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I Was a Zombie for the F.B.I.

3.2 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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Product Description

Aliens tamper with the formula for the world's most popular soft drink.

Review

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

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Product Details

  • 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.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • 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: #213,704 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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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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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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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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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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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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When I was in college, I was a big fan of this movie, which was a staple of 80's late night tv. Even though I'd read all of the horrible reviews of the dvd,I planned on buying it anyway. I figured, what's a little tweaking? It was good enough for George Lucas. Folks,this is not the same movie - not even close. It's been turned into this lame "serial" with burned in video credits, a very nice orchestral score replaced by electronic nonsense that wobbles between bad techno and wannabe electronica, and added computer effects that not only adds cheese, but putrifies it. What was once an affectionate, and knowing nod to a beloved genre is now the equivalent of an old man buying a Ludacris cd - a lame attemmpt to be hip.
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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