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This is a tongue-in-cheek movie that works well on the absurd and comedy levels but is not really scary. But then scary was not really the goal of this film. Billy Zane is excellent and at his deadpan best as a doctor trying to deal with family, vacation, zombies, and killer hamburgers. If you thought a killer dessert topping was wild (The Stuff) then you will get a real kick out of marauding cuts of meat. Creative cinematography really helps drive the movie while blood and guts take only a minor role. If you are looking for a horror spoof then check this one out.
This movie is fun, has no lessons to be learned, carries no useful message, probably won't change your life.... but aren't those all good reasons to watch it ????
What none of them know however, is that the $16.95 hamburger special made from local "free range" cattle is not what it seems and before long everybody who has eaten one is foaming at the mouth and attacking all those who haven't. Naturally this brings up the discussion of whether or not they are really zombies or not--a subject they decide to leave for another time. Ultimately they learn that all the tainted meat came from one area farm and they decide that some course of action should be taken, and all sorts of bloody comic mayhem ensues. There is one especially funny scene involving father/daughter bonding as they casually fight for their lives in a field of zombies that can justifiably be called classic.
Written by Kevin Hennelly and directed by John Kalagis, THE MAD has a few new twists to offer the genre if only in the form of characterization. Haven't you always wanted to see at least ONE person keep their head on straight and think rationally during a zombie attack? Well Zane's your boy.Read more ›
2) MAKE UP & SPECIAL EFFECTS--No issues here. A good amount of blood and gore is thrown around and the zombies look pretty good. Speaking of zombies...
3) THE ZOMBIES--Nothing new to see here. Good makeup, minimal use of the "white faced, raccoon eyed zombie make up that seems to be in abundance nowadays. The zombies aren't runners, but they are very aggresive when attempting to chow on various peoples.
4) THE CAUSE--This is our little morality lesson for the day. The farmer that provides the beef to the town is using some very un-organic chemicals to fatten the livestock so he gets more money for his produce and gets away with it, due to some loophole in the USDA's guidelines. Anyone who eats any of his tainted meat begins their transformation into a blood-thirsty zombie. Usually, it's the big corporation taking advantage of the little business guy trying to hold his own, but this time, it's just one guy (and his son) out to make a quick buck at the expense of others. The survivors feel they need to make this situation "right" and head off to the farm where it all began to stop it all, instead of just hightailing it out of town.
5) SOUNDTRACK--Done by a Canadian group named Half Past Four.Read more ›
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Monsters of another sort, the result of bad beef that has been tampered with by a desperate farmer who does receive his just deserts later rather than sooner. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Einsatz
Another disappointing zombie-like movie. Horror and comedy rarely make for a good scare fest. It can be done but very rarely done successfully. This is not one of those successes.Published 14 months ago by Tim McGee
This movie is about beef that turns people into zombies.
I Bought it for my vast Zombie DVD collection, I watched it and loved it. Read more
Love this movie! If you are looking for a cheesy horror comedy this is the movie for you. Billy Zane is adorable as always, the music is great. Put together well. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Ashliy Sutterfield
I am all for a good time with Horror. And you know, next to ZombieLand (Which is absolutely Hillarious!), The Mad works well as a good Laugh. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Brian E
My husband has been looking for this movie for a long time.. He was so excited when I found it and it showed up unexpected one day... Read morePublished on April 11, 2013 by BrandyT
This movie is so cheesy! It has some funny parts but for the most part it was just odd. Hamburger meat that causes people to turn into zombies paired with some really bad acting. Read morePublished on January 27, 2012 by Jessi