When two fraternity brothers thaw out a corpse from their school clinic, evil slugs from outer space that had been frozen inside the body race across campus, infecting lusty coeds and turning them into flesh-hungry zombies.
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When it works it is mildly amusing, but too often the humor is overindulgent, and the smirky one-liners are often too annoyingly overbearing. The violent climax is some great alien-parasite/zombie-esque fun, and it's always good seeing Tom Atkins having a ball, but raise your nose to the air of this 1986 film, and you can smell the nauseous odor of the smarmily-humored Scream and its hip-and-trendy offspring. Yuck.
A splash of Shivers, a dash of Return of the living dead and a mouthful of 80´s frat comedy = NOTC!!!
This is a reallly fun movie that wears it heart on its´ sleeve and pays homage to a plethora of iconic movies but remains an entity of its´ own. And Tom Atkins is above and beyond awesome in this cheesy mess of a movie that dishes out one outrageous scene after another. A real riot!
Took a while to get going, but once Dekker and Co. tip their hat to the Horror Gods, the film begins to establish its own identity, and the fun almost transcends the material. I simply don't know how, but amid all the goopy chaos the characters eventually became truly sympathetic: a scene listening to a voice recording comes to mind, as does every scene Tom Atkins storms in to. Thrill Me is my new Jesus Wept.
Make-up effects, music, nods to Romero, Cronenberg and Carpenter, fraternities, high school sweethearts, a killer with an axe, alien invasion, zombies and Tom Atkins' stellar performance - quite possibly the purest 80s exploitation movie experience. It's self-aware in its silliness but it's also tragic, thanks to its developed characters, their backstories and personalities. Entertaining, nothing more, nothing less.
Never been a fan of this post ironic takes on horror. This probably came earlier than other more notorious examples, but still what a bore was already 30 years ago this exchange of smirks between screen players, directors and fanboys. The scene of zombies coming of the bus is cool though.
Kind of, sort of disappointing. It feels like a lesser 'Return of the Living Dead'. It has its delights; zombie effects/sequences are icky and a crazed Tom Atkins is most welcome. The rest is pretty forgettable, then again, I didn't watch this at a late 80's sleep over, so I lose.