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A decent low budget zombie flick
on 17 May 2002
Although not part of George A. Romero's 'Dead' story arc, this John Russo produced film is certainly enjoyable. It's certainly the best Russo Zombie flick since the original 'Night Of The Living Dead' and is far removed from the cheesy, tongue in cheek 'Return of...' series. Although shot on a budget, this movie handles the subject seriously and has enough gore to keep you entertained. Several key 'Dead' regulars accompany Russo for the ride including Bill Hinzman as cinematographer, Heidi Hinzman playing one of the main zombies, Tom Savini acts as stunt co-ordinator and also as the lead star for the first 20 minutes of the film as ex-cop turned survivalist, Deputy Hughes. Savini's short but superb performance is worth the admittance price alone and you'll be glad to hear that although he doesn't handle the special FX personally, plenty of blood squibs are employed throughout this movie in the best Savini traditions.
The Venus probe is once again a speculative cause of the zombie infestation. A new and interesting addition to zombie lore is the new revelation that the zombies are not interested in biting children.
Some criticism has been aimed at the lead zombie 'Abbot Hayes' who is responsible for the regular re-infestations in this small town. I did not see him as a cheesy Zombie leader but rather I interpreted him as a Fulci-esque character.
With music by Halloween's Alan Howarth, I would definitely recommend this budget DVD. Give it a try.