I Was a Zombie for the F.B.I.
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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.
I bought this dvd used, and I still feel ripped off. I won't even sit it on the shelf with my other dvds. Easily the worst dvd I've ever purchased. I can't get rid of this soon enough. Do yourself a favor, and track down the original tape, and burn your own dvd.
Did I mention that this is a bad dvd?
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I met one of the actors of this film, and e-mailed the writer-director. I knew this was an indie film shot in my University, so I had to see it. I did, and it was amazing. Read morePublished on October 21, 2012 by Preston
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"??? Read morePublished on April 2, 2010 by Amazon Customer
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I loved the original version from the 80s and I still have my tape from summer 1986, when this film aired on USA Nightflight (boy, do I miss that show). Read morePublished on May 5, 2006 by Danny Jerry