Raiders of the Living Dead
Sam Sherman, Dan Q. Kennis, Charles Baldwin (executive) for Independent International
directed by Sam Sherman
starring Robert Deveau, Robert Allen, Donna Asali, Corri Burt, Leonard Corman, Scott Schwartz, Zita Johann, Bob Sacchetti, Christine Farish, Barbara Patterson, Nino Rigali
written by Brett Piper, Sam Sherman, music by Tim Ferrante, special effects by Brett Piper, Bob LeBar
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Ok, so there's this reporter guy, Randall (Robert Deveau) who, when not
watching Three Stooges movies (I'm serious here) is chased
by zombies who are on his trail because he ... well, he found out
something or other. Randall is helped by Shelly (Donna Asali), a local
ex-cop who also finds the Stooges funny, but before she can
really help him she is abducted by the zombies - rather surprisingly
because usually the zombies just kill their victims.
Fortunately though, then Randall stumbles upon Dr Corstairs (Robert
Allen), whose teen grandson who lives with him just has build himself a
lasergun out of a laser disc player and a VCR, and after Randall has found
out that the zombies might have something to do with an abandoned local
prison he, Doc Corstairs, Jonathan and Jonathan's girlfriend Michelle
(Corri Burt) all go there to kick some zombie ass, either with laserguns
or with conventional bow and arrow, and after they have killed all the
zombies they find out that local coroner Doc Kopek (Leonard Corman) was
the driving force behind the zombie plague, and they make a citizen's
arrest on the spot ...
I have to admit, Raiders of the Living Dead is a great title
suggesting a great if silly zombie romp, and I also admit that I have
always been a sucker for cheap and cheesy zombie fare ... but this film
was a slap in the face, one of the most boring zombie films I have ever
seen: The film totally lacks suspense, tension, atmosphere and horror,
it's shot in a totally impersonal and uninventive matter-of-fact style,
the actors are at best mediocre (but probably not even) ... and its
screenplay sucks as well. And why Sam Sherman (a veteran schlock producer
whose only film as a director this was) thought it a good idea to use Three
Stooges-material to add extra-value to a zombie flick is
just beyond me.
Now don't get me wrong, this one isn't even unintentionally funny, it's
just a waste of time !