. The image is often bathed in darkness or blue hues, but black levels seem a little too dark at times, so detail is lessened in some of the darker sequences. Instead, we have a film that plays more like an action movie than horror movie. The Essential Monster Movie Guide. The best part of the film is when two of the characters head to the local theatre for a movie date and watch one of The Three Stooges classic comedy shorts, Disorder in the Court.
As far as source materials, I imagine Image rounded up the best elements they could find, but the print still looks rough. Sherman is candid throughout the session, talking about the different versions and the changes that were made, as well as why the changes were done and how it impacted the finished version. Ok movie, just because you show us a bunch of stuff doesn't mean we will understand what it means! A final showdown seems imminent, but which side will prevail in this ultimate conflict? Apparently unaware his purchase was only an hour long, he took on reworking it himself. A kind of splatter version of Indiana Jones, with the living dead instead of Nazis, perhaps. This might be a bad movie, but this two disc set is terrific and offers a glimpse into the evolution of this project.
This was a low budget project and it shows, but Image has done about as good as can be expected. My alternate title for Raiders of the Living Dead: Zombies Show Up Out of Nowhere. See you in about 80 minutes. We try and warn others about certain films but in doing so we create some sort of reverse psychological fan base where people instinctively decide to check out films we rip to shreds just to see what all the fuss was about. While this movie has ample zombies and some action involved, this is not the blood soaked epic it sounds like. The more I think about the film, the more it infuriates me. An abandon prison is eerie enough, but when a mad doctor is involved, it becomes a true house of horrors.
Trust me, it is an exciting as it sounds. They are ravenous… A newspaper reporter hears of mysterious goings-on on a remote island and sets off to investigate, only to find a mad scientist creating zombies from the bodies of inmates at the local prison. No, the extras continue beyond the added pictures, including an insightful audio commentary with Sam Sherman himself. As usual, the audio commentary by Sherman was packed with lots of interesting bits of information. The colors appear acceptable and stable, but not as vivid or bold as we might like. Nothing makes a jot of sense. I was more than a little let down by the lack of blood and traditional horror elements, a feeling I assume others will share.
The potential solution comes in the form of teenager Jonathan Scott Schwartz , who used a laser from his laserdisc player to create a special weapon, one which proves to be effective against the zombies. Even with these numerous sub-plots heading off on tangents, it is clear that the film is padded out beyond belief with filler. I know it is from the 80s but still, every decade has budding film makers waiting for an opportunity yet its stuff like Raiders of the Living Dead which manages to break free of the system. Sherman Brett Piper Starring Robert Deveau Donna Asali Music by Tim Ferrante George Edward Ott Opening Theme Edited by John Donaldson Distributed by Independent International Pictures In an abandoned prison, a doctor revived executed convicts as the living dead. Jonathan , a teenager, creates a weapon from a player's laser and pursues the walking dead, aided by his girlfriend and grandfather. The plot unfolds something like this: Ok, who are we kidding, there's no plot. Sherman Written by Samuel M.
Looks like a wikipedia plot rundown right? With a title like Raiders of the Living Dead, you might assume this one is loaded with gore, zombies, and adventure elements. But this is not a total loss, as it has some solid moments and if nothing else, its humorous to see Scott Schwartz fighting legions of the undead. Who's that guy —wait, now he's dead never mind. Then this story is abandoned in favour of the newspaper reporter plot. His 10 year old Grandson says he can fix it so Grandpa hands it over, and soon it will soon be a pair of laser guns. A reporter on the trail of the story is helped by the town librarian.
As the creatures are already dead, they cannot be killed in traditional ways, but will someone come up with a plan to stop them? The video is less than impressive on the previous editions, but it is a pleasure to watch the elements change and evolve over the three versions, until they were completed in Raiders of the Living Dead. Sherman has provided cinema with one of the worst examples of its hundreds of years of history. It all started with Dying Day, an 80 minute unfinished project purchased by Sam Sherman, who would seek to not only complete the picture, but enhance the material involved. This version features solely Raiders of the Living Dead and its commentary. The production limitations are evident at times, with thin audio in some scenes and some muffled moments, but on the whole, this is an acceptable presentation.
The art work, the characters, the story……how do films like this even get made when hundreds of promising film makers get their dreams shattered every year through lack of funding? Video: How does it look? The short version: Stuff happens, most stuff isn't resolved, some stuff is only mentioned once, and a kid makes a pair of laser guns out of a laserdisc player. Perhaps the best known of the stars here is Scott Schwartz, who found success as a child actor, but soon turned toward other venues in the movie business. At the same time, a reporter delves into the story to look for clues with the help of an old librarian. He hired the original cast to shoot additional footage and added some plot points, and edited it into something he called Dark Night. One of the problems of which there are too many to cover in a short review like this is that there is no particular story and structure holding everything together. It's like if you had to write a summery of Coffee and Cigarettes. There's a zombie attack somewhere that's totally unconnected from the plot.
On the prison island, the zombies attack a security guard and tear him apart as the reporter and teenager venture into the prison caverns for a final showdown. The cover art misleads greatly. Along his with girlfriend and grandfather, Jonathan tracks down the zombies and tries to fend them off. You can help Wikipedia by. So if his plan works, executed criminals will be brought back and unleashed upon the world. Raiders of the Living Dead is a jumbled mix of scenes slapped together, trying their best to work as a cohesive unit but ending up a boring mess in the process.
A reporter on the trail of the story is helped by the town librarian. Jonathan , a teenager, creates a weapon from a player's laser and pursues the walking dead, aided by his girlfriend and grandfather. The Local Woman and the Reporter meet up again and call Dr Grandpa insisting that he not help them at the showdown with the zombie master. That is the last she is mentioned in this movie. This version features solely Raiders of the Living Dead and its commentary.