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FleshEater (1988)

R  |   |  Horror  |  17 August 1988 (USA)
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A group of college students on an overnite hayride come across a group of maneating zombies. They must fight for their lives while trying to escape and warn the authorities.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
S. William Hinzman ...
FleshEater (as Bill Hinzman)
John Mowod ...
Bob
Leslie Ann Wick ...
Sally
Kevin Kindlin ...
Ralph
Charis Kirkpatrik Acuff ...
Lisa
James J. Rutan ...
Eddie
Lisa Smith ...
Kim
Denise Morrone ...
Carrie
Mark Strycula ...
Bill
Kathleen Marie Rupnik ...
Julie
Matthew C. Danilko ...
Tony
David A. Sodergren ...
Farmer Dave
Tom Madden ...
Tractor Driver (as Tom 'Where R.U.' Madden)
David Ashby ...
Harv
Terrie Godfrey ...
Dispatcher (as Theresa Marie)
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Storyline

A group of teenagers, taking a nocturnal hayride come across the grave of a man. Little did they know that this deceased man is a zombie. One by one, the actual living are falling victim and becoming zombies. Eventually there are zombies everywhere, and someone needs to stop them, but who? Written by simon

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He lived, he died, he's back, and he's hungry!

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17 August 1988 (USA)  »

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Flesh Eater  »

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$60,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

In the "cardiectomy" scene, the heart S. William Hinzman bit into was supposed to be a plastic cast of a pig's heart. When something went wrong with the plastic cast, they had to throw the actual pig's heart in instead. Word was not relayed to Hinzman in time, who found himself biting into a pig's heart. See more »

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When the tractor driver is pulled away from the flesheater's coffin, the wire that pulls him back is clearly visible. See more »

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Heidi, the Little Angel: [opening the door to a zombie] WOW... You're supposed to say trick or treat.
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References Frankenstein (1931) See more »

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Working for the Weekend
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An Overabundance of Flesh in this Flesh Eater
9 November 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film was written, directed, and produced by S. William Hinzman, whose one claim to fame was his memorable role as the cemetery zombie in George Romero's Night of the Living Dead. This film might well have been titled The Further Adventures of George Romero's Cemetery Zombie, because that's essentially what it is -- except that it lacks even a trace of the talent that Romero brought to his masterpiece.

Once Hinzman's zombie rises from his grave early in the movie, the film becomes a non-stop killing spree punctuated with numerous scenes of gratuitous nudity. Now I am far from being a prude, and I appreciate gratuitous nudity as much as the next guy. But this film went too far, in my opinion.

Admittedly, some of the killings are interestingly executed (so to speak) and the gore effects are pretty good for a film this low budget. The acting is at times painfully amateurish, but according to the documentary that accompanies the Shriek Show DVD, the actors were paid only $25 a day. As the saying goes, "you get what you pay for."

The first and last part of the film are reminiscent of Night of the Living Dead -- victims trapped in a farmhouse surrounded by zombies; local yokels rounding up the zombies and shooting them. The middle scenes involving a family in their home preparing to go trick-or-treating and a Halloween party with a bunch of costumed drunken "teenagers" are somewhat more interesting and original.

This film is the definitely least interesting of the three films on Shriek Show's Zombie Pack 2, the other two being Zombie Holocaust and Burial Ground. It is, however, watchable, and the gore effects should please hard-core zombie fans who know exactly what they're getting when they watch this kind of movie. I found the documentary in the Extras section to be more interesting than the movie itself, as it explains how many of the effects were done and includes numerous humorous anecdotes about the making of the movie.

All in all, not a great movie but o.k. as part of a three-disc set.


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