Trippy ‘I Need You Dead’ Invokes the “Bad Taste” Genre of the 80s


The trailer for Rocko Zevenbergen’s I Need You Dead is probably one of the trippiest we’ve seen in a while. That makes sense given its storyline. From what we can tell, it is about a young man named Dood who manifests a disembodied wise-cracking, sharp-toothed being after taking some hallucinatory street drug gummy bears.

With the earmarks of bad taste horror classics such as Basket Case and Brain Damage, I Need You Dead offers up some really interesting lighting styles with practical effects done by Face Off contestant Eric Fox.

"I Need You Dead"

“I Need You Dead”

Zevenbergen told iHorror that he made this movie to deal with some of his own mental health issues. “I was inspired to write the film in an effort to expel a dark depression I was battling at the time,” he says. “The film became a therapy for that.”

Inspired by the movie Gods

If you’re noticing a strong Troma vibe while watching the trailer, that’s because it’s partially a tribute to one of the greatest independent horror movie producers of all time, Lloyd Kaufman, who also makes a cameo.

“I would say the film pays homage to the works of Lloyd Kaufman, David Lynch, and early Peter Jackson,” Zevenbergen said.

The film, for now, is only available through the film’s official site but might be available to stream on a subscription service in the near future. The director hopes that Shudder will take an interest.

For now, we just want to put it on your radar because we think it has the potential for cult classic status or Midnight Movie flagrancy.

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iHorror – Trippy ‘I Need You Dead’ Invokes the “Bad Taste” Genre of the 80s
Author: Timothy Rawles
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February 9, 2021

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