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Flesheater

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  •  USA  •    •  88m  •    •  Directed by: S. William Hinzman.  •  Starring: S. William Hinzman, John Mowod, Leslie Ann Wick, Kevin Kindlin, Charis Kirkpatrik Acuff, James J. Rutan, Lisa Smith, Denise Morrone, Mark Strycula, Kathleen Marie Rupnik, Matthew C. Danilko, David A. Sodergren, Tom Madden.  •  Music by: Erica Portnoy.
        A Group of attractive college kids with lust at the top of their agenda set out on a hayride. They come to rest at a picnic site, unknown to them once the setting for barbaric satanic rituals and rumored cannibalism. By accident, the sinister forces of a bygone era are unleashed and a blood-lusting Zomole emerges from its tomb. And he's packish... As the Zombie makes a meal of his young prey, each victim in turn replicates its living-dead master and begins seeking out his own mates for immortality in a hell of eternal darkness. Timing couldn't have been better for this carnivorous clan - it's Halloween, and they're heading for town to join in the amputations, er, celebrations.

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Now you can't fully hate a movie with a zombie in a chicken suit or one where a zombie thrusts his hand inside a girl's stomach and pulls out her heart. FLESH EATER (originally on tape as REVENGE OF THE LIVING ZOMBIES) is the type of movie you need to put your brain in neutral to fully enjoy. If you are unable to do this, you will only be annoyed by what you see here. It delivers in spades if you like low-budget exploitation horror movies with gore, female nudity and unintentional laughs. However, if you're looking for competent filmmmaking, it's just plain awful. The acting could not possibly be any worse, the dialogue is horrendous, the movie is choppy, badly edited and badly written, with little attention paid to continuity, but it delivers on entertainment in a big way so I'm willing to overlook the fact that technically speaking it's terrible and give it a mild recommendation if you enjoy these kind of things.

It was made by none other than Bill Hinzman, the tall graveyard zombie who kills Johnny at the beginning and chases Barbara around in the original NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD. Bill also stars in this masterwork as...you guessed it... a flesh-eating zombie. This time he's some kind of an Satanic zombie or something to that effect, but the script never goes into any detail about it. A farmer out in the middle of the woods moves a few leaves to the side and finds a coffin with a pentagram on it underneath. Inside is Bill, who wastes no time immediately coming to life, jerking the guy into the coffin and biting his neck. When he throws the dead body out, you can easily see a cable attached to the back pulling it.

Some "college kids," who are all hilarious dressed in ugly stone washed jeansjean jacket outfits, are on a hayride. The driver drops them off in the middle of the woods so they can drink and smoke pot. A girl says "I feel like dancin!" and all the women in the group jump up and start dancing to some generic supermarket music, trying to jerk the guys up while they groan and drink beer. A girl flashes the camera for random boob shot number one (there will be many more of these). Another woman (who looks about 20 years too old to be in college) puts in her gratuitous topless scene in a barn before she and her boyfriend are killed. Two farmers are also killed as well as a few others. Everyone returns as zombies, of course. The survivors make it to a farmhouse and try to barricade themselves in but the living dead attack and kill just about everyone inside except one couple who hide in basement. And this is only the beginning!

All of the dead teens, plus the farmers, plus Bill, then descend on a small town and kill even more people, including several children. We also get random boob shots 3 and 4, plus random gratuitous fully naked girl who will become a fully naked zombie. It's funny because with all the zombie madness going on, Bill's the one who gets to wrestle around with and kill all of the naked girls and he even gets to bite one right on the breast. The best scene takes place at a Halloween keg party. While the zombies feast on the guys, all the girls screech and huddle in the corner for several minutes until it's their turn. One girl in a hula outfit tries to climb up a ladder and a zombie sticks a hook in her leg and jerks her back down. Another guy has his nose bit off. The best gore effect though is when Bill impales a topless girl with his arm, sticking it through her back out her chest. The gore fx are surprisingly well done for the budget range and there's plenty of guts, an axe to the head, impalements, pitchforkings, heads blown off with shotguns, zombies with eaten off faces and much more. In fact, this is easily one of the gorier zombie movies from the decade. The ending is directly "inspired" by the ending of NOTLD (i.e. ripped off), but at least our desires for the surviving Brad Paisley lookalike and his girl are finally fulfilled.

The DVD from Media BlastersShriek Show is an excellent print with some decent extras, including a photo gallery, a Bill Hinzman zombie pizza commercial and a documentary featurette called "Back Into the Woods.".


Review by capkronos from the Internet Movie Database.