Zombies are the middle children of the otherworldly family. Vampires are the oldest brother who gets to have a room in the attic, all tripped out with a disco ball and shag carpet. Werewolves are the youngest, the babies, always getting pinched and told they're cute. With all that attention stolen away from the middle child zombie, no wonder she shuffles off grumbling, "Marsha, Marsha, Marsha."

- Kevin James Breaux

Monday, March 16, 2015

Film Review: THE SUPERNATURALS (1986)

I love zombie movies and stories (long before AMC’s The Walking Dead made it popular to) and The Supernaturals (1986) is a film that’s always been on my list of films to look out for but with the demise of the video store it was nearly impossible to find (unless you wanted to pay top dollar for VHS copy).  I finally came across a copy of the film and to my delight I actually enjoyed the film (but not necessarily for the reasons that you might think). 

After a brief intro during Civil War era, we cut to modern day times with a group of soldiers during military games in the exact location of the opening of the film.  Lead by Sgt. Hawkins (Nichelle Nichols), the soldiers are given live ammo and tasked with surviving the weekend as if in real combat.  Unbeknownst to them the place is under a curse and dead union soldiers begin to rise turning the games into real life combat.  The black sheep of Sgt. Hawkins’ group Pvt. Ray Ellis (Maxwell Caulfield) soon discovers a connection to a strange woman that just shows up amidst the chaos.  Now he must discover how he fits into what is going on while also trying to save his friends before they are all killed.

This is a very bare bones zombie film as the zombies don’t really show up until the last third of the film.  This film is more concerned with the soldiers’ story and their desecration of the cursed land not to mention their inadequacies as actual soldiers.  There is nothing truly horrifying or suspenseful in the film (even for a film in the late ‘80s) and for the most part it trudges along at a very slow pace.

What truly interests me about the film is that it has an early appearance by future Star Trek: The Next Generation star LeVar Burton!  So this is a film with two Star Trek Hall of Famers!  The film is also co-written by Joel Soisson (who would go on to write a slew of crappy sequels like The Prophesy 3: The Ascent, Highlander: Endgame, Mimic 2, Hellraiser: Hellworld, Hollow Man II, Pulse 2: Afterlife, Children of the Corn: Genesis, and Piranha 3DD, to name a small few) & Michael S. Murphy and directed by Armand Mastroianni .  Other than that the film is easily forgettable and has little else to recommend (so much for finally seeing a classic cult film).

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