BY EMILY GAGNE
Two 1980s college guys accidentally unleash an alien-infected corpse from the 1950s while trying to complete a pledge prank. Suddenly, that night’s big frat formal is overrun by the walking dead and it’s up to them (and a cute, flame-throwing girl) to save the party!
STRAIN OF ZOMBIE
Fairly akin to the typical mindless frat loser, meaning perpetually zoned out, save for the moments they want to get their hands/mouths/etc. on your flesh. They also seem to acquire a certain caked-on pallor once transformed, as well as off-white eyes. Basically, they are TOTAL boyfriend/girlfriend material.
HOW IT FLESHED OUT THE GENRE
This was one of the first really self-aware zom-coms, or zombie comedies, bringing some much needed (IMHO, anyway) levity and satire to the often straight-faced proceedings. It’s really a B-movie about B Z-movies, as it both utilizes and laughs at token twists and turns of the genre, while also adding its own (with accompanying endlessly quotable one-liners). There are even in-references to some of flesh-eating film’s biggest names, with the main character named Chris Romero (after George A.), one of the policemen dubbed Sgt. Raimi (like The Evil Dead‘s Sam Raimi) and the kids attending Corman (as in Roger) University. It’s because of films like this, I’m sure, modern meta zombie classics such as Shaun of the Dead and Zombieland exist.
(UN)DEAD ON DEATH SCENE
One infected party gets it good by way of a lawnmower. This ingeniously gory sequence inspired a similar, possibly more famous one in Peter Jackson’s Dead Alive, and ends with one character yelling — I kid you not — “Later, dude!”[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFcF99Yskqw]