The Deader the Better on DVD

James / October 24th, 2012

In 2005, I turned my parents’ garage into a cemetery and shot my own short zombie film. “The Deader the Better” was a tribute to bloody splatter flicks, but done in the style of a classic B&W chiller, with fog and atmosphere. It was my labor of love at the time. Now, 7 years later, I’m finally releasing it on DVD, due to many requests. Also, with a new musical score.

Get it at
FUN FACT: My wife painted the poster/DVD cover

The Making of The Deader the Better, “Dig Your Own Grave” (17 minutes) featuring cast & crew interviews, shot in 2006
Commentary – recorded in 2006
Beta version (1 minute test footage)
Condensed version (3 minute re-edit)
Animatic (original storyboards)
Production photos
Rumble in the Jungle – TRAILER (1997)
Red Zombie (1997) – The precursor to The Deader the Better
Red Zombie commentary – Newly recorded
Red Zombie Outtakes

You can also get the first two Cinemassacre DVD’s here:
Cinematic Catastrophes
The Legend of the Blue Hole
Or get the Triple Pack





  • Vulcan Assassin

    October 24, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    Wow! This is the first DVD I have been excited about in a long time. I love that film. I don’t know why, I found it after being a long time AVGN fan via youtube and Screwattack, I clicked a link during 2010’s Monster Madness line-up, and was instantly hooked.I started looking on Cinemassacre for more… and I found “The Deader the Better”.

    To me, it opened up a whole world inside Jame Rolfe’s Mind to me as a fan, and gave me a new found appreciation for the great work he does to entertain all of us. PUT IT THIS WAY: Before Cinemassacre, I spent my entire life thinking I disliked Horror and Monster flicks. Then I found this film, listened to James talk about the Universal Monster movies and the Hammer films. I am a die-hard fan now. One life changed. Enough said,

  • jesus64

    October 24, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    I know this isn’t about your dvd but the new Evil Dead trailer is up now.

    Here’s a link:

  • Iron65

    October 25, 2012 at 1:07 am

    Great bro!!! it would be nice to have it at home!!! If you can post it on maybe there is chance to get it !! I’m not from US , but from Costa Rica!! So it would be a grat idea to those who live outside! nice work also guys!

  • Joker83

    October 26, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    Awesome – I’m gonna order this. This was a GREAT indie short film. I love your sensablitiy and I really hope you get to make more cool horror movies like this.

  • Steven

    October 30, 2012 at 1:37 am

    Loved this fucking movie. But I would love to own everything Cinemassacre. I even like the YKWBS,Boardjames, n just random whatever videos

  • SandBoxGiant

    July 20, 2013 at 2:17 am

    First video I have watched other than the Nerd videos, and thought is was hilarious!

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