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I watched this for the presence of John Saxon and his direction, despite having read a fair few bad reviews. I had some fun with it, but it seems to have quite a lot of flaws. The film attempts to be a fusion of prison movie, crime and zombie film but lacks the substance to pull it all off. The film is somewhat cluttered, especially early on when it seems like merely a cheesy action film than horror. The first quarter hour or so has too much going on and is amusingly garbled. The film settle down somewhat after a while and eventually gets to the horror elements but not without a lot of other plotting. Apart from being overcomplicated and not seeming to know what kind of film it wants to be, Zombie Death House is also flawed by the lack of exploitation elements and directorial flair. The film is interesting and there is a good claustrophobic feel to some bits in the prison but on the whole the film lack atmosphere or scares. Also, there is little gore, a bit here and there but a paltry amount compared to the better zombie films out there. The film also lacks much dramatic tension, for though some of the acting is good, (John Saxon, the lead, Anthony Franciosa), the film does not have enough twists or intrigue to really go anywhere. I don't hate this film, it is watchable and interesting and certainly raises a few smiles, but in the end it is mostly just a solid bad film, one recommended to undiscerning bad movie fans. Its not a camp classic, it won't make your jaw drop with ineptitude or inanity, it is simply an average bad film.
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