October 17, 2007

Movie Review: Night of the Living Dorks

This fun little flick comes to us from Germany and should be watched with the English language dubbing for the best effect. The dubbing is every bit as bad as a Hong Kong kung fu movie, which only adds to the fun.

Basically, three high school losers take part in a late-night ritual to raise the dead in a local cemetery, which doesn't work the way the goth gang had hoped. In fact, there appears to be no effect at all, and the losers wind up covered with the ashes of a cremated "zombie". On the way home, the three die in a traffic accident, and later wake up in the morgue. Back at school, they try to figure out how to control their craving for flesh and how to retard their ongoing decomposition (staple guns are used to hilarious effect). Things quickly get out of hand.

This reminded me a little bit of Fast Times at Ridgemont High (or most any other ensemble "teen" movie). There were a lot of minor storylines and the film bounces back and forth between them all. All the various loose ends get tied up nicely in a decent ending.

The movie does drag a little from time to time, but then again there were several scenes that were laugh-out-loud funny. Every single character is a stereotype but the good guys are genuinely likable. The supposed "hot" chick has a serious horse face, which made me wonder why everyone in the school lusted after her. The gore is low-budget but there are some squick-a-licious moments. Lots of juvenile humor, sight gags, a smattering of slapstick and some actual intelligent comedy thrown into the mix.

Set your sights low and you'll enjoy this one.

Posted by: Ted at 07:28 PM | category: Cult Flicks
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1 Ted, PLEASE don't take this the wrong way, but I "set my sights low" on pretty much ALL the movies you review. Oh man. I just crack myself UP sometimes.

Posted by: dogette at October 19, 2007 08:15 AM (q/UVc)

2 LOL You can go anywhere and get reviews of *good* movies! It's those unappreciated gems, no matter how flawed, that I try to bring to my long suffering readership. Whoa... it's gettin' deep.

Posted by: Ted at October 19, 2007 05:23 PM (yRolC)

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