An elite anti-Zombie team is assembled by the Government to cope with an ever-growing undead infection and the religious cult zealots who fanatically protect the festering foes.


Fans of Sam Raimi, George Romero, Tom Savini, and John Carpenter may have a vested interest in seeing J.R. Bookwalter’s independent zombie apocalyptic opus, The Dead Next Door. A zombie virus affects populations all over the world. The story is centered in Ohio, where a zombie killing squad is formed. The police force works full time killing zombies, and the government is instating measures to ensure that cities and states enforce the killing of zombies, while some people protest for the rights of zombies to be upheld. Scenes of Washington D.C. being overrun with the walking dead are amusing. The Zombie Squad in Ohio, where the story takes place, have got their hands full, and a doctor is trying to perfect an antivirus to stop the spread of the zombie plague. Due to some miscommunication, the doctor’s serum is used incorrectly, making zombies intelligent, and as a result, the zombies rise up against humanity and form the Human Squad, which signals the possible end to humanity.

Satirical and goofy, this film is gory and sporadically amusing, and it has a grassroots independent mentality and a renegade relentlessness that should appeal to fans of the filmmakers I listed above. Characters in the film are named after them. This is much more entertaining than most of the independent and cheap zombie apocalypse films being made these days.

Temple Digital has just released a 2-disc Blu Ray / DVD set of The Dead Next Door. The film was restored in 2K with two different aspect ratio options. Also included are an audio commentary by the director, a special feature entitled “Restoration of the Dead,” Q & A’s, and tons of behind the scenes photos and trailers.

About the Author

david j. moore

david j. moore is the author of World Gone Wild: A Survivor’s Guide to Post-Apocalyptic Movies and the upcoming book The Good, the Tough and the Deadly: Action Movies and Stars, coming April, 2016 from Schiffer Publishing.