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The Laughing Dead (1990)

Not Rated | | Horror | 1990 (USA)
Zombies, demons, and a mad doctor await a bus-load of folks looking for a tour of Aztec ruins. Father O'Sullivan is a Catholic priest who has lost his faith in God and who cannot forget the... See full summary »

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Somtow Sucharitkul (as S. P. Somtow)

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Somtow Sucharitkul (as S. P. Somtow)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joey Acedo Joey Acedo ... Policeman #1
John Anthoni John Anthoni ... Acolyte #1 (as John-Anthoni)
Hank Azcona Hank Azcona ... Police Sergeant
Bruce Barlow ... Kukulcan
George Barnett George Barnett ... Policeman #2
Edward Bryant Edward Bryant ... Bus Driver
Michael Bustamante Michael Bustamante ... Boy In Graveyard
Matt Demeritt Matt Demeritt ... Harlan (as Matthew De Merritt)
Premika Eaton Premika Eaton ... Laurie
Ryan Effner Ryan Effner ... Cal
Erica Frank Erica Frank ... Counter Girl
Gregory Frost Gregory Frost ... Frost
Timpson Hill Timpson Hill ... Acolyte #2
Larry Kagen Larry Kagen ... Wilbur
Krista Keim Krista Keim ... Clarisse
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Zombies, demons, and a mad doctor await a bus-load of folks looking for a tour of Aztec ruins. Father O'Sullivan is a Catholic priest who has lost his faith in God and who cannot forget the nun with whom he once had an affair (and a son). O'Sullivan serves as tour guide for archaeological student Cal, New Agers Wilbur and Clarisse Lemming, runaway Laurie, and tourists Dozois and Frost on a bus trip to Mexico. No one is more surprised than O'Sullivan when his love, Tessie, also boards the bus with her bratty son Ivan. In Mexico, Cal reveals his knowledge of a crucial ancient text, just in time for the Day of the Dead festivities. Meanwhile, evil Dr. Um-tzec is planning an apotheosis for himself that will culminate in his incarnation as the Death God, and what he needs to accomplish this is the hearts of sacrificial children ... lots and lots of hearts. While Father O'Sullivan grapples with the emotions of seeing Tessie again, he is approached by Dr. Um-tzec to perform an exorcism; but ... Written by Fiona Kelleghan <fkelleghan@aol.com

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A halál istene See more »

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Skouras Pictures See more »
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Stereo

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Color
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Trivia

Somtow Sucharitkul (Somtow Sucharitkul) was a very accomplished musician; the tunes and arpeggios he plays on the piano are performed by his own hands (no stand-in required). See more »

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During the sacrificial ball game, one of the zombies can be seen wearing tube socks. See more »

Quotes

Father O'Sullivan: [to a weeping mother] I'll see her. But she probably doesn't need an exorcism.
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Referenced in There's Nothing Out There (1991) See more »

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Who's Laughing Now?
1 September 2004 | by gf-18See all my reviews

Christian fell asleep...Hell, I was in it and *I* fell asleep. As Ms. Kelleghan states, most of the actors were not actors, we were writers who knew Somtow and were invited to play characters, some of which he named after us (Ray Ridenour's character is named "Dozois", because award-winning sf writer/editor Gardner Dozois was originally slated to play the part). Me, I channeled equal parts of Roddy McDowell and Thurston Howell III; but Ed Bryant (damn his eyes) stole the movie simply by being Ed. Nobody could top the delivery of "big IL' armadiller." The crew in general seemed to like us a lot, mainly I suspect, because we were all giddy idiots thrilled to be making a film in Hollyweird, unlike, say, actors, who are usually fighting over who has the biggest RV.

However...you watch this thing at your own peril. GF


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