Director – Lloyd Kaufman
Cast – Jason Yachanin, Kate Graham, Allyson Sereboff, Robin Watkins, Rose Ghavami, Joshua Olatunde, Caleb Emerson, Lloyd Kaufman, Ron Jeremy
Release Year – 2006
Reviewed by John of the Dead
Sometimes we horror fans really enjoy just turning our brain off, cracking open a cold one, and watching a cheesy, mindless, gory film filled with laughs and shock value. Troma Entertainment AKA Tromaville has provided us horror fans with these type of films for over three decades. From “The Toxic Avenger“, to “Nuke Em High“, to “Terror Firmer“, these awesome dudes at Troma Entertainment have given us cult classics that will be remembered forever, including their newest addition…“Poultrygeist: Land of the Chicken Dead“!
The film’s plot as you should have guessed so far…has a lot to do with chickens! When the American Chicken Bunker, a large fried chicken chain with a hilarious military theme, builds a new restaurant on top of an old Indian burial ground, the grand opening is met with great opposition by a large group of pissed off hippie liberals. However, even more pissed off are the spirits of the dead Indians, who then possess the food, which possesses those who consume it, turning the consumer into flesh eating chicken zombies! It is up to our main character(also an American Chicken Bunker employee) Arbie, and his former girlfriend-turned-lesbian Wendy to band together the remaining employees and begin fighting off the chicken zombies in the most hilarious, and goriest of ways!
I really love how after thirty something years, Troma has not strayed away from the product they desire to deliver. These guys are passionate, and look only to please their fans, as well as themselves(given they are fans of their own films, haha!). You wont see much Hollywood intervention in these films, which is what really brings my respect to this movie studio. This film is pretty simple to understand…it is really really gory, and really really silly. End of story! You can even say that this film does bring an original concept to the zombie/possession horror sub-genre by using…chickens! I really enjoyed the crazy gore scenes in this film, and must honestly say that some of the kills we see in this film were really creative, crazy, and have never been done before in any other horror film. I also really just loved how plain shocking this film is. We see multiple scenes of masturbation, extreme anal penetration, and LOTS of awesome, hilarious ethnic slurs involving a Muslim employee at the American Chicken Bunker. I really loved how this film holds nothing back, and shows that these filmmakers have absolutely no shame in what they do. Basically, if you don’t like them…you can kiss their a**!
I did somewhat have a problem with the choreographed songs that our characters would break into. The first time they broke into song it was funny, but the next few times I was really hoping they would just keep on with the film instead of going into the silly songs. Sure the songs were kind of funny for the most part, with some hilarious lyrics, but I just was loving the film and how it was progressing so much that I found myself very impatient with the multiple songs that were sung and nearly started fast forwarding through them, but chose not to until I’ve seen this film a few times. I don’t know, maybe you will like them, I’m not a big fan of films breaking into song anyway except for the horror/musical masterpiece “Repo! The Genetic Opera”.
Overall, this is an awesome film that I definitely recommend to all gorehound horror fans who want to see a modern day flick in the likes of “Dead Alive”. With awesome gore, laughs, and other ridiculous scenes, you will find yourself nearly on the floor laughing at how crazy this film is.
– I ranked this film #45 in my Top 50 Horror Movies of the Decade(41-50) post.