I consider the original “Return of the living dead” to be among one of the best zombie movies ever made. Part 2 was also fun and Part 3 was pretty good. Both “Return of the living dead: Necropolis” and “Return of the living dead: Rave to the Grave” were both shot back to back and I thought “Necropolis” wasn’t bad. “Rave to the Grave” is about to released on DVD March 20th, 2007 and like “Necropolis” I thought this wasn’t bad either.
“Rave to the Grave” doesn’t hold a candle to the original but on it’s own it is decent fun. Let me get the problems out of the way first. I really despised the characters in this one. I found them all to be either annoying or unlikable, especially Julian (John Keefe). To me everyone should have been zombie food. As with “Necropolis” this film disrespects the original film. The Zombies in that film couldn’t be killed with a bullet in the head, in this film they can. We get the typical type of Zombies here. Did the filmmakers even watch the original movie closely!? I also can’t believe Ellory Elkayem, who directed the fun “Eight Legged Freaks” did this. It was too standard! Some style was painfully needed. Ok those things aside “Rave” was a fun time. You love gore and boobs? Then “Rave” delivers. The entire finale was also pretty damn entertaining with plenty of zombie action and of course, gore. It was also nice to see the Tarman back in action. Sure he doesn’t do much but it was still nice to see him. There’s also a good amount of mindless fun moments, like the scene where the 2 government guys blow up a car with a bazooka. Fun stuff.
John Keefe (Julian) was unlikable, wimpy and annoying. I wanted him dead right away. Jenny Mollen (Jenny) was hot. That’s about it. Cody Hardrict (Cody) had more Off moments then On. Cain Manoli (Jeremy) annoyed the living hell out of me. Peter Coyote (Uncle Charles) was the only name actor in the film and he creeped me out with his constant grinning.
Ellory Elkayem’s directing was too standard for my tastes. It’s not terrible by any means but needed more style to it.
We get some decent rock tunes and a forgettable music score.
Love lots of gore in your zombie flick? “Rave” delivers. Bloody bites, head shots, drum sticks jammed into eyes, decapitations’ and more. Practical with no noticeable CGI. Yipeeee!
Horny horror fans will dig the amount the female nudity in this flick. It will tighten your pants.
Despite its unlikable characters, disrespect to the original and its too standard directing “Rave to the Grave” was still fun enough times with lots of gore and female nudity. Worth a rental.