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Zombie Nightmare (1987)

After a young man is killed by a gang of rampant teenagers, he is resurrected by a voodoo priestess so he can avenge his death.

Directors:

Jack Bravman, John Fasano (uncredited)

Writer:

John Fasano (as John M. Fasano)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Adam West ... Capt. Tom Churchman
Jon Mikl Thor ... Tony Washington
Tia Carrere ... Amy
Manuska Rigaud Manuska Rigaud ... Molly Mokembe
Frank Dietz ... Frank Sorrell
Linda Singer Linda Singer ... Maggie
Tony Blauer Tony Blauer ... Teenager
Mark Kulik Mark Kulik ... Teenager
John Fasano ... William Washington
Francesca Bonacorsa Francesca Bonacorsa ... Louise Washington
Jesse D'Angelo ... Young Tony Washington
Tracy Biddle Tracy Biddle ... Young Molly Mokembe
Alan Fisler Alan Fisler ... Bob (as Allan Fisher)
Hamish McEwan ... Peter
Manon E. Turbide Manon E. Turbide ... Susie
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Storyline

After a young man is killed by a gang of rampant teenagers, he is resurrected by a voodoo priestess so he can avenge his death. Written by Josh Pasnak <chainsaw@intouch.bc.ca>

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her power goes beyond life... his rage survives even death. See more »

Genres:

Fantasy | Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 March 1988 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

El último de los muertos vivos See more »

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Budget:

$180,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Gold-Gems Ltd. See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Tony's mother wears the same sweater as Jason's mother in Friday the 13th (1980). See more »

Goofs

Though the film is set in the U.S., much seen in the film gives away the fact that it was filmed in Montreal, Canada. All commercial products seen are virtually exclusively Canadian (Molson, Labatt and O'Keefe beer, Players cigarettes etc.), Quebec road signs (Arrêt/Stop signs, etc.), the reveresed bilingual "Park Harpell" (instead of Harpell Park) and many more. See more »

Quotes

Capt. Tom Churchman: Get in the car, witch!
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Soundtracks

We Rule The Night
Performed by Virgin Steele
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I've seen worse. Much worse.
23 August 2015 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

As a boy, Tony Washington witnesses the fatal stabbing of his father after he goes to the rescue of a young black woman, Molly Mokembe, who is being sexually molested by two teenage thugs.

Cut to the present day, and Tony (now played by heavy metal singer Jon Mikl Thor) is a musclebound, long-haired baseball player who, like his father, has no time for hoodlums: when his local grocery store is held up by armed robbers, Tony steps in and saves the day (the Italian shopkeeper is-a so-a grateful, he lets-a Tony have his-a groceries for-a nothing!).

Unfortunately, as Tony crosses the road with his freebies, he is run down and killed by a gang of no-good punks, lead by psycho Jim Batten (played by Shaun Levy, now a successful Hollywood director). When Tony's mother sees her son's lifeless body, she calls for Molly (Manuska Rigaud), who uses her voodoo powers to resurrect Tony from the dead. Armed with his trusty metal baseball bat, shuffling zombie Tony goes looking for revenge.

As I type, Zombie Nightmare is currently sitting at #53 on IMDb's bottom 100 movies (most likely thanks to being featured on MST3K); but while I cannot deny that the film is no classic of the zombie genre, and is sadly lacking in both the gore and nudity one expects from 80s trash (a blonde cutie in her underwear doesn't cut it), neither is it deserving of such contempt. I've seen hundreds of films that are tougher to endure than this one, which at least entertains with its 80s cheesiness and sheer silliness.

Boasting a rocking metal soundtrack courtesy of Motorhead, Girlschool, Thor, Deathmask and Fist (no, I've never heard of the last two bands either), an early performance from Wayne's World babe Tia Carrere (schwing!), Adam 'Batman' West as a police captain with a dark secret, hilariously bad zombie make-up, terrible acting (Manuska's Haitian voodoo routine is a masterclass in over-acting), some really nasty 80s fashion, and a fun finale in a foggy cemetery (smoke machine on overdrive!) that sees West dragged to hell, Zombie Nightmare is definitely worth a go for fans of z-grade horror.


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