Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Raiders of the Living Dead|
Actors: Robert Deveau, Robert Allen, Donna Asali, Corri Burt, Leonard Corman
Director: Samuel M. Sherman
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
In an abandoned prison, a doctor has revived executed convicts as the living dead. Teenager Scott Schwartz (A Christmas Story) creates a weapon from a videodisc player's laser and pursues the walking dead, aided by his gir... more »
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Christopher Hall | North Lincolnshire, England | 07/13/2004
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Raiders of the Living Dead had accumulated a lengthy stay on my dust-ridden shelves before I finally got around to cracking open the cheap plastic casing and popping the disk into my DVD drive. I wasn't really expecting much from the beginning as it had only cost me a mere five pounds but I was prepared to sit back and watch anyway.
The movie itself stands merely as a simple time waster offering very little new, nor exciting. Its setbacks are the shoddy and over-the-top acting mainly originating from the younger actors, the cheesy special effects, and the downright lack of zombies. These 'Smurf-grey' coloured zombies do make an appearance, don't get me wrong, but they don't really seem to make much of an impact until later, an impact that wasn't going to be shaking anyone's world anyway. Sadly, my zombie taste buds were only ticked.
Raiders of the Living Dead seems more focused on the young lad's ridiculous laser gun, formed from parts of a VHS player. If a VHS player can make a laser gun like that, it stands no chance against today's DVD players. Come on, how often does opening part of a VHS player send a laser ray out that sizzles your hamster?
It also appears the directors were seriously trying to make up some extra time in this 86 minute movie. How necessary are extended scenes of a guy walking past a metal fence, and uneventfully boring nightmares.
Raiders of the Living Dead hasn't aged well either. Only made in 1986, it already looks far more outdated compared to other movies of it's time.
Sadly, Raiders of the Living Dead offers little new and is probably as far away as you can possibly go from receiving an Oscar nomination. For me, the movie simply made it's marks as a mere time-waster. And for five pounds, what do you expect? If you catch it cheap like I did, maybe consider purchasing. But any higher than bargain bin prices then I seriously recommend staying away."
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littlepill | Topeka, KS United States | 03/19/2003
(1 out of 5 stars)
"So bad. So So So bad. I can only think of one or two scenes in this movie that were ok, but one or two scenes does not a movie make. Terrible acting, bad makeup, terrible acting, stupid story, terrible acting, cheesy effects, and terrible acting. Oh, and the acting was terrible. A waste of time, money and resources. Watching paint dry is more entertaining then this."
Raiders of the Living Dead
Jon Rocail | Nevada | 01/01/2000
(1 out of 5 stars)
"In the name of GOD don't buy this movie. The cover art was better than the movie. (I use the term movie loosely) The acting was the worst thing I have ever seen. I have spent more money on a good dinner than was spent on the special effects for this (movie). I should have turned it off after the kid turned his Grand Fathers Laser Disk Player in to a death ray. The same effect used to beam people up in the old Star Trek TV series was used to make the laser beams. (scraching the film) After watching this (movie) I could not even bring myself to rewind it. It now sit on the self and I threaten to tie the kids up and make the watch it again if they act up."
90 minute snooze-a-thon. You'll sleep like the dead.
BD Ashley | Otago, New Zealand | 09/28/2002
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Dull, bloodless direct-to-video dreck. The shortsighted should be forewarned in case they think they are purchasing an unlikely double feature of RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK and NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD. It takes an hour for any zombies to emerge and even then nothing happens. The final minute of the movie is so dark you can't even see what is going on. However it may interest horror fans to know that the movie features Zita Johann, who was the co-star of the old Karloff classic THE MUMMY. The only good bits of this garbage are a couple of brief 3 Stooges clips. Do yourself a favor and watch George Romero's DAWN OF THE DEAD or Peter Jackson's BRAINDEAD (DEAD ALIVE) instead. You can't go wrong with those two."