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.