I think sometimes the sheer strangeness, nay, the goofiness, of a Zombie movie plot can be it’s one redeeming quality.
After a chemical leak at the Hope Centre in Papua New Guinea (an organization devoted to feeding underdeveloped countries) turns its staff into very slow flesh-eating zombies, four keystone-cop commandos are airdropped into the area to find out what is going on. They soon encounter a TV news crew, or at least the remnants of the crew, who are after the same story. (For some reason, the crew decided to bring one of their 6 or 7 year old kids with them.) They soon realize that everyone in the region is turning into a Zombie, so they begin their journey to see what happened. Of course the commandos have no radio (other than in their Jeep,) so can they let the world know what is going on before it’s too late?
The answer to this question is: do I care?
Well, sure, because I’m working on my Zombie escape plan, and I like to know what works and what doesn’t. I will say that if the Zombies where just a bit faster, or if the commando team didn’t act and look like they just came from a bar at 3am after a long night of drugs and booz, I would like this movie less. Less because any bad movie of this quality that takes itself too seriously is impossible to watch.
During their trip they encounter lots of fun animals doing animal things, a cat that jumps out of an old lady’s stomach, and they discover that one of them is a cross dresser.
The movie does try to send a message. The message about helping the poor and hungry in Africa, and whatnot, and this message is ahead of it’s time by several years. It mostly does this by showing file footage of nature and natives. It wasn’t until the mid-80s that the whole “feed the starving” thing really took grip. So it get’s points for that.