Written by: Michael Den Boer on October 15th, 2010
Theatrical Release Date: Canada, 1986
Director: Jack Bravman
Writer: John Fasano
Cast: Adam West, Jon Mikl Thor, Tia Carrere, Manuska Rigaud, Frank Dietz, Linda Singer, Alan Fisler, Hamish McEwan, Manon E. Turbide, Shawn Levy
DVD released: October 26th, 2010
Approximate running time: 83 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English
DVD Release: Scorpion Releasing
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $24.95
Synopsis: After being run over by a group of hoodlums. A teen is brought back to life as a zombie that stalks and kills those responsible for his death.
Zombie Nightmare was directed by Jack Bravman, the man responsible for unleashing Night of the Dribbler on a unsuspecting public. The screenplay for Zombie Nightmare was written by John Fasano, a director in his own right with his most notable films being Rock ‘n’ Roll Nightmare and Black Roses. The soundtrack for the film features many well known Heavy Metal bands like Motorhead, Pantera and Thor, who’s lead singer Jon Mikl Thor also composed the score for this film.
Zombie Nightmare is a no budget horror film that would have fallen into obscurity if it were not for MST3K (Mystery Science Theater 3000) immortalizing the film. The crudely pieced together plot meanders along for the duration of the film. And when the film’s climax finally arrives. The final payoff is just as bland as all that preceded it. The acting is also pretty bad, especially the zombie that appears in the film. He just shambles around and is far from imposing. The only enjoyable performance comes from Adam West (Batman), who turns in another off the wall performance that he is all too well known for. Another performance of note is Tia Carrere(Wayne’s World) in her first feature film. This film’s most enduring asset is its heavy metal themed soundtrack that is anchored by Motorhead’s Ace of Spades. Ultimately Zombie Nightmare takes the saying “so bad, it’s good” to new heights.
Scorpion Films presents Zombie Nightmare in an anamorphic widescreen that retains the film’s original aspect ratio. This transfer was master in Hi Def and the end result is a solid transfer that looks extremely good. It should be noted that the opening credits do not look as good as the rest of the film.
This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital stereo mix in English. There are no problems with background noise and dialog comes through clearly. The only short coming of this audio mix is that there are a few instances where the does sound muffled.
Extras for this release include a ten minute audio interview with director Jack Bravman and a twenty five minute ‘Making of’ featurett that includes comments from Jack Bravman, writer / assistant director John Fasano and actors Jon Mikl Thor and Frank Dietz. The main extra included with this release is a audio commentary with director John Fasano, Jon Mikl Thor and Frank Dietz. Even though the ‘Making of’ featurette does a very good job putting everything into perspective. The audio commentary is hands down the best extra as not only is it filled with interesting. The enthusiasm of the three participants is infectious. Overall Zombie Nightmare gets a strong DVD release from Scorpion Releasing.