This book contains a checklist of vampire, werewolf, zombie, and demon films sorted in order of preference. The ranking is established by the sum of 8 ratings: stars, gimmick, rewatchability, story, creativity, acting, quality and creepiness. How many have you seen?
The plot of Shock 'Em Dead is every 1980’s teen’s dream come true... except that we’re now in the 1990’s and it’s awkward. I’m talking about a magic spell that turns you into a rock star, and, ultimately, into an asshole. You’re never really sure what the threat is. Are we dealing with a spellcaster? An illusionist? The devil? A genie? Is this voodoo magic?
The writers probably don’t know, and, in the end, does it even matter? Even Angel, the main protagonist, is a villain, and we forget who to root for. And what if we were supposed to root for Traci Lords’ character? She’s a sympathetic presence, her talent is undeniable, but this is not a flattering film and she’s disposable. She is the creators’ best asset and they don’t know how to use her.
Shock ‘Em Dead has the photography of a sitcom, a weakness we come to accept. In fact, there are boobs every ten minutes, so this is definitely not a sitcom. Yep! This is for grown-ups, yet the script is extremely immature and equally predictable. Sometimes, this kind of movie is all a horror buff needs on a Saturday night. It’s simple, it’s dumb, and it’s full of naked chicks.