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Review: I Eat Your Skin
by steelcorpfilms (steelcorpfilms)
at October 11th, 2007 (11:45 pm)

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I Eat Your Skin
- 1964

Reviewer: Indy McDaniel
Rating: 4
Director: Del Tenney
Writer: Del Tenney
Cast: William Joyce
Heather Hewitt
Betty Hyatt Linton
Dan Stapleton
Walter Coy
Run Time: 84 minutes
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Date Reviewed: October 11th, 2007

Plot: A cancer researcher on a remote Caribbean island discovers that by treating the natives with snake venom he can turn them into bug-eyed zombies. Uninterested in this information, the unfortunate man is forced by his evil employer to create an army of the creatures in order to conquer the world.

Comments: This is a pretty wacky zombie movie, but the wackiness actually helps it out a bit. It keeps it from getting incredibly dull and boring and it makes it a lot more entertaining to watch. The characters are actually pretty good in a really cheesy kind of way. The zombies look pretty cool, too, with some nice make up effects that actually come out as pretty creepy. There's even what looks to be a bit of inspiration for Resident Evil in here.

Up until the point of Romero's version of the zombie film, zombies were just a product of voodoo. This flick, coming four years before Romero's groundbreaking zombie move, is actually somewhat of a crossover between the two. There's a definite voodoo element to the movie. It takes place on Voodoo Island, there's a bunch of natives who live there that practice voodoo, and the zombies act like traditional voodoo zombies. The process that creates the zombies, though, is much more similar to the flesh-eating variety and a hell of a lot like Resident Evil since it involves a zombiefying serum that transforms living people into the walking dead.

The characters are all pretty unique in relation to each other and amusing to boot. Although some of their behavior seems pretty ridiculous, it mostly just adds to the general level of amusing cheese in the movie. The main guy is a drinker, smoker and womanizer, and yet somehow manages to come off as something other then a total ass. The relationships between the characters is pretty interesting, too, without the usual trademark interactions going on all the time, even though there is still a bit of it. The whole thing has a bit of a tongue-in-cheek attitude that works pretty well.

Where the movie starts to fall apart is towards the end. The pacing seems to move along at a pretty good speed, but the end comes very abruptly and everything gets wrapped up in a nice neat package so that a happy ending can be achieved. Somehow the secret lab being used to create the zombie army is linked into the entire island, so that when it blows up, the whole island goes up in flames. The scientist who made the zombies lives long enough to deliver his paragraph or two of exposition before kicking off. Then everyone goes back to normal, everyday life like there was never any island of crazy zombies.

Overall: Not a bad zombie flick and kinda interesting to see what could be a very high likely pre-cursor to the switch from voodoo zombies to flesh-eaters. There's even a pretty graphic decapitation. If it weren't for the highly rushed and sappily cliched ending, it'd be even better.


Posted by: jeustr (jeustr)
Posted at: October 12th, 2007 10:55 am (UTC)

there is also a movie called i drink your blood. i think they were originally billed together. i have them both but haven't had a chance to watch i eat your skin yet. i drink your blood is pretty darn entertaining though!!!

Posted by: steelcorpfilms (steelcorpfilms)
Posted at: October 12th, 2007 11:22 am (UTC)

You're right, they were. I read that on IMDb. I Eat Your Skin was originally titled simply, 'Zombies' and I guess it just sat on the shelf for several years before 'I Drink Your Blood' came along and they needed a movie to run with it, so they snagged this one, changed the name and stuck em together. Which is pretty amusing, since there isn't any actual skin eating in the whole movie. Still, they're both pretty cool titles.

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