At one point in the early 1990s, Germany seemed like it was going to be the future of horror. Jörg Buttgereit was wowing fans with NEKROMANTIK; Andreas Schnaas was earning a reputation for his shot-on-video VIOLENT SHIT series; and Olaf Ittenbach was showing off his FX wares in stuff like BLACK PAST and THE BURNING MOON. Unfortunately, this revolution encouraged every German with access to a video camera and a gallon of fake blood to throw their Tyrolean into the ring. The end results were something like ZOMBIE: THE RESURRECTION, a shot-on-video movie so bad that I completely blocked it from my memory. That bad news? Since I couldn’t remember it, I decided to watch it again. Damn you, Herr Alzheimer!
the film’s title appears at roughly the 18 and a half minute mark…in a film that runs 55 minutes. Anyway, she apparently survives (we never see what happens to that zombie approaching her) as she is shacked up in a bunker with Steve (Oliver van Balen), Joe and Anne. Steve, looking like a bloated Rutger Hauer, decides to head out to a nearby Air Force radio tower to see if he can contact other survivors. We then get a scene where some random dude is attacked by five zombies and killed. Yeah, we’ll be getting lots of RDs (random dudes) and random zombies in this one. Back at the bunker, Joe and Anne have sex. Back in the woods, two more RDs get attacked by zombies. Back at the bunker, Joe gets a survivalist-style shower while Jill complains of their soup which contains snakes and rats. Back in the woods, Steve reaches the communications tower, but we never know what happens as we don’t see him go into it. Back at the bunker, zombies attack and Joe is killed. Jill and Anne run off and then Anne gets killed. Some more RDs get killed as well. Jill gets cornered by some zombies, but is saved by Steve in the nick of zeit. They walk off hand-in-hand but get confronted by a…wait for it…random zombie. We freeze on their shocked faces. The end!
NIGHT OF THE LIVING DUD:
Knowing that I own this video will give you a peek into just how bad my video habit was at one time. Yes, there was a point in my life when I saw a listing for a SOV German zombie film that runs less than an hour with no subtitles and I immediately thought, “Gee, I should really check this out.” To add insult to injury, I purchased this from Video Search of Miami back in the day when I paid to be a member to have the “privilege” to order a VHS dupe for $25. Now to add salt and lemon juice to that injury, the bootleg even had the VCR timer left on (see pics). Ah, quality. ZOMBIE: THE RESURRECTION is a torturous affair. Officially ending at the 50 minute mark (with 5 minutes of credits to pad it to still non-feature length), it seemed like it went on for days even when using the film enhancement button (fast forward) during the laborious zombie attacks. Co-directors Breiner and Torsten Lakomy have no idea on how to even stage a clever zombie attack. If you should watch this (please don’t, I beg you) notice in the end attacks how the two women will run into the frame, only to be surprised by zombies popping up in front of them. Now, I’m no Hitchcock, but wouldn’t screen logic dictate the women would see those zombies on the ground in front of them? On a technical level, it is a nightmare with terrible camerawork and hissing audio. Even if my German is rustier than the metal bookshelves in Hitler’s bunker, I still had trouble understanding what characters were saying due to the horrible audio on here. Truth be told, I’m sure you and your friends have made films very similar to this where you run around the woods and have people attacked. The only difference is you had to the good sense not to release your weekend exploits commercially. Believe it or not, this actually got released on DVD in the last few years in an edition limited to 666 copies. It is now out-of-print. Consider yourself lucky.