Braindead (also known as Dead Alive in North America) is a 1992 New Zealand splatstick comedy horror film directed by Peter Jackson, produced by Jim Booth, and written by Jackson, along with Fran Walsh and Stephen Sinclair.
The film follows Lionel, a village dweeb living with his mother Vera in a victorian mansion, who constantly gets into trouble for his relationship with a Spanish shopkeeper's daughter, Paquita. When a rabid rat-monkey bites Vera, she gradually converts the residents of a small New Zealand town into a zombie horde.
Since its release, Braindead has received acclaim from critics, with many filmmakers and critics calling it "The Goriest Fright Film Of All Time" in cinematic 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.