Tuesday, August 24, 2010
The medium teams up with a reporter to find the town of Dunwich (yes, this film was greatly inspired by H.P. Lovecraft). Their plan is to kill the priest zombie and thus stop the armies of the living dead from rising from the grave and destroying the world. This seems easy enough. These zombies have extra powers, however. They can stare at their victims and make their eyes bleed. If you look at them long enough, your intestines will start oozing out of your mouth. They can also teleport.
This film is campy and the dubbing is terrible, but it is worth it. What wonderful horrors can you expect in Fulci's masterpiece? A great scene involving a drill bit to the head, intestines oozing out of victim's mouths, lots of squishy brain scenes, a scene in which it rains maggots, and zombies that look like they are covered in vomit and worms. This is an absolute must see for any zombie movie lover.
Monday, August 16, 2010
Dead Clowns begins with a hurricane. A small town has been evacuated and only the brave remain. The movie spends a considerable time with build up and character development. The story of a circus car accident during another big hurricane is told. All the clowns died in the storm. They went down with the calliope. Even though this story was told straight, with no intention of humor, I couldn't help giggle as a traumatized woman recited this silly story as if it were something scary. The movie progresses slowly from this story. The characters endure the storm as the dead begin to rise. As the zombie clowns crawl out of the sand, calliope music plays in the background. Unfortunately, there isn't enough character development in the world to make me care about these poorly acted characters. So even though there are plenty of characters to kill, I really couldn't care less. The zombie mayhem begins with some beautifully, bloody death scenes and the gore in this film is pretty well done. However, the zombie effects weren't what I had hoped for.
Overall, I would pass on this low budget zombie indie unless you are a die hard fan. It has its moments and it certainly has potential, but it is still too rough to create interest and the premise of zombie clowns would have been better placed in a campy, tongue in cheek kind of film rather than a serious attempt at horror. I'm still hopeful that some day someone will blend Killer Klowns from Outer Space with zombies, but I haven't found it yet. I guess I'll just watch the original Killer Klowns.