Director: Mark Goldblatt
Cast: Treat Williams, Joe Piscopo, Vincent Price
For me, Dead Heat was one of those movies I saw as a kid during a late midnight showing on cable and never saw again for the rest of my life. Recently I’ve started getting extremely nostalgic about things I loved during my childhood and I want to reconnect with all those obscure movies that amused me as a kid. This was one of those movies.
Story goes something like this: zombie criminals are popping up all over L.A! That’s right! Zombie criminals! Unstoppable and un-killable machines of mayhem. And it’s up to two buddy cops Roger Mortis and Doug Bigelow to stop them! But how the hell do you stop walking dead criminals? And who’s putting them out there? And more importantly how the hell are they reviving the dead?
There’s a couple of good things going on for this movie, and a couple of bad ones. First up, it’s a cheese fest. This movie is a prime example of just how insane movies in the 80s where. They’d really go out there with their plots and storyline, and gotta tell you, I kind of miss that bravado to do such a zany movie as this one. This movie was written by Shane Blacks brother, Terry Black. For those of you not in the know, Shane Black wrote the Lethal Weapon movies and most recently wrote and directed Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. But it was his brother Terry Black who wrote this zany crazy twist on the buddy cop formula. What’s so zany about it you may ask? Well just imagine what a Lethal Weapon movie would be if it had zombies in it! And just imagine if Mel Gibson suddenly turned into a zombie and had to fight the bad guys as a zombie! Well in this movie we have Treat Williams in the role of the tough guy goody cop. He gets his nose just a little to close to the bad guys operation so what do they do? They kill him! And what does his buddy Joe Piscopo do? He uses the bad guys resurrection machine to bring him back! That’s where the movie gets interesting. We now have a zombie cop in our movie!
Roger Mortis may be dead, but his still every bit of a cop he was when he was alive and now he has to fight the clock to stay alive! He only has 12 hours before his body completely decomposes and turns to dust! So the movie turns into a race against the clock to try and solve the mystery of the zombie criminals before he turns into a walking bag of bones. In the mean while, as we figure things out, we get Joe Piscopo spewing one liners like there’s no tomorrow. It’s kind of funny to see him trying to do the party loving smart mouth cop. Counting how many one liners he throws out you through out the course of the film will make for a great drinking game!
Rating: 3 out of 5
#1 Sign that you are in an 80s cop movie: Mullets and Guns!