Dead Heat (1988)

 


 

These cops are on the biggest murder case of their lives… their own. See »

Roger Mortis and Doug Bigelow are cops that are chasing crooks that are dead serious about crime. Or should I say they are chasing dead crooks perpetrating serious crimes? Seems some nutcase has learned how to bring back the dead and is sending them on crime sprees. Now these indestructable goons are in the way of officers Mortis and Bigelow. To even things up, when Mortis is killed (in the line of duty, of course) he gets a jump start from the Resurrection machine and takes the fight to the zombie bad guys.

Written by
Tim Kretschmann <[email protected]>

Genre: Action,Comedy,Horror,Sci-Fi

Dead Heat (1988)
   
Release Date: 6 May 1988 (USA)
Country: USA
Director: Mark Goldblatt
Cast:
  • Treat Williams
  • Joe Piscopo
  • Lindsay Frost
  • Darren McGavin
  • Vincent Price
  • Clare Kirkconnell
  • Keye Luke
  • Robert Picardo
  • Mel Stewart
  • Professor Toru Tanaka
  • Martha Quinn
  • Ben Mittleman
  • Peter Kent
  • Cate Caplin
  • Monica Lewis


25 Responses to Dead Heat (1988)

  1. leekingswood
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    …and I haven’t laughed, chuckled or smirked even once.

    The make-up and special effects weren’t half bad for an 80’s flick, but the acting and overall dialogue (including JP’s one-liners) were excruciatingly flat and immature.

    Sorry to all you die-hard fans, but this waste of 86 minutes deserves the 1-star rating it was given on my Comcast menu.

    ‘Get busy living, or get busy dying’

  2. rbreedon
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  3. TexMurphy2010
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    What movie is playing on the TV when Randi discovers the body of Doug?

    Also, what happened to Vincent Price’s character after Doug and Roger walked away?

  4. soylent_green_is_hamster
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    …loved it

    can anyone recomend any other 80s gems in a similar style.

    They just don’t make ’em like this anymore…

  5. secondtolate
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    any clue if the huge lab in the movie where they ressurect the bodies is the same building in biodome?

  6. Aylmer
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    1) Being brain-dead for a certain length of time makes one "completely obedient"

    2) Zombies only "die" after either being electrocuted, exploded, crushed, or an unspecified number of bullet hits.

    3) Zombies still bleed from gunshot wounds, but not from cutting their arteries on glass.

    4) Zombies really, really like Playboy centerfolds.

    5) There is no way to open an asphyxiation chamber from the inside… and for some reason the glass is bulletproof, meaning one shouldn’t even bother trying to shoot through it.

    6) Disneyland has asphyxiation chambers.

    7) The dead guy hanging in the fish tank was Piscopo? Really?

    8) Security guards are usually zombies and/or armed with Uzi Submachineguns and very eager to use them.

    9) Closed-circuit security systems in office building have cameras which actually follow and properly frame the action… and have audio too!

    10) Vincent Price is immortal.

    11) Joe Piscopo unfortunately is as well.

    Others? There’s plenty I’m sure.

  7. eastvanman
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    I know, I know. This movie is pretty bad, but it’s so bad it’s awesome. I first saw it when I was like 11 or 12 in a theater & it made a big impression on me at the time because I had never seen anything like it before.

    Ever since then I always liked the idea of undead cops. I can only think of a few films that fall into the Zombie sub-genre of Zombie/Undead Cop action movie. The Hidden is another classic with similar story/action styles; & of course, the Maniac Cop series. The M.C. franchise is more like Jason Vorhees with a badge, which I do like but I’m looking for straight up Zombie Cop action flicks. Any suggestions for a Zombie Cop triple bill?

    I wanna get drunk/stoned with some friends & watch Dead Heat, The Hidden, & something else that is as good as those 2 classics.

  8. obliv
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    i saw this movie on a screener tape before it was actually released, and haven’t seen it since, but i very closely remember one thing, and i showed several friends just to make certain i wasnt crazy…

    when they are in the butcher shop, and roger loses a finger…the missing finger would be his 6th finger. they may have fixed it by now, but when i saw it, the severed finger was attached between his middle and ring fingers. i guess the idea was either we wouldntg notice, or maybe they meantg to establish that he had 6 fingers and didnt…or maybe they did and i dont remember it…

    anyway, i have remembered that ever since. has anyone else seen this? have they fixed this for the dvd release, or even for versions released later?

    if someone has mentioned this already, i apologize. i loooked through the boards for a mention, but didnt see anythng.

  9. ManicAndMayhem
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    Did anyone else notice the similarities between Roger Mortis and "rigor mortis".. That was completely intentional, bah.

  10. cinemarat
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    As part of this year’s ESCAPISM FILM FESTIVAL, the Carolina Theatre in Durham, NC will be presenting a 20th Anniversary screening of Mark Goldblatt’s 1988 film DEAD HEAT. The screening will be on Sunday afternoon, October 19th at 1:10pm, and director Mark Goldblatt will be in attendance to introduce the film and do a Q & A session afterwards. Having the opportunity to see this film on the big screen on a 35mm print should be a blast!

    In addition to that film, the Escapism Film Festival is also presenting the US Theatrical Premiere of the 1989 version of THE PUNISHER featuring Dolph Lundgren the night before. And if that wasn’t enough, they will also be screening 35mm prints of THEY LIVE, SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES and THE BIRDS througout the weekend as well. For more information check out the official festival web site here:

    http://festivals.carolinatheatre.org/escapism/

    This event looks like it will be a blast.

  11. cscanlon-1
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    This movie could be a true classic if the majority of dougs jokes didn’t fall flat. He seems to have a smart remark for every line which is understandable for a comedy/horror hybrid but his delivery of the lines is terrible. I understand there were definite budgetary limitations for a film of this kind but shelling out the money to cast bill Murray as doug would have done this movie wonders. Does anyone else have qualms about joe piscopo in this role or suggestions of actors more suited for this role?

  12. Doom
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    … what a concept."

    ——

    Wait a minute… who am I here?

  13. BitterMan23
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    With Bills Pullman and Paxton?

    The lab from this movie is used as an asylum in Brain Dead.

    It’s a cool building, I wonder where it is.

    http://www.horrormovieaday.com

  14. lezardormeurgeant
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    This movie is a Treat ( Williams ) of morgue humor,

    non-stop action, unexpected "freezering" twists,

    deadpan lines ("…These two have been here before.

    I remember them" speaking of 2 stiffs !)

    Surging up from his trolley-strapped bodybag, Mortis

    showing his badge to the thunderstruck patrolman :

    "I am a police officer. I need your gun,and also your bike"

    The dumbfounded poor cop meekly complied !

    Darren McGavin( NightStrangler/Stalker ),Vincent Price

    ( Dr.Goldfoot )! Who else one can ask for ?

    And Mortis to Bigelow at the end "Welcome to Zombieland"

    Treat Williams, Joe Piscopo, Clare Kirkconnell, Sadi Frost(!)

    are so good they could have been playing themselves.

    But also a heartwarming (!) story of frienship beyond unDeath.

  15. Jive1903
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    Can anyone explain what are contained on these with the special edition DVD of Dead Heat? thanks.

  16. keeponwithbrian
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    Anyone interested in Dead Heat on DVD? It comes out Jan 2004! Can’t wait…finally!

    – "Ok…Now I’m gonna puke." – (Joe Piscopo, Dead Heat)

  17. averagejoeman
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    In the Chinese kitchen

    "Listen Mongo, we’re cops. And if ________ isnt out here in 5 seconds, we’re going start kicking some honorable @ss"

    ————–

    In the backyard after they kill two zombies

    "Roger, you were under water for five minutes there"

    Roger: "yeah"

    "Say, can you teach my girlfriend how to do that?"

    ——————

    Just at the end where he and the other zombie are 5 feet apart shooting each other raw with the uzis.

    ———————–

    " I dont understand it, we mus thave hit them each about 50 times!"

    "Maybe they’re just flesh wounds!"

    —————————–

    "Hey Doug, do you wanna see what happens when you resurrect somebody twice?"

    Doug cringes "Not really"

  18. TFG510-3
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    who dies in this

  19. woodstock1-1
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    The..Greatest…Movie…Ever.

  20. horrormovieguy
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    IT rocks more than rock itself

  21. evansharkfan
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    The inspiration for this movie is the movie D.O.A. from 1950. Dead Heat even shows a clip from this in the movie where they find bigalo in the water. Its very obvious in DOA the man is poisoned and tries to solve his own murder. In Dead Heat a man is killed and solves his own murder.An din the movie both men are named Bigalo.

  22. DonAction
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    Roger Mortis. Rigor Mortis. Puns are entertaining.

    "WHERE THE F U C K ARE MY HARD-BOILED EGGS??"

  23. Lightman42
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    Now, I know how bad Dead Heat is. But I also know how fantastic it is. I Just picked this baby up on Anchor Bay’s DIVIMAX series, and what a great DVD for such a forgotten movie. Dead Heat is a genre combination of comedy, action, and horror, and Joe Piscopo. Joe Piscopo kind of ruins the film, but if you forgive that one element, it’s a wild ride. I laughed a lot (probably at some stuff that wasn’t supposed to be funny), but the pure absurdity and over the top action really set well with me. I love the machine gun stand off in the end. It’s one of those scenes that could only exist in the 80s. I first saw this movie when I was 7 or 8 and just watched it again at 24 and it still holds up. The Steve Johnson effects are awesome and the inclusion of Vincent Price in the cast gives the movie a kind of certificate of authenticity.

  24. TFG510-3
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    how did joe piscapo die cause they only show him dead in the watertank was he murdered

  25. keeponwithbrian
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    Well, since I’m the first one to start a topic about Dead Heat, I’m guessing there’s not a huge interest. I personally hope it comes to DVD, is it a bad movie,yes in a good way. Is Piscopo over the top, mostly, and yes he’s funny. My brother & I quote this all the time. Here’s a few choice ones:

    Piscopo looks at a nun: "Call me Thursday."

    Woman tells Treat Williams – "You’re hurt!" and he says "Lady, I’m fu*kin’ dead."

    Lady says "Items everyone uses, but nobody likes to talk about." – Piscopo: "Tampons, hemorrhoid creams, stuff for crabs…"

    Treat Williams shoots at a guy and says "Excuse me!" cause he almost hits someone else.

    Wow, this is hard to find even on VHS. I’d settle for a Goodtimes DVD!

    – "Bobby Ralph? Peter Lemonjello. Your house is on fire." – (Fletch Lives)

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