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Redneck Zombies (1989)

  Tags: Anthony Burlington-Smith, Boo Teasedale, Bucky Santini, cheesy, comedic, Darla Deans, James H. Housely, Joe Benson, low-budget, Martin J. Wolfman, Pericles Lewnes, Redneck Zombies, Troma, Troma Entertainment, Zombie Movies

Your rating: None Average: 6.7 (3 votes)
Reviewer Rating: 
4

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Rating #: 
4/10
Director: 
Pericles Lewnes
Runtime: 
84 minutes
Cast: 
Anthony Burlington-Smith, James H. Housely, Martin J. Wolfman, Boo Teasedale, Darla Deans, Joe Benson, Bucky Santini


I remember walking passed the cover for this flick many times knowing that it sucks, and concluding that I'd never bother with it. Well I got my hands on it for free, so I figured I'd give it a shot. Having seen it all I can say is that I'm glad I didn't pay for it, cuz it did indeed suck, but surprisingly not as bad as I thought it would.

The story is about a group of rednecks that come across a lost container of radioactive waste that seems to have gotten loose while an army soldier was transporting it. The rednecks get it open somehow and it scatters into their moonshine. Naturally they think nothing of it and before ya know it, they're zombies; and it doesn't take long before the rest of the country-folk to turn into zombies either -- Ah, how fast moonshine travels.

This movie is pure cheese, but at least the filmmakers knew that, and had fun with it. On a plus-side to this bad movie, there's a decent amount of obviously fake gore and a lot of bad, but somehow entertaining, acting and comedy. Although the movie is bad, I gotta give credit that it's mildly entertaining at times, because of the fact that nothing was taken seriously. I've seen a lot of bad movies in the past where horrible movies take themselves too seriously, which only makes it worse.

In the end I thought a 4-rating was best, and I personally think that's generous enough as it is. It's really only a movie that would please hardcore Troma fans, while other cheese fans would probably find the movie to be decent. One good thing about Troma's DVDs are the interesting extras -- Before the movie began Troma president Lloyd Kaufman explained how since Redneck Zombies was entirely shot on home-video with a budget of only $10,000, that in order to make up for the loss on their part, that they hired director Pericles Lewnes to do some special effects stuff for other Troma films, including a couple Toxie films.

A cheesy, incredibly low-budget, zombie flick. The acting is horrible, but luckily for the movie nothing is taken seriously, which led me to give it a 4-rating. Although it's a bad flick, it has it's decent moments.

Posted on April 12, 2011 - 10:01pm | FrighT MasteR

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