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PEOPLE: One of 2 movies directed by Dan O’Bannon (RIP), who usually just does writing on movies, such as Alien Vs. Predator, Total Recall, Alien 2-3, Heavy Metal.

UNCOMFORTABLE PLOT SUMMARY (inspired by this): Military experiments lead to complications.

QUIRKS: Zombie movie.

VISUALS: Some of the zombie extras were paid more to eat real calf brains in the film. But for the most part, this just looks old and dated and grainy. Even in bluray.

SOUNDTRACK: Definitely more punk-influenced than most.

POLITICS: Fuck the military (as usual).

BAD STUFF: Talking zombies? That can use radios and tools? C’mon man, this isn’t what it’s about!

CONCLUSION: Sooooo 80’s it’s ridiculous and laughable. Two sets of characters: The zombie-releasers, and the punks who just want to party. Eventually they meet up. Having a bunch of partying punks with cheesy 80’s dialog is both good and bad. It’s funny in a “omg, this is terrible and ridiculous” kind of way. Not especially good, but entertaining enough for a monday night movie if you’re under the weather… It’s certainly not the masterpiece that nostalgic people who view it through rose-tinted glasses choose to remember it as. Pretty much every zombie movie made after 2000 is better than this. It’s still good, though.

RATINGS:
Clint: Netflix: 3/5 stars. IMDB: 6/10.
Carolyn: Netflix: 3/5 stars. IMDB: 6/10.
The native public rating for this movie is: IMDB: 7.1/10 (kinda high), Netflix: 3.4/5 stars (Netflix‘s predicted rating for us was 3.6/5 stars–wrong way Netflix; we liked this LESS than average, not more).

RECOMMENDATION: For zombie completists only… Or for those wanting some 80’s cheesy punk nostalgia.

MOVIE QUOTE:

Chuck: “Hey, somebody get some light over here, Trash is taking off her clothes again.” [Linnea Quigley is still starring in b horror movies up to this day…]

Suicide: “You think this is a fuckin’ costume? This is a way of life.”

FRIENDS’ COMMENTS:

Suds Pshaw: “I always enjoyed it for its comical value if nothing else. Interesting how Dan O’Bannon went from creating Alien to directing this. Also — you may have noticed that John Russo was involved with the project. for those unaware — he was the other half of the creative team of the original Night of the Living Dead with George Romero — this was his way of capitalizing on the zombie genre without Romero.”

Music: Megadeth – Five Magics