couple of bumbling pair of employees at
an army surplus store named Frank (James
Karen) and Freddy (Thom Matthews)
accidentally releases a deadly gas from a
U.S. military cannister which awakens
some corpses there and are hungry for
human brains. They also found out that
the rumour of George A. Romero's Night
of the Living Dead was
a true story.
a group of wild teens break into a
graveyard that is nearby the store and
decides to party there. Frank and Freddy
chop up a zombie's body and places the
parts in bags. They then go to a cremator
named Ernie Kaltenbruner (Don Calfa) and
burns the body at a nearby Mortuary
ordered by the owner there named Burt
Wilson (Clu Gulager). However, the ashes
create a storm which leads to acid rain
and wakens the dead at the graveyard. The
teens are being chased by these brain
eating zombies and hide at the surplus
this moment, two paramedics check for
Frank and Freddy's pulse as they are ill
from the gas but finds no pulse from them
at all. Outside of the store, the zombies
keep on killing policemen and paramedics
that try and come to the rescue.
of the people inside of the store manages
to grab a hold of one of the zombies to
find out why they eat human brains and
the zombie tells them that it's to kill
There's an impressive start here which we spot two bumbling employess named Frank instructing Freddy on what to do as well as good corny one liners on discussing about where skeletal bodies came from and George A. Romero's clssic film being based on a true story as this was fun to put in which watching this flick proving it to be a worthy spoof for sure. Plus good shots and situations on some corpses but away in a storage room canned up as this looked perfectly creepy and having a dark feeling that something is about to go wrong here especially when we see an accident happening as this looked really effective along with the opening credits starting to happen showing some perfect timing here. A nice shot looking up on both of them
walking down to the cellar of the
mortuary to look at a toxic barrel
cannister of a corpse inside as well as a
nice shot on a gas blowing out of the can
with them falling down choking. During
this moment there's a good shot on a
corpse inside it changing it's colors.
Also more slapstick humor between the two of them when they spot some situations come to life in which some of it seems a bit sick to watch and not funny at all even if it was trying hard to be this way. There's some strong slapstick moments when they try to struggle against a yellow cadavier trying to attack them and they pin it down and saw his body parts off which should please horror fans that like this type of black comedy into their film here. This moment looked well done.
There's a good camera looking up on a cremator Ernie Kaltenbrunner listening to
music while doing work on a corpse which
looked a bit humoress.
Perfect camera shot on a bunch of wild punks driving in a vehicle storming towards a graveyard along with humoress situations on the driver named Suicide not paying attention to drviing his car and getting aggressive with Trash trying to take over as this was another great moment for an 80's comedy horror such as this one to have written in.
There's a funny moment with the head employer Burt Wilson talking to Ernie on what is in
some bags telling him they're rabid
weasels and acting nervous about it. Then
he shows a good shot unopening a bag
showing him what they really are as well
as a nice shot on a an arm falling out
and grabbing Ernie's leg with
him freaking out.
There's a great close up shot ona punk rocker type chick named Trash discussing with her friend Spider near a tombstone acting lustful about imagining how it
would feel to be eaten alive and
tearing off her top and then dancing on a
gravestone stripping which was a nice
funky moment like it was a Halloween party wanting to jump in and join this fun and exciting moment.
There's a terrific shot on the bags of
body parts burning in the crematory room
with the smoke from the smoke stack
rising up in the air and then a
thunderstorm breaks out with the
partying punks in the graveyard freaking
out and running to the car and getting
nervous on what kind of acid rain it it. This looked perfectly intense.
There's a nice shot on the character Tina walking down the stairs in
the mortuary which looked creepy and then the zombie we all remember in this flick named Tarman
turning around to spot her with his eyes
opening wide screaming BRAINS and her
screaming trying to escape running up the stairs and the staircase breaks which looked suspenseful as you wonder if she will get away or not which looked very
Perfect dark effective shots and effects surrounding the graveyard with something lurching around as well as fun moments on the dead rising from the grave including a skeletal corpse with eyes in which this moment was very well remembered to anyone who saw this flick.
There's nice moments with paramedics trying to check a pulse with Frank and Freddy discovering nothing as this for sure leaves an impression that they are the undead plus alot of over the top reactions on the two of them adding some silly moments with all of this happening. It doesn't seem funny when the writers tried so hard to make this moment happen this way.
There's also good angle shots on both paramedics in their
zombies dragging them out and eating
their brains giving it a nice creepy feel
to it. Also there's more situations like this when the police and other paramedics come and these zombie's attack and feast on them which looks truly disturbing to watch all of this.
Perfect terrorising shot on Tarman attacking Suicide by chomping on his head as well as perfect adrenalising reactions on his friends freaking out and trying to escape. Plus a perfect camera shot on Trash running outside and falling into a muddy puddle in which this makes you cringe for sure that the dead will get her since this looked perfectly well done by what we spot here.
Terrific intense situations with everyone struggling in a mortuary and zombie hands crashing through windows trying to get at them which packs a real punch with the suspense added into this scene. All of this was terrifically energised.
There's a nice shot on the character Scuz trying to escape the grips of a female
zombie which looked believeably
struggling wondering if he will survive
from getting his skull bitten.
There's a nice moment with Burt talking to this female zombie as to why
she eats human brains with nice shot
effects on the Davis which
looked very well done.
Nice touching moment with both Chuck and Casey trapped in a room to protect themselves from the dead and being upset on trying to stay alive as well as comforting one another in which this shows a nice seriousness to the story here. One of the best discussions in this flick ever.
Plus we have a perfect bizarre moment with neat slow motions on Freddy trying to attack Tina all of a sudden. Plus perfect struggling situations when she tries to get away from him too with him drooling as this adds a perfect touch to the horror story.
There's a nice shot between Ernie and Tina by locking themselves
up in a cellar with Freddy pleading
zombie like for them to open the door so
he can eat a brain as it both looked
comedic and terrorising.
There's good shots on Burt and Spider speeding away in a
police car with features zombies swooming around them.
Bottom line is that this was truly the
best horror zombie flicks of the 80's as
you don't see films like this all that
much nowadays. It shows alot of dark
slapstick black comedy with horror mixed
together since it was meant to be a spoof
on George A. Romero's zombie
We have a perfect setting at the mortuary
and at the graveyard scene's since they made this film look very dark as well an army of
zombie's attacking anyone who arrives
there making this moment very disturbing
and having a bad feeling that there's no
escape or stopping these brain hungry
This was incredibly entertaining
and not a dull moment at all. However,
there are the odd dull moments later on
as the story sometimes drags but then it
quickly picks up again earning this piece
to be the highest rated zombie flick for
this site. Even non zombie fans will get
a kick by watching this since it's so
80's old school. Also the wardrobe people and make up artists did a fabulous job on the supporting cast members in which they looked very different than what you usually have seen them in other shows.
There are the odd good outdoor shots
around a railroad of Los Angeles too.
Great effects and a perfect film to watch
on Halloween night. Made on a good budget
too. If you enjoy 80's horror then you'll
love this one.
The acting is in
good taste as lead actor Clu Gulager
(Burt Wilson) played a perfect employer as a mortuary
showing great obnoxious aggressions to
his part in it along with proving that he
showed a nice sense of humor to top it
all off. He often played these types of
roles since his energy level is very high
while just doing what he does. He
definetely was a great character actor
for a horror film like this which helped
him get work in other scary movies too
although he's been a veteran actor years
before this one came to be. He rolled in with the punches when trying to snuff out zombies. Plus in a scene does a nice job by acting nervous on a situation while trying to hide the truth on a topic which was pretty convincing to watch him perform like this.
James Karen (Frank) totally stood out as an
assistant employer at the mortuary with
his silly behavior in it. He really knew
how to freak out with all that was
happening in the story and proved himself
worthy for the story. Does well by getting into a conversation on his job while talking to his other employee along with really getting hyper and anxious for when the crazy moments start to happen as well. Plus does well by being out of it when he gets sick with his groaning offering some good slapstick here.
Ya gotta love Don Calfa (Ernie Kaltenbrunner) as he
lived to play a cremator in the film
acting like a total goofball. He brought
it up with his dark comedic behavior and
brought up the pace with his performance
too. A shame he was becoming a has been
after the release on this one and working
in low budget to independent flicks later
on. Shows some good energy while freaking out after a zombie hand attacks his leg.
Cult icon Thom Matthews (Freddy) was
wonderful as a teenage employee who
really brought out his typical teenage
attitude on set along with good facial
expressions when he was slowly turning
into a zombie. He also did well with his
annoying groaning and freaking out too.
He was terrific too when he turns and
acting vicious which was his most
energetic performance of them all just springing into action and going berserk. Two thumbs up for him indeed. He was
a favourite with fans for this one which
isn't a surprise at all.
Beverly Randolph (Tina) looked perfect as
that teenage 80's clean cut girl next
door type showing alot of great
characteristics to her part as well as
doing well getting scared and crying on
set too. Shows great energy when she is screaming and trying to get away from the terrors surrounding her too. She nearly had a promising
career after this one but realised that
acting wasn't for her which was a shame
since I could see her going far.
I loved John Philbin (Chuck) since he
was great acting annoying and playing a
typical dweeb since he played different
types in other shows and disguised
himself well with wearing some glasses
and a preppy looking outfit. He shows a perfect goofiness to his hyperactive speaking. Two thumbs
up for him indeed.
Jewel Shepard (Casey) was great acting
emotional as well as acting snappy and
sharp trying to not let anyone take
advantage of her which she did
believeably well. Comes across as a convincing bitch. Also does well with her frightened and sobbing behavior too really bringing this to life. She has a cult fanbase
with her work in shows which isn't a
surprise since she really knew how to act
like an insecure teenager.
A. Nunez Jr. (Spider) was by far one of the
best cast members showing great
aggressions and the most energetic and
outoging too. He was the type who can
really bring up the tension for a horror
flick like this one. This was his fisr
major supporting role in a movie and it
wasn't surprising that he went far in his
life since he gave this film a very
strong performance and can easily do so
with future projects.
(Trash) lived to play her character as the sleazy
punk and really stood out in this film
and she achieved status as a scream
queen. She knew how to have a skanky and lustful
attitude and make her part truly gothic
too. She almost stole the film with the
scene's she was in during the graveyard
party. Does well with her strutting and dancing too. One of her best performances ever.
Although she did horror films before this
one, many low budget and independent
filmmakers casted her in their horror
flicks and this film was her highest
budget during her whole career.
Venturini (Suicide) was another one who stood
out as the head punk in the film with a
nice big guy tough looks to him and
really brought on the comedy with his
actions on his griping towards others and
acting very sour. Also does a great job by getting snappy and forceful too. He made his character
very necessary for the plot.
is nude as her character Trash while she
is dancing in a graveyard as Trash and
stays nude when she becomes a zombie.
There was plenty
of gore in this film.
Zombies biting the tops of peoples heads
for their brains.
Also, there is a display of a cut in half
small taxidermised dog is
A zombie is being cut to pieces.
The music was done
perfectly for an 80's horror film by Matt
Clifford with additional music by Robert
Randles. They know their craft with
horror films no doubt about it. We hear a
good opening song with some bonging
sounds as well as some eerie keyboard
playing and high pitched synthesizer
music. Through some of the storylines we
hear a deep synthesizer sounds throught
the plot too.
There's a perfect heavy metal and
We have a great tune by SSQ with
the song "Tonight (We'll Make Love
Till We Die" which is basically a
song for Quigley's character as
Trash while she strips down at the
graveyard as well as being resurrected
into a zombie herself. The song really
suited the scene's incredibly well. Great female raunchy like attitude with the vocalising.
There's a terrific tune by 45 Grave with their nasty song
"Partytime" for when the dead
is about to rise as well as during the
party at the graveyard. We also hear it
for a short while during the end of the
film too which is the theme song for the
film giving it a nice fit for what the
story was all about. Alot of wild and rasping vocalising with heavy guitar riffs and drum playing too. Everything about this song sounded powerful.
Another catchy tune for the film was by a
rockabilly group from The Cramps with "Surfin Dead" which was
used during the struggling moment when
the survivors try to board up the windows
from the zombie's. Also is played a bit on the closing credits too as there's a ton of funky energy with the guitar riffs and vocalising too.
One of my favourites was by Roky
Erickson with "Burn the
Flames" when Karen's character
is about to go into a cremation oven
after turning into a zombie as the song
had a nice synthesizer weeping sound to
The soundtrack album is a great party
type and is a must for headbanging horror
I ain't in no mood to die tonight.
Watch your tongue boy if you like this
Freddy: Like this job
How come you guys only come around when
you need a ride someplace?
Spider: Cuz you're one spooky
What do you want to do, Scuz, turn over
Scuz: No I just want to look
around the graveyard I never seen one
Spider: You never been to a
Scuz: I never knew anyone that
Did you see that movie, "Night of
the Living Dead"?
Freddy: Is that the one where all
the bodies come to life and start eating
all the people?
Frank: Yeah, did you know that was
based on a true story?
Do you ever wonder about all the
different ways of dying? You know,
violently? And wonder, like, what would
be the most horrible way to die?
Spider: I try not too think about
dying too much.
Trash: Mm. Well for me, the worst
way would be for a bunch of old men to
get around me, and start biting and
eating me alive.
Spider: I see.
Trash: First, they would tear off
Chuck: Hey, somebody get some
light over here, Trash is taking off her
during Trash's dance: I once
slept with the devil. It was really no
International treaty, all skeletons come
Freddy: No kidding, how come?
Frank: How the hell do I know how
come? The important question is, where do
they get all the skeletons with perfect
You think this is a fuckin' costume? This
is a *way of life.*
Hey, is that Freddy?
Casey: Over there, going into that
Chuck: No. That is NOT Freddy.
Casey: How would you know?
Chuck: Because, why would Freddy
be going into a mortuary?
Kaltenbrunner: What the hell is in
Burt Wilson: Rabid weasels.
Ernie Kaltenbrunner: What? What
the hell are you doing with a bunch of
Burt Wilson: That's what I was
trying to explain to you, they came in as
part of a shipment. Of course, they
weren't supposed to be rabid.
Wilson: One question, Frank... This
guy screaming in here, you sure it's a
Frank: Why don't you open the door
and find out?
Burt Wilson: Eh, I'm sorry Frank,
I'll take your word for that
Wilson: I thought you said that if we
destroyed the brain, it would die.
Frank: It worked in the movie.
Burt Wilson: Well it ain't working
Freddy: You mean the movie lied?
Hey, Casey, do you like sex with death?
Casey: Yeah, so fuck off and die.
#1: You have no pulse, your blood
pressure's zero-over-zero, you have no
pupillary response, no reflexes and your
temperature is 70 degrees.
Freddy: Well, what does that mean?
Paramedic #1: Well, it's a puzzle
because, technically, you're not alive.
Except you're conscious, so we don't know
what it means.
Freddy: Are you saying we're dead?
Paramedic #2: Well, let's not jump
Freddy: Are you saying we're dead?
Paramedic #2: No conclusions.
Paramedic #1: Obviously I didn't
mean you were really dead. Dead people
don't move around and talk.
Wilson: I don't know what there gonna
do. They say they got some kind of
Spider: What kind of plan?
Send... more... paramedics.
Chuck, I never did like you. Oh, but God,
hold me tight
You made me break my hand completely off,
is on the phone to the police squad
Burt Wilson: Listen, there's a
bunch of people from the cemetery who are
stark, staring, mad, and they'll kill you
and eat you if they catch you. It's like
a disease. It's like rabies, only faster,
a lot faster. That's why you've got to
come and get us out of here now, right
But I don't care darling, because I love
you, and you've got to let me eat your