Zombie Lake (1981)

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Title: Zombie Lake
CinemaBandits Title: It's National 'Take Your Nazi-Zombie Daughter To Work' Day!

CinemaBandits Review: I like zombie movies... I imagine most guys do. So, for a movie to shoot straight up to #1 on my zombie movie list, it has to be exceptional.

Well, Zombie Lake is beyond exceptional!

Take your run-of-the-mill walking undead movie... throw in some Nazi's... add some awful dialogue and even worse zombie make-up... leave in a shot where the camera man and director are clearly visible in a mirror... use the same actors over and over again just with different bad wigs... throw in a mind-boggling out-of-place scene with a jiggly women's basketball team bouncing around to some Benny Hill music...

Well, my friend... you've just made Zombie Lake... and you've just made a cinematic masterpiece!

But it doesn't stop there!

The whole second half of the movie is dedicated to the complicated relationship between a waterlogged Nazi-Zombie and his long-lost daughter. (I'm not kidding) He even manages to give his daughter a necklace as a present and take her for casual walks around town.

I can't believe someone even thought of writing that into a script... let alone actually shooting it and putting it in a movie! But I'm sure glad they did!

A quick run-down of the plot: towards the end of WWII, a German soldier falls in love with a local French girl and they have a child. Infuriated, the French towns-folk massacre the entire German platoon and dump their bodies in the town lake. Some 35 years later, those Nazi-zombies come back and murder anyone who gets too close to the lake (which happens to be lots of nubile young women. Funny how that happens.)

One day, that long dead German soldier walks by the house where his 13 year old daughter is living and stops in for a chat. (how his daughter is only 13 years old, yet 35 years has passed, is never explained) They've got a lot of catching up to do, but she's torn... he's a flesh-eating zombie and must be killed.

What's a daughter to do??!?

Spray her zombie-father down with Napalm... and watch him burn, burn, burn!

... and then shed a tear. Touching!

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