown Canadian

    ...I've been telling people about this flick for years! Gonna have to try and order it tonight. Great pic, Quint!

  • Oct. 18, 2012, 3:36 a.m. CST

    Brain Dead is the best zombie flick

    by LarkStew

    It kicks ass for the lord!

  • Oct. 18, 2012, 5:45 a.m. CST

    Started watching on Netflix

    by gutshot

    Remake should have Ron Perlman and Jason Bateman.

  • Oct. 18, 2012, 7:49 a.m. CST

    Fun movie!!

    by Sandy

    I saw this one years ago and it's one of those films I just gotta throw in the machine now and least, if nothing else, to watch the beginning up to where Treat becomes a "zombie cop". Don't get me wrong, the whole movie's great, the opening stuff with the Joe and Treat is my favorite part though. Joe and Treat as a sort of "odd couple" style pair of cops, Darren McGavin, Robert Picardo, and VINCENT PRICE!! There's just so much fun stuff in this one!

  • Oct. 18, 2012, 7:54 a.m. CST

    I can pass on the film...but I want an undead chicken marionette like, now!

    by Randall Luttenberg

  • Oct. 18, 2012, 8:25 a.m. CST

    More love for Dead Heat....

    by J

    Like to watch my copy with a Night of The Comet chaser.... Just sayin'

  • Oct. 18, 2012, 8:55 a.m. CST

    Fun? This is the only movie I've ever demanded money back for.

    by impossibledreamers

    What possessed me to even buy a ticket I will never know. Wretched... Wretched... Wretched... A funny horror cop film would work but God this was painful.

  • Oct. 18, 2012, 9:14 a.m. CST


    by Horrorfanatic

    I swear I thought I was the only person left alive who had seen Night of The Comet. I absolutely loved that movie. It epitomized everything that was great about the eighties with extra cheese.

  • Actually The Rock and Justing Timberlake could be interesting.

  • Oct. 18, 2012, 9:36 a.m. CST

    Dead Heat was shit.

    by nametaken

    but i do agree the premise is cute.

  • Oct. 18, 2012, 9:50 a.m. CST

    I like some of Piscopo's stuff...

    by The Shropshire Slasher

    but, he makes this movie a chore to sit through. @cavejohnson, I believe it is Darren McGavin that is killed twice at the end. The zombie steer carcass always made me chuckle.

  • Oct. 18, 2012, 11:15 a.m. CST

    I have fond memories of Wise Guys, the DePalma comedy with Danny DeVito.

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    Wonder how it holds up today....

  • Oct. 18, 2012, 11:17 a.m. CST


    by REDD

    You didn't hear about R.I.P.D., coming out next summer? From IMDb: A recently slain cop joins a team of undead police officers working for the Rest in Peace Department and tries to find the man who murdered him.

  • Oct. 18, 2012, 10:45 p.m. CST

    I got your remake script right here!

    by schlockthemonkey

    I, too, grew up only knowing this film by the VHS cover. Never saw it til last year on Encore Mystery or one of those channels... anyway, being dissapointed by it AND having a bad case of writers block on my novel... I actually spent a week writing a script based on what I had imagined this movie would be like all these years. Any serious filmmakers/producers want to take a look? email me at shlock1077 at gmail dot com yeah... despite my name here... the email is correct, no C between that first S & H