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Director:
Writers:
Fred Olen Ray (screenplay) &
Martin Nicholas (screenplay)
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Release Date:
1 June 1980 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
They're consuming every living creature in sight! See more »
Plot:
A meteor strikes a houseboat in the swamps near a southern town populated by Yankees with fake accents... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Bury This Film In A Swamp See more (33 total) »

Cast

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Buster Crabbe ... Sheriff Kowalski
Ray Roberts ... Tom Corman (as Raymond Roberts)
Linda Lewis ... Shawn Michaels
George Kelsey ... Emmet Michaels
Mike Bonavia ... Miller Haze
Dennis Underwood ... Deputy Campbell
John Leirier ... Paisley
Rich Vogan ... Krelboin
Martin Nicholas ... Doc Ellerbe (as Martin Alan Nicholas)
Norman Riggins ... Mr. Griffith
Nancy Kranz ... Mrs. Griffith (also as Nancy Karnz)
Ellena Contello ... Mae Hawkins (also as Ellena Contella)
Shelley Youngren ... Angry Wife

Fred Olen Ray ... Pool Player
Chuck Sumner ... Gordon / Zombie
Bernice Kelsey ... Farmer's Wife
Ken Triplet ... Farmer / Mandolin player in bluegrass band
Jocelyn Davies ... Girl Swimmer
Donn Adrian ... Hunter #1
Bob Wagner ... Hunter #2
Wesley Place ... Second Deputy
Edi Stroup ... Grocery Cashier
Bonnie Irvine
Albert Davies
Lena Blanton
Steve Kaplan
Carl Bowman
Terry Stephenson
Ray Duckworth
James Christian
Barbara Barrs
Mary Jane Kelsey
Nancy Ray
Terry Drean
Jim Cartwright
Bobby Conwell
Elton Kemper
Freddy Frei
Mike Domansky

Michael Smith
John Ray ... Zombie in flannel shirt / Houseboat tourist
Michelle De Gurse ... Zombie
Joe Lang
Denise Thompson
Noli Lagrossa
Ron Liburn
John Green
Chris Robinson
Rene McCune
Phil Cardwell
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Henry Kaplan ... Corpse (uncredited)

Directed by
Fred Olen Ray 
 
Writing credits
Fred Olen Ray (screenplay) &
Martin Nicholas (screenplay) (as Martin Alan Nicholas)

Produced by
Henry Kaplan .... executive producer
Fred Olen Ray .... producer
Chuck Sumner .... producer
Shelley Youngren .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Franklin Sledge (musical score)
Chuck Sumner (musical score)
 
Cinematography by
Peter Gamba 
Fred Olen Ray  (as Fred Ray)
Gary Singer 
 
Film Editing by
Mark Barrett 
 
Makeup Department
Allen Duckworth .... special makeup designer
 
Art Department
Jon Keck .... title graphics
 
Sound Department
Malcom Brooks .... audio
Joe Lang .... audio
John Weyrick .... audio
 
Special Effects by
Fred Olen Ray .... special effects (as Fred Ray)
 
Visual Effects by
Bart Mixon .... special animation effects (as Bart J. Mixon)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Malcom Brooks .... still photographer (as Mac Brooks)
Will Harbeson .... still photographer
Colin Heron-Vanta .... still photographer
Joe Lang .... still photographer
 
Music Department
The American Bluegrass Express .... additional music
Paul Jones .... additional music
Sugar Lee .... additional music
 
Other crew
Mike Gorenfio .... production assistant
Colin Heron-Vanta .... production assistant
John Ray .... production assistant
 

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USA:74 min
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Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: When the blonde woman is coming around her car towards her house, she trips over a cable or wire from the equipmentSee more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Beverly Hills Vamp (1989)See more »

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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Bury This Film In A Swamp, 21 April 2002
Author: Internal Bleeding from Massachusetts

When people start turning up dead in the swampy lake of a Southern town, many of the inept local law officials blame it on alligators. However, a reporter and a local girl (who, despite having the name of Shawn Michaels, sadly doesn't superkick any zombies) discover the truth to involve the radiation from a meteorite...and that the fallout is turning the corpses into zombies!

The directorial debut of Ray (who appears as a pool player) is a complete waste of time. The editing is horrible (many cuts happen either prematurely or too late), the music is wretched (it also drowns out the character's screaming), the acting is atrocious (although Crabbe, in his last film, isn't too bad), and the characters are annoying. The zombie attacks are also ludicrous. With the standard (and subpar) Romero-issue makeup and quick cuts before penetration, the film's low budget really hurts what could be the highlight of the movie. I also question the logic of keeping the lake open and free despite the numerous deaths. Relatively inoffensive yet pitiful attempt at horror.

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