Film #299: REVENGE OF THE DEAD aka ZEDER
Revenge of the Dead aka Zeder
2 out of 5 stars
An aspiring writer is given a typewriter (hey, it’s 1983) by his wife. On the type writer ribbon, he discovers the story of Paolo Zeder whose discovery that some types of terrain could raise the dead(??). He begins to investigate and finds a group of scientists who are trying to prove Zeder’s theories. The idea of finding a mystery via a typewriter ribbon is novel (and this is a few years before Stephen King). The story progresses slowly and the murders aren’t particularly memorable, however, director Pupi Avati (HOUSE OF LAUGHING WINDOWS) manages to pull off some genuinely creepy moments now and then and the film, in many ways, feels (and looks) like a Fulci film... only without the gratuitous gore. Speaking of Fulci… the film score is reminiscent of Fabio Frizzi scores (with maybe a little Bernard Hermann thrown in) and is fun. The acting is about what you’d expect for this sort of thing. Again, the story just rolls out so slowly that it’s easy to lose interest. By the time we come to the end, we get a vague reference – and it is vague - to zombies that is wholly reliant on our knowledge of zombie mythology. In the end, REVENGE is just a little too slow, a little too vague, for my tastes. It’s mostly one to check off on your list of ‘films to see.’ Not awful… just not terribly good.