Yesterday you saw the ad for the flick, Zombie Nightmare from 1987. It starred Adam West, Tia Carrere and Jon Mikl-Thor. I’ve loved the look of that ad since I first saw it in Fangoria so I decided that it was going to be this week’s Fangoria Movie Friday review.
The only thing I’ve ever seen on this movie was yesterday’s home video ad. I remember the image vividly from when I bought the issue. So, since I’m filling in holes in my cult horror movie watching this month, I decided to track down this movie and give it a watch.
The premise is simple enough. A guy is run over by a bunch of teens in a sports car and killed. He is resurrected as a mindless zombie by a voodoo priestess in order to get revenge on all the teens that were in the car. Bloodshed ensues.
It stars Adam West and Tia Carrere, so this should be 100% a winner. And I mean that in the most B-movie awesome way. Now that I’ve watched it, what did I think? In a nutshell it’s a bit disappointing. There’s definitely some high moments here and there. The aesthetic is early Troma, as it seems with all the movies I’ve picked this month. Not a whole lot of gore, surprisingly, but a metric ton of cheese. Production values are on par with something like Street Trash but that movie was endlessly more fascinating than this one. Do I recommend? Hmmm, not really. I don’t plan on watching it again, even though it amused me a bit during my viewing. Another movie this reminded me of was Hard Rock Zombies which I reviewed last year for AWESOME-tober-fest 2013.
Let’s look at some of the more choice moments of this movie.
And the movie begins, and we see that right away, this movie has the potential to be several different kinds of awesome. Adam West in a schlocky zombie movie? Yes, please? Tia Carrere?! Yes! And maybe she’ll get topless for her kill scene. Those are the thoughts running through my head when I see the title cards.
Wait…slick back hair, tight t-shirt, cigarettes rolled up in the sleeve. Did I put on The Outsiders by mistake? Is Leif Garret going to show up in a letter sweater?
Oh, I see. Those greasers are here to endanger that young lady. And the husky, sweat panted dude is going to do something about it. And that something is participate in the most ridiculously choreographed fight scene I’ve seen since Miami Connection. Yes, husky sweat pants actually does spin around with the guy on his shoulders.