Alien Dead (25th Anniversary Edition)
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Even worse, the prologue Ray added to the beginning of the movie some time after he finished filming and everyone had gone home manages to make the non-ending even more of a non-ending. Now THAT was an accomplishment!
I am a big fan of low budget videos and Fred Olen Ray.This is not without enjoyment,though more of a learning tool than a so bad its good classic..
The acting is utterly terrible, everyone sounds like they're reading a script at a rehearsal. The only good actor is veteran Buster Crab, who does a good Southern accent and plays the old "Pappy" pretty well. Everyone else has the most hideously affected accent, and they go right back to non-accented speech as soon as they start to get scared.
OK now, for those into zombie lore, as I am: first off, these are more like the zombies of "28 Days Later" than Romero, as they are actually still alive, just diseased. They are also able to use weapons, like axes and pitchforks. The makeup consists of Halloween masks for the male zombies and the women, interestingly, are mostly leggy hot blonds with white and black face paint. The music is one of the best parts of the movie, I think. It's that eerie 70s-80s synth music like you hear in Romero's early "Dead" movies which, even though it's cheap, is kind of spooky in an 80s horror movie way.
The zombie carnage in this film is actually not THE worst I've seen. Most of the victims just get knocked out, spit blood, and get dragged off screen to become food. There is one surprisingly good vore scene with a hot blond girl who gets knocked down, a female zombie rips her hand off and munches, while she writhes and vomits blood. Then, still alive, she dribbles more blood as her other arm is gnawed by a zombie guy and her throat is chewed.
All in all not the worst zombie movie ever, but far from the best.
Even if you like bad z horror movies, I say stay clear of this one. Buy something like Zombie Bloodbath or Children of the Living Dead. Those movies are horrible as well, but at least you can see what's going on.
So, let's have a little breakdown of the film. I won't be delving too deep into spoilers, so don't worry about any major plot points being ruined if you haven't seen it, but if you have seen it, then you'll know what I'm talking about when I drop little hints here and there about some of the more... seemingly esoteric aspects of this peculiar little film.
The first thing in the movie we see is the old, 1970s "OUR FEATURE PRESENTATION" graphic, also known (albeit, not officially by any means) as a "Grindhouse introduction," with the upbeat music playing as the words "Our Feature Presentation" roll in from all corners on the screen against a colorful background.
Then, quite abruptly, the movie begins. A man sits at his typewriter, narrating as he pecks away at the keys about a 'story that would change this little town, forever.Read more ›
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Buster Crabbe is in it! That and it's a Fred Olen Ray film is all I needed to know about it. The DVD from Retromedia is good quality, in widescreen, and has no issues of any... Read morePublished 6 days ago by larryj1
I grew up in a video rental store. My parents owned the only such business in our little farm town in central California and as such I watched films every day while working the... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Netties Kid
Avoid! This is terrible. This 25th Anniversary Edition should have been executed after its First Anniversary. Just terrible. Read morePublished on July 7, 2011 by PR GUY
WHEN YOU WATCH A LOW BUDGET FILM MADE FOR AROUND 12,000 DOLLARS YOU ARE NOT GOING TO GET STAR WARS! Now that I said that I found this low budget film entertaining. Read morePublished on February 5, 2011 by Robert B
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