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This homage to the cheap horror flicks of the 1970s - which comes complete with faux "scratched" print and "missing" reels - was originally intended as part of the
double-bill. (Quentin Tarantino directed the other half in the shape of
). After a disastrous US release, the films were released in Europe separately. The plot is certainly as gossamer thin as those of its cinematic forbears: after an experimental gas is released from a Texas military base, many of the inhabitants of a small town are transformed into ravening zombies, forcing the survivors (including Rose McGowan) to battle their way out. The tone hovers uncomfortably between tribute and spoof, but this offering from the usually reliable Robert Rodriguez (
) is neither funny enough to function as a comedy nor scary enough to be regarded as a genuine horror movie. With the bloodletting so excessive it's almost cartoonish, hardcore genre fans may find things to like here. But most of the audience will probably be left wondering what on earth the point is.
A disaster at a military base releases a toxic gas on a small town, turning anyone exposed to it into ravenous flesh-eating mutants. A small band of survivors, including a one-legged stripper and a duplicitous bounty hunter, fight their way through the hordes of monsters threatening to overrun the town. Sci-fi thriller, paying homage to low budget B-movies of the 1970s, starring Rose McGowan, Freddy Rodriguez and Josh Brolin.
Cast & Crew
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Contains violence, swearing, a sex scene and nudity.
DVD and Blu-ray
9 Nov 2007
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