Reviewed by Bill Stea
Rating: 7.5 Beans
his 1987 movie was so made for video, it was actually shot in video. There were actually two versions released: the gory uncut version and the semi-safer less violent cut. I have watched both, and even the "uncut" version is missing scenes and memorable quotes that the other version leaves in.
The story begins with a group of "city folk" friends who are hiking in the back woods of Maryland, looking for a camping spot. Meanwhile, a lone military jeep is carrying a barrel of toxic waste from one base to the next. His jeep almost goes off the road, and the barrel rolls down an embankment. When he tries to retrieve it, he's chased off by Ferd Mertz, a silly hillbilly from Hell. He, in turn, is held at gunpoint at a whole family of rival hicks, who blame him for shooting up their corn whiskey still. Ferd offers them the barrel of toxic waste, as it would make an excellent still.
The havoc begins when they begin delivering corn whiskey tainted with the toxic waste to folks all over the county. Folks begin turning into flesh-eating zombies, and the prey becomes the camping city folk. And that is where the fun begins…
The tagline for the movie: They're Tobacco Chewin', Gut Chompin', Cannibal Kinfolk from Hell!
This gives you some idea of how great this movie is for those who love to watch really really really bad movies and still enjoy them. It's chock full of memorable quotes and scenes (like the Tobacco man, a playoff of the Ice Cream man, or Ellie Mae, the alter ego of Billy Bob, a gay hillbilly). The director, Pericles Lewnes, enjoys experimenting with the video camera for strange effects that really only captures the attention of an LSD user. Once you can get past that, the funny script by Fester Smellfoot (that's really what the credit says!) lets you either groan in pain or howl with laughter.
Don't look for award winning performances in this creature feature, though. I wouldn't have been surprised if some of the performers were reading from cue cards. I think the only way they got the parts were either through sleeping with the director or by being the only ones who showed up for auditions.
If you don't mind the taste of corn whiskey, and don't mind watching a bunch of country corn, go no further than Redneck Zombies.
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