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Friday, August 20, 2010

Teenage Zombies (1959)

What do you get when you cross Let It to Beaver with Scooby Doo and throw in a communist plot to take over America and a few zombies for good measure?  Why, Teenage Zombies, of course!  Director Jerry Warren is known as the schlock king who churned out low budget horror films with clever titles during the 50's and 60's.  I know it's hard to believe but Warren makes Ed Wood look like Steven Spielberg!  
Every scene in Teenage Zombies is done as a master shot with no close ups whatsoever.  The sets are simple and the acting is worse than a Jr. High School play.  This film made it into the 2004 documentary The 50 Worst Films Ever Made, and deservedly so.  However, this one may also fall into the "so bad it's good" category.  While Teenage Zombies is no Plan 9 From Outerspace, I found it to be very entertaining in a campy kind of way.  While watching the film, I got the impression that the director was in on the joke and knew just how bad this film was.  There are many places in Teenage Zombies that make you laugh out loud because it's horrifyingly terrible.
Teenage Zombies can be seen in its entirety on YouTube as well as other sites.  A simple Google or Bing search will yield several options.  If you have a weird sense of humor and appreciate really bad cinema then this one might fit the bill quite nicely.
RATING: Bad [As in "so bad it's good"]
For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

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