The Dead Pit
|The Dead Pit|
|Directed by||Brett Leonard|
|Produced by||Gimel Everett|
|Written by||Brett Leonard
Stephen Gregory Foster
|Distributed by||Imperial Entertainment (VHS)|
|Running time||95 minutes|
The Dead Pit opens with Dr. Ramzi (Danny Gochnauer), a deviant who enjoys torturing his patients, being killed and buried in the basement of a mental health facility. Twenty years later, the hospital is running again and Jane Doe (Cheryl Lawson) arrives at the institute. Upon her arrival, a major earthquake rocks the building and unearths the now undead Dr. Ramzi and his legion of zombie patients.
The Dead Pit surprised horror fans upon its release, receiving positive reviews in genre magazines such as Fangoria and Slaughterhouse. Drive-In critic Joe Bob Briggs gave the film four stars (his highest rating) and praised lead Cheryl Lawson's screaming ability.
- The original US VHS release from Imperial Entertainment housed the film in a relief cover that lit up the eyes of the main zombie when a button was pushed. This version was cut to receive an R-rating.
- The US company Code Red DVD released the film on DVD June 17, 2008. Special features include commentaries from Brett Leonard and late actor Jeremy Slate as well as interviews with both and Cheryl Lawson, the original theatrical trailer, and other trailers for upcoming Code Red releases. The version released by Code Red is an unrated director's cut, featuring six additional minutes of footage cut for an R rating.
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