Let it be DUH it's not a good film. I would even say that if it had no relation to the cards that lend it's name to it then no one will care and the only people who will be watching it are a select few brave enough to download a torrent because no company would release a DVD.
However I think the DVD exists exclusively for those who grew up collecting the cards.
I collected the cards myself and I know that the fans now could themselves come up with a better script. I would even venture a guess that Troma would be able to crank out a GPK film more kid friendly and interesting that this mess.
I never saw this when it was in the theater (my mom wouldn't take me) I'm sort of glad.
The only good thing IHMO that came from this film is the theme song "You can be a Garbage Pail Kid" as a child collecting the cards I always thought the GPKs should have had a theme song and this does good enough.
It's a direct to video sequel of a famous well established film that was released 29 years after the original. If any of that sounds like a good idea I have a bridge to sell you. That should be warning enough that this movie will suck big time.
The only reason this film was made is because you can get the first film for under $10 and newer DVD/Blu-Ray discs cost more. They are trying to cash in on the first film by giving you similar scenes in this "new" film. Personally I would like to see more stories from the book it was based on.
I would like to say that The Video Dead is the zombie equivalent of Killer Klowns but it's not as funny or interesting.
The movie starts fast and doesn't waste too much time. Although some might think it's a bit slow. The theme that plays through the movie sounds like they are trying to not get sued for ripping off the Halloween music.
The lead actor is a whiny little snot that you want to slap the crap out of, and I swear they must have either used painter's tape or a lifetime supply of Blu Tack on the 1950s looking zombie.
There are a lot of good ideas and rules that aren't fleshed out or fully explained. "The Garbageman" for one and the whole concept of why the zombies are coming out of a possessed / cursed TV. In fact, one of the main characters points out how it doesn't make any sense. Also these have to be the most self-conscious, self-deluded (and apparently socially awkward) zombies I have ever seen. They still think they are alive. They hate their reflections because it reminds them that they are dead. and they hate the living because they are a reminder that they are no longer alive because the living show fear...but if you suppress your fear and act all nice to them and invite them in for beanie weenies they will be cool with you and ask you to dance.
I think that the title should have been "The AV Club Of The Dead". At least that would fill in SOME of the blanks without needing to put it into the script.
If you and your friends like to riff on bad movies, then The Video Dead will provide a lot of enjoyment and the film does offer up a small amount of laughs in its own right. It's not hilarious, mind you, but it's definitely worth a watch