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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

FleshEater (1988)

Fans of Night of the Living Dead, I have a confession to make.  Until this week, I had never seen FleshEater before.  The tie-in to NOTLD?  It stars the "Graveyard Zombie" from NOTLD in the lead role.  It was also shot in Pittsburgh as evidenced by the distinct Pittsburgh accent of most of its actors.  [I should know, it's my hometown.]  If you didn't get enough of Graveyard Zombie from the first film, this is your chance to see him in all his glory!
S. William "Bill" Hinzman tries to follow in George Romero's footsteps with FleshEater which came out ten year's after Romero's sequel to the original NOTLD, Dawn of the Dead (1978).  This time out Hinzman is not only the lead actor, he pulls an M. Night Shyamalan and serves as director, writer, film editor and executive producer.  To say that FleshEaters is low budget is an overstatement.  It's almost "no budget" [a mere $60,000].  But this doesn't mean it's completely without merit.
Yes, I've seen better acting in a high school play.  Yes, the plot is as predictable as it comes.  Yet, in spite of these negatives, FleshEaters has some pretty decent cinematography in its favor as well as a nice soundtrack.  Furthermore, I just love to watch Hinzman do his zombie thing.  He's just so good at it that if you loved him in NOTLD, you'll love him here as well.
The special effects in FleshEaters are. well, not so special.  Tom Savini did not work on this film and it shows.  The blood spurt and gut munching in this film are groan-worthy at every turn.  They lack the skill of "the master."  If Savini had worked on FleshEaters it would have been a much better film.
So, should you watch this?  If you're a Romero fan or a zombie fan then definitely yes.  If you're just a casual viewer of horror films then this one will probably disappoint you.  It's true there are much better zombie films out there.  But, hey, we're talking Bill Hinzman here and that's enough for me!
RATING: Fair.
For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

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