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

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Film Review: THE RITUAL OF DEATH (1990)

Where do you find good material for a stage play?  In an ancient Egyptian ritual that’s where.  In The Ritual of Death (1990) a theater troupe decide to try something new by staging a play based on an ancient Egyptian ritual involving human sacrifice.  Doing this has caused them to unleash the evil spirit of a fanatical cult leader who led his followers into suicide.  When one of them becomes possessed by the spirit they soon realize that members of the troupe start to disappear one by one and it is only a matter of time before the Egyptian ritual finds its final sacrifice. 

Starring Leo Robinson, Michael Kelly, Lilian Ramos, Tiao Hoover, Carina Palatinic, Sergio Hingst, and Mara Husemann the film has a staple of interesting actors in the ensemble but they are hampered with a basic ‘90s horror film plot that doesn’t allow any of them to really shine or show range.  This being said there is a handful of interesting deaths scenes but overall the film never reaches the height of becoming a legitimate ‘90s cult classic.  There are worse films out there and this is just a film barely worth watching.

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