Raiders of the Living Dead

Raiders of the Living Dead (1986)

Raiders of the Living Dead (1986)

A reporter is on the trail of zombies.  But is he prepared for what is waiting for him at the end of the trail?  Most viewers won’t be and the writer clearly wasn’t.

Reporter Morgan Randall (Robert Deveau) has a lead on a big story: zombies.  Along the way he enlists a woman who finds him on the side of the road and decides for no obvious reason to help him.  A lot of this movie is driven by that phrase: for no obvious reason.  They eventually find a mad doctor who is reanimating the dead, you guessed it, for no obvious reason.  When things seem at their bleakest, reinforcements arrive in the form of a bow-hunting grandpa and his young grandson who managed to (I kid you not) fashion a couple of laser guns out of grandpa’s laser disc player basically because he was bored so he and his girl friend come along to shoot up the zombies as well.

NONE of this makes any sense.  Sadly, the disc comes with some rough cuts for another version of the film (“Dying Day”) which looks like it would have been a far superior film.  The acting is bad, the effects are bad even for a cheap 80s flick, the story isn’t even coherent enough to be considered “bad” and did I mention that junior made laser guns out of a laser disc player?  Because he did – after accidentally disintegrating his hamster while trying to fix grandpa’s player – I guess they really mean it when they say that opening those things up can be dangerous.

This is a bad movie all around.  The best that can be said for it is that you’ll get a couple of laughs – which I’m sure weren’t intentional.

Stars: 1.5/5


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