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The Chilling (1989)

  Tags: 80's, cheesy, Deland Nuse, Jack A. Sunseri, Linda Blair, POS movie, the chilling, Zombie Movies

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Deland Nuse, Jack A. Sunseri
95 minutes
Linda Blair, Troy Donahue, Dan Haggerty, Ron Vincent, Jack De Ruiex

I didn't really know much about this movie before seeing it except for the fact that it had zombies in it, so I figured I'd check it out. I'm glad I got this film for free, because I would have been pissed had I paid to rent it. It looked like it would be decent at first, but then the low-budget and dumb plot came in.

It's basically about this cryogenic lab that has many frozen customers already inside little capsules. One night during a power-outage and while it's raining two security guards decide to bring the capsules out in the open. As expected, they get struck by lightening and then become the undead, which end up looking more like green space aliens than anything. The movie started off like it would be serious - talking about how cryogenics is being worked on and how the movie would depict what could happen if it went wrong - but then after watching the terrible acting and viewing the unrealistic gunfight shared between bank robbers and cops, I realized that it was gonna be pretty bad.

It was funny to watch how after someone got shot by a shotgun we'd see what looked like a ketchup stain on their t-shirt, which I guess I would assume to be their wound. I figured since Linda Blair was in the movie that it would be decent, but she didn't have a very big role and most of what she did was run and hide. Not only was the story bad, but the also the character development. It was obvious that the makers of the film just wanted to make a zombie film and they just threw a bunch of crap together to make it seem like it really had a plot.

Despite all that, I enjoyed watching the "undead" go about killing people in the lab, but it seemed like whatever they did, they just couldn't escape their limited budget and the actor’s horrible performances. I also thought the ending was just stupid. It reminded me of those romantic-teen comedies from the 80s, where they would put a picture of the character at the end of the film and showed a caption below saying what they went on to do or become. It was just too damn silly to be used in a horror film. Bah! I would have given the movie a lower-rating, but it was interesting in parts and it wasn't as bad as other horror films that I have seen.

A wasted zombie movie, if you'd even call it that. The zombies in this film were basically just green space aliens with glowing eyes, in my opinion. Don't bother with this.

Posted on February 7, 2010 - 2:05pm | FrighT MasteR