ZMMM Dailies: 6/16/2009 – Hell of the Living Dead

Posted by Cory Casciato On June - 17 - 2009

helldeadThere seems to be an inverse square law of sorts when it comes to movies released under multiple names — the more aliases a movie is released under, the worse it is. This 1980 Spanish/Italian co-production was released under at least ten titles in various countries and languages and it is god awful. Director Bruno Mattei is bad — this fucking guy could give Uwe Boll a run for his money. The story is ridiculous (a plot to reduce population goes wrong — or right? hard to say — and creates a fuckload of flesh-hungry zombies) and contains more holes than actual development. Acting: terrible. Effects and makeup: inconsistent, but generally bad. Use of stock footage: excessive, bordering on slapstick. Gratuitous nudity: appealing, but brief. Score: stolen! Yeah, this is a mess all right.

There are a few cool moments. The zombie rat that kicks off the madness is worth a laugh. There’s a zombie kid that is seriously awesome. And toward the end, a cat jumps out of a woman’s stomach cavity. A highlight reel of those would be great — sitting through the rest of this to get there? Not so much. The other moments of levity and amusement are slight and few; the padding and endless, pointless scenes are many. Cut down to about 75 minutes, this could be fun, if ultimately pointless. At its actual run time of just over a hundred minutes, it’s more like a punishing test of endurance.

Next up is Nightmare City, a contemporary of this work of art. God help us all.

7 Responses to “ZMMM Dailies: 6/16/2009 – Hell of the Living Dead

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  2. Cory Casciato says:

    Hey, I think we’re Twitter buddies. You guys should write me a theme song.

  3. Cory Casciato says:

    @Alan Shit, never mind. I see you have. Listening to it now. Awesome.

  4. Jay Clarke says:

    “a cat jumps out of a woman’s stomach cavity.” That sounds worth the price of admission right there!

    I implore you not to enjoy the ridiculousness of Nightmare City. With its shitface machinegun toting zombies, you can’t help but crack a smile.

  5. Alan Lowe says:

    haha. Our self titled track fits fairly well, yea?

    And fuck this Rob Zombie bullshit. bring it on big man.

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