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Actors: Dan Burr, Rick Popko, Beth West, Billy Borrelli, Paul Weiner
Directors: Rick Popko, Dan West
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
UR     2009     1hr 40min

Evil has come to the Butte County institute of special education, and its students will never be the same. After surviving a battle to the death with his own monstrous creation, Dr. Stern returns to continue his horrible r...  more »


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Actors: Dan Burr, Rick Popko, Beth West, Billy Borrelli, Paul Weiner
Directors: Rick Popko, Dan West
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Sub-Genres: Horror, Fantasy
Studio: Brain Damage
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 06/02/2009
Original Release Date: 01/01/2009
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2009
Release Year: 2009
Run Time: 1hr 40min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 14
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

"Are You A Candle?"..."No, Bobby, My Face Is Just Partially
Robert I. Hedges | 01/24/2010
(2 out of 5 stars)

"This sequel to "Monsturd" fails to live up to the quality of the original on all levels. While I enjoyed "Monsturd" as an amusing low budget spoof of just about every monster movie ever made, this film takes on the zombie genre and is difficult to endure.

The film starts very promisingly with a series of previews and concession advertisements that effectively parody those seen at the drive-in. The imagery effectively harkened back to "Monsturd": "If you're feeling adventurous, why not try a Cleveland Steamer Barbeque Beef-Flavored Oddity?, brown, and steamy!" For these previews and tempting food advertisements, I give the film two stars; a rating too high for the actual film itself.

I love B-movies, bad movies, alternative cinema, etc., but some movies are just too bad to be good: this is one of those. I have no issues with low budget filmmaking (indeed, the brilliant "Schizopolis" was made by Steven Soderbergh for less than $250,000), and welcome innovation. Unfortunately here the parody was quite heavy-handed, the jokes were all suitable for a seventh grade boy's locker room, the acting was wretched, the script substituted pointless cursing for wit, and the film was far too long.

I was modestly interested in the overt ties to "Monsturd" in the opening where discussions of "The Poo Man" were interspersed with relatively amusing newspaper headlines like "Hero Sheriff Saves Town From Fecal Humanoid". Unfortunately the level of humor and sophistication both took a nose dive quickly thereafter to reveal that the town had a new menace. I did think trying to parallel the writings of the Zodiac killer was a bold move with potential ("This is the Weenie Wagger speaking...") until forced to confront this peeping Tom menace for the first half of the film. I don't even want to tell you how they tracked him down; this results in the worst police interrogation ever. This all (somehow) leads to an utterly pointless scene of a cop having an LSD trip, in which a gorilla plays the banjo for Hitler. That was the best scene of the film, despite it having absolutely nothing to do with the rest of the movie. (That's probably why it was the best scene, in retrospect.)

While the police are chasing the Weenie Wagger all over town, the evil father of the Poo Man returns undercover with half his face melted off and wearing an eye patch to apply for a job working in a school for the mentally challenged. Coincidentally, the cops finally find out that the Weenie Wagger is the janitor at the special ed school, and he wants to cut a deal with them as he knows that the kids are being turned into vampire zombies. The CDC tells the police that this is caused by a horrible virus created by the evil scientist, but too late: someone has let the zombies loose on the town.

The vast majority of the rest of the film concerns itself with buckets of bogus gore (heavy on the intestines), while the police devise a plan and the Weenie Wagger becomes a hero before being eaten. The crazed scientist comes up with a revolutionary plan: shoot them in the head with a, I am seriously not kidding. Since the police had already thought of that, they moved on to using corpse parts as chum and having one officer dress in the meat suit to be bait. This works surprisingly well, and there is an extremely long shootout at the police station. Of course the evil scientist meets his doom, in this case thanks to a bevy of sexy dancing zombie girls, and the whole movie ends with a hilarious joke and much embarrassed laughter from the survivors.

This movie had potential, but was far too focused on the gore and teenage humor rather than on the satire, and was a much weaker effort than "Monsturd". The film was very haphazardly made and there were huge continuity issues which were partly addressed by having a young girl intermittently narrate the action from her bedroom, a wholly annoying and unnecessary device. While I remain enthusiastic about "Monsturd", and would like to see this team make more films of that quality, I can't find anything to recommend this film except the previews."
I should have known better...
Thomas P. Mcnicholas | 01/23/2010
(1 out of 5 stars)

"If you like to do that instead of watching this movie. I LOVE horrible horror films, and this was pretty awful. Ironically, I had high hopes (even though, and perhaps because of the fact that it is called Retardead!). However, it was pretty painful to watch in full. I paid about $8 for this...I wouldn't recommend paying actual US currency for it."
Retardead is baddddd
maxx | 02/09/2010
(1 out of 5 stars)

"i love zombie movies,i have a large collection of zombie movies,but i have to say this was one of the worst zombie movies i've ever seen,the acting was very poor,the story line made no sense,the special effects were really bad,who ever made this movie should go back to film school fast,better luck on your next movie."
Absolutely Retarded
Dean W. Wood | Japan | 12/05/2009
(1 out of 5 stars)

"This was one of the worst Zombie Movies I have ever watched. The Acting as well as the make-up. But for low budget under 1 million I guess it was not bad. At least it had a semi-plot to it. I would not recommend buying it."