This ultra-low-budget 16mm horror comedy has become something of a minor cult hit on the midnight show circuit in New York City. Basically a take-off on the "I WAS A TEENAGE..." movies of the 1950s, this one opens as five high-school friends (Michael Rubin, George Seminara, Kevin Nagle,
Peter Bush, and Allen L. Rickman) buy some bad marijuana from an unscrupulous dealer named Mussolini (Steve McCoy). The contaminated weed makes the boys ill, so, seeking revenge, the five friends grab baseball bats and go after Mussolini, killing him and tossing his body in a nearby river.
Unbeknownst to them, the river has been contaminated with radioactive waste dumped by a nearby nuclear power plant. The toxic chemicals revive Mussolini, making him a green zombie. Seeking revenge, Mussolini goes after the boys with the intention of killing them off one by one. When the first of
their number is murdered, however, the remaining friends steal their buddy's body from the funeral home and dump it in the river, thus creating a "good-guy" zombie to fight the "bad-guy" one. Although cheap and juvenile, I WAS A TEENAGE ZOMBIE is amusing enough for those who enjoy the goofy films
that turn up at midnight shows. Much of the film is intentionally funny, and its amateurish production only adds to the overall effect. There is the requisite gore in I WAS A TEENAGE ZOMBIE, but it is relatively sparse and more cartoonish than forensic.
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- Released: 1987
- Rating: NR
- Review: This ultra-low-budget 16mm horror comedy has become something of a minor cult hit on the midnight show circuit in New York City. Basically a take-off on the "I WAS A TEENAGE..." movies of the 1950s, this one opens as five high-school friends (Michael Rubin… (more)