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Zombie Bloodbath (Day 3)

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Gary Floyd

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03.) Zombie Bloodbath (1993)

Plot: Zombies rise from an nuclear power plant (built on top of an Indian Battle Ground-oh no!) and attack Kansas.

Before I get to reviewing this, it's time for a history lesson. You see, in the 80's, we started to see really (and I mean really) low budget horror. Granted, microbudget horror is nothing new. People were churning out cheap exploitation made for crackerjack money back in the 60's and 70's. The 80's though, gave us a new device: the camcorder. That's right,now anyone could do their own backyard effort. Also, it should be known that the 60's-70's microbudget directors at least had some sort of experience in the business of film and television. The folks with camcorders though, didn't. If there is any consolation, the 1982 shot-on-video "classic" Boardinghouse received a theatrical release in Grindhouse theaters, and is watchable in a what the fuck did I just watch way.

The 90's were a dark time to be a horror fan. Sure, Scream came out and gave horror another chance, but it unfortunately lead to a series of poor imitators and inferior sequels, giving the movie some unneeded (but predictable) scorn from angry virgins. The Silence of the Lambs won Oscars, but Hollywood didn't want to call it horror, when it clearly was. Oh, and while there were still zombie movies, they were few and far between. So, that lead to the greatest catastrophe to come to horror from the 90's to this millennium(I think they ended in 2002): the Shot on Camcorder zombie movie. These movies offered something studio horror didn't offer: full on hardcore gore, sexual content, nudity, and zombie mayhem. Sadly, they were done by people with no experience whatsoever in the field of film making, which meant that they were all horrible in every conceivable level, and not in a so bad it's good way. I mean in a so bad it's bad way. Imagine watching somebody's home videos/home movies for about 80-90 minutes. There you go.

Now, on to our

Review: This is actually the first in trilogy of films from "filmmaker" Todd Sheets, who admits his movies are unwatchable. Instead of reviewing it, here's what you have in store:

  • Horrible mullets.
  • Terrible, rubbery gore
  • A man named Sam (modeled after Sam Kinison) doing a speech about his dead goldfish Butthead.
  • The worse handlebar mustache every committed to anything.
  • Horrible attempts at exposition.
  • No real plot to speak of.
  • Terrible music.
  • Bad gore and make up effects.
  • Terrible attempts at gags.
  • The fact that, just like in every other Shot on Camcorder zombie movie, nobody involved had any previous acting experience.
I think you get the point. I've already suffered through it. Don't let it happen to you.

Rating: 0/10. You'd have more fun watching a home video of a colostomy than watching this. Avoid at all costs.

Tomorrow: Carnival of Souls.
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The 90's were a dark time to be a horror fan
While most of the horror movies that came out in the 90s were terrible, I think that Exorcist III was scarier than any & all horror movies of the 80s. No lie.

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Exorcist III is incredibly underrated, ans scary as hell. I'm still waiting for that Special Edition DVD.

 

You liking the list so far?

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Exorcist III is incredibly underrated, ans scary as hell. I'm still waiting for that Special Edition DVD.

 

You liking the list so far?

Yeah, so far, so good ... I'll have to admit that I've never seen Zombie Bloodbath, as I try to avoid the (as you appropriately referenced) Shot on Camcorder genre. While I applaud someone's willingness to make a movie on the cheap and push it out there, I want at least a semblance of professionalism in the output, and most of the ones that I've seen have lacked that.

 

But having said that, Carnival of Souls is painfully overlooked, and giving it a 10/10 is most assuredly accurate, and as a huge fan of Italian horror I have to give you a golf clap for the The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue review ... and for the heads-up about the 2-disc DVD that was released. Looks like I'll be doing some shopping this weekend.

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Exorcist III is incredibly underrated, ans scary as hell. I'm still waiting for that Special Edition DVD.

 

You liking the list so far?

Yeah, so far, so good ... I'll have to admit that I've never seen Zombie Bloodbath, as I try to avoid the (as you appropriately referenced) Shot on Camcorder genre. While I applaud someone's willingness to make a movie on the cheap and push it out there, I want at least a semblance of professionalism in the output, and most of the ones that I've seen have lacked that.

 

But having said that, Carnival of Souls is painfully overlooked, and giving it a 10/10 is most assuredly accurate, and as a huge fan of Italian horror I have to give you a golf clap for the The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue review ... and for the heads-up about the 2-disc DVD that was released. Looks like I'll be doing some shopping this weekend.

I actually think that "Bloodbath" was the most fun to write, just because I loved tearing it apart, and I got to explain the whole phenomenon of shot on camcorder zombie movies. I'm going to do one or two more (one is from Germany), so watch out. I honestly believe that the whole S.O.C. sub genre is the worst thing to come to horror. Yes, the worst.

 

One of the reasons I said the 90's were a dark time for horror was because there were plenty of horror movies that never got a lot of attention when released (such as Exorcist III) and only now get the love they deserve.

 

Glad you liked the Carnival of Souls and Living Dead at Manchester Morgue reviews. As I mentioned right before this started, I want to go over zombie movies that tend to be overlooked usually, so that means avoiding the usual suspects.

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