Zombie! Vs. Mardi Gras

2001, Movie, NR, 90 mins


The smarty-pants makers of this pre-fab cult hybrid of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD by way of PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE seem to have been inspired by Nick Zedd's punk horror parody GEEK MAGGOT BINGO (1983). But their film is smugger and even less watchable. 1972: A child named McGuffin (get the Hitchcock reference?) is trampled during Mardi Gras. 23 years later: McGuffin (Matt James) has grown up to look like John Carradine in a carnival magician's get-up, and conducts a ritual that uses the power of the goddess Inanna, Mistress of the Morning Sun (Lorelei Fuller), to raise Zombie (Karl DeMolay). McGuffin sets Zombie loose on the streets of New Orleans to kill people, all of whom are themselves transformed into shuffling, Mardi Gras bead-bearing zombies. McGuffin falls asleep. In an unrelated development, a porno filmmaker named Dale (Dale Ashmun) starts making a documentary. Zombie is being stalked by a ninja (Jason Deas) and Galileo (Keith Bien), who's been released from purgatory to return Zombie to the land of the dead before God finds out someone's been messing with the order of the universe and gets ticked off. A pair of aliens in a flying saucer observe the chaos. McGuffin is eventually smothered in Mardi Gras beads by the zombies, and Dale gets a lot of footage of women baring their breasts before Zombie dispatches him in a toilet. Shot in 8mm for some $5,000, the film appears to have been made almost entirely without sync sound and is so badly lit it's often impossible to see what's going on. The action is padded with endless sequences of street people, preachers and Mardi Gras revellers wandering New Orleans, as well shots of women bathing and flashing their breasts. In one sequence, all the dialogue is in badly spoken French. Not clever. Not scary. Not funny. leave a comment --Maitland McDonagh

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