Night of the Zombies

Night of the Zombies ★★★

Lets play a game - I describe a movie and you tell me what you think it is. Um'kay?

Zombies........
Lots of zombies.......
Rag-tag group of survivors........
......made up of soldiers, one of whom is stoic and dependable, one of whom is a psycho douchebag, and members of a film crew, including a debonair main man and his leading lady........
Socio-political commentary........
Cracking grue......

Any takers? Correct! Its this no-budget Italian Romero rip off - and if it couldn't rip off Dawn of the Dead any more, it throws in shameless rip offs of Fulci's ZFE (NYC based downbeat ending) and even Romero's first zombie classic (small child munching on parents). Actually its not too shabby thanks to its pretty great grue (house cat jumping out of a partially eaten granny zombie corpse brings new definition to 'cat scare' and the final 'fist in mouth, forcing eyeballs to pop out of head' kill is hilariously awful), its painful acting (think junior school play but worse), some hilariously gratuitous nudity (the only way our leading lady can communicate with the African tribes people is to get naked except for some crude body paint....apparently) and its ham-fisted attempt to generate socio-political comment about how the west pillages the third world by splicing in about 25% of its run time from stock footage of native African.......anything (wildlife, tribal rituals, police brutality, literally anything they could find), with the amusingly wooden dialogue simply ADR'd over the top.

Its so bad, its pretty great - at least it puts a decent amount of zombies on-screen, even if they are just whitefaced members of the crews family (hmmmm, more subtle commentary? Or just rubbish zombie make up? I'm leaning towards the latter) who have obviously never seen a zombie movie before. For fans of rubbish horror films, this is your new favourite. Utter toss. But gloriously so.

Summary - its utter guff. But some great grue, hilarious acting and playing the 'what's in the next stock footage montage?' game means this is perfect MST3K material.

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