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This 1987 supernatural zombie horror film is typical of the low budget direct to video films of it’s day yet it did had a limited theatrical release in some places. It has bad acting, a weak plot and some cheesy make-up yet there is some good dosage of gore like chainsawing, flesh-eating including that creepy nightmare of the Zoe getting her hand eaten off and all that with some nudity like a very sexy lady played by Jennifer Miro who comes out nude to seduce Jeff. This movie does have similarities to the Japanese “Ringu” movies but this was made years before that movie and i’m sure this inspired them big time, i remembered renting this movie when it first came out when i was 6 and thought it was decent.
I gotta say it’s one of those so bad it’s good kind of films that anyone can do home MST3K-ing with and it has never had a DVD release until now on the Video-Dead/Terrorvision double feature blu-ray/DVD combo pack from Scream Factory.
Unlike some of the other reviewers here, I won’t recap the entire plot. Why would you want to watch the film if you already know everything that’s going to happen? Suffice it to say that the plot is actually the best part of the movie. It jumps into the main storyline quickly, drives forward at a steady clip, and mostly adheres to its own internal logic (although — mild spoiler — I still don’t know how a character killed the first non-deformed zombie within the evil television’s own realm). But while the storyline was a highlight, there were numerous and significant problems with the film.
The acting is abysmal, to the point of unintentional hilarity. The way the male protagonist tried to run away from the female zombie near the end of the film is worthy of its own specialized drinking game. The film was clearly made on a micro-budget, although the settings and the zombie makeup were, for the most part, pretty solid. The rest of the special effects, especially ones involving death scenes, were pretty bad. I believe there were five major zombies depicted in the film, and one of the main male zombies was clearly depicted by a different actor in his first appearance than in the end.
Still, if you’re a zombie movie junkie, there are some redeeming qualities. While the first act and the denouement are both totally predictable, everything that happened in between was a total surprise to me. That’s what happens when you make a movie where zombies kill people by choking them, and they die from taking arrows to the torso. There are even a couple of twists that will make you question your genre savvy. So even though I gave this film two stars, don’t be afraid to give it a try. Let’s face it… we’ve watched worse.
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