''Dead Heat'' is a 1988 BlackComedy film. It stars Treat Williams and ''[[Series/SaturdayNightLive SNL]]'' comedian Joe Piscopo.

After a violent bank robbery showdown, detectives Roger (Williams) and Doug (Piscopo) discover at the morgue that the criminals corpses had previously been brought in on a separate shooting occasion. When they discover a chemical substance in both bodies, they investigate a corporation which produces the material. As they investigate, Doug finds a hidden room with a strange device, and a zombie comes out and fights both of them. The incident ends up getting Roger killed, but Doug is interested in the strange machine he saw and uses it on Roger.

Roger is successfully brought back to life, but they discover some bad news; He will only live for less than a day before his body falls apart. As they investigate the secret behind this machine, the undead Roger is able to withstand bullets, submerge in water without breathing, and take heavy amounts of damage, all while hoping to solve the case before it's too late.

!!Has the examples of:

* BetterToDieThanBeKilled: [=McNab would=] rather eat his gun than be arrested. [[spoiler: ''Subverted'' when the heroes decide to run ''him'' through the resurrection machine, [[DeaderThanDead twice]].]]
* BigBad: [[spoiler:Arthur P. Laudermilk]] is mastermind the resurrection scheme.
* BloodyHilarious: The notorious Chinese deli scene. Or the final fate of [[spoiler: [=McNab=].]]
* BookDumb: Doug.
* BuddyCopShow: Two buddy cops kick ass. One's a zombie, the other a neanderthal!
* ChekhovsGun: The decompression room.
* CowboyCop: Both Roger and Doug.
* CutHimselfShaving: Roger's answer to Randi when she asks him about his makeup.
* DaChief: Captain Mayberry.
* DeadWeight: The biker zombie that Doug and Roger fight against in the research facility.
* DragonInChief: [=McNab=].
* ElectrifiedBathtub: Roger kills one of the zombies sent after Randi by getting it into a hot tub and throwing a stereo after it.
%%* EveryCarIsAPinto
* ExplodingFishTanks: A fish tank gets destroyed in one of the shootouts much to the dismay of the owner
* FacialHorror: Many of the zombies especially Roger after the Ambulance explodes and the Biker zombie
* GoIntoTheLight: Roger was going into the light before he was resurrected.
** [[spoiler: Also implied in the ending.]]
* TheHeroDies: [[spoiler:Mortis and Bigelow destroy the machine keeping them alive, condemning themselves to decay.]]
* ImmuneToBullets:
** The zombies.
-->'''Doug:''' Remember the good old days when bullets ''killed'' people?
-->'''Roger:''' You're just jealous, that's all!
** PlayedForLaughs with a zombie-on-zombie ''Uzi fight'' late in the movie.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: Doug kills a zombie by driving a metal pole through it.
* IncongruouslyDressedZombie: The big ugly biker.
* ItsALongStory: Roger's answer when asked about his undeath.
* KillEmAll: [[spoiler: Unusually, by the end of the movie, every single major cast member has been killed.]]
* LockingMacGyverInTheStoreCupboard: Instead of killing Roger, [[spoiler:Dr. [=McNab=]]] locks him into an ambulance while handcuffed to the vehicle. Roger escapes by releasing the parking brake on the ambulance and letting it roll down the hill until it crashes and explodes.
* MeaningfulName: Roger '''Mortis''' turns undead.
* NightmareFace: Again, Roger Mortis after the Ambulance explodes and some of the other zombies
* MirrorScare: Roger gets one when he tries to fix himself up after a police shoot-out at a local residence he and his partner were investigating.
* PunBasedTitle: The title qualifies, once you remember that "heat" is also slang for "the police."
* PunchPunchPunchUhOh: Happens when Doug tries incapacitate one of the zombies with a GroinAttack.
* PunnyName: Roger Mortis (''rigor mortis'').
* RaisingTheSteaks: Thule resurrects a bunch of animals in his restaurant to attack Doug and Roger.
* ShootOutTheLock: Roger shoots his way into the cemetery.
* TwoFaced: Half of Roger's face ends burned in an explosion.
* UndeathlyPallor: The zombies. When Roger sees that he's paling, he buys some cosmetics to fix it.
* VanityLicensePlate: Dr. [=McNab=]'s BODY DOC.
* WhodunnitToMe: Roger needs to find out who killed him before he decomposes.
* YoureJustJealous: How Roger snarks about how, being undead, he's effectively ImmuneToBullets.