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  • Actors: Larry Raspberry, John Gillick, James Raspberry, D.M. Coger, Richard Crowe
  • Directors: Marius Penczner
  • Writers: Marius Penczner
  • Format: Black & White, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Rykodisc
  • DVD Release Date: August 30, 2005
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000AA4F8I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #462,981 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "I Was a Zombie for the F.B.I." on IMDb

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THE TRUTH CAN NOW BE TOLD! I WAS A ZOMBIE FOR THE FBI The legendary aliens and the undead vs. g-men classic is now available for the first time on DVD in this very special edition.

Hard-Boiled G-Men. Shape-Shifting Aliens. Mind-Altering Cola. America’s Most Bizarre Invasion Has Begun!

In the stormy night skies over 1950s America, their diabolical plan begins: a UFO invasion that will turn the world’s population into zombies using deranged escaped convicts The Brazzo Brothers, a flying alien ‘ZomBall,’ and the secret formula to our country’s favorite soft drink. Now the FBI’s toughest team of agents must infiltrate the alien army, destroy its body-snatching leaders and restore good-tasting carbonated beverages to a thirsty nation. Welcome to the ultimate combination of hair-trigger crime drama, sci-fi monster thriller, and old-fashioned, red-blooded American justice: This is I WAS A ZOMBIE FOR THE FBI!

Extras: Featurette on the making of I Was A Zombie for The FBI (in color) Featurette of the creation of the Z Beast (in color) Featurette of Bringing The Sound of Zombie to life (in color) Two previously deleted scenes

Special Features: Newly re-mastered soundtrack in Dolby Surround 5.1 and original 2.0 stereo Audio commentary with director, Marius Penczner

Review

"Bizarre, offbeat and refreshing!" -- The Creature Features Movie Guide

Customer Reviews

Folks,this is not the same movie - not even close.
Michael Moore
I Was a Zombie for the F. B. I. (Marius Penczner, 1982) I get the feeling that music video director Penczner here set out to make a deliberately cheesy movie.
Robert Beveridge
It was a wonderful low-budget homage to 50's style monster movies with a bunch of no name actors who I haven't seen since.
Jefferey W. Jenkins

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 2, 2010
Format: DVD
I had the only possible reason anyone would want to watch this film: I was in it. I even saw myself on TV, back in the '90s. But I didn't make the DVD cut. 33 minutes "excised"??? Those were the best 2 seconds of my life, and now all I have left is one brief still in the "making of".

Bring back those missing 33 minutes (or at least my 2 seconds), and I'll give this otherwise tepid film 5 stars!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Allen Evans on September 5, 2005
Format: DVD
After a long run as a regular "cult classic" on USA Network's Night Flight, "I was a Zombie for the FBI" has finally re-emerged on DVD. Updated sound mix and visual effects along with chapter headings create a new experience for fans of this tongue-in-cheek tribute to the monster and G-men serials of the 50s. This is a great midnight movie for college parties or b-movie fans.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tampa Quilter on July 1, 2007
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Having watched this film many times on late night TV back in the 1980s and having even made a videotape of one of the broadcasts (which I still have), I was thrilled to be able to order it on DVD. I love this film!! Filmed in B&W, it was made in the 80s to mimic sci-fi movies of the 50s. If you pay attention to the film, there are lots of funny, tongue in cheek dialogue and items (background signs, etc.). I love the "jack-a-lope" trophy mounted on the CEO's office wall. In one scene, a security guard is arguing with someone on the phone, saying that if they think they can do a better job than he's doing to come on down and try it -- when the FBI agent enters the room, the guard quickly ends the phone conversation with, "Honey, I gotta go now ..." Interestingly, most of the movie crew were MSU film students who did a remarkable job on an extremely limited budget. This movie is among my favorite "campy" films, right up there with Reefer Madness, Sex Madness, Lust in the Dust, etc. And even with some of the DVD's "upgrades" and "changes" to the original film, I was not disappointed. If you love camp, you'll love this film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By PolarisDiB on September 28, 2008
Format: DVD
You know what? This movie is pretty different. I'm well acquainted with both cult movies and the b-movies made out of love for them, but this one truly gets into the spirit of the movies it's homaging while maintaining its own unique approach to the form. I'm not ashamed to say I like this movie very much, no matter its faults.

Two parts "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" and one part Anthony Mann, "I was a Zombie for the FBI" plays basically as you would expect: with its tongue firmly in cheek and with every frame a love poem to a filmic conceit. Two brothers play cat and mouse with FBI agents as they try to steal the formula to a popular Cola that has industry spreading across the country. An alien (or more?) appears and starts taking over people in the Cola factory, further complicating things with their classic, pre-Romero zombie-like dazes. The main FBI agent has a reporter girlfriend thrown into the melieu... zaniness and awesomeness ensue.

The DVD edition of this movie is a weird mix of original footage and additional special effects. Because of the sped-up nature of the editing for the DVD release, the movie is given slightly less room to really breathe, making a lot of its beats fall flat. Nonetheless, I actually disagree with a lot of the other reviewers and say that I rather like the added visual effects. It adds a level of Boris Karloff into the already delicious mix, and I don't think it's overdone at all.

Anyway, as cult-homage films go, it could be worse. It's best quality is the closeness of sensibilities to its original source.

--PolarisDiB
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. P. D. FISHER on January 15, 2010
Format: DVD
This was actually a product of the Memphis State film/drama department. Larry Raspberry was a very popular TN pop singer of the 60's - 80's, often appearing at The EXIT/IN in Nashville and generating several regional hit albums with his band - THE HIGHSTEPPERS. He was married to a former Miss TN at the time - Linda. He is a Church music director in Beverly Hills now - but still tours.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jaybo on July 22, 2007
Format: DVD
this is the only parody that could pass for a real 50's thriller. the bad reviews of the dvd are a bit harsh on the new dvd version. it is a hoot, and the extras are very cool.
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