Roger Mortis (Treat Williams) and Doug Bigelow (Joe Piscopo) are Los Angeles police detectives who arrive on the scene of a violent jewelry store robbery. A shootout begins but bullets do not harm the robbers. Roger improvises and finds a way to end the battle but he and Doug soon discover there was more to the suspects’ invincibility than mere body armor. They may have been reanimated criminal corpses. Their investigation will take them both closer to death than any of their previous cases. Roger is killed during the investigation and after Doug finds a way to bring him back, he not only needs to solve the case, but his own murder.
This film has an 11% on Rotten Tomatoes. It had a terrible reception in theaters during a time when buddy cop movies were ridiculously popular. Audiences just were not ready for a light-hearted zombie horror film with cops.
Dead Heat is not a good movie but it is fun and original. The zombie concept is all over the place. They can not be killed by bullets but electrocution works and so does blowing them up. The plot is all over the place with more than a few angles that do not make a lot of sense. Some of the special effects are okay for the 1980’s but others are just plain hokey. None of that matters, though, because Vincent Price and Darren McGavin have small roles. THAT alone makes it worth watching and the movie itself is actually a pretty good time.
Dead Heat is one of those bad movies you can’t help but enjoy and it is the only film you will ever read about on the cutting room site that does not get a final cut score. It would come in around 60% but it deserves better and you should watch it just for fun.
No Final Cut Score. See it anyway.