A young family move to a small town and take-up residence in a former mortuary….a place with a checkered past.
Tobe Hooper’s a strange kind of director. He’s spent his entire career working exclusively in the horror genre but his output has been on a slow downward trend ever since The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2 (1986).
This straight-to-video effort is intriguing for a horror fan like myself – it’s been some time since I delved into the belly of the ‘bargain-bin’ category which Hooper has been inhabiting for the past two decades – and I wanted to see if the director of such classics as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) and Poltergeist (1982) was really done for.
Some interesting characterisations aside, this is a very dull movie. It’s also pretty mindless and confused. Not enough attention is paid to developing either the backstory or the character of the villain whilst the inclusion of some strange fungus which appears to be controlling the zombies is bewildering in a manner uncommon for movies of our time. To make matters worse, the only score to the film appears to come from a horrid nu-metal band….
In the past, Hooper was a master of the ‘unseen’ terror. In his earlier movies, the audience saw the horrors through the sordid reactions on our protaganists’ faces, not explicitly on the screen before our eyes. Here on the other hand, Hooper cannot refrain from showcasing the make-up effects after the first 30 minutes and the film suffers for it. Moreover, his zombies are faceless marauding bores populating a barren landscape of a picture.
Other reviews have noted the ‘Lovecraftian’ feel of the movie. For me, this is nonsense. What we have here is a below-par zombie movie, which doesn’t know where it’s going for the most part. One of the worst films I have seen in the last 12 months.
Hotdog rating: 2/10