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Death Warmed Up

Film (Trailer, Excerpts, and Extras) – 1984

R16
Restricted

Pre-dating Peter Jackson's arrival (Bad Taste) by three years, New Zealand's first horror movie sees Michael Hurst making his movie debut as he fights mutants (including Bruno Lawrence) on Waiheke Island. Hurst's character is out to avenge the mad scientist who forced him to kill his parents. A grand prize-winner at a French fantasy festival (with cult director Alejandro Jodorowsky on the jury), David Blyth's splatterfest marked the first of many horrors funded by the NZ Film Commission. It was also the first local showcase of the smoothly-flowing Steadicam camera.

We wanted to make a good genre film that made money - and it did. It's totally over the top...if you see it with some kids they scream with laughter, they know it's all fake.
– Scriptwriter Michael Heath in the Listener, 12 December 1987

Produced by

The Tucker Production Company

Source

The Tucker Production Company

Acknowledgements

Presented with thanks to the New Zealand Film Heritage Trust – Te Puna Ataata

Music

Music composed by Mark Nicholas, with vocals by Annie Crummer and Peter Morgan

Songs 'I Like to Drive' and 'Wise Up' written and arranged by Scott Calhoun

'Stand by your Man' sung by Suzanne

Music produced by Wayne Laird

 

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