Return of the Living Dead: Rave to the Grave
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Actually "Necropolis" and "Rave to the Grave" (the fourth and fifth entries in `Return of the Living Dead' series) were shot back to back in Romania. Director for both films is Ellory Elkayem (`Eight Legged Freaks"), and `Rave to the Grave" features some of the stars of `Necropolis' including Peter Coyote, Aimee-Lynn Chadwick, Cory Hardrict and John Keefe.
`Rave to the Grave' is about the high school students who survived the terrible zombie outbreak in the previous film. They are now college students and this time one of them finds a dusty canister in the attic, but instead of leaving it alone or reporting to the police, he and his friends take a sample of the slimy liquid inside and bring it to the laboratory in the campus. And ... here is the silliest part ... one student makes a drug called `Z' out of the sample and starts to sell it on campus.
`Rave to the Grave" relies on this silly one-joke idea about the zombie drug that not only makes people act like zombies, but actually turns them into real ones. The film runs out of steam halfway through the story, and the rest of it is about the repetitious battles between zombies and humans that are neither thrilling nor funny to see.Read more ›
Ellory Elkayem does directing duty for this fifth installment. He also directed the fourth film. I had thought that not everything should be laid at Elkayem's feet when it came to who to blame for the lackluster and awful film that was Necropolis, but after sitting through Rave to the Grave I have to say that whatever good will Ellory Elkayem built up with his funny take on the giant creature feature, Eight-Legged Freaks, has been wasted with his back-to-back filming of Return of the Living Dead 4 and 5. Elkayem films both films one after the other and I am going to assume this was more to save on the budget than any sort of continuity with the actors hired to play recurring roles. If saving money was the main reason then it sure didn't look like it. Except for a few hero-zombie (zombies given more screentime than most thus given a better make-up effect) scenes the film clearly shows it's ultra low-budget pedrigree. I don't have problems with low-budget horror movies as long as there's a sense of energy and enjoyment by those making it, but neither Necropolis and Rave to the Grave showed any one of the two.
Rave to the Grave occurs one year after the events of Necropolis and the teenage survivors of that film have now graduated and attending college.Read more ›
Return of the Living Dead, the very first film, the zombies could not die unless you nuked them off the face of the planet! That means you can shoot them in the head and chop them into pieces, and the pieces will still come after you. Also, this was the start of the Brain-eating zombies, which was decided in the first film as Dan 0'Bannon didn't want to step all over Romero's toes.
This doesn't even register as a comedy, nor should be considered a film at all. I read the infamous Uwe Boll on here somewhere and that's exactly the kind of disappointment this goes for.
Bury this one in the Sierra Nevada somewhere, or better yet shoot the master print into the sun so it can never be released again!
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I am very satisfied with this product. I recommend this to any zombie Fan. Thanks amazon.com. I can't wait to buy more from you.Published 7 months ago by Jacob John Greeley
Does any one else think it's pretty freaking weird that a drug turns people into a zombie and that a few years ago everyone thought bath salts turnt you into a zombie because of... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Dylan jollimore
Great movie series, can't wait for more to come. Why 5 stars, well I own the entire series and it's great horror from the old skoolPublished 11 months ago by King Kilo
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