Directed by: Peter Jackson
Genre: Horror, Comedy
Runtime: 97 Minutes
I am, speechless with this one. I still find it hard to believe that Peter Jackson made this. Here we have a film from big shot director Peter Jackson that shares no resemblance with his later films. Like “the Evil Dead”, it is filled with outrageous gore, except more comical. If it were not comical, this movie would just fall flat and boring gorefest. Out of all the film’s I have seen, this may be the most gore filled, and I mean it.
The film is set in the 50’s and our opening shows two men who are retrieving some sort of monkey for the zoo, but little do they know the dangers of this monkey. The village dweeb (Timothy Balme) is trying to maintain a budding romance with the sweet Paquita (Diana Penalver) while concealing the fact that his overbearing mum (Elizabeth Moody, in an amazing good-sport performance) is a flesh-eating zombie. (She owes her condition to a bite from a "Sumatran Rat Monkey" at the local zoo.) Complicating matters even further is Les, a greedy uncle (Ian Watkin), who suspects that his sister has died and is eager to occupy her elegantly furnished Victorian mansion.
The effects are unbelievably wild and there must have been about 200 Gallons of blood used on this film. Towards the end of the film guts, flesh and blood are flying all over, the place and it should probably desensitize you of being squeamish. It is just this constant splatter fest with constant zombie killing. A lot of the violence is comical and very creative. We have zombies dying from light bulbs and even lawnmowers. You can consider all this gore to be tasteless, and it seems like pointless violence. However, it is amusing to see all this blood flying everywhere and the variety of different killing that happens.
The outstanding effects done make up for the fact there are no star names in the film nor is there any terrific talent. All the actors did what they had to do and some of the acting was very funny. It is obviously not be taken very seriously as this is just a corny cheap horror comedy. It may not necessarily be a b-movie, but definitely plays like one like an angel.
Some may say these effects are terrible, but put it this way- they are completely insane so how are they bad? They may be out of this world and strange, but certainly not bad.
Out of all the performances I think Moody was the best. Her role as the obsessive and selfish mother was excellent, especially with that English accent. Everyone in the film did their part nicely in mediocre formats which makes this film all the more lovable.
The wild final minutes of the film will have you wondering what you are watching and may be one of the strangest things you will ever see on screen. The movie is also filled with comical quotes that make it so corny and bright, such as “Your mother ate my dog” and "I kick ass for the lord!". If they don't make you chuckle then you may as well just turn the film off. The cinema obsessed young Jackson just went crazy with effects here which sums this film up to be a horrific splatterfest cult comedy that you will love or hate.
My Rating: 8/10