Movie: "Dead Dudes In The House"
Directed by: James Riffel
Writing credits: James Riffel
Plot: A group of friends gather to fix up an old house and disturb the grave of the murderous old lady who used to live there. She kills them.
Review: With a title like "Dead Dudes in the House" and the fact that the film is from Troma, I was expecting it to be about group of rappers forced to take on all matter of zombies, mutants, and transvestites, all while failing to rap their way out of a paper bag. Not true in this particular case. No, this is one of those films where the movie was finished and had no money left for distribution. Troma then picked it up and changed the name, cover art, and description before releasing it to the world. What we're left with is a fun, campy, gory little haunted house movie that many people seem to remember, but no one can recall the name.
The story goes that a guy named Mark and a group of his friends go to repair an old house that he got on the cheap (you can probably guess why). While searching the front yard, they come across the grave of the homicidal, hundred-year-old Abigail Leatherby. Because this is a horror movie, one of them quickly breaks the grave stone before they all head into the house. Dear old lady Abigail and her daughter awaken from their eternal slumber and trap the group inside the house, and then proceed to kill them all off one by one.
One of the things I like about this movie is that the friends aren't the complete idiots you typically find in these kinds of movies. I don't mean to say that they're all that smart, and they're not above performing the occasional cliché stupid move that is so prevalent in the horror genre. But I wasn't constantly just waiting for the old lady to take out the next moron either. When they're unable to get out of the house, they try cutting through the doors and smashing through the windows (using tools, not the usual bare-handed tactics). And when that doesn't work, they take the time to make weapons for everyone, and they stay together to search for a way out. None of that planning helps them at all, but at least they tried.
Another thing I like is when the victims are killed in the many various, violent ways, they come back as ghosts as well. Still looking exactly the same way as when they died. And once dead, they no longer care about escaping from the house, and are even willing to help the old lady kill off the rest of the group. In one scene; a guy is killed by having his hands chopped off by the old lady, falling three floors down from the window he was trying to climb in, and then having the old lady drop a steel pipe through his chest. Later, when you see him again, he's still got the pipe sticking through him and he even laughs it off. "What's the matter? Don't you recognize me? Oh, must be this big pole in my chest."
I really enjoyed this movie, and would definitely recommend tracking down a copy for yourself. There might not be any zombie rappers, but there is a guy made-up to look like an old lady. And isn't that what you really wanted all along?
(Scored on a 0.5 - 5 pickles rating: 0.5 being the worst and 5 being the best)
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