Director – Peter Jackson
Cast – Timothy Balme, Diana Penalver, Elizabeth Moody, Ian Watkin, Brenda Kendall, Stuart Devenie, Stephan Papps
Release Year – 1992
Reviewed by John of the Dead
This movie is definitely one of my top 5 favorite movies EVER, in ALL genres! Way before Peter Jackson directed the epic Lord of The Rings trilogy, he was directing ridiculous splatter fest movies such as Bad Taste, Meet the Feebles, and Dead Alive. This film has the title of being “The Goriest Fright Film Ever Made”, and I agree with that claim 100 percent. Not only is this movie extremely gory, but it’s outright hilarious as well!
This flick begins with an explorer trying to catch a poisonous Sumatran Rat monkey somewhere in New Zealand. He gets bitten and suffers a horrible(yet hilarious) fate but somehow our Sumatran Rat Monkey winds up in a zoo and all hell breaks loose when it bites one of our characters and slowly(and hilariously) turns her into one of the undead. I would explain more of this film, but I do not want to ruin your experience watching this flick. Trust me, you will thank me when it’s over.
I really cannot explain how much I love this flick. Right from the beginning this film takes off on a splatterific joyride that never lets up. Because this film is so ridiculous it helps with it’s pacing, never having a dull moment. Peter Jackson’s quirky direction makes this a fun watch and actually has the feel of a children’s flick, but with drums of blood and gross-out humor. In this film you will see some scenes you have never seen before in any other horror film, and most likely will not ever see again. Yes, this film is THAT awesome.
You will experience some scenes that are just downright disgusting(when you see the “custard” scene you will agree with me) and will stick in your mind for years go come. Apparently the infamous “lawnmower scene” towards the end of the movie used over 200 liters of fake blood! Gory AND hilarious? Never has a horror film had me laughing out loud like this one made me do. I had to hook in my respirator by the time I was halfway though this flick.
I really have no complaints about this movie. Some scenes are pretty damn silly, but that is the point of this movie and they should not be held against this flick whatsoever. This is not a film to be held in “academy award” regard.
Overall, this is a definite watch if you are a gorehound like me, or if you just want to hang back with some friends and pop a few cold ones to a hilarious, whacked-out gorefest that you will not regret viewing.