Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead

Critics Consensus

Poultrygeist may be relentlessly tasteless and juvenile, but it's also a lively slice of schlocky fun.

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Total Count: 25

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For anyone who has ever felt genuine fear while pondering what's really in that oddly shaped chicken nugget they're about to consume, director Lloyd Kaufman offers a simultaneously horrific and hilarious parody of the zombie genre that takes on the one thing scarier than the flesh-eating legions of the undead -- America's love affair with fast food. Arbie (Jason Yachanin) is a nostalgic romantic with little luck in romance and a bad case of puppy love. When Arbie's high-school sweetheart, Wendy (Kate Graham), returns home after her first year of college, the lovelorn teen attempts to win the object of his affections back by taking her to the site of their first romantic encounter. Unfortunately for Arbie, the ancient Tromahawk Tribe Indian burial grounds have been bulldozed to make way for an American Chicken Bunker restaurant, and Wendy has turned into a left-wing lesbian with a penchant for protesting. Subsequently beaten to a pulp by Wendy's rough-and-tumble girlfriend, Micki (Allyson Sereboff), and in desperate need of a steady job, disgruntled Arbie applies at the Chicken Bunker despite the fact that Wendy and Micki have launched a tireless campaign against the restaurant. But something supernatural is stirring in this poultry paradise; the spirits of the dead are not pleased that their eternal slumber has been interrupted. As the employees of the American Chicken Bunker begin dying a series of increasingly gruesome deaths, restaurant owner General Lee Roy (Robin L. Watkins) does his best to cover up the scandal and keep his customers in the dark. Meanwhile, the restless demons of the Tromahawk tribe vow to take revenge on the fast-food-loving masses by infecting every last piece of genetically modified poultry that is served at the Chicken Bunker. Perhaps if Arbie can prevent their curse from reaching beyond the drive-through window, he can save the world from a fate worse than trans fat and finally win back the girl of his dreams. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (8)

  • A heaping helping of political incorrectness gleefully spiced to offend just about every sentient being.

    Jun 13, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It's genuine sick fun, and there isn't a boring moment in it.

    May 23, 2008 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • A landmark achievement in the field of cursed-chicken-franchise horror musicals.

    May 9, 2008 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead is just about as perfect as a film predicated on the joys of projectile vomiting and explosive diarrhea can be.

    May 9, 2008 | Rating: 3/5
  • Open[s] with the best trying-to-unfasten-a-bra and zombie-finger-as-buttplug gags in movie history, which are closely followed by the most tasteless fisting scene since William Freidkin's Cruising.

    May 7, 2008
  • Every variation on "disgusting" you can think of -- and many you can't -- is here. It's a veritable "Cluckwork Orange," but without the sentimentality.

    Sep 8, 2007

    Lisa Nesselson

    Variety
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead

  • Dec 28, 2011
    It's so bad that it's good, I enjoyed every single moment of it. Everything was bad, the songs, the actors, the extras, the make up, the costume. It's so cheap and dumb but ultra entertaining. A Schlock that would certainly lock your attention. It's one of the most tasteless film I've seen, even worse than Pink Falmingo, and yes, that's how tasteless it is.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Aug 25, 2011
    Very surprisingly I really enjoyed this one! I'm not a big lover of Troma or musicals for that matter but I loved the outrageously offensive tone the film had. Certainly not for the politically correct brigade - it's racist, homophobic, islamophobic, sexist - pretty much everyone ends up on the end of an offensive joke. And of course the OTT disgusting gore effects played a part in my enjoyment of the film, really quite gross stuff on offerbut all with a comical edge to it. And the songs are really quite funny too. Well done Mr. Kaufman, it's my favourite Troma film by far!
    Lee ? Super Reviewer
  • Aug 12, 2011
    Excessively ridiculous and over the top, Poultrygeist is yet another crazy film by the folks at Troma. This is yet another tasteless film, but it does it so well that it's just a fun ride from start to finish. The jokes are extreme, and quite funny. Acting wise, this film is cringe worthy, but that's what makes these films so unique. Troma films are purposely awful, and they do it masterfully. If you love these types of horror comedies, then you're sure to enjoy this trash opus that Lloyd Kaufman has directed. The film has all the usual traits that make up for an effective film in the studios library. The film has insane amounts of gore, and offensive humor and it is so extreme that you cannot help but laugh at how this film plays out. Poultrygeist is one of the most disturbing films that I have seen, and I've seen quite a few films that are disturbing. However with this one, the boundaries of good taste are pushed to the limits and it offers a unique viewing experience that you won't soon forget. This film should appeal to gorehounds and to any Troma fan, however if you're not used to their films, definitely stay away from this one, as this one is definitely not a flick for viewers who have weak stomachs. As a whole this is a very good horror comedy that succeeds at being totally off the wall with its content. This is sure to appeal to cult film fans, and quite original despite the extreme lack of good taste.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Jul 29, 2011
    7.4/10 I was waiting for a movie like this to come along. "Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead" is a miracle, if miracles come in the form of sleazy, violent exploitation horror-musicals. It is a satire of so many things; but the film's main focus and target is the fast-food industry. The satire is tasteless, potentially offensive, disgusting, violent, and yes, also quite funny. I tried to enjoy the film as much as I could; and with myself not being the biggest fan of exploitation films (or films directed by Troma's leading man, Lloyd Kaufman), it's perhaps more brave than I thought to like a movie like this one. But it's good at what it does; and it will deliver to anyone looking for a wild, shamelessly funny ride. I guess the film needs a certain audience to appreciate it, and Kaufman is essentially playing with fire when he crafts his film with that specific kind of appeal, but I admire his efforts. And I also admire "Poultrygeist", for some odd, unexplainable reason. It's the kind of movie that you're almost embarrassed to say you enjoyed, but it's not possible for a guy like me to lie. "Poultrygeist" is a tale of love, passion, and mutant chicken-eggs that create poultry-zombies out of the living human beings of this earth. When a fast-food restraint specializing in fried chicken opens up to much protesters (who pretty much stand outside of the building for more than the first half of the film), things go wrong almost immediately. Apparently, and I'm spoiling a major twist here, the Native Americans are striking back against the, well, Americans; and all because of a sinister past-plot involving some hilarious Nazi/Holocaust symbolism and...chickens. So there are characters; two high school sweethearts, an elderly and wiser version of the male partner, and the staff of the joint. The male gets a job there because his girl is outside with all the other protesters (against the slaughter of poultry). However, it all goes to waste when the chicken turns out to be the infected result of the "revenge", and it turns out that all who eat it start dying in ridiculously violent ways. I didn't care about the plot of "Poultrygeist". I didn't care about the characters either. What I cared about was what Kaufman was trying to do with his movie, and I eventually accepted the flick for what it was. "Poultrygeist" is pure exploitation. It is filthy, rotten, vile, sometimes offensively unfunny, but for the most part, it's tasteless fun. But that's all dependent on what you think is "fun". The death scenes are hilarious and well-staged. There is one scene where a dangerously obese man eats one of the infected chicken eggs, has to run to the nearest restroom, and takes an absurdly obnoxious and loud dump. He dies, and then a thinner version of himself comes out of his prison-like-belly. If you're ready for content like this, then you're ready for "Poultrygeist". Another thing I liked was the many song-and-dance sequences throughout the film. It creates a half-musical out of the movie, which is always nice, especially when the songs are campy and, best of all, fun. It takes craft to make a movie as stupid as this good; but Kaufman did it. I don't recommend "Poultrygeist" to those who can't find humor in violence or the exploitation of ANYTHING; but sometimes we all need juvenile, immature, childish fun. And for me, "Poultrygeist" fit the bill just right.
    Ryan M Super Reviewer

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