Thursday, August 25, 2005

The Dead Hate The Living! (2000)

For as much as this was a B-Grade turd, the costumes were pretty decent.

Genre: Zombie Horror Comedy

Starring: Eric Clawson, Jamie Donahue

Directed By: Dave Parker

Overview: A group of Indie-Horror movie makers are shooting in an abandoned medical facility. Things go awry when they discover that one of their props is actually a portal to another land of undead monstrosities.

Acting: The acting was adequate and they didn't take themselves too seriously. It seems that the lookers got more breaks from the director, because their acting was not as good (or perhaps it was SO good that it was intentionally done that way). Either way, when it mattered, when the scene needed it, they acted really well. Good stuff. I expected much less.
Rating: 7

Cinematography: The gore and the latex was great. This was a nice surprise. There's a lot of blood and though the coloured lighting gels were a little obvious, it was nice to see the slow mo effects and the attempt at making a good film on a low budget. This is obviously where they spent their money. Good!
Rating: 7

Script: The writing, yes suffers as all low-budge horror does, but it's better good than bad. A few funny moments and some serious scenes too. All around good stuff.
Rating: 6

Plot: Thin? Not really. The dudes shoot a horror movie and they become part of a real situation paralleling their film, but in a funny way. I was surprised by the ending. It was a little abrupt, but decent. The flow and the believability of the characters is pretty good. You know not like some little pissant who goes out of his way to get himself killed!
Rating: 6

Mood: The overall look, feel, themes and mood of this was a little below great, but it's high for it's special effects. That huge noseless dead guy? AMAZING! Don't expect caviar in this production, but if you like a good low-budge horror, this is a keeper, for those few fans out there.
Rating: 6

Lady should be glad she's not getting the Re-Animator treatment... which as you all know is severed 'head'.

Overall Rating: 64% (Not For Everyone)

Aftertaste: A friend of mine asked, "What I don't get about this review site is that you watch all these terrible horror movies and you wonder why they're bad." Well I'm not LOOKING for bad movies, I'm hoping that people recommend GOOD stuff to me. Who knew that no one had as good a taste in ANYTHING as ME. Well this is one of those movies I ever heard about, no one told me about and based solely on the fact that I was at a garage sale and it was selling for 4 bucks, I went out and got it. And it was good. I enjoyed my time with it, and horror fans will enjoy all the latex and makeup with a hint of cheese, but not too much! There. It was GOOD. Eat it.