A new review of "Space Zombies!" (the DVD and the book!), by Adam Thorn, Toronto B-movie filmmaker and reviewer (Riot at the Movies)
Space Zombies (2004) In the way of The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra or Frankenstein vs the Creature of Blood Cove OR a less offensive Inhumanwich . Comical flash back to the old school B movie cheese of Ed Wood or William Castle or even K Gordon Murray. For the horror host fan base or old school MST3K people it will be right up their alley. For some of my heavy metal gorehound homies it may seem a tad too cheesy but then again those guys don't watch the things I referenced. Very innocent humor with over acting on purpose to homage the obviously original cheese of its inspirational material. As most fans of these 50s 60s sci fi they start off with direct Plan Nine from Outer Space spoofing into Cat Women of the Moon but I give them kudos for heavily spoof the often over looked king of cheese the Atomic Brain (a really bizarre story in the midst of the brain transplant sci fi craze). Extra kudos to the actors that do not over play it but just let the purposefully bad script guide into silliness like the sheriff character, the brainless Miss Smith that pats her cat constantly. Director Regan Macaulay also plays a cat person and sells it my being completely void of any emotion. I've met her in person and this is the only reason I can tell she was acting, so yes she is not a robot but plays one well. If its your flavor cheese or not you must give points to the book adaption that is extra funny if you read the book thinking its about a film that doesn't exist. But you still need the DVD companion if for nothing else but the extra feature that is an interview with all the cats that appear in the movie. We all love cats right? So does old school cheesy sci fi. Regan said they filmed in a vet's office that she worked so cats play a pretty big roll, so this movie should be all over the internet by now. However it is now available for rent at Eyesore so go check it out for a good laugh for you space cadets out there. PS: pie plate flying saucers are impressive when you think Ed Wood didn't do it any better and he was trying.
I review but rarely critique but if I can say anything in this kind of homage spoof it's better not to over act and let the terrible cheesy plot guide you which just like Lost Skeleton this movie takes a scene or two until the cast figure it out. But when they do it's some pretty solid humor especially if you are a fan of the subject matter.
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