Braindead (1992), (Released in the US under the title Dead Alive)
Rotten Tomatoes: 86% | IMDB: 7.6/10
Dead Alive isn’t just a fantastic and gory cult film; it’s also directed by the one and only Peter Jackson. If for some reason you haven’t seen this movie and need more encouragement, how do zombie babies, zombie sex, a ninja priest, and talking intestines sound?
The Frighteners (1996)
Rotten Tomatoes: 64% | IMDB: 7.2/10
Another feature directed by Peter Jackson, The Frighteners was also produced by his company WingNut films, written by both Jackson and his wife Fran Walsh, and filmed in New Zealand. This movie is about as Kiwi as you can get, even if it does star Michael J. Fox.
Black Sheep (2006)
Rotten Tomatoes: 70% | IMDB: 5.8/10
Considering that New Zealand is home to some 30 million sheep, it seems inevitable that a film like this one would come into being. Black Sheep mixes equal parts of wry banter and slapstick in its interpretation of an entirely different sort of invasion.
Rotten Tomatoes: 97% | IMDB: 6.8/10
Housebound takes everything about the subtle humor we’ve seen from New Zealand comedians like Jermaine Clement, Bret McKenzie, and Rhys Darby and combines it with a classic haunted house story. Unlike it’s comedy forebears, Housebound sets an atmospheric stage that may give you some genuine creeps.
What We Do in the Shadows (2014)
Rotten Tomatoes: 96% | IMDB: 7.6/10
If you are not familiar with director Taika Waititi, now is the perfect opportunity to get acquainted. His characters always push the boundaries of awkward yet charming, and never has the case been more so than in this tale of misfit vampires sharing a flat together.
Rotten Tomatoes: 67% | IMDB: 7.0/10
Sadly, there isn’t much to say on Deathgasm yet, unless you were one of the lucky souls who were able to see it at SXSW this year. It will open to a limited release here in the states on October 2nd. Let’s just keep our fingers crossed that it lives up to its Kiwi legacy.