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George Ormrod (story)
John Sabotta (screenplay)
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Life's a beach - even in space!
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Cast

  (in credits order)
William Darkow ... Major Kent Bendover
Ramona Provost ... Barbie Que
Hugh Crawford ... General Herpes Simplex / Reporter
Michael Wood ... Crisko / Dr. Shiestkopf
Carl Cook ... Rather Brokeoff
James Wark ... Charlie the Cop / Zombie
Jason Gayden ... Chauffeur
Roger Barrett ... Buford
John Sabotta ... NewsClown / Zombie
Eugene Sabotta ... Scientist
Robert Barrett ... Zombie
Kurt Weinreich ... Zombie
Brian Cole ... Zombie
Carl Hansen ... Zombie
Jeff Ormrod ... Zombie
Michael Citrak ... Zombie
Alan Halfhill ... Zombie
Paul Vitous ... Zombie
Dan Levine ... Zombie
Bernie O'Conner ... Zombie
Steve Younkers ... Policeman / mime (as Steve Younker)
Denny Turner ... Policeman
Sherrie Sledge ... Woman at picnic
John Standeart ... Father
Aaron Sledge ... Child
Paul Sledge ... Child
Mike Milligan ... Soldier
Patrick Maley ... Soldier (as Pat Maley)
Ken Layton ... Soldier
Peter Citrak ... Soldier (as Pete Citrak)
Karl Severson ... Soldier
Bob Kunkel ... Soldier
Roger Kunkel ... Soldier
Robert Jones ... Soldier
Shannon Gray ... Soldier / Mime
S.A. Nelson ... Soldier
Stephanie Buddenbaum ... Soldier / Reporter
Damon Gayden ... Mime
Sunny Nelson ... Peace Mime / additional voices
John Merithew ... Mime
Shelley Coombs ... Connie Beaver
Victoria Ballard ... Reporter
Robert Lane ... Reporter
Richard Fraser ... Reporter
Katie Barrett ... Pedestrian
Peggy Granacki ... Bystander
Jeff Lewis ... Bystander
Jim Barrett ... Bystander
Pat Hutson ... Bystander
Andrea Somers ... Bystander
Olympia Film Society ... Bystanders
Regan Perry ... Additional voices (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Milton Riess ... Restaurant worker (uncredited)

Directed by
George Ormrod 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
George Ormrod  story
John Sabotta  screenplay

Produced by
Tom Moyer .... associate producer
Aaron Ormrod .... executive producer
George Ormrod .... producer (as George F. Ormrod)
Nicholas Ormrod .... executive producer
John Sabotta .... producer
 
Original Music by
Art on Fire 
Sara Lorimar 
Patrick Maley  (as Pat Maley)
The Cryptkicker Five 
 
Cinematography by
Francis Doty 
Alan Halfhill 
John Standeart 
 
Film Editing by
Alan Halfhill 
George Ormrod 
Paul Vitous 
Regan Vitous 
 
Makeup Department
Peter Citrak .... special makeup effects artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Paul Vitous .... second unit director: New York
 
Sound Department
Patrick Maley .... sound re-recording mixer
George Ormrod .... sound re-recording mixer
Karl Schmidt .... sound mixer
 
Visual Effects by
Mark Christiansen .... special miniature construction (as Mark Christianson)
Peter Citrak .... special visual effects
John Sabotta .... special visual effects
Paul Vitous .... video effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Steve Younkers .... key grip
 
Music Department
Erik Freske .... composer: additional music
Erik Freske .... music performer: additional music
 
Other crew
Michael Herz .... presenter
Lloyd Kaufman .... presenter
John Sabotta .... mime wrangler
Kurt Weinreich .... production assistant
 

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Also Known As:
"Zombie 10: Die Zombier" - USA (festival title)
"Zombie 6: Part 2" - USA (alternative title)
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75 min
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3 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Entertaining low-budget homage/spoof, 27 April 2005
Author: Brandt Sponseller from New York City

Do something of a remake of Ed Wood's infamous Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959) that's as much a loving homage to Wood as a spoof? That's exactly what director/writer George Ormrod and scripter John Sabotta have done, and it works extremely well despite the lack of technical panache caused partially by their relatively non-existent budget.

Like Plan 9, Space Zombie Bingo begins with the psychic "Crisco" (it's "Criswell" in Plan 9) sitting behind a table, wearing a suit and talking directly at the camera. He gives expositional background material and makes dire predictions for the future of mankind and their planet. The story is basically the same, at least in spirit, as Plan 9--"zombie" aliens are invading the Earth. They're particularly interested in our graveyards, where they can feed on dead corpses (not mannequins). They use evil "death rays" to eliminate humans and our buildings. But this is not the first time they've arrived. In the past we've vanquished the space zombies by detonating nuclear weapons in our cities, and once again, we may have to nuke ourselves to save ourselves.

For at least the first 15 to 20 minutes of Space Zombie Bingo, I considered giving the film a legitimate 9 rather than its final score of 5, which I use for "so bad they're good" films. The production values are horrible, but Ormrod and Sabotta know this and have fun with it. For the first couple "reels", Space Zombie Bingo is quick-witted and fast moving, even when General Herpes Simplex (Hugh Crawford) is giving rambling answers to questions from a clown news reporter. Crawford's acting is surprisingly good. But even the bad actors are good, because they're not pretending to be good, they're just reveling in their badness. Sabotta's humor ranges from clever social satire to corny puns. It's a nice mix that works well for the film.

Unfortunately, by the halfway mark, Space Zombie Bingo loses some of its steam. Whereas the beginning feels like a tightly constructed spoof, by the end the film seems more like an excuse for a series of gags. It's not that the plot loses coherency--Woodian plots like this aren't supposed to have coherency; Sabotta gets that part right. It's more that it feels like Sabotta and Ormrod just didn't put as much work into the second half. They didn't go through as many drafts, and they didn't spend as much time editing. Well, if they did those things in the beginning. Maybe it was just luck. In any event, Space Zombie Bingo remains at least mildly entertaining all the way through.

Just as funny as the script are the production values. The space zombies wear welder's masks and swimming flippers. Major Kent Bendover's (William Darkow) "experimental space shuttle" is the front seat of an old car. Ormrod tapes construction paper over the windshield and pokes out small holes to represent stars. They use the old perspective trick of a "giant"--a mutated space zombie, ala Tromie the mutant squirrel in Class of Nuke 'Em High Part II: Subhumanoid Meltdown (1991)--standing close to the camera to seem huge compared to tiny humans, who are really standing far away. There are signs, such as the sign for the experimental space shuttle "Launch Area", that are just black magic marker on a small piece of white poster board, and so on. The difference in Space Zombie Bingo when it comes to these cheesy budget-crippled elements, compared to other low or no-budget films that are horrible, like Back Woods (2001), is that you can tell that Ormrod and crew are passionate about what they're doing. They're putting forth an effort to make an entertaining film, and so more often than not, they transcend their limitations.

As an homage to Plan 9 and similar films (there are references to everything from Night of the Living Dead, 1968, to "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy", 1981) Space Zombie Bingo shows a love of the genres and a wealth of knowledge from Ormrod and Sabotta. For me, maybe the funniest nod to Ed Wood's style is the regular usage of stock footage that looks completely different than the main film. Ormrod even cleverly superimposes action of his own over some of the stock footage, and there are a few surprisingly good attempts at matte paintings. The maximally cheesy flying saucers were a nice Plan 9 touch, as was the "fake stone" that a character kicks over in a real cemetery.

If you're reading this review, you probably already know that you're the kind of person who might like a film like Space Zombie Bingo. We should thank Troma for resurrecting this obscure flick on DVD in their recent Toxie's Triple Terror series.

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