Flesh Freaks (2000) Kill them and Eat Them (2001)
My friends at Gold Ninja video released two movies filmed in someones backyard down the street from me.
In 2009 I met Conal Pendergast on the set of a commercial (being made by Justin who would later make Gold Ninja Video) and we had a conversation about my favorite bad movie Suburban Sasquatch. Conal asked if I owned it on a double disc with Kill Em and Eat Them but did not say why. I would go home that night and discover it was because he made the no budget monster movie . I would later discover Flesh Freaks that he also made 10 yrs before we met with some scenes in the same location we were shooting the commercial in.
He made these movies with no budget , often in his parents basement, using paper mache for monster masks all while finishing up high school,
Flesh Freaks is a high school production homage to the Fulci Zombi sequels with the taste of the Mad Doctor of Blood Island movies. Zombies from a troplical country make their way to Toronto. With a wink to Night of the Creeps via Things style props. Using vacation footage in Belize to show the zombies origin in flashbacks while narrating it in a voice that sounds like the begining of Ministrys Jesus build my hotrod.
Kill them and Eat them is a more self aware, humorous movie about gangsters and mad scientists making mutants. Guyver via the way of AstroZombies with a twist of Dr Butcher MD. Sillier monsters but snappier performances and a pretty badass soundtrack for again a 19 yr olds shot on video project with paper mache monsters.
What they lack in skills and budget they make up for in passion honesty and pure fanboy enthusiasms. Flesh Freaks has some pretty gross zombies and Kill them and Eat them rocks a more snappy pace if not a little bit sillier. But even at it’s silliest you can not help but feel like you wanna join in and make a sequel to both of them.
The Blu Ray is jam packed with history and chats that will tickle and inspire any “do it your self” film maker of shot on video vhs era fan. Totally recommend this madness. 2 rotting thumbs up.