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Redneck Zombies (1987)


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They're Tobacco Chewin', Gut Chompin', Cannibal Kinfolk from Hell!

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Never before has it pained me so greatly to write a review as it does me now to review this loathsome example of a zombie film. It's very difficult to put into words the torture that this movie put me through while watching it. But I will try my best, but let it be known up front...that it's under great distress that I type this out.

The die-hard lovers of all things Troma will likely read this review and want me burned at the stake. I have but one thing to say to them...a burning at the stake would be a welcome alternative to watching this movie. Never have I seen acting so dreadful...never have I seen a script so wretchedly bad...and very few times have I lied awake in bed at night praying to regain the 2 hours of my wasted time that I will never get back...that is, until this movie.

The horrendously putrid storyline starts off with a soldier in charge of transporting some toxic waste accidentally losing his cargo in the backwoods of some Podunk town. Some local townsfolk, or rednecks if you will, come upon the barrel of waste. These morons decide to use it as their alcohol still because their last one had been shot up recently. We find out that these rednecks are the supplier of some bootleg liquor. The story was set in 1986 and to my recollection, prohibition had been abolished quite some time before. So why on Earth were the townspeople relying on these inbred hicks instead of going to a real store to buy real liquor? Your guess is as good as mine.

These hillbillies use this toxic-contaminated barrel to cook up a bunch of green-colored liquor for all of their fellow town folk. The zombie transformations start and it takes no time at all for the entire town to become flesh-eating redneck zombies. It just so happens that while all of this is going on, there's a group of seven ill-fated vacationers that are on a camping trip in the these very same woods. Mayhem and bloodshed ensue as they encounter the zombies and attempt to escape the woods.

So there's the plot. Some of you out there may think that this doesn't sound so bad, that maybe it could be a good movie. Some I'm sure are even saying, "Hey, I've heard of worse plots than that before...how bad can it be?" I just couldn't put a bigger warning sticker on this movie and I apologize ahead of time to those who go out and rent this (or worse yet...buy it) because I couldn't emphasize enough the unbearable dialogue of the annoying characters. To everyone who has seen and liked the movie, I'm sure you're mentally flogging me for failing to have a sense of humor. Don't get me wrong, I understand that this is definitely not a serious movie, it's supposed to be humorous. I simply don't believe there are more than one or two (very small) laughs to be gotten from it. The most humorous part to me is that the last name of these rednecks happens to be Clemson, and those that know me understand why that's the best part of the whole thing.

I won't end this review without giving the movie a smidgen of credit for their slightly above average special effects, makeup, and gore. Certainly not astounding, but I've seen much worse than this. So there is one aspect of the movie that wasn't completely contemptible, but the bottom line is still that this movie should be avoided at all costs. Don't waste your time or hard earned money. Even if someone has given you some money specifically earmarked to "waste", don't use it on this...please!


RATING

(out of 5)
DVD RELEASE DATE
May 26 1998


DEAD KEV'S ADVICE
Avoid this movie like a zombification-inducing plague.
ZOMBIE LESSONS LEARNED
1. Never let rednecks get a hold of toxic waste.
2. Don't drink green alcoholic drinks. (exceptions: St. Patrick's Day & lime margaritas)
FAVORITE QUOTES
-"I'm-a goin' fishing now."
-"Ain't you got worms?"
-"Yeah, but I'm going anyway!"


DIRECTOR
Pericles Lewnes
WRITERS
Zoofeet
P. Floyd Piranha
PRODUCERS
Edward Bishop Executive Producer
Pericles Lewnes Producer
George Scott Producer
William E. Benson Associate Producer
CAST CHARACTER
William E. Benson Jed (Pa) Clemson
P. Floyd Piranha Junior Clemson
William-Livingston Dekker Jethro Clemson
Zoofeet Billy Bob (Elly May) Clemson
Lisa M. DeHaven Lisa Dubois
Anthony Burlington-Smith Bob
James H. Housely Wilbur
Martin J. Wolfman Andy
Boo Teasedale Sally
Darla Deans Theresa
Bucky Santini Ferd Mertz
Stan Morrow Dr. Kildare
Brent Thurston-Rogers Dr. Casey
Steve Sooy Mental Patient One
Ken Davis Mental Patient Two
Anthony M. Carr Attendant One
Keith Johnson Attendant Two
Tyrone Taylor Tyrone Robinson (The Soldier)
Joe Benson Hoss (The Dog)
E.W. Nesneb Tobacco Man
Allan Hogg Colonel Sir
Frank Lantz Crazy Hitch-hiker
PRODUCTION COMPANY
Eurociné
STUDIO
Troma
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN
United States
RUNNING TIME MPAA RATING
90 mins Unrated


INTERESTING TIDBITS
While most films shot on video never make it to distribution, Redneck Zombies managed to be one of the few exceptions to the rule.
When watching, keep an eye out for the homage to Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
The budget has been rumored to have been around $5,000.
AKA : Redneck County Rape (1987)

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