'Zombie! vs. Mardi Gras' has been called 'the worst film ever made'. Personally, I laugh my fool head off every time I see it! I've read some reviews online, and I think they're missing the joke. 'Zombie!' is not intended to be taken seriously! It's 'Cinema of the Absurd'. Imagine George Romero zombies, a Roger Corman script, and then add Jean-Luc Godard as the director. Set it in the insanity that is New Orleans during Mardi Gras. 'Beads... Breasts... Blood' proclaims the video cover. And that it has. Add space aliens, a couple of Elvis impersonators, Galileo risen from Purgatory, and a pudgy Ninja, and you're set for a romp.
There are lots of references to Godard films. For example, there's a line about 'hurling reels' from Godard's 'Contempt'. A shot of the alien computer seems to be inspired by 'Alphaville'. The scene between the man and woman in the apartment in French -- bad French -- is typical of Godard's style circa 1960. The scene with the pseudo-intellectual couple in the diner has a Godardian feel to it, and it's hilarious! There's a reference to George Rodrigue's 'Blue Dog' (also referred to in one of Lyddon's other films, 'Cut Up'). 'Zombie!' is full of these little nuggets.
Some of the shots go on too long, and some of the footage is a bit murky. But taken in context -- as Cinema of the Absurd, and not as a typical 'zombie film' -- it's great. Guerilla film-making at its best!
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