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Dead Funny is a 1994 independent drama film directed by John Feldman. It stars Elizabeth Peña as Vivian Saunders, a woman who comes home from work and finds her boyfriend Reggie Barker (Andrew McCarthy) pinned to her kitchen table with a long knife.

Dead Funny
Dead Funny theatrical poster.jpg
Dead Funny VHS cover
Directed byJohn Feldman
Produced byRichard Abramowitz
Adam Brightman
David Hannay
Robert Marcus

Executive producers:
Paul L. Newman
Robert E. Baruc
David Marlow
Nigel Thomas
Peter Watson-Wood
Written byJohn Feldman
Cindy Oswin
StarringElizabeth Peña
Andrew McCarthy
Paige Turco
Blanche Baker
Allison Janney
Adelle Lutz
Novella Nelson
Lisa Jane Persky
Michael Mantell
Ken Kensei
Bai Ling
Music bySheila Silver
CinematographyTodd Crockett
Edited byEinar Westerlund
Avondale Pictures
Movie Screen Ent.
Distributed byA-Pix Entertainment
Ardustry Home Ent.
Astral Films
Release date
  • May 21, 1994 (1994-05-21)
Running time
96 minutes
CountryUnited States



Vivian Saunders (Elizabeth Peña) comes home one day to an unusual surprise: her boyfriend Reggie Barker (Andrew McCarthy) is lying on the kitchen table with a large sword sticking out of his body. At first Vivian thinks this must be some sort of joke, but she discovers that Reggie is indeed dead, and as she calls her best friend Louise (Paige Turco) to figure out what might have happened and what to do, it occurs to her that she blacked out after too much wine the night before and isn't sure what she did before she passed out. After a few phone calls, Vivian's women's support group arrives, and what to do about Reggie soon takes second place to what Vivian should do for herself.



This film has only been released on VHS and LaserDisc format.


David Nusair of DVD Talk negatively reviewed the film, saying "By the time we find out what really happened to McCarthy's character, it's impossible to care."[1] Time Out also negatively reviewed the film, writing "How did it happen? Who did it? Who cares? Probably not Feldman who seems more interested in shooting his actresses' naked thighs."[2] The New York Times stated that Dead Funny "tries so hard to be ingeniously tricky and ambiguous that it ends up outsmarting itself".[3]

Variety positively reviewed the film, praising Peña's performance.[4]


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