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Tales from the Quadead Zone (1987)

Actress Shirley Latanya Jones returns from the director's first film (Black Devil Doll from Hell) to be in front of Turner's camcorder, and reads two spooky tales to the ghost of her dead ... See full summary »


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Documentary about the making of the notorious SOV films of Chester Novell Turner.

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Stars: Shirley L. Jones, Chester Novell Turner


Cast overview, first billed only:
W.J. Rider ...
(segment "Food For ?")
Doug Daverport ...
(segment "Food For ?")
Johnnie Tanguy ...
(segment "Food For ?") (as Jonnie Tanguy)
Chris Calloway ...
(segment "Food For ?")
Kim Nichols ...
(segment "Food For ?")
Tammy Nichols ...
(segment "Food For ?")
Jeff Miza ...
(segment "Food For ?")
Ronda Rider ...
(segment "Food For ?")
Keefe L. Turner ...
Ted Johnson (segment "The Brothers")
Larry Jones ...
Oscar (segment "The Brothers")
Lawrence R. Jones ...
Moby (segment "The Brothers")
Fred Johnson (segment "The Brothers")
Tommy L. Miller ...
Man in Coffin (segment "The Brothers")
Shirley L. Jones ...
Bobby's Mother (as Shirley Latanya Jones)
John W. Jones ...
Daryl (segment "Unseen Vision")


Actress Shirley Latanya Jones returns from the director's first film (Black Devil Doll from Hell) to be in front of Turner's camcorder, and reads two spooky tales to the ghost of her dead son, Bobby. The second story features a zombie clown from Hell. When we finally return to Shirley, she kills her hot-headed boyfriend, and there's a bloody finale as the cops arrive. Written by Manfred Gluck

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25 July 2014 (Poland)  »

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Chester Novell Turner's Tales from the Quadead Zone  »

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$11,000 (estimated)

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Shirley L. Jones did the artwork for the original VHS box cover. See more »

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Theme Song
Written by Chester Novell Turner (as Chester N. Turner) and Keefe L. Turner
Sung by Chester Novell Turner (as Chester N. Turner) and Keefe L. Turner
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Chester Novell Turner: Master of Pain
14 April 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There are not words in the English language or any language to describe the pure unadulterated evil which exists in this movie.

Imagine a 1980s camcorder with no boom mic and edited with a Commodore 64. I'm not saying that as an insult. Seriously try to imagine that.

I have no idea how this home made monstrosity was committed to video and got a release.

The plot: An anthology of horror starring Shirley; a black trash housewife reading from a book the size of Webster's Dictionary to a ghost. Since we never see the ghost we just have to presume it's there.

The first story focuses on a redneck family so poor their evening ritual is literally fighting to the death over sandwiches around the dinner table. The losers starve.

The eldest son decides to "take it to the next level" by bringing his toy shotgun and murdering his family members to assure himself a sandwich.

So how does this story conclude? It doesn't! It just ends! The first story is also the best. No kidding. It gets worse from here on. Far far worse.

The second story, 'The Brothers' focuses on two black brothers. After the elder's funeral his grave is robbed by the younger brother whom takes him back home to curse him out for 20 minutes about how he stole his wife. That's right! 20 minutes of one man cursing at a dead body! His ultimate revenge is to dress his brother's corpse up like a clown. But this somehow brings his brother back to life! The undead brother strangles his brother while saying something in a computer distorted voice. This distortion sounds like Steven Hawking on super fast forward in 'Twin Peaks' Black Lodge. It's unclear if the audience is even supposed to understand what he's saying and the distortion is intended make his voice sound scary, (now we know what inspired Christopher Nolan to computer distort Christian Bale's voice as Batman) or if the distortion was merely intending to be a scary scream.

With the word "quad" in the title, we'd presume this horror anthology would have four stories but that's it. Shirley's all done reading. There are only two stories! Now Shirley's abusive husband comes home to bitch smack her with the big book. He's angry that she's been talking with the dead. Let's deal with this issue on Steve Wilkos. "I beat her for necromancy." We can only hope that next Mr. Shirley beats up John Edward.

But Shirley busts a cap (cap gun) in her abusive husband. When the police (no they don't have police costumes or fake badges, they're just two guys with toy guns saying they're the police) arrive to arrest Shirley, she slits her own throat while sitting on the toilet. If only she burned her husband alive in his bed, or shot him while eating ice cream, then she'd have nothing to fear from the police.

This is tear your eyes out bad! Aside from the truly horrible "screenplay" the photography is like Abraham Zapruder with helmet cam and the audio is almost completely unintelligible. This is as bad as I gets. And yes, I've seen all of Michael Bay's films. Bay and Chester Novell Turner are destined to be cellmates in hell.

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