Shatter Dead (1994)

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Depressing tale about a world of the undead and a woman's trek to get home to her boyfriend's house.



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Patrolman (as Jeffrey Kushner)
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Marco North ...
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Corpse In Car (as Robert Ferrapples)
Jill Dearman ...
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Janice Lester ...
Johnny Bravo ...
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In a horrible turn of events, the people of this world go on living even in death. With gangs about killing people to share in their misery, and people (corpses) confused, it is indeed a bleek future. When Susan, not yet dead, is faced with her boyfriend's impending trek home, she does her best to cope. Written by Anonymous

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Bad, and not in a good way.
24 January 2003 | by See all my reviews

When I borrowed a friend's copy of Shatter Dead, I expected to get some thrills of the zombie gore-fest variety. What I received was really really bad. It wasn't even good in a really really bad way. The first thing that upset and disgusted me was not blood or wanton violence but rather that it was shot on video, not film, immediately cheapening the whole experience. The pictures on the DVD case (yes, DVD) misled me into thinking that this would be a professional piece of work. I have seen many low-budget films, but this takes the prize for worst makeup. Some characters, many of which I'm sure were willing locals and student volunteers, donned grey paint on their skin. Others had some some cheap looking gashes about the face. Most, however were not made up at all. It was also very slow paced, a bit confusing and featured both flat staging and acting. It was hard to tell whether it was the poor acting or the poorly written lines ("Don't be scared, I'm scared too") were what made me want to turn it off.

Having ripped in to this movie quite a bit, it's only fair to share some highlights. Indeed writer/director, Scooter McRae puts an interesting spin on the old living dead yarn that discusses "souls" as being un-killable, despite condition of the body. It also receives my thumbs up for explicitly using, one more than one occasion, a hand gun as a phallus. It's also encouraging to any aspiring filmmaker to see the manifestation of McRae's ideas and labor, on DVD no less. I guess it won some sort of award, too. Bottom line, this flick is for hardcore low-budget horror fans only. If, on the other hand, a friend owns it you might want to watch it. If not for a laugh, then at least to broaden your filmic horizons.

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