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Night of the Living Dorks (2004)

Die Nacht der lebenden Loser (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Horror | 4 November 2004 (Germany)
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Three not-so-cool school friends decide to try a old voodoo ritual. Later, they die in a car accident, but live on as zombies. But being a zombie has advantages, too...

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Matthias Dinter

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Matthias Dinter
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tino Mewes ... Philip
Manuel Cortez ... Wurst
Thomas Schmieder ... Konrad
Collien Ulmen-Fernandes ... Rebecca (as Collien Fernandes)
Hendrik Borgmann ... Wolf
Nadine Germann Nadine Germann ... Uschi
Sissi Perlinger Sissi Perlinger ... Frau Fleischhacker
Henry Gründler Henry Gründler ... Herr Fleischhacker
Patricia Thielemann Patricia Thielemann ... Frau Niedermacher
Oliver Grober Oliver Grober ... Gunther
Tom Lass ... Frederik
Tim Wilde ... Sportlehrer Stalin
Daniel Krauss ... Zivi 1
Sebastian Kroehnert Sebastian Kroehnert ... Zivi 2
Walter Gontermann Walter Gontermann ... Direktor
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The school friends Philip, Wurst and Konrad are high-school losers: Philip desires the sexy Uschi, an easy girl for successful boys; the complex Konrad lists all the humiliations he has been submitted in school; and Wurst only cares to dope himself and smoke pot. Philip's next door gothic neighbor Rebecca has a non-corresponded crush on Philip. When Rebecca performs an ancient voodoo ritual in the cemetery with her friends, Philip and his friends arrive, mocking the ceremony and are accidentally blasted with zombie ashes from Haiti. Then, while driving his van, Wurst smokes marijuana but he has a car accident and the trio dies. However, they awake in the morgue and sooner they realize that they have become zombies. While seeking an antidote in the Necronomicon, Konrad, Wurst and Philip find the advantages of being zombies, becoming successful due to their recently acquired strength. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Comedy | Horror

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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

4 November 2004 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Night of the Living Dorks See more »

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Budget:

EUR3,500,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,107,861
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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The fat suit used for Thomas Schmieder in the scene where he eats Stalin was also used for Detlev Buck in Berlin Blues (2003). See more »

Goofs

When the three wake up in the morgue as zombies they are wearing hospital gowns. They were all DOA from the car accident. Dead bodies would not be dressed in hospital gowns to go to the morgue. See more »

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References Night of the Living Dead (1968) See more »

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Definitely funny if a little too much like an American teen flick
13 February 2008 | by lazarilloSee all my reviews

As others have said this is kind "Revenge of the Nerds" meets "Night of the Living Dead". It's also kind of sweet and romantic in a way. It kind of reminded me of Bob Balaban's underrated horror/comedy "My Boyfriend's Back" released about ten years ago or "Idle Hands" a little more recently. After participating in a hilariously screwed-up graveyard ritual with some half-assed satanists, three nerdy losers are killed in car accident (which results from a hilarious bong-related mishap), and come back to life as zombies. They decide to use their undead abilities to get revenge on their enemies and chase after the girls of their dreams.

To this movie's credit it's very funny, and all the characters, especially the three protagonists, are well-drawn and likable. There's also some subtle jokes like the characters attending "Friedrich Nietzsche High School" (which actually might not be a joke in Germany) and the homosexual gym teacher named "Mr. Stalin". The downside though is it's a little too much like a modern-day American teen movie (which makes it pretty ironic that Hollywood is apparently going to remake this). The teens are ridiculously horny even by teenage standards and there is no end to the gross-out, sexually related humor, yet there is also very little (female) nudity. The main protagonist is in love with an icy Aryan blonde, but in typical Hollywood teen movie fashion doesn't seem to notice that the "goth" girl-next-door who taught him how to kiss is absolutely gorgeous. I also wish it were even more "politically incorrect"--the funniest scenes are the ones Hollywood would have been too leery to put in a teen movie, like the irresponsible dope smoking while driving or the scene where the dim-witted satanists accidentally draw a Star of David instead of a pentagram ("The only thing you're going to summon with that is the Jewish Council!").

If you are going to watch a modern-day teenage movie though, you could certainly do worse than this (a lot worse).


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