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21.6.10

Blood Suckers from Outer Space (1984)



Director: Glen Coburn
Starring: Thom Meyers, Dennis Letts, Robert Bradeen, Laura Ellis
Rated R  Running time: 79 minutes
Released by Shriek Show

Occasionally amusing low budget zombie comedy filmed outside of Dallas, Texas. Toxic gas leaking from a sinister military research facility turns the residents of a small farming town into blue-faced flesheating ghouls. A young photgrapher and an attractive party girl from the city manage to survive the outbreak (by huffing from a tank of nitrous oxide), but face an even greater danger from a nuke happy General (Dennis Letts) who hopes to cover the military's butt by vaporizing everything in sight.

 Most of the jokes are painfully unfunny, yet the film's goofy tone helps make Blood Suckers from Outer Space much more entertaining than most of the other 104,653 "zombie comedies"  currently in circulation. There's a couple of gore scenes (one featuring a farmer and a dismembered arm provides the biggest laugh), a guy in bikini briefs, a couple of boobies, and a zippy new wave via Broadway theme song. Pat Paulsen has a bit part as the President of the USA - a joke reference that will be totally lost on viewers under 40 years of age.

Shriek Show loaded the disc up with extras, including an making of documentary in which nearly everyone involved disparages the film. I don't think Blood Suckers from Outer Space is nearly as bad as the makers do, apparently.  It would fit in perfectly on the USA Network's departed "Up All Night" program. If you even know what that show was all about, then this movie might be right up your alley.



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