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Retardead (2008)

Video  |   |  Comedy, Horror  |  11 July 2008 (USA)
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The evil Dr. Stern returns, armed with a lethal intelligence serum that yields horrific results at the Butte County Institute for Special Education.

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Deputy Rick / Porn Actress / Doctor / Ripper Detective
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Living Dead Girl
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Mayor Anton Sinclaire
Billy Borrelli ...
Herbert Lee Dalton
Scott Britton ...
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John Brown ...
Car Crash Victim / F.B.I. agent
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Timm Carney ...
Timmy
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K.C. Coker ...
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Katita Crutcher ...
Rolo's mother
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The evil Dr. Stern returns, armed with a lethal intelligence serum that yields horrific results at the Butte County Institute for Special Education.

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They're not zombies, they're just . . . . . special. Oh wait, nope, yep, they ARE zombies.
19 January 2012 | by (Edinburgh.) – See all my reviews

If you have managed to get through your life without viewing the dubiously-titled Monsturd (a film that is about a turd monster, funnily enough) then you may be feeling pretty pleased with yourself. However, despite the low budget and the juvenile aspect of the whole thing, Monsturd was actually a reasonably amusing and entertaining film and certainly had a lot more energy and wit than many mainstream horror movies. Retardead is a loose sequel to that film - the turd monster is gone but the meddling doctor is still at large and this time decides to mess about with brains, inadvertently creating a bit of a viral problem

  • and it's even funnier and more enjoyable than the previous movie.




The acting is a bit hit and miss but most of the leads are pretty good. Rick Popko and Dan West wrote and directed the thing together and they also have fun on screen as, respectively, Deputy Rick and Deputy Dan. Paul Weiner is okay as Sheriff Duncan, Beth West is fine as Agent Hannigan and Dan Burr is a lot of fun as the diabolical Dr. Stern.

The constant background noise and varied special effects always serve to remind you that the budget probably wouldn't cover the cost of a nice, new Hawaiian shirt for Michael Bay but the film certainly makes up for that with perfect pacing, a fun script and one or two all-out gore moments to please fans of blood and guts. Okay, mistakes are visible and there's never any attempt at realism but that all just adds to the charm of this film, a movie that also starts off with a hilarious recreation of cinema ads from a bygone era.

It's worth bearing in mind that this is, first and foremost, a horror COMEDY so those who like their nastiness without any laughs should look elsewhere. But for those who sometimes enjoy that mix of genres will be very pleased with this film - it provides enough cheap and cheerful viscera while also sprinkling scenes with numerous, surprisingly effective, comedic moments.


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