Braindead (also known as Dead Alive in North America) is a 1992 New Zealand splatstick body horror zombie film directed by Peter Jackson, produced by John Booth, and written by Jackson, along with Fran Walsh and Stephen Sinclair.
The film follows Lionel, a man who lives with his mother Vera and constantly gets in trouble for his relationship with Paquita. When a rabid rat-monkey bites his mother, she in turn gradually converts the residents of the town into a zombie horde.
Since its release, Braindead has received acclaim from contemporary critics, with many filmmakers and critics calling it the goriest "splatter film" in history. Although a bomb financially at the time of its release, the film since gained a cult following, with more attention after Jackson's success with The Lord of the Rings trilogy.