Redneck Zombies: Director's Cut (1987) (NTSC)
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Introduction-Lloyd Kaufman (President Of Troma)
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Interviews-Crew-Pericles Lewnes (Director)
Interviews-Crew-Ed Bishop (Producer/Editor)
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|Year Of Production||1987|
|RSDL / Flipper||Dual Layered||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||1,2,3,4,5,6||Directed By||Pericles Lewnes|
Anthony M. Carr
Lisa M. DeHaven
James H. Housely
Martin J. Wolfman
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||English Dolby Digital 2.0 (384Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.29:1|
|Video Format||480i (NTSC)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.29:1||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
Redneck Zombies is yet another of these. Shot on video by director Pericles Lewnes, the film follows the tragic events following a bunch of redneck stereotypes distributing radioactive moonshine leading to widespread zombie outbreak. (Probably not a metaphor for this film. Probably.) Meanwhile, a bunch of young, unlikeable morons in the vein of Jason Voorhees fodder camp nearby, soon battling for their useless teenage lives when they encounter the living-dead-who-really-like-their-cousins. There's little in the way here of character development, or characters at all - you'll come to know the folk onscreen by whichever stereotype they represent - yet the film is too stupid to have any kind of social commentary or any real value at all. It's frequently racist (there's a really stupid scene in which a black man's dialogue is subtitled because, hell, I don't know, us white viewers can't understand the way black people speak?) and is, on the whole, dull and overacted, to the point of chest pain. There's no use talking about things like framing and pacing; when filmmakers have such a struggle making a film look like a film there's much more important things to consider, like drug abuse.To be fair, the special effects actually stand out as being reasonably impressive for a very-very-low budget zombie feature, and it's no wonder that the director went on to do special effects on other better films. The practical effects look pretty good, on par with something like Shaun of the Dead that doesn't shoot for serious realism, and several of the nastier gags kept me amused, such an as axe to the head and a hammer to the head, both with amusing sound effects and overdone bloodletting. But then the film is let down with intrusive Troll 2 style bright green gunk that looks fake and appalling, even by Troma standards.
Redneck Zombies was shot on digital video and looks generally awful. Although I admire people who just get out there and make a film, there is definitely something to be said for the look of film over the look of someone's holiday camcorder footage, and the entire film wallows in this. The colours change from shot to shot due to the lack of detail in low-grade-digital video, but worse is that there's frequent digital breakdown from 35:00 onwards, including weird errors at 61:48 and 71:06. The look of the film changes entirely when the film cuts to stock footage, such as that of chickens at 50:19.
It's best not to get on this film's case about how bad the video and audio quality is - this film is what it is, a very low budget horror film shot on camcorder about two decades ago, it isn't going to look or sound good. The poor quality would probably be part of the film's charm, if only the film actually had some charm.
There are no subtitles.
Redneck Zombies sounds awful, clearly being shot with minimal equipment, quite possibly the microphone built into the camcorder. It's clear that the filmmakers weren't aware that you're supposed to shoot background sound to insert into all cuts in a scene, since each shot features different background noise (see 7:00 for an astonishing example). Some credit must be given that most of the dialogue is audible, but it's a mixed blessing - everything sounds tinny and awful.
I am unsure of the composer of the music, which is a decent mix of country-style music and more horror-themed compositions that rattle away occasionally across the viewing.
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The video and audio transfers are awful and what you'd expect for a film shot on camcorder in the 80's.
The extras are the same as on every other Troma disc with few exceptions.
|DVD||Sony Playstation 3 (HDMI 1.3) with Upscaling, using Component output|
|Display||Philips 47PFL9732D 47-inch LCD . Calibrated with Digital Video Essentials (PAL). This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.|
|Audio Decoder||Logitech 5500 THX. Calibrated with Digital Video Essentials (PAL).|
|Amplification||Logitech 5500 THX|
|Speakers||Logitech 5500 THX|