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Redneck Zombies (1988)



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I have to do a review of Redneck Zombies for Film Apocalypse because for me, this film was my introduction to the 'Bad' shot-on-video horror film.  It was one of the first features shot on video and I remember when I first saw it I thought, "I could do better than this!"  It turns out I probably couldn't do any better, which is why I review movies instead of making them.  Anyway, Redneck Zombies is a fun 'Bad' movie with great cover art!  In my mind, it's a classic!

I want to start by warning everyone that this is a truly no-budget film even though it was made in the 1980s and has the Troma label on the package.  I've since wondered if some guy with a video camera made this movie with his friends (like many of the no-budget films of today) and just lucked into a distribution deal with Troma.  The acting is really bad.  The camera work and editing are really bad.  I've seen films made since 2000 by guys with no money in their mom's basement that were technically better.  However, Redneck Zombies is funny and gory and that's worth something to me.

So what is this movie about?  Rednecks make a moonshine still with an oil drum contaminated with radioactive waste.   Anyone who drinks from it becomes a zombie.  A group of nerdy campers decide to wander around out near the zombie infested still and must come up with a way to defeat the zombie threat.  It turns out that deodorant works great when you need a fast, easy way to stop a zombie.  The movie is funny and there is a good bit of bad gore, but not a lot of hot chicks.  Speaking of hot chicks, where the hell is the chick pictured on the cover?  That's why I wanted to see the movie in the first place and she is absent from the film.  The is not a good hot chick zombie movie.

This is one of those movies that you would probably enjoy most when you're watching it with a bunch of friends and drinking heavily.  It's great for playing in the background at parties...well, parties that involve a lot of drinking.

Gore-o-meter rating: 4 out of 5 (what they lack in quality, they make up for in quantity)

Skin-o-meter: 1 out of 5 (not a good movie for boobs or hot chicks)