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Vengeance of the Dead

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With a title like Vengeance of the Dead, you might assume it's an Italian zombie flick from the 70s, or the placeholder title for the first draft of a George Romero screenplay.

But you’re in luck, because it’s much stranger than that: Vengeance of the Dead is the bone-chilling tale of a young man visiting his grandpa, and several other grandpas!

Young Eric returns to the sleepy farming town of Harvest to see his grandfather, but spends most of the trip alone in a dark bedroom, making this one of the most realistic depictions of a teenager ever put on film. Eric is visited in his sleep by the ghost of a little girl (the spooky “la la la la laaaaa la’s” are implied) who leads him to dig up a corpse and burn it. Kind of grim, but she also helps him find a spoon, so it all evens out!

As it turns out, this town is full of drunk grandpas, and they all look like Eric’s drunk grandpa. There’s Drunk Driving Grandpa, Disturbing Horny Grandpa*, and School Bus Grandpa, the grandpa who lives in a school bus. These drunk grandpas have a disturbing past, and it’s up to Eric and his ghostly friend to figure it out.

It’s straight-to-video horror magic, kinda like Feeders but with fewer aliens and more grandpas. Dig your best spoon out of the backyard and join Mike, Kevin and Bill for Vengeance of the Dead


Written by: Mike Nelson, Bill Corbett, Conor Lastowka and Sean Thomason

Contributing writers: Jason Miller and Zachary Shatzer


*disclaimer: the movie contains one legitimately disturbing scene of a grandpa ogling his teenage granddaughter.

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Poster art by Jason Martian
Poster art by Jason Martian

RiffMeter rating

Average: 8.7 (142 votes)

Content Rating


Graphic violence
Sexual content



Movie Decade

Release date

July 10, 2020


70 minutes
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