Nudist Colony of the Dead
Starring: Deborah Lynn, Rachel Latt, Brad Mendelson, and Forrest J. Ackerman
Director: Mark Pirro
"Nudist Colony of the Dead' is one of the funniest low-budget movies I've seen that was intended to be funny. Solidly in the B-movie range, it nonetheless features a number of A-list laughs!
The film is at once a parody of slasher-movies, zombie movies, musicals, and preachy After School Special-type programmes. It opens with one of the funniest courtroom scenes I've seen... the final battle between a group of nudists and a group of Christians who want their nudist colony shut down. The nudists lose the battle... and rather than put on clothes and move elsewhere they choose to commit ritual suicide. Years later, the Christians have turned the camp into a Bible retreat for troubled youth, but "accidents" keep happening there, as the dead nudists rise to take gory revenge with each visit. And all the killing and maiming is framed by pithy little songs! The "twist-ending" required from this kind of horror film is also pretty cute, all things considered.
There isn't any particularly noteworthy singing or acting talent on display by any of the performers in the film, but the lyrics are so hilarious that it doesn't really matter. (The theme song is dippy but still very funny and it sets the tone for the film that follows.) Some of the zombie antics are also pretty darn funny, such as the scene where they kill a girl by pouring cement down her throat... after putting ear muffs on her sleeping companion so as to not wake her.
There are some pacing problems, however. The film sags in the middle (nearly as bad as the boobs on the crusty old nudist who casts the curse that causes the deceased to rise), and they're bad enough to make me knock off a Tomato.
All in all, a worthwhile film, but somewhat lacking. If you're not seeing anything else that interests you and you believe you have a bizarre sense of humour, check this film out.