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4. 'Braindead' (a.k.a. 'Dead Alive') (1992)
Part of the reason that Peter Jackson, Oscar winner, seems so unlikely to me is because my first exposure to his work is this fast, deliriously silly, gleefully filthy wallow that features the single worst dinner party in movie history. From a Sumatran rat-monkey to a priest who kicks ass for the Lord, this movie is jam packed with insane ideas and a giddy sense that the people behind the camera must be completely out of their minds. When you see what Jackson does with a lawnmower, it's obvious that he is willing to do anything to make you laugh and scream and throw up, preferably all at the same time. Timothy Balme gives one of the great horror-comedy performances as wimpy Lionel, the young man who watches his mother slowly turn into a monster.