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Night of the Living Dorks
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon August 10, 2007
I am on a lengthy mission to try to review every zombie movie. My latest entry is this odd little creation from 2004, "Die Nacht der Lebenden Loser" ( a.k.a. "Night of the Living Dorks"). A German Teen Romanic Comedy Zombie flick. Why not?

First, and most important, what strain of Zombie are these "Loser" Zombies? These are the voodoo created, dorky, stoner high school variety. Aside from when Konrad gets his glowing eyes and blood lust, these are mostly cognizant zombies. They have super zombie strength and x-ray vision, but are slowly decomposing and becoming victims to their hunger for flesh. This has the "Teen Wolf" vibe where being a dork makes them outcasts, but being confident monsters makes them popular. This film has a very 80's vibe, in that respect. Not much killing or fear from these zombies, but Zombie Konrad gives us some good gore. Wurt Zombie does a good job as a stoner zombie, but he still can't top Seth Green and Elden Henson as stoner zombies in the unfairly maligned "Idle Hands". Sill, I give this a decent overall zombie score of: 6/10

The gore is pretty good in this one. Not a lot of it, but a decent enough amount for a movie that is trying to be a comedy. The microwaved foot is a great gag, so for that I will give a gore score of 6/10.

Gratuitous sexism and nudity is in the mid-range. The goth girl is supplied with sexy goth lingerie for a ritual. The "hot" girl (who is not very attractive) takes her top off in the teen-sex-comedy "nerd is going to score in the bedroom" kind of way. The best is when Zombie Konrad suddenly gets x-ray vision, and can see through a girl's pants. After that he decides it's dinner time. A gratuitous sexism and nudity score of 6/10.

The movie was not very boring. The film is entertaining and kept my interest. I never found myself reaching for the FF button on the remote. Though, the film is filled with so many 80's and 90's teen-movie clichés that I was torn between comfortable nostalgia, and being annoyed at their lack of creativity. That being said, there was a great gag during and after the "sex scene" that led to some funny zombie twists on what I would have been some very "American Pie" moments. All in all, it was an entertaining flick and so on the boredom scale (0 being boring, 10 being Dawn of the Dead) it gets a 7/10. The dialogue gets a 5/10 for being a predictable teen comedy dialogue (you know the story: dork wants to date the "hot" girl who is dating the jock, while the cute outcast girl likes the dork, but the dork doesn't see her that way. Dork has two friends: a nerd and a stoner).

Overall, I think this is an enjoyable film, and worth watching. The end of the movie is very convenient and a little too easy; and as I mentioned above, the teen comedy clichés are endless (The kids clean the house after the party just in time for the parent to walk in the door. Oh no! The parents open the one door where they stuffed all the garbage! Wah-wah!). Of course, I am sure some of the experience is lost in translation while watching the movie with subtitles. I tried the dubbed track (in true "zombie movie" fashion), but the acting was too terrible to stomach.

There is no "zombies infecting and taking over" scenario, but in the extras there is an alternate ending worth watching where that was the plot, and the last 10-15 minutes of the movie are entirely different from the fuzzy/happy ending of the final cut. This movie is not going to stir up a zombie fanatic, but it is a movie a zombie fanatic could maybe watch with a date looking for a good chuckle. Though the realization that student dynamics in high school is somewhat universal across countries is far more frightening than any of the intentional scares in this movie, "Die Nacht der Lebenden Loser" still gets a solid overall rating of 6/10 (which is a pretty good rating for a zombie movie).
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on April 10, 2007
First off, watch it in German with subtitles. The dubbing is horrible. Which is fine with me, I almost always watch movies in their native language with subtitles.

So, on to the movie. Sure, it's simple and predictable. It's a teen zombie movie, it's supposed to be. But it hits all the right notes, and the characters are entertaining and engaging. For zombies.

I especially liked the cemetary scene with the frozen chicken, et. al.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Night of the Living Dorks is a must have if you are a movie buff with a zombie movies' collection. The actors speak German, so you have the option of watching the film in dubbed languages, or subtitles. I prefer to listen to the actual voices of the actors in German and read the english subtitles.
What makes this movie different from the normal zombie layout, is the fact that the zombie crisis happens to teenagers who also have the stresses of school, parents, cliques, and sex to deal with. When the teenagers are accidentally turned into zombies, they try to find a solution that will turn them back into normal mortals. All the while, they are still trying to keep up with school, teachers, their peers, parties, drugs, and sex as if being a zombie is just another problem to add to their teenage angst. But as they find that being zombies has a downside, they also find that it can also have it's upside. They just might be able to cross off some of their issues before they decompose completely.
If you buy this cd, I suggest watching the special features. There are many more laughs to be had in the special features. As the cover of the movie says 'cult fiction', it is obvious while watching, that this is a classic. I hope you enjoy it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 30, 2008
Some films deserve better.

In watching this film, I'm not sure I describe it better than the press release information..

Philip and his best friends Konrad and Weener are the three biggest losers at Frederich Nietzsche High. But when an inept voodoo ceremony by the local Goth clique leads to a fatal car accident, this trio of über-dorks returns as indestructible zombies with an insatiable appetite for human flesh, wild parties and gym class revenge. Can Philip now score with the hottest girl in school before he decomposes? Is there any personal dismemberment that can't be fixed with a stapler? And even if an antidote can be found, will it damper the uninhibited highlife of the undead? There's tortured bullies, wild parties, virgin blood, sex, drugs, rock & roll and more in this international horror.

Yep, it's all there. You can't miss the stench of C class horror that is so desperately appealing that it must be watched. But that's what Cult classics are about. If you can't tell your friends how good it was, then it's not worth watching!

Check out the whole 12 film collection!

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on August 11, 2014
This is a fantastic movie its very funny but it still delivers on the gore. The cast is likable and easy on the eyes, which is always a plus. The DVD version that I bought has the option for English over-dubbing, but I found that wasn't needed to have a good laugh. I preferred it in the original German even though I don't speak German fluently many words sound the same like blood/blut for example. This version also has an alternative ending in the special features, which gives you about another half hour of the movie to enjoy. Though I understand why they changed the ending, it was still very cool to have the option to see it. Also the alternative ending does answer the question of why they talk about a dance they never attend. You'll enjoy this movie if you liked, "Shaun of the Dead" (Simon Pegg/Nick Frost) or "Black Sheep" (Nathan Meister/Peter Jackson, not the Chris Farley/David Spade movie).
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Originally a German production from a few years back, the awful, wooden English voice-dubbing just adds to the delightfully broad silly feel, and I thoroughly enjoyed the German heavy metal soundtrack. A fun, fairly well thought-out storyline, borrowing heavily from John Hughes and Sam Raimi, with likeable lead characters; "Night of the Living Dorks" is better drawn and acted than Hughes' "Weird Science" or many more-recent teenage horror flicks that attempt to copy Raimi's successful "Evil Dead" formula. The scares are played for laughs, and often quite successfully. The teen sex-farce elements are fairly innocuous and low-key, and fit logically into the story. I found myself liking this; it was certainly better than I expected.
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on May 9, 2013
I bought it as an addition to my collection, but I'm not too impressed with it, the words are dubbed over in english so yes you can understand what they are saying but their lips are moving differently then the words you're hearing.
The package seemed to have been wet at one point, and the paper was slightly damaged, I enjoyed a laugh or two but not much.
Overall 1 thru 10 I give my purchase a 5.
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on December 9, 2013
a decently funny sexy movie on a different take on the teenage zombie genre. although the movie was enjoyable and story interesting even both endings I couldn't quite get over the original I believe German lip-synching with the English language and some of the cultural differences
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I kann deutsch screiben, aber fur Die Amerikaner Amazon, ich wurde im English Screiben. Fur meinen deutsches Freundin, dies ist ein sehr gut Film.

Having bought this movie for $[...] at a retail store, my expectations were extremely low. I was afraid I had bought yet another homemoad video reocrder disaster. Then when I learned it was actually a German film, my interest rose. German is my secondary language, and it was nice to be able to buy a German film DVD in Region 1. Now if America would only release Anok, I would be happy indeed. ANyway, back to the movie.

This movie is funny, very very funny. I loved it. You got a trio of misfits at a typical high school. You got Conrad, who looks like a studious, nerdy Marilyn Manson, a California looking stoner, and a dweebish sort of guy who isn't really a nerd, but isn't all that cool either.

Well after a voodoo ritual goes wrong (Dweeb really wanted a love potion for the blonde hottie Usi), the trio crash their van while pot smoking and end up in the morgue. They do pretty well as Zombies, but COnrad has a taste for human flesh now and eats his homosexual, disciplinarian gym teacher. Dweeb begs the girl next door for help. They make a potion and get back to normal.

However their is an alternate ending which I think was better. It is in the Extra bonus section and is in German only. However if you watch the movie, and then watch the alternate ending, you can pretty much tell what is going on, since it is mostly action.

As far as frights go, this movie has none, but if you want a laugh out loud teenage comedy, Night of the Living Dorks is a must.
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on June 7, 2011
I don't tell the plots or story lines of the movies I review but I do offer insights into production value, cinematography, acting and special fx. All of those pieces fit beautifully in this foreign zombedy. It's worth taking a look at.
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