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.
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.
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!
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.