John Kalinowski for Cheapshot Productions
directed by Betty Stapleford
starring Cindie Lou Acker, Jody Amato, Michelle Anderson, Jack 'Wildman' Armstrong, Brent C. Bankus, Douglas Barney, David Bell, John C. Berkeyheiser III, Sandra L. Bromwell, Michael F. Burns, Brian D. Campbell, Cassandra Campbell, Gillian Carney, Rodger S. Christy, Scott Davis, Caroline DeLussey, William 'Dutch' DeLussey, Gregg S. Diener, George Doty, Brent Fenstermaker, John M. Fisher, Cindy Fox, Mario C. Galanti, David Gardner, Barbara Gauger, Vincent B. Giordano, Gail Gorski, Guy Helson, Thomas J. Henthorn jr, Tony J. Hommes, 'Ranger' Rich Hordie, Robert A. Hotchkiss jr, Patrick J. Houtman, Steve Jackson, John Kalinowski, Kevin A. Kalinowski, Natalie Kidd, Brett Kochanowski, Jeff Lavallee, Walter J. LeKites IV, Craig 'Bud' Lowe, Andrew P. Lynch, Tracey Mangialaschi, Robert M. Martinez, Steven McConnell, Tom 'Tombo' McGinley, Ann C. McGrellis, Kedre Ellen Molenaar, Ebony-Nicole Monroe, Barry 'Slore' Montgomery, Jeff Osciak, Patricia H. Perez, Michael J. Piavoso, Joseph A. Pomponi, Mitchell Poulouin, Dave Press, Dan Preston, Mickie Quinn, Vicki Reeves, Casey Rhoads, Sean Rhoads, Tim Rhoads, Ronald J. Riegert, Steven J. Roberts, Eileen Saddow, Melanie Sandukos, Terrence Santora, Robert F. Smith, Betty Stapleford, Mike Tagle, Stephanie Tigani, Jeffrey Tucker, Marty Veasey, Derek Viskocil, James B. Warrington III, Andrew Weiss, Angela Wenske, Kevin Wiggins, James R. Willard, Gabrielle Wohlman
written by Roger Scearce, songs by Halo, The Killtoys, special makeup effects supervised by Mitchell J. Poulouin/Speciality Make-up Unlimited
Once the place was an insane asylum, but now the army's moving in.
There's just one thing everybody has forgotten about: When the asylum
moved, they left two patients behind, "mad scientist" Jim and
his nympho girlfriend Mary. And they have no problems hiding in the large
complex and luring unsuspecting soldiers to their doom - and doom being
not just being killed but also being resurrected as a zombie, because in a
weird way, good Jim is really into raising the dead, and for his
experiment he needs more and more specimens who as his willful zombie
slaves are to bring him even more specimens.
At first, the top brass of
the facility don't see it as a big problem when a handful of soldiers
disappear, but once the search parties don't return either and the search
parties sent after these search parties, well, the facility soon loses
significant manpower, so much so that a female squad is sent in for a
rescue mission - not that they fare all that much better. Eventually at
least, it becomes apparent the place has a zombie problem, and these
zombies can't be offed with fire arms. But knowing the problem is one
thing, finding a solution something completely different ...
being a film made in the early days of the shot-on-video boom for a very
modest budget, this film doesn't exactly re-invent the zombie genre or
come across as a big artistic achievement - truth to be told, it's rather
crude, slightly simplistic, and makes no attempts to transcend genre
conventions ... and it's also lots of fun, not despite but for these
reasons, and for the fact that the filmmakers really didn't take their
material too seriously but seem to wink at the audiences a lot, without
ever going full-on moronic though. And despite its modest origins it's
actually one of the most entertaining zombie movies of its era, and surely
a great stop if you're heading down nostalgia avenue.
for those who want to go full scale early 90s, this film is also available
on VHS here: https://phantompainfilms.com
review © by Mike Haberfelner
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