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Flesh Freaks (2000)

Video  -  Action | Horror | Sci-Fi  -  15 January 2001 (Canada)
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Deep within the jungles of Central America, lost amid the crumbling Maya ruins, lies an ancient secret so strange, so horrible, that only one civilization would be dumb enough to release it ... Ours.

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Credited cast:
Eshe Mercer-James ...
Jane
Etan Muskat ...
Stan
Conall Pendergast ...
Barry (as Ronny Varno)
Erica Danya Goldblatt ...
Lea (as Erica Goldblatt)
Clayton Hayes ...
Professor Fitzner
Dan Zabbal ...
Erno
John King ...
Doctor Brell
Justin Fraterman ...
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Matt Lyon ...
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Alden Skidd ...
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Claude Bélanger ...
Laura Howard ...
Archaeologist Lab Researcher
Michael Pendergast ...
Archaeologist (as Mike Pendergast)
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Worm-like parasites infest the dead, returning them to gruesome half-life as rotting, bloodthirsty zombies. Freed from their jungle hell by a secret research expedition, the creatures soon find their way to modern civilization where they begin their deadly mission to transform the human race into an unstoppable army of the undead. Will the succeed in their gory quest? Will the human race be completely wiped out? Can anyone survive the blood-soaked onslaught of the FLESH FREAKS? Written by Conall Pendergast

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Released from their jungle hell, they come for the flesh of the living!


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The nail gun that Jane uses is an air staple gun that needs an air compressor to work. She uses it on its own with no air, plus she aims the end that is usually connected to the air line. See more »

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Barry: Out in the jungle, almost lost, was an ancient well, its purpose long forgotten.
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No-Budget Zombie Romp
15 August 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Flesh Freaks, a no-budget Canadian zombie romp, manages to twist genre expectations while ladling on the requisite blood-soaked body count. While this basic concept has been done before, notably in Fred Dekker's retro shocker NIGHT OF THE CREEPS (1986), talented director Conall Pendergast and his pals provide their take with just enough zip to make for some refreshing, old-school schlock. Clever use of existing locations, including actual footage from Belize, gives the film a bit more scope than most shot-on-video outings. Moreover, the ever-moving camera-work by G. Gillard Golen, combined with an editing scheme heavy on dramatic digital zooms and Steve Kado's creepy, minimalist score, add immensely to the film's sense of dread. Minor faults do become apparent, such as inconsistent acting and stilted dialog, while an abundance of travelogue scenery conveniently pads the running time. As for the freaks themselves … well, realism apparently didn't figure into the make-up design by Pendergast and Alex Perkins! I'm guessing, however, that the inspiration for their crumbly zombies comes not from the watershed effects of DAWN OF THE DEAD (1979), but the comically stylized pull-over masks used in Mexican monster potboilers like THE BRAINIAC (1961), briefly glimpsed here in a theater scene. They're still fun creations, to be sure, and so is FLESH FREAKS, an amusing exercise in gusto and grue. Not to Mr. Kado – love the groovy theme music


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