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Movies That Witness Madness Part VI


Ian Watson

Copyright Ian Watson 2012

Published At Smashwords


Introduction To Part VI: “Spaghetti Flesh Eaters!”

Just as every action has an equal and opposite reaction, every 1970s blockbuster had to have an inexpensive and sleazy mockbuster. The Exorcist spawned House of Exorcism, Jaws begat Tentacles while Star Wars found its opposite number in Starcrash, but it was Dawn of the Dead’s success that birthed some of the liveliest, most outlandish trashterpieces that ever met a projector bulb. Avoiding Dawn’s slapstick elements , these spaghetti knock-offs played it straight and went for the jugular, but their low low budgets, bad acting and ridiculous narratives often saw them enter the realm of high camp. You will be hard pressed, for instance, to find a better-paced, more outrageously entertaining unintentional comedy than the first suspect in our line-up…

Zombie Creeping Flesh (1980)

(A word about alternative titles: many of these pictures played all over the world, sporting a different title in pretty much every country. Zombie Creeping Flesh, for instance, is also known as Virus, Hell of the Living Dead, Night of the Zombies, Zombi 4 etc. The titles used will be those they were viewed under, although the alternatives will also be listed. In short, if you’re wondering why Zombi 3 is listed as Zombie Flesh Eaters 2, it’s because that’s the title on the region 2 DVD and also because there are three other films listed here that played under that name. On the other hand, if you couldn’t give a fig about such matters, reading this has been a big waste of your time. Sorry.)

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