Director: Robert Scott
Writer: Robert Scott
The Video Dead was a scary film to revisit (with my pal David) mainly because it was such a cherished little low budget gem from my childhood. One of those VHS covers so awesome it practically sold itself. But lord knows I've ruined far too many of these by going back to them; sometimes it's better to just let that shit stay in the past (looking at you Creepshow 2).
Anyway, this was every bit the nonsensical fun I remember it being back when I watched as a kid. Uniquely ridiculous zombie rules (kill them with loneliness), random characters with no real purpose or just a very specific one (Zombie Killing Texan and Garbageman — hi), a cast of human plankboards with less range of emotion than the zombies chasing them, and of course, the awesome zombies themselves. There's accountant zombie, greaser zombie, bleeding face zombie, creepy uncle zombie, stupid zombie, and my favorite, runaway bride zombie (or even better, runaway bride zombie with a chainsaw).
Also, there's a part where a black toy poodle named chocolate, has a heart attack from bumping into a zombie in the woods. To avoid being blamed for negligence, the dogsitter agrees to shove a ball down it's throat in hopes of passing the death off as suffocation.
I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to watch this low budget video store era gem. The greasy strangler accidentally receives a cursed television set and madness ensues. It’s a weird fever dream in a world that feels like a mashup of Doom Asylum and Burial Ground. Dialogue is delivered like its being read straight off the script with no punctuation, heads are lopped off, an iron is rammed through a skull, there’s a strangulation that goes on for at least 5 minutes, and the main character Jeff has seen the Texas Chainsaw Massacre SIX times.