ZOMBIE VS. MARDI GRAS

3 Stars
Year Released: 1999
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 72 minutes
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Classic B-movie mayhem meets French New Wave. A vengeful follower of the occult raises an ancient zombie from the dead to terrorize the streets of New Orleans during Mardi Gras.
We open 23 years earlier where a young boy is trampled by drunken Mardi Gras revelers. Flash forward to the present where the boy now grown and confined to a wheelchair performs an ancient ritual bringing a zombie to life to terrorize Mardi Gras. As the zombie roams the streets of New Orleans biting people, a documentary camera crew is out tracking down accounts of zombies seen during Mardi Gras. Also on the zombie’s trail is a ninja and Renaissance astronomer, Galileo? I have no idea what the ninja’s purpose is but Galileo was sent by agents in purgatory to bring back the zombie before God finds out. During all of this a pair of aliens in a flying saucer seem to be behind the making of the documentary. Each scene features all the perversion and pageantry of Mardi Gras along with some strange scenes in French between a man and woman. They seem like something lifted right out of a Godard film. Where is all this going? Well Galileo asks the same question after he has failed to capture the zombie. The zombie bites people, turning them into zombies until in the end they seek vengeance on the creator.
There’s not much of a plot here, just sheer absurdity. In a way the film is amusing for what it is, once I figured that out.



Posted on November 1, 1999 in Reviews by
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