BLOODSUCKERS FROM OUTER SPACE (1984)
Article 4933 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by Glen Coburn
Featuring Thom Meyers, Laura Ellis, Dennis Letts
What it is: Regional horror comedy
A strange force from outer space is transforming Texas farmers into bloodsucking zombies.
Given the fact that this is a regional film with no doubt a tiny budget, I should probably cut it a little slack. As a horror film, it’s not scary; it does, however, have some very low-budget gore scenes that might interest that crowd. As a comedy, it scores with one line (about incidental music), but that’s about it. Not only are the rest of the attempted laughs not funny, but there are too few of them, which is my way of saying that there’s a lot of dead space. The most interesting thing about the movie is the occasional descents into sheer weirdness; for example, the main characters’ drug of choice is nitrous oxide, the hero responds to a flat tire by destroying his entire car, and a local janitor is obsessed with the word “weird”. I know these scenes are supposed to be funny, but they work better as odd touches. Acting, direction and editing are all subpar. The only names I recognized in the casts were a couple of cameos from Pat Paulsen (as the President) and Jim Stafford (as an idiot). Still, the movie has its fans, but if what the film has to offer you leaves you cold, this may be one of the worst films you’ll ever see.